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Shopping List and Planning for the Perfect Dog

Shopping List and Planning for the Perfect Dog

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Starting off right is always helpful when you begin your journey with your new puppy or dog.  Because of that and possible confusion over some items that may attract you, I wanted to give you a little help in your decision making.  There is so much out there in the stores and on-line.  Let me help you get to the important minimum supplies to effectively train and care for your new friend.

If I were getting a new puppy or dog for the first time, I would want to have these items on hand:

  • dog bowl (ceramic or stainless steel)
  • dog food (a lot of great ones out there.  Be aware that not all dogs do well on ALL foods)
    The best determination of how good a food is:  Read the first three ingredients.  You're looking for Meat or meat meal, Barley or Brown Rice.  Avoid ground yellow corn and wheat.  These are just low-grade fillers!
  • dog treats
    training treats, should be nutrious, avoid anything from the grocery store
  • treat bag (to carry your treats in while out and about with your dog)
    you get a free one from us when you take a class, but we also sell some much nicer ones that stay closed when you want them to
  • dog beds
    right now dog beds are for sleeping in the crate at night and for training.  Most puppies will destroy a dog bed if it's just out on the floor right now.
    Of course that is not something you want your puppy to learn to do.
  • dog toys
    hard nylabones, tug toys, squeeky toys, the possibilities are endless.  Just monitor your dog around soft toys so that they don't swallow stuffing or squeakers
  • some chew toys
    when you join class you and your pup will be introduced to the BEST puppy pacifiers!  Right now they have sharp puppy teeth and they need to be able to chew and shred.
  • crates
    I always recommend at least 2 crates.  One in your bedroom (if that's where you want your puppy to sleep and one in the busy room of the house for boundary training.
  • leash
    you'll buy so many of these over the next few years!
  • collar
  • small dog biscuits--for "crate up!"  Give a small bisquit every time you put your puppy in the crate.
  • brush or rake or pin brush
    depending on breed, but all dogs need to get brushed or handled at some point so this is something to start working on!
  • nature's miracle--for cleaning up housetraining accidents.
  • baby gates (depending on home and plan)
  • journal or paper to put on fridge to keep track of potty trips.  It's always nice for the family to have a way to keep track of what happened when!

what you really don't need:  

  • edible nylabones --these are scary to me.  Dog's eat them so fast!  Check the ingredients...
  • pee pads--this is something you will have to fad out later, why use them? 
  • exercise pen--these are okay at times, but the crate is the best place in the beginning to keep your puppy.  The respect it more.