Puppy Essentials

** MOST IMPORTANT to purchase BEFORE your puppy comes home **

**Puppies need special nutrition.  This is a choice you make which plays a vital role in your Pets Health and Longevity

**Puppy food:  We feed Purina Pro plan Sport. You can order here https://www.chewy.com/purina-pro-plan-sport-all-life-stages/dp/52643  . If you don’t want to feed this food BE SURE to feed puppy kibble for at least 8 months or an all stages formula such as this one.  We also suggest SLOWLY switching your puppies food, never switch suddenly. Nutrition is vital for the longevity of your puppy.

** NuVet immune booster: We feed & highly recommend  NuVet Plus immune booster Provides VITAL nutrients you puppy NEEDS for optimal health & to boost immunity for the Longest- Healthiest life possible.   Use as a ‘treat’ – They love it!

 

Click here: http://www.nuvet.com/78420     OR Call 800-474-7400, reference #78420 (They also carry all natural ear cleaner, shampoos and spot remover for potty training)

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The Basics

Food and water bowls: (Stainless Steel Food and Water Dish ) Avoid plastic & ceramic which can leach into the food/water

Bed: We like https://www.chewy.com/frisco-steel-framed-elevated-pet-bed/dp/1267820

PLEASE Be sure to microchip

ID tag with name and phone number

 

Crate or kennel - Your puppy will only need enough space to sleep while training. This isn’t ‘cruel’ but actually gives your puppy comfort like a ‘den’ once they adjust to it and are successful potty training, you can increase their space.  It helps to find a kennel that has a divider you can remove as the puppy grows.

TRAINING:

____Clickers for clicker training if this is what you plan to do

____ Paper towels & spot cleaner   - for accidents

____ Teething toys

____ Puppy treats – (CHECK INGREDIENTS!- NO sweeteners, fillers, NO raw hide or imported from

China! )

 

Good puppy books - some suggestions:

            How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves - by Sophia Yin

            The Dog Listener - by Jan Fennel

            How to Raise the Perfect Dog Through Puppyhood and Beyond - by Cesar Millan

            The Puppy Primer - Pat McConnell's

Potty and Playtime:

I suggest using puppy play gates for the first couple of months to help your puppy house train.  Here is what we used for them. https://www.chewy.com/frisco-dog-exercise-pen-step-through/dp/125049

 

You can also add a potty area if you are going to leave your puppy for more than a few hours.  Puppies can only hold their bladder for the number of hours they are in months old plus 1. So a 2 month old puppy can only hold it for 3 hours.  Your puppy has been litter box trained, while this is best in a “litter” setting, it will work for other situations. We use a small kiddie pool (from Dollar general) and fill it with some pine pellets. We use te tractor supply ones, they have the best value. https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/tractor-supply-pine-pellet-stall-bedding-40-lb?cm_vc=-10005

Grooming:

Shampoo and conditioner - NuVet makes a nice

one. Don’t use human products- Dogs have different PH and human shampoos are irritating

 Dog brush and comb - Separate and comb through sections of your doodles hair and use a slicker brush to brush out.  After 6 months your doodles hair will change as the adult poodle coat comes in. Because you’re dealing with 2 types of coats, they can easily mat in no time.  Never wet tangled hair, always brush out before. Your groomer is your best form of information. Let them show you how to properly brush your baby and keep their coats looking great. Here is a good, inexpensive brush to start with. 

 

Brushhttps://www.chewy.com/safari-soft-slicker-brush-dogs-small/dp/46255

Comb - https://www.chewy.com/oster-medium-coarse-comb-dogs-7-in/dp/119577 you wont need this right away but it is handy.

 

Nail grinder https://www.chewy.com/dremel-7300-pt-dog-cat-nail-grinder/dp/156127

 

Dog toothpaste