Your puppy will be as dear to you as your own child.
Please always give him or her the very best care possible.
Recommended Puppy Supplies Checklist
The Puppy Products we think are the BEST and recommend you buy and setup before your new puppy comes home. I'm constantly adding to this on limited time so please remember this is nowhere complete and I will be adding as time permits.
If you have something that you feel should be on this list please send me an email at and we'll get it added.
Being prepared helps so much! On your puppies first day home you don’t want to be running around trying to figure out what you need. When everything is set up and ready to go - all you have to do is sit back and enjoy loving and getting to know your new baby.
When you have the right Setup and Tools… Life with your new babe becomes 100% easier.
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These are machine washable (important) and catch about 70% of the water and dirt off their paws before they make it into the house. I LOVE the big ones and they’re worth every penny.. I promise.
The microfiber strands dry five times faster than ordinary doormats!!
They are awesome. The backing comes off of mine eventually because I wash them in hot water over and over again. I have a few that I use in the living room and kitchen that I wash in cold water and don't dry them as long and I have had them for over a year.
I LOVE THE Dog Gone Smart Dirty Dog and the Soggy Doggy Brands.
My #1 CAN NOT LIVE WITHOUT PUPPY PRODUCT
How about these as a babysitter?
See your babies & what they're up to when you're unable to be home.
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We have used these products for years. At times we had no choice but to try another when this was not available. OUT! is the best! They do have several formula's but this one with the little squishy-nose guy on the front has the most wonderful smell! Please buy the one for hard wood floors if that is what you're cleaning. I buy the OdoBan just for the scent. it's a soft & clean smelling Eucalyptus.
We LOVE a product called KOE, Kennel Odor Eliminator in our mop and rinse water.
Thornell is an awesome company with great products. I am sharing this
link with you in hopes that
you will find a product you've been needing. CLICK HERE.
SKUNK-OFF® Removes all traces of skunk spray from dogs, other pets, people, clothes, cars, homes.
From experience we know this really does work. We tried tomatoes first and as cute as 'Adonis' was pink and black, it just didn't get the smell out.
I also put a little in my mop water. ;)
Follow this link for all of their products: http://www.thornell.com/product/skunk-off/
You can even request free samples. :)
We feed our pups Cheerios and Honeycombs. Yes, the cereal. It's healthy and affordable. Other faves are carrots, even frozen and baked sweet potato. Do NOT feed raw sweet potatoes!
Cheap & Easy
Homemade NoBake Treats
Freeze in ice trays: 1/3 low sodium chicken broth to 2/3 water. Chicken broth contains bone marrow. That is why chicken soup really does make you feel better. A mixture of water and unsweetened applesauce. Of course a peanut butter and water mixture. Peanut butter is great for your dog in so many ways. They LOVE IT!
To help with the transition from our home to yours. All sorts of things can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. The simple stress of the move, new people, new food, new routine, even the different water. Having this at home for the first few days of your new puppy's arrival will be extremely valuable.
Vet Care is also a very important aspect of a puppy's life. Our puppies will be current on worming and vaccinations upon pick up but please get them into your veterinarian as soon as you can to get their vet care initiated. Most vets will enter them into their system and send you reminders of when they need boosters, ect. Getting your puppy in to the vet soon will also save you money by not having to have a heartworm test done. Please always use (in season in some areas) Heartgard Plus and Frontline Plus or alternatives on your pets.
I like NutriSource. I feed the small and medium breed puppy dry food. It is a five star food. This particular recipe is how most puppy food was made before they started with the large breed puppy formula's. Most large breed puppy formulas have less calories and calcium than regular puppy foods because they didn't want the bones to grow more than the muscle and not be supported. Over the years there has not been enough evidence to prove this theory worked.
I have also fed and recommend Fromm Gold and Pure Balance I fed the four star recipes but switched to NutriSource when I found it at better quality and a great price. I pay a distributor $34 for 35 pound bags. I tried 4Health from Tractor Supply. It is a good product but my dogs didn't like the taste.
None of these foods have ever had a recall.
I feel bad for my babes eating boring ole dog food so I mix in a 2:1 ratio of a food that is not top notch as far as health goes but they love it for something extra. I give them Purina ONE SmartBlend True Instinct Natural With Real Turkey & Venison. I chose this recipe because it has Two Times The Tender, Meaty Morsels Compared To Purina One Lamb & Rice Formula and they deserve that. :)
When someone is feeling sickly I add The Honest Kitchen Human Grade Dehydrated Grain Free Dog Food into their food. They LOVE this!! But it's pretty high priced. The beef recipe is cheaper.
When you are checking out different brands please be sure to check individual recipes for quality and recalls at Dog Food Advisor.
These are my favorite grooming tools to use and if you can have one I suggest a nice quality, steel comb with rounded teeth and a fine/course tooth combination. I use the comb and t-brush most often. The other two are great to have on hand for matting. Buttercomb, T-brush, De-matting comb and Slicker.
These floppy eared angels are prone to ear infection. This is the only medicine I use. It's fast acting and barely any stress for your babe or you.
Leave the hassle of multiple dog ear infection treatments behind. Claro® (florfenicol, terbinafine, mometasone furoate) Otic Solution makes treating ear infections (also known as otitis externa in dogs) easy. It's a one-dose treatment regimen administered by your veterinarian – requiring no at-home application of medicine by you.
Why you'll love Claro® for dogs:
One-dose treatment per affected ear
Administered by your veterinarian
No messy home treatments required
Liquid Health K-9
is the best ear cleanser we have found.
The most important things you will need are love, patience and patience..
CRATES, BABY GATES AND PUPPY PENS
For our Little Angels I recommend the Midwest Life Stages Double-Door Pet Crate. Using a dog crate as a house-training tool is JUST SMART… Just like we use cribs for our human babies.. We use crates for our fur babies! Simple as that. Not only do Dog Crates keep your puppy safe and help with potty training but crate training is also helpful at avoiding separation anxiety issues from developing because crate training teaches puppies how to self soothe and learn to feel safe and content even when left alone. You wouldn’t let your human toddler crawl all over the house while you slept or worked…please don’t let your puppy! I honestly believe Crate training is a win-win for both the family and YOUR PUPPY!
Crates should only be used for VERY short periods of time (based on age). Once potty training is completed you can leave the crate door open and believe it or not.. they’ll STILL use it as their safe place to hang out and sleep… if you’ve done it correctly.
Crate Training Basics
Crate training your puppy….if done correctly and used as a temporary training tool is not mean or abusive, however, if used incorrectly or to the extreme it can be.. so PLEASE do your research on how to crate train. The purpose of a crate is to use the canines natural instincts to keep where they sleep clean. Dogs are Den Animals by Nature. The crate should be large enough for the puppy or dog to stand up without having to hunch, lie on his side with legs outstretched, and turn around with ease and no more or less… a if you give them too much space in their crate… your puppy will arrange his crate to have both a bedroom and a bathroom.
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The X-Pen Potty Training Solution. Do You Work During the Day?
For people who work or for those people who can not take their new puppy out every 2-3 hours because they work, I do recommend they use a contained area with access to a litter box or potty area until they’re old enough to hold it for the full 8 hours in a crate. You can use either baby gates or an x-pen with a crate inside of it to contain your puppy in a small area. I like to put a plastic tarp under the x-pen. You can either use a puppy potty box or a doggy lawn.. they have artificial and real grass options.
WHAT ABOUT PUPPY PADS?
Young puppies tend to chew up the puppy pads which causes a huge mess and may also encourage them to continue to pee on absorbent like materials as adults..Not good, so the grass patches sure would be nice I assume if they’re cared for properly they could work for short periods of time..
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS SETUP THE EXERCISE PEN (X-Pen)
Recommended Puppy Gates
IF YOU HAVE A PUPPY YOU NEED PUPPY GATES!!
Once I found these extra tall metal baby gates! I was SOLD FOR LIFE! But believe me I wasted a bunch of money on crappy ones first. Hopefully, this list will save you from wasting your money like I did so many times .. When you have the right tools & setup… life with A PUPPY becomes 100% easier.
They come with one extender piece and then you can also buy extra extensions. Carlson Extra Tall Gate Extension
Best Cleaning Supplies for Pet Owners
The O'Cedar Spin Mop System is HEAVEN SENT!!! If you have a dog or a puppy and need a mop this is the Queen of Mops! By the way I only give these kind of product recommendations after I’ve tried it myself and I believe my families would benefit from them. I don’t pick products just willy nilly. It’s taken me years to create this puppy supply list for my families (I hope people find it useful.)
Another can’t live without cleaning tool…Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Remover
Bacteria-based formula produces enzymes when it comes in contact with Bio material to help remove organic pet stains and odors. From stinky yellow pet urine and feces to vomit and other organic spills, this tackles them all.
Another REALLY good urine odor remover but more expensive is: Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator
Enzyme-Powered Pet Odor & Stain Remover for Dog and Cats Urine
For use on carpets, floors, furniture, clothing, litter boxes, kennels, carriers, all pet living and sleeping areas — anywhere stains happen. Click here to buy on Amazon.
I like these beds because they’re are all sturdy but cheap puppy beds so if they chew it up or soil it you can buy a new one or just wash it and you didn’t lose a bunch of money….
DO NOT BUY A FANCY, EXPENSIVE DOG BED UNTIL YOU’RE PAST THE PUPPY STAGE…
DOG BEDS THAT FIT THE DOG CRATE
Get a Slicker Brush
You’ll need a good slicker brush. A slicker is simply a brush that’s dense with very thin (but strong) bendable pins. Having hundreds of pins close together works at separating hairs, which demats your dog as you brush. Bendable and Smooth Pins Higher end slicker brushes have very flexible and smooth pins. When you brush your dog the pins bend back, easing up on the applied pressure and stopping them from irritating your dogs skin.
For Nail Care
Puppies will eat your shoes if they don't have enough toys to keep them busy!! Stock up and don’t give them an excuse to use your favorite shoes as a teething ring.
Try to stay away from rawhide & go for the natural bones if possible… Never feed cooked bones to your dogs or puppies. Some RAW bones are OK. Dogs need the minerals provided by animal bones as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Antlers Last Forever but are kinda Spendy but Worth it because they last for months!
Antler Chews – These can be more money than your regular dog bones but they also last 100X longer. I highly recommend all dog owners invest in Antlers for their dogs, your dogs will love you for it!
Natural bones and Antlers are the way to go.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG PUPPIES – WAIT UNTIL AFTER 6 MONTHS OLD AND THEIR ADULT TEETH COME IN.
Jim Hodges Dog Training – Grade A Premium Quality Elk Antlers for Dogs – Long Lasting Natural Alternative to Chew Toys, Bully Sticks, Bones, Jerky Treats, Rawhide – Made in USA – All Sizes Whole & Split.
The Himalayan Dog Chew lasts forever and are made by boiling yak and cows milk. Dogs must work the end for hours, softening it with their mouths before small parts of it can be slowly scraped off. It’s also 100-percent natural with no preservatives. For dogs 65 lbs and under.
Nyla Bones are fake bones but fun and of course last forever… Unless they bury them!
Puppy Teething Rings
Calcium helps maintain healthy teeth and bones
DHA Omega 3 helps promote healthy cognitive development
Pliable texture is safe for puppy’s new teeth and helps soothe teething pain and sore gums.
Dental Care and Greenies!
Dog Toothbrush Set: Next Level Pet Premium Triple Toothbrush Value Pack, Dog & Cat Approved, 3 Count
Tooth Paste for your Dog? YES!
Helps control plaque
Fights Bad Breath
Greenie’s Chews are another option for keeping your dogs teeth sparkle and breath fresh!
(keeps their teeth clean, recommended for puppies 6 months plus)
Petstages Large Dogwood Stick is a BIG FAVE!
ANY West Paw Toy!! They really last with these heavy chewing babies.
Puppies LOVE Little stuffed animals and are great toy for puppies.. small ones and big ones a like.. if you still have some laying around.. my dogs actually love Beanie babies and they work perfect for both puppies and adults! I’ve never had one break open either. But these stuffless ones are great for heavy chewers!
Speaking of Kong the brand… my dogs and puppies have never really liked the original fill-able KONG Chews that are SO POPULAR. I hear everyone rave about them..except for my dogs. This is one Kong brand toy however that mine do play with.
Dewormer - Keeping Your Puppy Worm Free
We Deworm our puppies here at two, four, six and eight weeks of age, then once home you should do it again at 12 and 16 weeks and then every 3 to 6 months depending on your vets recommendations. I highly recommend using the deworming medication “Fenbendazole” (brand names are Safe-Guard and Panacur) Safe-Guard which comes in powdered granulas that you sprinkle on your puppies food and covers a wider range of worms and also an effective treatment for Giardia which is common especially in heavy dog traffic areas and rainy areas. I don’t recommend using just pyrantel pamoate because it only covers hookworms.