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Here is a list of some things you will need to prepare for your puppy’s arrival:


Puppy Food:  Blue Buffalo Puppy Food (Chicken) as this is what they are used to.  We require this food for the health guarantee because it is the healthiest and reasonably priced. Please check to see if it is available in your area, usually at PetSmart, Petco or Tractor Supply.

Food and Water Bowls:  We recommend purchasing a set of medium-large sized stainless steel dishes. Also, look at the raised diners. They are much better for dogs and help to prevent bloat. They're easy to keep clean and they will last a long time.

Collars & ID Tags:  If you are looking to purchase an ID tag for your pup, they are usually available near the check-out in large Pet Supply Stores.           

Leashes:  A lightweight lead is all you need for the first few months.  To get the pup comfortable with the lead, let them walk around dragging it behind them. 

:  If you plan on crate training your puppy (which I strongly recommend), you will need a 36 – 42” size crate waiting at home.  I prefer the large wire crates as they feel more 'open' so your puppy will not feel closed-in and isolated.  Buy one that has a divider panel as with crate training you only want the puppy to have enough room to walk in, turn around and lay down. This is because the puppy won’t pee or poop where he sleeps, but if he has a bigger area he will sleep at one end and pee at the other.

Bedding:  You can purchase a wide range of plush beds for your puppy at any department/pet store, but while housetraining you might want to stick with a few old towels. 

Toys & Chewies:  Our pups LOVE Nylabones - they are very durable, lasting quite a while before needing to be replaced.  Start out with Puppy Bones that are chicken or liver flavored.  The original flavor is not that appealing.  Antlers are wonderful and come in a split puppy from deer or elk. Excellent for chewing! Kongs are also great toys, and my dogs will tell you they like them best stuffed with Blue Buffalo canned food and frozen. I call them Kong Pops! Stuffed animals are nice and your pup will love to cuddle with them - just watch out for buttons and hard plastic eyes/noses, because most of the time, they just get eaten.  Because puppies do chew and eat their toys, only buy "Pup Approved" toys, and try to stick with those made out of rubber, not plastic. 

Pee Pads:  These are handy to start with or you can use newspaper. Our puppies are trained on both and it should only take a few days to get housetrained.

Grooming :  A natural puppy shampoo is my choice and also use a conditioner! Natural products don't contain sulphates.  A slicker brush will keep the coat tidy and you will need nail clippers.  If you're too squeamish to do it yourself (it can get messy if you don't know what you're doing), a groomer or vet will be able to do this for you for a small charge. Never let your dog’s nails get too long because it hurts them. If you can hear your dog’s nails on a hard surface, it is time to trim them.

Baby Gates:  These are useful for keeping your pup out of places he/she shouldn't go. 

Puppy Training:  Puppy obedience classes are always a good idea.  They usually start at 10 weeks of age and are great for socialization and learning basic commands.

Small Travel Crate
  You may need a smaller travel crate to transport your puppy home if you are driving long distance. You can use this as your primary crate for crate training purposes, or put it inside your pup’s larger crate to get him/her used to their new home.