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Puppy Supplies: What you have to have for your puppy

One of the most important things to do before getting a new puppy is to be prepared. This page will help you figure out what puppy supplies you’ll need. Picking up this puppy stuff before the pups arrival is essential. Once he’s here there’s no time to get to the pet store.

    • First on the list is a dog crate. If you’re getting a puppy it’s a good idea to get a puppy sized crate. If you decide to get a big crate to allow some growing room, make sure you partition off part of the crate so the puppy doesn’t use one half for pottying and the other for sleeping.
    • Ear plugs: I know it sounds silly but when you put your new puppy in his crate and he starts to yowl, you won’t get any sleep unless you have earplugs. Remember: if you know the puppy doesn’t have to potty and isn’t in any physical pain, you aren’t going to let her out just because she’s going off.
    • Next is a nutritious puppy food. Don’t skimp here; ask a knowledgeable person about what the best puppy food is. Don’t worry about the cost; it will save you in the long run with a healthy happy puppy. Eaglepack is a great food but can sometimes be difficult to find. While you’re buying food you may as well pick up a couple of dog dishes too. I use heavy plastic bowls; they aren’t as noisy as metal ones and hold up pretty well to abuse.
    • Chew Toys: You’ll want lots of these. Choose toys that won’t get torn apart easily. The Small Puppy Kong Dog Toy and the Nylabone Durables Twin Pack-Petite are great choices; they stand up to heavy chewing and are good toys to put in the crate with the pup. I also like to have a toy that is made of the synthetic sheepskin like material. Puppies seem to gravitate towards material for chewing and pulling. The sheepskin toys are fairly durable and provide lots of fun chewing. Since they have potential to come apart, however, I wouldn’t leave this type of toy in the puppies’ crate.
    • Odor neutralizer: You’ll want some of this stuff on hand to deal with the inevitable potty accidents. This stuff will take away any residual smell of the accident and will help keep your dog from soiling the same area again. Even if you can’t smell the pee or poop, the puppies’ sensitive nose can. When they have to go again they’ll head right to the same spot unless the smell is gone.

Puppy Supplies: What you have to have for your puppy

You’ll want to pick up other puppy supplies too, like a dog collar and leash, but the listed puppy supplies above are essential for when your puppy first arrives.