Everything you need to know about your new puppy, what to buy, how to train and more!
FOOD: 1-2 Bags of Royal Canine Puppy Food (yes it's a little spendy, but you can transition him/her off it in a few months). We feed all homemade food for our adults, but we suggest waiting till puppy is 4 to 6 months old to start doing this, as it's tough for their little systems to process and they need time to be ready for that step.
CRATE: Small PLASTIC Crate | Try not to go larger than 28L x 20.5W x 21.5H. We want a small space for them to start in for many reasons, though the primary one is this, dogs don't want to potty where they sleep, so the smaller the space, the less room they have to get away from it. If they happen to potty, they have to sit in it till you get home and that in itself is punishment enough!
The smaller size also feels more like a cozy little cave to them so it gives puppies the sense of safety. You can switch them to a larger crate in the next few months, after they are overnight potty trained and you think they are ready.
TRAINING TREATS: We make our own and I'm happy to give you the recipe. However, a great purchase option is the Natural Balance food log. Just cut up into tiny little pieces and feed them as much as you like, it is meant to be a full time food, so it can't hurt them!
BEDDING: Multiple towels or fleece blankets that can be washed, possibly bleached, when there's crate accidents. I like to go with white, so you can bleach it. Make sure it's not a hot fabric, as we don't want puppy overheating. You can also fold the towel/blanket so it's only in half of the crate, so they have a cooler option to lay on.
COMFORT ITEMS: Stuffed animals, a tiny pillow, or anything they can sleep on that reminds them of being part of a pile of puppies. Going right to a flat surface can be a tougher sleeping transition for little ones.
DISHES: Make sure you get food and water dishes. For water, I avoid the systems that provide a flow, as those build up germs and algae, which can create bacterial infections in puppy.
COLLAR: We like to use the plastic clip cloth collars, as they break away if puppy gets caught on anything, as puppies will often do. You can always graduate them to the other kinds of collars on the market.
TRAINING COLLAR: For walking, we use a pincher collar and never a choker or harness! The pinch feels like Mama saying no and biting their neck, so don't drag them on this, just give them a quick jerk of the wrist to cause to bite sensation, then use your "no" word and allow them to self correct. The moment they do the right thing, some quiet praise is the best!
Please wait until at least 3-5 months old before beginning walking puppy on a leash. Don't worry about waiting a little longer than usual, puppies catch on quickly by this age!
LEASH: I would suggest staying away from the retractable leashes for a while and just use a good ol cloth leash. This gives you more control over puppy during those first important moments of training.
Training (IN PROGRESS)
POTTY TRAINING PLAN: For this you can use the process of letting them out frequently until they learn or you can install a dog door. Another idea is a bell, though we've never tried it.
What to expect, when you're expecting...a new puppy!
First off is the shopping list. I have put together a list of everything you'll need to get you started below:
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