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I'm getting a puppy soon. What materials should I buy before he arrives?

asked 2014-09-19 15:43:23 -0500

I'm not sure what kinds of gear (collar, bed, bowls, leash, brush, toys, etc) I should have before my puppy arrives and what kinds of things I should wait on to see what he prefers, etc? Do you have any suggestions?

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answered 2014-09-19 16:06:16 -0500

Training treats would be a great thing to add to the list. Do you plan on crate training your dog?

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answered 2014-09-24 13:13:07 -0500

About 10 baby gates to contain the rascal.

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answered 2014-09-24 17:57:33 -0500

Get a few books and read about different training methods before junior arrives!

For the walk: Microchip, Leash, name tag, collar, poo bags General: Food and water dishes (ceramic or plastic if your dog has a white face to prevent mineral staining) Bed, crate, toys, Food (start with what your breeder has been feeding to avoid upset tummy), treats, supplements, flea treatment For the yard: Pooper scooper and bin, rugged outdoor toys like soccer ball CHECK YOUR FENCE! You may have a digger a climber or a pushy little one on the way - make sure your fence will keep her safe!

Good luck with the little one!

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answered 2014-10-01 16:40:32 -0500

Carpet cleaner for sure. No matter how careful and diligent you are there will still be accidents! Every type of toy imaginable. Try all the different textures, rubber, stuffed toys, tug ropes, basically anything just because they will chew on anything they can get! One thing I learned from our trainer is to never just take things away from them. For example: if your dog is chewing on a shoe don't just simply take the shoe away but give them something like a treat or a toy in place of what they're not supposed to be chewing on.

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answered 2014-10-01 16:10:06 -0500

One of my favorite things I got as a new dog owner was a carpet cleaning machine. Puppy accidents are inevitable, and being able to deep clean them minutes after they happen was super duper handy.

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answered 2014-09-24 15:09:25 -0500

Covers for your plugs and wires!

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answered 2015-08-30 21:16:15 -0500

These answers are all great- however I had a GREAT time taking my new puppy to the store with me (in the basket so she wasn't on the floor of the pet store) and letting her sniff toys and pick things out with me. :) Before that all I had gotten was a heavy duty crate with a divider so it would grow with her, and the pee pads because she wouldn't have cared to help pick those out ;)

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answered 2015-08-16 22:35:28 -0500

In addition to the great suggestions above, dog shampoo and/or pet wipes (research the ingredients). I definitely recommend crate training to protect your home. Our puppy loves her crate and has always gone in peacefully without whining. With a crate - lots of washable blankets/towels/old clothes that you don't mind getting peed on. A washable bed is great, but you don't want to have to do laundry every single day.

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