Puppy Preparation Checklist

Picture this, you’ve just brought home this beautiful fluffy bundle of pure joy and you could stare at their wee little face all day… but then there is pee EVERYWHERE, and your hands and ankles are torn to ribbons from those tiny piranha teeth. Hrm. Puppies are great, but hard work. We've complied a comprehensive list of all the items we think you should have in preparation for your pup's arrival


Puppy Preparedness Checklist:


Lots of people get puppies without being fully prepared, and it can be a steep learning curve, so to help, we compiled a checklist for all the puppy essentials you’ll need for different aspects of puppy care:


Indoor Management:

  • Appropriately sized crateyour pup should be able to stand up, turn around, and lay comfortably in their crate. Too small and it is inappropriate and too large and they may have enough room to pee and poop in a corner, away from where they sleep
  • tall exercise pen to create a safe space for your pup to play, puppies can climb or jump more than you may expect - in this case a taller pen is better
  • An indestructible leash for tether training - to deter any leash chewing while tethered
  • A lightweight drag-leash
  • Enzymatic cleaner for any accidents while you are potty training
  • A camera to monitor your pup when you are away from them and for separation training

Indoor Enrichment:

  • Water bowl
  • Food dispensing toys - puppies have a lot of energy, you’ll need safe and enriching ways to use up this energy and get them problem solving. There are lots available on the market, some of our favorites are the Ruffwear Gnawt-a-rockKong Wobbler and Toppl set
  • Some toys of your choice
  • Training treats - we like single source proteins like Vital Essentials or Sojos (for particularly high value treats you can use boiled chicken, hotdogs or cheese, but if your pup will work for kibble, start there and increase the value as needed
  • squeezy tube for lickable treats (like cream cheese or peanut butter)
  • Treat pouch
  • Long-term chews like bully sticks or yak chews (always supervise your young pup when eating a chew)
  • Age appropriate dog food - you can read up on recommended dog foods on the Dog Food Advisory website here


Outdoor Safety:

  • Martingale collar to attach relevant dog tags
  • Dog tag with your contact information and their microchip number
  • front and back clip harness:the back clip is for attaching long line leashes and the front clip for loose leash walking. We particularly like Freedom harnesses or Balance Harnesses
  • 6 ft leash:  for loose leash walking on the front clip and dragging behind in the house for management on the back 
  • 15-30 ft long-line: for off leash practice, walking in nature and managing in new environments. Cotton webbed or biothane work well




Just look at it's tiny little face though!!!!!!!!!!!

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