Puppy pickup time is getting near! First of all, we are so excited for you! A new puppy is always so exciting! As we’ve gotten to know you all, we are so happy our puppies will be going to wonderful homes. A new puppy can also be overwhelming so I’ve put together a list that will help you know what items are essential for a puppy.
These are some of the supplies that we recommend:
- Our puppies are eating Nature’s Domain Puppy Chicken and Pea kibble food. We like Nature’s Domain because it is grain-free which is what we feed our adult dogs. You can find Nature’s domain at Costco.
- Food and water bowls
- A bed and crate – we recommend a wire crate that way the puppy can see its surroundings. Bed should cover the inside of the crate so that the pup does not potty inside.
- A play-pen will come in handy so that you can monitor the space the puppy is in.
- Toys – Puppies like things that they can be pulled and tug on. Toys should be large enough that the puppy will not be able to swallow or choke on.
- She/He will need a small collar (and/or harness) and leash.
- We use “K9 Ear solutions” after bathing our dogs or when they go swimming. It helps to prevent ear infections – particularly in the summer time. http://www.amazon.com/For-Animals-Solutions-Liquid-Health/dp/B000OUY5L6
- Vitamins – We highly recommend and use NuVet Plus. Our adults love them as well as our puppies. For a dog 5 lbs and under it is half a wafer each day. You can find more information on our website on how to order them. We will also provide a pamphlet in the puppy packet. http://www.mycavapoos.com/faq-s.htm
- Treats – Avoid rawhide bones as they tend to make dogs sick (vomiting and diarrhea). Treats are really great to have in hand when it comes to training. We personally like to use Zuke’s Mini Naturals Dog Treats which we get a Petsmart but I’ve seen them in other stores.
- Hair brush – slicker brushes are what we find more useful. Once she/he’s a little older (4 months) you’ll need to get his/her hair trimmed so the hair stays healthy and it does not become wiry and mats so easily. Your puppy’s hair WILL NOT become nice and wavy if you do not trim its hair. If you want your puppy to have healthy hair – have it trimmed.
- Nail clippers – Their nails tend to grow pretty quicky and can be painful so you’ll want to have one handy. Our puppies are used to having them trimmed regularly at our home but if you aren’t consistant they may begin to resist the process.
- Cavapoo book – We were asked to have some input and be part of a Cavapoo book! It has really great information. We don’t receive money or discount when people buy the book, but it’s a good book for new Cavapoo puppy owners. It is available on http://www.amazon.com/Cavapoos-Grooming-Training-Understanding-Cavapoo/dp/191067706X. There is another book in which one of our pups is in the front cover. It is also a wonderful book https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Cavapoo-Dogs-sucessfully/dp/1985723093/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
- Potty Pads – It is ideal to start training to go outside to potty but if you need to leave and you can not be around to take the puppy out – pads are a good resource to have. Also, when you come pick up your puppy bring some along with you. We ask that you don’t allow your puppy to go to public areas until they’ve had their 3rd vaccince so bringing a few for the ride back home would be a good idea.
Please also read our other blog post so that you are prepared for a new puppy at home!
If you have further questions feel free to send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give us a call.