A crate – Metal or plastic sided, the crate is going to be your number one training tool! This is the safest place for your puppy when you can’t be watching him (and it will keep your furniture, shoes, and remote controls out of harm ’s way as well!). Click here to choose one on amazon.com.
Puppy Play Pen—A puppy play pen is nice to have to connect to the crate, so he can have some room to exercise while you are away. Click here to buy the one pictured.
Absorbent Puppy Pads or Newspaper—Sometimes your local post office will give out extra newspaper, make sure you take advantage of that and have a stack on hand for the crate and puppy pen (if you don’t have puppy pads).
Baby gates – These gates are great tools for sectioning off your home and keeping your pup in rooms with easy to clean floors! They also enable you to keep track of her when you are cooking, cleaning or just hanging out.
Paper towels – Lots of them! Accidents do happen!
Pet Stain and odor remover – See number 3! Nature’s Miracle is a very popular choice, but there are many different brands on the market today. You’ll find that pet-specific cleaning products come in handy long after your new puppy is housebroken.
A small supply of her current food – Even if you are planning on switching his diet (which many people do), please do this slowly! There are so many changes going on in your new puppy’s life right now. Drastically changing his diet can cause stomach upset that is easily preventable. Slowly wean him off his old diet by mixing new food in with his old, in gradually increasing proportions.
Food and Water Bowls – Pretty self-explanatory, but a weighted water dish often comes in handy with puppies who like to frolic in their water!
Plastic bags – Start collecting these in advance when you make trips to the grocery store! You’re going to have lots of puppy poop to pick up (so don’t feel guilty about choosing plastic over paper).
Puppy safe toys – Kongs, Orbees, Wubbas, oh my! Remember, no small parts that can be chewed off, and no squeakers that might be removed and swallowed.
Collar & tags – Make sure you have tags as SOON as your new puppy comes home, as we don’t want to risk even a moment of her being without some form of identification! We will send with his/her own first collar & leash, so you will have one set on hand. Please remember to remove the collar when your pup is in her crate- it is a choking risk to leave it on.
Contacts of a reputable trainer & dog walker – Your little one is going to need plenty of attention and potty breaks to keep him happy and well socialized! Good trainers are in demand; contacting them early is the best way to secure a spot for your little prodigal pooch!