Paper towels (a lot of paper towels :)

Old Towels for Crate
*Once puppy is reliably crate trained, a "real" crate bed can be used.
*Watch for chewing...if so remove bedding for a while and try again later.
Blanket or Towel(s) to cover wire Crate (Den)

Cotton balls for cleaning ears

Nail file, cardboard with sandpaper type, for smoothing nails

Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting, if necessary)

100% Pure canned Pumpkin (from the baking isle of your grocery store)
Pumpkin is a good source of fiber. When puppy has diarrhea or constipation, a tablespoon or two with every meal for
several days should help alleviate symptoms.
Freeze excess in ice cube tray.  

Plain Yogurt  excellent for any tummy issues

Baby Gate(s):  Try baby supply stores even Walmart or Target- generally more choices and cheaper than pet stores.
.......Beware that horizontal bars provide a foot-hold for climbing puppies.   
.......Also consider spacing between bars, as some times the space is large enough for little puppies to get caught.

General from your Pet Supply Store:

Nature's Miracle (gallon size) or similar stain/odor neutralizer

Bitter Apple (bitter taste deters dogs from biting, licking, and chewing)

Pooper Scooper & bags

Food and water bowls
(stainless steel or ceramic)

Storage bin for dry food

Adjustable Nylon collar w/plastic clasp / light weight (small, very temporary)  (10-14")

(e.g. See for their flat collar tags for adjustable collars.
They also sell collars with tags included for the smaller sized dogs).

Leash / light weight 6 foot (1.8 m)

Training Leash(es) 15 foot (4.6 m) or longer (up to 50 foot (15 m))

Wire Crate for crate training Double door folding crate with divider (we've heard good things about both Midwest and
Precision brands)

Large Dog may use a 42" or 48" crate into adulthood)

Travel Crate for car until puppy is big enough to wear a car harness

Food and Treats:

Puppy Food:

It is best to start with the same food the Breeder is feeding...
 ProPlan Large Breed Puppy food*********

Training Treats:
Soft & tiny treats work best for training. Pieces of cheese, or homemade Liver Training Treats

Good Chews and Toys:  More food for thought...

Please buy products made in the USA as other countries do not have the same regulations.  
Puppy toys and chews can have lead and other harmful toxins.  
Stick with "USA" and "quality" to keep your dog safe from exposure to cancer causing toxins.

Kong toys/chews  Large or Medium

Nylabones (medium or large for heavy chewers~solid off white color)

Balls (tennis balls, squeaky rubber balls)

Soft Frisbee

Stuffed Dog Toys ****Below with Supervision Only ~ (puppy can choke on stuffing or fabric)

They may be "playing" with stuffed, and soft plastic squeaky toys now........
HOWEVER they are going to start
really "chewing" soon and they may choke on little pieces of fabric or on the stuffing.  
We've had 2 surgeries here because of obstructions caused by pieces of towel. $2,000- $4,000

Rope toys (good quality cotton with knots) But never leave the puppy unattended if you choose a rope toy.  A Breeder
friend of mine just lost a client puppy at 10 months of age to a rope that didn't fully obstruct the bowel but got toxic from
sitting in there for a week or more.

Grooming Supplies:

Pin or Slicker Brush

Medium Tooth Comb

Toothbrush Kit

Puppy Shampoo
~ No Tears

Puppy Conditioner / Grooming Spray

Ear Wash Solution
(very important)

Nail Clippers w/nail guard plier-style

Blood Stop Powder  (can also use white flour and pinch off the bleed)

Additional Items:                                               

Bell to hang by back door

Helps with house training! They quickly learn to ring the bell to alert or
communicate to you that they need to go out.  
Some clients use large craft bells, some use cow bells & make their own.
Ownership & Training books:  


"The Dog Listener"

"Puppies for Dummies"

"The Canine Good Citizen: Every Dog Can Be One, Second Edition"

"I Just Got A Puppy, What Do I Do Now?"
How to Buy, Train, Understand, and Enjoy Your Puppy

and many more...

To Do:

* * * Make appointment with Vet for new puppy wellness check up.

* * * Start shopping for Obedience Classes and a Trainer that you Respect

                  The Most Important Thing Your Puppy Needs is.............

                         Lots of Love and Patience :)

  • Water and Bowl              
  • Collar and Leash   (adjustable 12-14 inch)            
  • Wet Towels or Puppy Wipes   
  • Plastic bags (clean up)
  • Dry Towels
  • Crate

Some puppies may be a little unsure of all the new people and surroundings (some not eat a meal or two) it’s OK,
they’ll make up for it soon, I promise!   Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy.

We will not be feeding your puppy within 2 hours prior to pick up.  It is possible that your puppy may become
carsick due some of the normal stress of parting from their siblings and mom and even us.

Should your pup get loose, stay calm, kneel down and say “puppy, puppy, puppy” in a quick, high, happy voice while
clapping your hands, your puppy has been trained to come to this command and should turn around and come
toward you.

During your potty stops, it’s fun to break open the food sample and hand feed a few crunchy treats.  Puppy will love
you for that!!  Nice bonding moments!!

Try not to stop at a “dog” designated area where there may be/have been stray or uncared for animals.  It is
possible there may be contagious parasites or diseases that your new puppy’s immune system is not ready to do
battle with.

The safest way to travel in the car with your puppy is to have them crated OR as they get bigger, a seatbelt.  
I know someone, I will not name names…….who does hold her new pups on occasion to be sure that their first car
ride with their brand new family, isn’t too scary.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Mark and Laura
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