Looking for a list of what to have when you welcome your puppy home? Here are some reminders along with some of our favorites.
Harness A harness is helpful until (& beyond) the dog learns to walk without pulling Julius K-9 or Phoepet are recommended brands by our trainers I'm currently using Voyager (Amazon) with luck
Dog Tag we use our email address in case our phone # or address changes we also mention a possible reward, so someone is more likely to contact us
Food & Water Bowls
Food & Water Bowls for Traveling
Food Storage Containers
Dog Food we use Purina Pro Plan Development Puppy Toy Breed you can also use Purina Pro Plan Puppy Food in the Small Breed formula, it's just that toy has smaller kibbles for your very young puppy
Treats for puppies we like N-Bone Puppy Teething Rings (pumpkin, yum!) and Yaky Churros from Himalayan Pet Supply
for adults we like Himalayan Dog Chew (under supervision) also, Purina Busy Chewnola
for training our dogs like Charlee Bear original crunch (multiple flavors)
and anything homemade or nutritious like carrots, beans, broccoli, cucumber, strawberry (be sure to ask your vet for a list of foods that are NOT recommended for dogs)
Crate or Kennel
Exercise Pen be sure not to buy plastic or wood, as the puppy will chew and chew and chew
Travel Bed / Carrier for Car pupsaver.com sleepypod.com (for the plane) we like Gen7Pets CarryMe Carrier the soft side is flexible to fit under any airline seat, and when laid sideways the dog has more room to lay down
Litter Box if given a choice, get an extra large size, remember your puppy will grow!
Litter we use Second Nature by Purina
Shampoo Earthbath makes an excellent puppy shampoo, I use it the day your puppy goes home Espana Silk grooming in a non-whitening formula
Conditioner Chris Christensen makes a good silky, smoothe "After U Bathe" conditioning product
Detangler Espana Silk protein Detangler
Brush Chris Christensen has a good "Oval Pin Brush"
Comb a simple Stainless Steel comb will due, it should have wider teeth on one side and narrow on the other we also like JW Gripsoft Rotating Comb for combing out the undercoat
Slicker Brush we use Safari Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush
Dematting Tool use extra caution when dematting with this tool, as it will cut hair and change the coat
Nail Grinder Furminator Nail Grinder is easy to use and affordable (we find it easier without the plastic shield) Dremel is reliable with a higher price tag
Nail Cutter/Clipper a basic, small size human nail clipper does the trick for puppies a dog nail 'clipper' is more manageable for adults
Ear Care Veribac is an essential for ear cleaning and for after a bath to dry the ear properly Grooming Powder for easy gripping to pull hair from inside the ear
Toys look for toys that are interactive and keep the dog busy for longer periods Snuffle mats puzzle toys toys you can stuff treats inside to make playtime last toys that squeak stuffing free We like Pet Safe Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble ball, fill it with treats and let your dog play for hours
Let me know if you plan to buy the Snuggle Puppy (heartbeat dog)
Insurance we want you to decide for yourself what coverage you want and price you can afford however, we do offer a TruPanion certificate for your puppy that waives a wait period if you activate within 24 hours before or after you picking up your puppy really have no recommendations but hear Trupanion & Nationwide have best coverage
Please remember to register your Microchip at FreePetChipRegistry.com or with the paperwork included with your puppy. Your puppy will come with a microchip.
You will also need a Groomer, Veterinarian, and an Eye Specialist. We recommend finding a reliable dog sitter, as well, and have him/her lined up for emergencies.
Plan well in advance for vacations.
It's also helpful to have a dog walker, for times when you need to be away from home too long. Your dog will need daily exercise and potty breaks, especially as a young puppy.
A good book to read if you want to know more about your Coton De Tulear is "Coton De Tulear or Coton" by Matthew Burston