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    Default Essential Puppy Checklist?

    I was wondering if any more experienced puppy/dog owners might have suggestions for a list of things that one would NEED to get when they get their first puppy.

    Any other suggestions of products which are not nessacary but would be very helpful are also welcome!

    TIA!

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    My list was the following:

    * Crate big enough to fit puppy as an adult.
    * Food and water bowl
    * Food
    * Worming chews
    * Natural Flea Shampoo (I don't like the spot on things and don't like using sentinel until after 6 months old - just my preference)
    * Oatmeal and Aloe Shampoo (Cause it smells pretty and is gentle on the skin)
    * Plethora of toys ranging from little tennis balls, rope toys, soft bunny, other soft toys.
    * Rawhide Chews and Teething Chews
    * Kong
    * Bed - big soft squishy one for the crate and a trampoline one for outdoors
    * Collar
    * Lead
    * Clicker
    * Training Treats - Can be hit and miss though
    * Puppy Pre School Booking
    * Check out Obedience Schools - Particularly those offering agility!
    * Treat Pouch - I got a black dog one - they're awesome!
    * Thick soft blankets for winter time
    * Mat for the bowls to go on if they aren't on a stand
    * Puppy Proof the house FIRST! Even if you crawl around on your hands and knees to see what they can get into

    I think that's it, I could have more to add later though!

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    I'm not a very experienced dog owner but one thing I will suggest is that when purchasing bowls get ceramic or stainless steel, not plastic. We made the mistake of getting our pup plastic first up and he chewed them and I had to get new ones because it wasn't very hygenic, food got stuck in all the scratch marks he'd made with his teeth.


    Be sure to get a harness for the car

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    Ooh! I forgot about the harness! Took 4 tries to get Batty's the right size though!

    On the food and water bowl note, it's always good to have a second water bowl outside and a back up food bowl. I know dogs that refuse to eat from any other bowl than their standard one, can be a pain when it needs replacing!

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    A car/walking harness, leash, good quality puppy food, toys (these do not have to be expensive pet shop toys) Think shredding and chewing..tennis balls, bones (from butcher), cardboard toilet rolls or from gladwrap. (I have found pigs ears, rawhide chew toys invaluable saving shoes etc being eaten) Own bed (will probably chew it, I use a pad from petshop and wrap an old blanket around it to deter this)
    Food and water bowl. Something to use as treats for training to sit etc, anything pup likes from fridge is fine in moderation. I do use GSD's treats, bits of devon, frankfurt, cold sausage.
    The most absolute must is the patience and tolerance needed whilst housetraining etc and making your pup feel secure and welcome. I try and find a mix of me fitting in with the dog and it fitting in with us, give and take. I have never had a problem in about 30 years of having my own dogs in this regard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Ooh! I forgot about the harness! Took 4 tries to get Batty's the right size though!

    On the food and water bowl note, it's always good to have a second water bowl outside and a back up food bowl. I know dogs that refuse to eat from any other bowl than their standard one, can be a pain when it needs replacing!
    Tell me about it, we bought Charlie one and had to go back 2 weeks later and get a bigger one because he had a huge growth spurt

    Everything suggested so far is great. We also have wee wee pads for indoor toilet training (ours have no access to outside when we're not home).

    I would also suggest:
    Wee wee pads (if puppy is inside)
    Brush or comb
    Nail Clippers
    An ample supply of paper towel and cleaning products
    Be prepared to replace things often - some puppies grow very quickly and grow out of their collars, car harnesses, and they also go through their toys like there's no tomorrow! (mine like to pull the stuffing out of their toys)
    We got our soft cuddly blankets from the baby section in Woolworths - they were on special for about $5 each!

    A stash of cash is a good idea too, just in case you need to make any emergency vet visits.

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    Hmmm harnesses, bought 2 small ones to transport River and Bandit to chop. Went to put one on bandit yesterday (11 week old blue heeler) too small now, he fitted into his mother's medium one which she has never worn but has tried on...too small for her lol.

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    I think the general consensus is don't spend a lot of money on the puppy goods. They will be grown out of, destroyed or ruined in some other way and you will wind up replacing them anyway! So save your money when they are very young and buy more expensive things when they are older if you so wish.

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    Very cute, but Batty would be out of there in two seconds flat. You're looking at beagles right?

    Sorry if I have the wrong person there! Batty is a kelpie mix so he's a bit different as he is already jumping quite high. I'm not sure about beagles?

    I picked up my crate for $50 from deals direct. I found them to be brilliant. It is a drop pin crate though, not a collapsible one.

    I use Batty's play pen outdoors with him, it is literally just a wire pen I can put up indoors or outdoors, so he still can be on the grass or the tiles or the carpet, depending on where the pen is.

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