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Old 09-13-2017, 11:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I compiled a list of things I think I need, I'm hoping I can just order everything online all in one order, preferably from Canada but I Can ship to the USA too.

If you could specify specific model and size where necessary, maybe some breeders have already compiled a list like this for their customers, and please let me know if you think I missed something.

Stainless steel water bowl and food bowl, buy an extra one of each for the car, maybe keep extra food in car.

Puppy food - Costco

Adjustable collar and lead, do i need to start with a chocker and work up to body harness leash I often see?

Harness for riding in car when not in crate

Soft bed and bedding

Foldable Crate with front and side opening - what is the size for a miniature poodle? Should have divider panels so that it can grow with puppy , should be able to be used as home and travel crate.

Crate floor padding

Soft toys

Dog chews

Exercise pen

Anti chew spray

Stuff for grooming, toothbrush, hair brush, cutting nails

Cleaning supplies for getting rid of smells

Poop bags


Things to set up

- dog school
- choose a vet
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Your list is looking pretty good to me. When do you get your puppy??
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Your list is looking pretty good to me. When do you get your puppy??


About 8 weeks, I'm just unsure of the brand / model and type fo the things I listed, and no idea on the correct size for crate.

You would think some of these online vendors would put out starter packages for someone just getting a dog.
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An enzymatic cleaning spray for whoopsies.
Medical kit You can search the forum for some excellent lists.
Flirt pole which you can make or buy.
Slip lead.
Name tag w/ phone number
Treats
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I have a "small" crate on Amazon, it came with divider. I used the divider till recently, he is 17 weeks now. Milo has never soiled his crate or chew/dig in his crate. I think he welcome the extra space in the crate. I used to have just a fleece blanket in his crate but since he doesn't chew it. I now have a pet bed in his crate. So you have to see how your mini behaves.

I have a harness for him. Natures miracle for pee/poo accidents, works very well for us.

I groom milo myself because there's no groomer within my vicinity. I have the wahl bravura. I got it on sale from renspets depot, love that store! It's sufficient for him, I do find it's a tad big for his paws since he is still a puppy but i worked around it.

I use a dremmel tool for his nails.

Congrats on a new puppy!
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I presume you're in Canada?
Stainless steel water bowl and food bowl, buy an extra one of each for the car, maybe keep extra food in car. - you can probably find some good ones cheaply at a Marshalls, Winners or HomeSense.

Puppy food - Costco - you should start feeding the same food the breeder feeds at the beginning then slowly wean your dog over to whatever food you plan to feed.

Adjustable collar and lead, do i need to start with a chocker and work up to body harness leash I often see? You can start with a collar or harness - which ever you want. No choker.

Harness for riding in car when not in crate I love and highly recommend SleepyPod's Clickit harness - they have two styles - either is great - but they are expensive and need to fit so you may need to buy one for a puppy size and then later as the puppy grows buy the adult sized one.

Soft bed and bedding - use washable old towels and/or polar fleece , don't invest in fancy bedding at the beginning. Not all dogs even want to sleep in a soft pet bed - some end up permanently on the couch or they prefer the hard floor. Inside the crate you'll want towels or polar fleece which are easy to wash as puppies have accidents while they are learning to toilet train and until their bladders are fully mature around 6 months.

Foldable Crate with front and side opening - what is the size for a miniature poodle? Should have divider panels so that it can grow with puppy , should be able to be used as home and travel crate. Buy a metal crate which folds - some are super easy to fold. Soft crates are only for dogs who are completely toilet trained (cause they are not easily washable) and who have learned to respect the crate (easy for dogs to tear open the mesh or break the zippers). But a metal crate with a divider to be used when the puppy is toilet training
Crate floor padding - washable old towels and/or polar fleece

Soft toys - you can probably find some good ones cheaply at a Marshalls, Winners or HomeSense. Keep the toys small - so many toys on the market for for spoo sized dogs or larger Don't buy too many all at once - dogs like new toys every once and a while as a special treat and you want to get to know your dog and figure out what kinds of toys they want to play with.

Dog chews I give mine pizzle sticks (also known as bully) that I buy from Costco but they are long - for a puppy you'd want to look for shorter pizzle sticks.

Exercise pen

Anti chew spray

Stuff for grooming, toothbrush, hair brush, cutting nails

Cleaning supplies for getting rid of smells

Poop bags Costco has wonderful poop bags


Things to set up

- dog school
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Hello and welcome ! You've had good advice already, but I would like to insist on this : no choker ! Small dogs need a harness to walk on a leash, as to not hurt their throat and neck.

You need a collar with id tag in case the dog wanders off, but a harness to go for a walk.
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Chiming in here

Remember, no rawhide chews...it has been proven to be very bad for dogs. We gave Honey (a mpoo) antlers when she was a puppy and she loved those. Now that she's grown she can have soup bones as they are large enough for her.

I use both a collar and a harness on her when I walk her. Remember to have a long enough leash lol! Small dog leashes are often ridiculously short, which makes no sense because they're lower to the ground! I love the step in harness...very easy to put on once you're used to it but just be careful when they're tiny...Honey has slipped out of hers until she grew into it. As as safety precaution when she was little I'd often snap the collar and harness together when I put the leash on...very handy!

Otherwise....the wait is so hard but exciting!!
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Everything Skylar said and I agree with Dechi no slip collars for toy or mini puppies. I would recommend a martingale collar or a harness. Since you won't necessarily want to go through a series of harnesses until your pup is full grown an adjustable martingale should be fine.

It is very important to wean from the breeder's food to the brand you plan to use or you will have a poo mess. Also I have never looked at the Costco brand of food, but suggest you feed the best quality food you can afford. You may find dog food advisor to be helpful in choosing. https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

Enjoy your pup. It doesn't last long.
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Get it a coat for winter, mine really like to wear sweaters, I keep 2 of them trimmed short with pompoms. Nothing like a poodle in any size
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