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one month til puppy day! Prepping a list for shopping and I feel like a new mom! I am sure I've forgotten something. Any help/advice would be appreciated. Both of our girls are parti spoos. One with a white face, and one with an all black face and will be 8/9 weeks old when we get them (born 5 days apart).

Crates I'm assuming 42" x 28.5" x 30.4" will be ok (with dividers for when they are still small). Parents are 22" at withers and up to 60lbs..

Raised bowls
Dog Dental supplies
crate pads
rake/shovel
nature's miracle
Mess bags
Toys (nylabones, rope toys, balls, puzzles, kongs)
Pet beds
martingale collars (small?)
leashes (reg and 20ft)
clicker
nail trimmer (andis nail grider)
shampoo (davis oatmeal and aloe)
brush (greyhound and slicker)
bitter apple
eye wipes
food (breeder is doing tlc)
happy howie treats and charlie bear treats
 

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Awesome list, if I may, I would say you may want a extra small martingale, as I found that the small was to big for my poodles neck.
I cannot wait to see pictures!
 

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I use a dremel. Have heard that those nail grinders designed specifically for pets may not have enough power. Also need a metal toothed comb.
 

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I’d also add that some kind of play pen is nice to have. Lets them have a little more space without getting into trouble, and if you use it instead of crates when pups are awake, supposedly it helps cement the idea that the crates are for quiet time. I look forward to more pictures!
 

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Some repetition here.

New Pup/Dog startup

Crates, Carriers, Exercise Pens, Beds/Bedding, Travel
Harnesses, Collars, Leashes
Food, Water, Bowls
Enzyme Cleaner, Pee pads, Poo bags, Paper Towels
Toys
Grooming
Health, Vet, Vaccinations Vs Socialization, Insurance, Care Credit, Emergency funds
Puppy proofing inside and out, including kitties


This is really more your basic startup info. It's taken from other threads and posts that many active members of PF has contributed to. I hope more Pfer's will add to this, comment or correct any mistakes.

Crates, Carriers, Exercise Pens, Beds/Bedding, Travel
Crates

Hard side/wire is best for early days. Look for one with a divider in the size you expect them to grow into and use the divider to keep them comfortably cozy (stand up, turn around, sleep) til then. Use a blanket as a crate cover. Use a washable bath rug/towels or sherpa crate mat for bedding. Put something leak proof on the floor of the crate or under it. Depending on the layout of the house/apt, consider 2 crates, one for the sleeping space, one for the living space.

If you can manage it, have the pup sleep in your bedroom. They just think they're on an adventure until bedtime, especially the first night, rolls around. Suddenly they realize that NOTHING is familiar, no scent, warmth or comfort of mom or siblings. They are Alone. Ask the breeder to do this or bring a towel or blanket to get mom and siblings scent on it, to comfort them. Keeping them in the same room allows you to hear if they are unwell or need to go out. Expect to have the young ones out several times during the night for a while. Set a periodic alarm to beat them to it.
Don't count on a lot of sleep the first days or weeks. Taking a few days off from work or work from home, if you can, will really help set routines and gives some time to get to know each other. Find out if the breeder had them on a daily routine and try to follow that for a few days. They're facing so many instant and incomprehensible changes. Keep what you can the same for a while.

Ex Pen
This expands their relaxation space but keeps them contained and out of mischief. Food and water bowls as well as pee pads can be in that space. Use a leak proof flooring here also.
These can be plastic or wire or even pop up soft side.

Beds and bedding
This may depend on the pups age and what they're used to. A young pup probably doesn't need one just yet. An older pup or dog may already be using one.

Carrier
These are generally only good up to about 15lbs but have their place. A smaller crate with handles can double as a carrier.

Travel
Keeping your pup comfortable and safe in the car is important. Depending on size and age, you might use a carrier, a crate, or a harness with seat belts.
Sleepypod brand is a highest safety rated product. Testing was done by the independent Center for Pet Safety, with some testing sponsored by Subaru.

Harnesses, Collars and Leashes
Harnesses are usually a better safety choice for smaller pups due to potential trachea injury from collars, but it may not be the best choice for a pup who wants to pull.
Collars will carry tags and ID but don't have to be worn inside the home.

Food, Water, Bowls
It's best to keep them on the same food as the breeder had for a while. They're already under stress from the abrupt change in their lives and this is one thing that doesn't usually need to change immediately. They may go off their feed as it is, so keep an eye on that. Toys are especially subject to hypoglycemia. This can very quickly become fatal. Look for the sticky on it. If/when you want to change foods, a good go to is Dog Food Advisor.
Stainless steel or ceramic is best for their food and water bowls. You might even consider filling a bottle with the water they've been drinking and mix it with their new home water.
Enzyme Cleaner, Pee pads, Poo bags, Paper Towels, Bitter Apple Spray
Pretty much all self explanatory. Natures Miracle is usually recommended for enzyme cleaner. Bitter Apple Spray is to keep them from mouthing and biting on what you don't want them to.

Toys
Have a selection of different types on hand. Chewing toys like Nylabone for puppies are good. They also work as trade to get your fingers back
Puzzle toys are good, and Kongs to hide kibble and treats are helpful.
Not exactly a toy, but something to consider is the Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy toy. This can help soothe a pup.

Grooming
I hope others will have specific suggestions for combs, brushes, shampoos…
It is important to get them used to the grooming process asap. The longer you wait, the harder it is on the pup and whoever's doing the grooming.
It does not hurt their coat to get a puppy trimmed

Health, Vet, Vaccinations Vs Socialization, Insurance, Care Credit, Emergency funds
Ask if any other dog on the premises has been ill in the last week or so. Choose a vet if you don't have one and know where the ER clinic is. Have the pup checked out by a vet within a day or two of homecoming whether the breeder requires it or not. Puppies can socialize with vaccinated adult dogs, and probably known puppies who aren't fully vaccinated yet. Best to stay away from paws on the ground at places a lot of dogs might be til yours is fully vaccinated. People are not usually any risk or at risk.
Consider pet insurance, at least for the first year or two, or sign up for Care Credit if there is a health emergency. If you can, a healthy four figure separate savings account dedicated to emergencies can be a life saver, literally.
Keep a first aid kit and learn some first aid procedures.

Puppy proofing inside and out, including kitties
Check your fencing if there is any. You want to keep things out as well as puppy in. Check your plant life for possible toxic plants.
Inside keep cords and cables covered or out of reach. Anything puppy level is at risk.

Besides pet stores, there is Amazon, Chewy.com, and eBay and Etsy for supplies. Other brick and mortar stores if they're nearby are Tuesday Morning, Marshall's, HomeGoods, Sierra Trading Post and TJ Maxx. The last two are also online.
 

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I use a dremel. Have heard that those nail grinders designed specifically for pets may not have enough power. Also need a metal toothed comb.
Ok thanks ill look into the Drexel. I thought the straight greyhound is metal??
I’d also add that some kind of play pen is nice to have. Lets them have a little more space without getting into trouble, and if you use it instead of crates when pups are awake, supposedly it helps cement the idea that the crates are for quiet time. I look forward to more pictures!
Thanks for the idea. I plan to keep them on a leash and with their person. We have a ranch style house and not really a good place to put a playpen. We have done the leash method with past puppies and it has really helped for house training and awareness of chewing and such..
 

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FWIW, when I brought my two home, they were in the same crate together at night for the first few weeks. Because they had each other at night, there was fussing only for a few minutes and only on the first night. They slept thru but hubs and I were on offset schedules so their sleeping thru time was maybe 5-6 hours between when I put them to bed and when hubs got up. They went out then, got a nosh and a drink, and back out again then up to condos til I got up later.
When I went to separate condos, they were still side by side. This has worked for us.
 

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FWIW, when I brought my two home, they were in the same crate together at night for the first few weeks. Because they had each other at night, there was fussing only for a few minutes and only on the first night. They slept thru but hubs and I were on offset schedules so their sleeping thru time was maybe 5-6 hours between when I put them to bed and when hubs got up. They went out then, got a nosh and a drink, and back out again then up to condos til I got up later.
When I went to separate condos, they were still side by side. This has worked for us.
I really wanted to keep them separated for sleeping. I've heard a lot about litter mate issues (despite not being littermates it can happen bc they are close in age). Sleeping apart and training apart seems to be a key factor to success. Also I was planning to have one in my room and one in my son's.
 

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Littermate issue is a real concern and needs to be considered.

I'm mentioning our strategy in the sleeping arrangements as a potential only. It won't work for everyone, but it can work if the rest of the work is done.
 

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Your puppies are so cute and so tiny. I can’t wait to see photos when you take them home.

I wouldn‘t give your dogs nylabones. Here’s a link about unsafe and safe choices. My vet warned me about not giving anything that you can’t indent with a finger nail. He has seen many broken teeth from things like raw bones and antlers etc.

 

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I prefer using a harness when puppies are tiny. They are all over the place when they are first figuring out the walking on a leash concept. I don't like them hitting the end of the leash hard. I just had Galen in a size small Kurgo. He outgrew it before he hit 4 months, but it was helpful while it still fit. Here he is wearing it, awestruck at being allowed to ride in the back of the truck like a big dog instead of having to go in the cat carrier.
 

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Your puppies are so cute and so tiny. I can’t wait to see photos when you take them home.

I wouldn‘t give your dogs nylabones. Here’s a link about unsafe and safe choices. My vet warned me about not giving anything that you can’t indent with a finger nail. He has seen many broken teeth from things like raw bones and antlers etc.

For puppies I’ll say this is true since they have puppy teeth, but as an owner of a super chewer I finally relented and got nylabones. As an adult it’s the only thing that will clean his teeth well (I also brush 5 days a week) and he has not fractured teeth. The key for me is that some dogs will chew too hard for their teeth and others know when to relent before fracture. I also supervise and trim off pieces with scissors every few minutes. So I suppose they can work for some dogs, IMO, with supervision for the right dog. Although I do agree they can be problematic.
 

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I wouldn‘t give your dogs nylabones. Here’s a link about unsafe and safe choices. My vet warned me about not giving anything that you can’t indent with a finger nail. He has seen many broken teeth from things like raw bones and antlers etc.
Good comment and will revise my list to suggest checking with vet for safe chew toys, and of course, that anything which might be ingested should always be supervised.

I've always only offered the puppy/soft or the few medium/flexi chewbones to my boys, and like old-boots says, we check frequently on their state. There wasn't much left on that list for Neo to really get his chew on tho :(.
 

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I like to use an exercise pen with a crate inside. I put down two layers of waterproof material then put newspaper on top. I make SURE the waterproof material extends several inches past the limit of the ex pen. Put your setup in a place where the puppy will not feel abandoned - our home office adjoins the den, so we put the ex pen in the den near the door to the office.

Keep the newspaper clean and dry - pick up as soon as possible after the puppy piddles or poops on it. This will really help with housebreaking. Take the puppy outside to the approved potty place often, but especially after meals. A very young puppy cannot hold it for very long, so at first this is quite a task. That said, most poodles do their darnedest to be clean, so just help them along with it.
 

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Having a pair of slip on shoes is really helpful during the first few weeks if you can't go outside barefoot. Several times I noticed Galen getting restless. By the time I finished pulling on my winter boots and tying the laces, it was already too late. Puddle by the door. This problem stopped when I started leaving my loafers by the door instead of my boots.
 
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