Preparing to bring your puppy home?

Are you ready for the arrival of your new puppy? We know this can be an exciting (and sometimes forgetful) time making sure you have what you need for your puppy. We've compiled a list of items we use and love to help you be pro-active in preparing for the arrival of your newest family member. We hope this list will be helpful tool to get you a good start and a solid foundation for puppy and adulthood.

Products We Use and Recommend

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< A Good Veterinarian

A good Veterinarian is a must! A good vet will help you keep your puppy healthy and happy throughout the years. You will also need to take your puppy in with-in the first 3 days of going home. We recommend that you book an appointment before your puppy is home. 

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Pet Insurance >

We list Pet Insurance at the top of the "shopping List" because sometimes it gets overlooked until an incident occurs. We highly recommend you cover your new puppy BEFORE they arrive. Many plans do not activate until the following month of purchase, please plan accordingly. 

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< Puppy Culture Bundle For Puppy Owners

Your puppy is started on the Puppy Culture Program. Including Socialization, basic manner and life skills. This program gives your puppy self confidence and the drive to please. They have so many great programs for puppy owners and breeders. Look for "for Puppy Owners" in the title to continue where we have left off. 

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< Nutrition

Nutrition is the number one way to maintain a healthy dog. We have tried a variety of foods and there are many great foods to choose from. Do your homework and feed your beloved family member a quality diet. Currently, we are feeding NutriSource® which provides super premium nutrition in a scientifically formulated easy-to-digest food.  If you plan to feed something different that is fine. But please do so after your puppy is home for at least 1 month. Going to a new home is stressful for a new puppy and is not the time to be changing up his/her food. You can find it on Amazon with free 2-day shipping or go to www.nutrisourcepetfoods.com to find a store near you that sells this food.

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NuVet >

Most dog foods do not supply you pet with all the needed vitamins and minerals. NuVet Plus covers all the missing elements to give you pet the perfect balance. At 3 Weeks of age your puppy is started on NuVet Plus. These vitamins are jam packed with immune building properties, they also promote healthy Skin, Coat, eyes, and ears. Made in a human grade lab! These vitamins will help your puppies immune system when it is most vulnerable (going to a new home). These are not sold in stores so please have these ordered before you pick up your puppy to avoid missing a day.  ORDER CODE: 64795

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< Air-Line Approved Pet Carrier

If you are flying in to pick up your puppy, you will need an Air-line approved pet carried that will fit under your seat in-cabin. This is our favorite and is cost efficient. If shopping around make sure it is "Air-line Approved".

Grooming

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Slicker Brush

Even if you plan to have a groomer groom your dog, it is a good idea to have a few simple tools on hand to keep you dogs coats healthy and easy to manage. Your puppy will need to be brush at least 2 times a week. This is our favorite detangling brush. It works well for everyday brushing and maintaining your dogs coat. 

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Nail Clipper/Trimmers

Nail trims may need to be done more often than groom. Keeping your pets nails short and clean will keep them bouncing around and ready to play. These are our favorite nail trimmers that we use.

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Pet Shampoo

NuVet Shampoo is Specially formulated to be hypo-allergenic and PH balanced for the delicate skin of puppies. Environmentally safe and created to moisturize your young pet’s sensitive skin and give their coat sheen and luster. Also contains a coconut base with aloe vera, vitamins A, D, E and a proprietary blend of botanical extracts; no alcohol or animal by-products are ever used. This Shampoo is tearless and contains no detergent or soaps that remove the essential natural oils from the skin which your pet needs. ORDER CODE: 64795

Collar, Leash, & Harness

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< Harness

This harness is adjustable with reflective material to be seen at night. We recommend a harness because it doesn't pull directly on your dogs neck like a collar would. You may want to use a harness for walks and a collar for everyday use. 

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Collar >

There are so many high quality collars out there. We recommend a collar with some form of identification be worn at all times. Even though your puppy will come with a micro-chip he/she may be found where a micro-chip reader may not be readily available. Here is a good option that comes with a matching leash.

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< Leash

This Kurgo 6 way leash is an award winning and best selling dog leash converts into 6 different styles with a simple carabiner adjustment: (1) around the waist, (2) over the shoulder courier style, (3) double dog leash, (4) versatile tether to help hitch your dog to anything, (5) 6 foot leash, and (6) 3 foot training leash HANDS FREE DOG BELT: Dog leash can be used everyday for walking, running, and hiking; easily wear this leash around your waist for extra mobility; hands free feature allows you to use your hands for other things; also allows your dog to run or walk in front of you, or beside you, without breaking your stride or making you feel like you're stepping on your pup's paws

Sleep/Training

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Crate

We are advocates of crate training. When integrated properly, crate-training is extremely effective for house-training and transitioning a puppy to their new home. We like the Midwest iCrate because of its quality, affordability, and the fact that it folds down easily for transport. The included divider panel allows you to use the same crate from puppy to adult. 

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Dog Bed >

Chances are you're envisioning your pup curled up in a cozy dog bed. This could happen, but most likely, your pup will prefer the feel of cool tile or hardwood floor beneath them. We love the elevated dog beds. There are many to chose from. Here are a few options. 

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< Elevated Pet Bed

This elevated bed is great because it is breathable with mesh allowing airflow to keep your pet cool. It creates extra comfort and has very low impact on pressure points and joints. Very easy to clean and lightweight.

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Play Pen/Exercise Pen

An Exercise Pen is another great option for house-breaking. Helping to keep your pup safe and contained, exercise pens can be used in conjunction with a crate allowing pup to go in and out as they please. This can help alleviate some of the whining and crying that can occur as they adjust to the crate. 

If you can not supervise your new puppy 100% of the time, keep them in the Exercise pen to avoid accidents around the house! 

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Odor Remover >

NuVet Labs® Organic Stain and Odor Remover is effective on areas soiled by pet urine and feces. No mere cover up, All Natural, Organic formula actually removes undesired odors and discourages your pet from soiling on the same spot again. This safe and gentle stain and odor remover is an All Purpose Organic cleaner that can be used on clothing, furniture, floors, carpets, cages and litter boxes. ORDER CODE: 64795

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< Oral Care

We highly recommend a pet-safe enzymatic toothpaste. Teaching your puppy to accept toothbrushing early makes it easier and more enjoyable for them as adults. Your pets teeth should be brushed frequently to keep them healthy and tarter free. We like Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste in Vanilla Mint.