Supplies I Find Helpful
Buckle or martingale collar and/or harness.
Note: do not leave collars and harnesses on unattended puppies as they will eat them! Here are a few choices I recommend:
- Martingale: avoid the ones with metal chain
For dogs who pull:
- Freedom Harness
- Perfect Fit Harness: For dogs who are hard to fit, this is a harness that has three parts separately ordered.
For dogs who don’t pull:
Comfort Trainer: For dogs who pull and bark aggressively at other dogs or are much stronger than owners.
Lines and Leashes
House line: Light 6’ leash or laundry cord and swivel hook from hardware store
Leash: 4’ – 6’, soft and easy to fold up in your hands. Leather feels best but not recommended for mouthy puppies.
Long line: Biothane is nice because it is weather resistant: For small dogs, choose 3/8”, ½# for larger dogs. I prefer them without a handle.
- Grannick’s Bitter Apple (NOT BITTER END!) to prevent chewing.
- Nature’s Miracle, Urine-Off or Anti-Icky Poo to clean up accidents.
- Very cheap bedding for crate and a dog bed for the floor.
- Crate: metal or plastic, large enough for your puppy to stand up in and turn around but not big enough to sleep on one side and eliminate on the other.
Chew Bones and Toys
- Compressed rawhide (not for coated breeds) ***
- Bully Stick ***
- Split moose antler (use with caution, some vets warn about tooth breakage)
- Himalayan Dog Chew ***
- Good site for toys
- Rubber toy like Kong
- Soft toys with squeakers
- Nylabone Dental Dinosaur
- Puzzle toys like Busy Buddy with gnawhide rings
- For dogs who like wood (sticks, chair legs, etc): Root chews
- Rope toy
*** Chews are fun and necessary for puppies but can cause problems. Check to make sure that your puppy is not eating large pieces or consuming a bone in a few hours. Do not feed greenies as they can cause dangerous obstructions.
- Miller’s Forge Orange Nail clippers or Dremel nail grinder (black large nails)
- Brush (Zoom Groom for smooth-coated dogs)
- Pin brush or slicker for coated breeds
Treats and Feeding
- Separate bowls for food and water
- Puzzle bowls for fast eaters (or scatter food or both)
- Soft treats without lots of chemicals
- Vital Essentials (lots of flavors) – this is what I use
- Happy Howie’s Rolls
- String cheese, hot dogs (low salt), lunch meat (low salt)