An exercise pen can come in very handy when trying to contain your puppy. If you need to leave the home for more than an hour or two, you can set your puppy up in an exercise pen while you’re away. In the pen, you’d want to put a crate with the door open, a dog bed, food, water, toys and a potty area. Your puppy is litter trained so setting up a litter box in your exercise pen would give your pup a great spot to do his/her business.
Second Nature is the type of puppy litter that your puppy was trained to use while living here with us. Obviously, your puppy was trained to use the great outdoors, but when in the puppy pen area indoors, we used a dog litter product. If puppy is going to be home alone, contained in a pen, giving your pup a proper spot to potty is the best and cleanest solution. We’ve found that pups tend to shred and play with newspaper that’s laid on the floor.
Puppy food – We use Life’s Abundance brand. We suggest getting at least one large bag of this food so your puppy won’t get an upset tummy by a drastic diet change when he/she arrives at your home. Your puppy will be experiencing enough changes so a consistent diet is important. Should you choose to transition your puppy onto a different (yet high quality) food, please do so slowly over a number of weeks. https://www.lifesabundance.com
Leash – We like the 4’ leather leashes but that’s just our preference. Any material and length you like is fine.
Crate – I like the black wire crates with the divider and double door. These are collapsible and they can grow with your puppy so you only need to buy one crate. A sizing guideline is below:
Minis: 30 L x 21 W x 24 H
Mediums: 36 L x 24 W x 27 H
Standards: 42 L x 28 W x 31 H
Poochie Bells – We like to train our dogs to ring the bells when they need to go out. Learn more at: www.poochie-pets.net
Bitter Apple Spray – Spray on things you don’t want puppy to chew – they hate the taste.
Bowls – Stainless Steel non-slip bowls. We like the 1.2 Quart and the 2 Quart sizes.
Kong – A small kong would be a great place to start. As your dog grows you can increase the size. This is a great way to keep you puppy occupied, especially when it’s stuffed with a few treats or a small amount of peanut butter.
Toys – balls, ropes and treat dispensing toys are always favorites. Anything that can be attached to a long rope and dragged along the ground by you is a huge hit with every puppy we’ve known! This is one that gets alot of use at our house: http://www.amazon.com/Outward-Hound-41001-Exercise-Replacement/dp/B0042I5G2I/ref=pd_bxgy_199_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0PGKD1J12CR0FJFJNTWY
Training treats – You want something you can rip up into pea sized pieces. Life’s Abundance has great training treats.
Toothbrush and Toothpaste – it comes in yummy flavors like “chicken”!
Cleaner – one that has active enzymes to clean up any accidents.
Dog nail clippers – for our puppies we use baby nail clippers, but eventually you’ll need regular clippers. We like the style pictured here, but any nail clippers you’re comfortable with would be fine.
Styptic Powder – a powder that you can use to stop the bleeding if you accidentally clip your dog’s nails too short and hit the quick.
Doggy shampoo – We like Fauna shampoo but any quality dog shampoo that you like would do the job.
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