Puppy Supply List
I currently feed Stella & Chewys Freeze Dried or frozen raw food. The freeze dried does not need refrigeration. I switch the protein source with each new bag to reduce allergies later in life. Please keep the puppy on the same food for at least the first week since this is a high stress time. I believe raw is the most natural choice for dogs. If selecting another brand, please consider a grain free source that does not contain corn, wheat or soy. ZiWi Peak is an air dried raw and is a great choice for training treats. These can be purchased at some pet stores or ordered from wag.com or chewies.com
- Hip Supplements. I recommend Glyco Flex III chewables for at least the first year of life while your puppy is going through rapid growth. I break them in half and feed one daily. I order this from they Dr. Foster & Smith website.
- Stainless steel water and food bowl.
- Collar with ID tag and leash.
I like Lupine as they are guaranteed for life when chewed, etc. Boomerang tags fit right onto the collar and do not hang down and jingle.
- Crate or kennel.
You will need a puppy crate if you choose to crate train your puppy. Approximately 22-25” from the floor to the top. They come in metal or plastic. A kennel liner will keep your pup warm and cozy.
- Puppy gate or Exercise pen.
A baby gate works very well. You will want to keep your puppy out of certain areas, at least until housebroken.
It's a really good idea to get a washable bed or a bed with a washable cover. I also like the Kuranda cots and cover them with a shammy rug which I also use by the doors on rainy days, in the back of the car after a romp on the beach or just to dry after a bath.
- Feces elimination tools
You may want a “Pooper Scooper “for your yard and plastic bags for your walks.
- Kong toys. They're safe and they can be filled with "goodies" and they bounce in every direction. Great to fill and give to your pup when you need to keep them happily occupied.
- Comb and or a brush.
I use combs, a large metal and dematting comb. I also use a slicker brush, Le Pooch is my favorite. Lots of grooming tools can be found on the following site. www.PetEdge.com.
My favorite shampoos are Earth Bath brand. I buy several different kinds but always have one just for puppies, made for washing the face without stinging the eyes.
- Ear Cleaner Labradoodles have floppy ears with hair inside so when water gets in the ear from swimming, bathing etc. an ear cleaner/dryer should be used. My favorite is T-8 and can be ordered from the website Dr. Foster & Smith.
- Poochie bells if you decide to try to train your pup to ring the bell to go potty. (PoochieBells House Training Doggie Doorbells)
- Anti-chewing spray. I use Bitter Apple which can be purchased online or in most pet stores.
- Natures miracle is an enzyme cleaner to eliminate any smell for the accidents that will happen........
- Dog tooth brush and paste or wipes. It's good to accustom your puppy young
- "Dog training for Dummies" book and books below!
"How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves" by Sophia Yin, DVM