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Recommended Supplies for Your New Puppy

Dog Crate:

Dog Crate:

I recommend the MidWest Homes for Pets dog crates with divider which is available on Amazon. I suggest getting a large enough crate for your puppy ( 36" or 42" with divider) to be able to use as an adult. Use the dividers while potty training.This is the puppy’s own place that he/she can feel secure. It is extremely important that your puppy take naps in his/her crate and sleeps there at bedtime so that his/her brain can fully relax and reset. 

I found the perfect pet bed called Wash'nZip which is entirely washable. It has multiple layers in case of accidents in a crate, a zipper so that it can be opened up wider or zipped smaller, and comes in five sizes. You can use it as a pet bed or as a cover car seats and furniture. Check out Wash'nZip HERE.

Here are a couple of links to places I like to order from: Pet Edge or Foster & Smith

For an excellent video on potty and crate training, go HERE

Food & Water Dishes:

I recommend a non-breakable, non-chewable, tip-proof, and easy to clean dog bowls. I recommend stainless steel or heavy ceramic bowls big enough to be used when your puppy is full grown, or heavy enough to not be picked up, pushed around, or tipped over. Feel free to use the above links to PetEdge and Foster & Smith to find something you like.

Collar, Harness & Leash:

Collar, Harness & Leash:

I prefer a harness over a collar for many reasons. First and foremost they are safer for your puppy. Regular collars can cause damage to their necks and will encourage puppies to pull while being walked. Secondly, a harness will not slip off when your puppy is tugging and they cannot slip out of it and run off. Many can be adjustable, lightweight, inexpensive. I like this particular RABBITGOO dog harness. It is more comfortable to wear and this easy design makes it less of a hassle to put on. I will send your puppy home in their own "I'm a Providence Labradoodle" collar, but I highly recommend you purchase a harness to use with your leash and never attach a leash to a collar. Your puppy should ONLY wear a collar/harness when he/she is supervised! NEVER leave a collar/harness on your puppy when you are not watching them! Having a lightweight 4-6 foot leash to start out with will give them great beginning exposure to leash training. You will need to work on leash training for short periods indoors and out. Your puppy will drag it, step on it, get it caught on things around the house, and learn that a tug on the leash is OK, nothing to worry about.  

Grooming Tools:

Grooming Tools:

I recommend a soft slicker brush, metal comb, nail trimmers, shampoo/conditioner.  Buy a soft brush to get your puppy used to and comfortable with the brushing/grooming process. Then as your puppy is more comfortable with grooming, and his/her hair grows out, you will want to use a slicker brush (wire, rectangular), for regular brushing. A wire comb (Greyhound brand type comb) is awesome to check for any small mats that could be starting. It will go from the skin to the ends of the hair and grab onto any dead hair that needs to come out. A nail trimmer to keep the ends of his nails short is helpful, or you can ask your Vet to trim nails at each visit as you go through your puppy vaccination series, and ultimately have your groomer trim them at each grooming visit. Shampoo and conditioner that is gentle on your puppy’s skin and coat (Life’s Abundance has a wonderful shampoo/conditioner combo that smells divine) allow you to bathe your puppy as often as it is needed, without worrying about drying out their skin. A detangler for when your puppy’s coat grows out is a helpful tool to keep hair static down and to help ease in your combing/brushing routine.

Positive Training Resources:

Positive Training Resources:

Here are a few wonderful, helpful books to read:

Here is a wonderful video on potty training your puppy:

"How to Potty Train A Puppy-Housebreaking/Crate Training Your Dog"

One of the best potty training tools I've ever used are Poochie Bells. They can hang from a door knob or can be mounted next to a door. The handcrafted bells hang down for your dog to hit with his/her nose or paw to let you know they want outside. Poochie Bells literally cut the potty training time in half and you don't have to keep running to see if your puppy is waiting at the back door. Wherever you are in the house, you will hear the bells. You can find them on amazon under Poochie Bells.