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New Puppy (Shopping) Checklist

This puppy shopping list was created by Jan from the external link site.

Thanks, Jan!

check box Paper towels (a lot of paper towels :)
check box Old Towels for Crate. Once puppy is reliably crate trained, a "real" crate bed can be used.
check box Old Blanket or Towel(s) to cover wire Crate.
check box Cotton balls for cleaning ears.
check box Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting, if necessary).
check box 100% Pure canned Pumpkin (from the baking isle of your grocery store). Pumpkin is a good source of fiber. When puppy has diarrhea or constipation, a tablespoon or two with every meal for several days should help alleviate symptoms. Freeze excess in ice cube tray.
check box Baby Gate(s). Try baby supply stores - generally more choices and cheaper than pet stores (Beware that horizontal bars provide a foot-hold for climbing puppies. Also consider spacing between bars, as some times it is large enough for little puppies to get caught).

General from your Pet Supply Store:
check box Nature's Miracle (gallon size) or similar stain/odor neutralizer.
check box Bitter Apple (bitter taste deters dogs from biting, licking, and chewing).
check box Pooper Scooper & bags.
check box Food and water bowls (stainless steel or ceramic).
check box Storage bin for dry food.
check box Adjustable Nylon collar w/plastic clasp. 10 - 14 inch (25 - 35 cm) size for standard or medium Doodle puppies. Smaller for mini Doodle puppies.
check box I.D. Tag. (e.g. See for their flat collar tags for adjustable collars. They also sell collars with tags included for the smaller sized dogs).
check box 6 foot (1.8 m) leash
check box 15 foot (4.6 m) or longer (up to 50 foot (15 m)) training leash(es)
check box Wire Crate for crate training. Double door folding crate with divider (we've heard good things about both Midwest and Precision brands). Medium - Standard Sized Doodles need at least a 42 inch. (1.07 m) crate. Mini Doodles can use a 36 inch (0.9 m) crate.
check box Travel Crate for car until puppy is big enough to wear a car harness.

Food and Treats:
check box Puppy Food. It is best to start with the same food the Breeder was feeding.
check box Puppy Biscuits (e.g. Old Mother Hubbard makes a good one).
check box Training Treats. Soft & tiny treats work best for training. Pieces of cheese, hotdogs, or homemade Liver Brownies

Good Chews and Toys:
check box Medium or Large Kong Toy.
check box Stuffed Dog Toys w/ squeakers.
check box Balls (squeaky rubber balls).
check box Rope toys (e.g. Booda bones).
check box Cow hooves or bully sticks for chewing.
check box Chase It Pet Toys.

Grooming Supplies:
check box Pin Brush.
check box Medium tooth Comb.
check box Blunt tipped curved blade scissors.
check box Toothbrush Kit.
check box Puppy Shampoo.
check box Puppy Conditioner / Grooming Spray.
check box Ear Wash solution.
check box Plier-style nail clippers w/nail guard.
check box Blood Stop Powder.

Additional Items:
check box Kuranda Dog Beds. external link "Puppies can do a lot of bad things to most beds. Kuranda have a bed that can survive the puppy stage and remain your pet’s favorite place to go to for the rest of his life. You can start him out right away on a Kuranda bed, if he soils his bed, you simply take it outside and scrub it. If he’s a “chewer,” the patented “chew proof” design will outlast the most vigorous chewer."
check box Bell to hang by back door. Helps with house training, they learn to ring the bell to alert you that they need to go out. Some use large craft bells, some use cow bells (e.g.
check box Ownership & Training books. Recommendations include: "The Dog Listener", "Puppies for Dummies", and many more...
check box Make appointment with Vet for new puppy wellness check up.
check box Start shopping for Obedience classes
check box Lots of Love and Patience :)