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One of the fun things about bringing home a new puppy is choosing puppy supplies!
There are so many things you need, and even more that you just want, and everything looks so cute.
Many of the big-name pet stores carry a good range of dog food, toys, beds, collars etc., but they can tend to be a bit 'generic'.
If you happen to live out in the sticks, lack transport, are sick, disabled (or just don't feel like dragging two toddlers around Petsmart) finding pet supplies online can be a Godsend.
I'd recommend starting out with the necessities, and adding to that as your pup grows and you get to know his personality and needs, or as funds allow.
You might want to start out by taking a look at my personal 'must haves'...
Find out which products I always use with my own puppies, and why I think they're essential. Each of these makes life easier in some way during those early weeks with a new pup. They're all firm favorites and have earned their place on the list!
Check out the very best dry puppy food choices for pups of all sizes and breeds. Cuts through all the confusion and information overload to help you make the right choice for your little one.
Although it's not usually the most recommended way of feeding a pup, canned food can be a good choice for some puppies. Find out whether this could be a good choice for you and your pup, and see the best brands on the market.
It's just as important to pay attention to the treats you give your pup as it is to his food! Check out the premium treats here, all made with quality ingredients, and find out how to choose healthy 'goodies' too.
Crate training is the best way to housebreak a puppy, and plastic crates are affordable, durable and easy to clean making them the perfect choice. See which plastic dog crates are the best fit for your puppy (and your needs) right here.
This type of crate is also a good choice for housebreaking, especially if your pup likes to be 'in the middle of the action' and yet needs to be contained. Also great for large or giant breed puppies.
Lightweight, convenient and very portable - soft sided dog crates make trips with your pup simple and safe. Not recommended for housetraining puppies but excellent for road trips, visits to friends/family, socialization outings.
If you have a puppy in your home - then you need reliable, effective products to remove the odor and stains of those inevitable 'accidents'. Find the best (tried, tested and trusted) products here.
If you want to use pee-pee pads to housebreak your puppy, you need to know the pros and cons of each brand/design. They're not my preferred way to potty train a pup, but they can be useful and convenient in some situations.
Indoor dog potties are a great alternative to puppy pee pads and come in a wide variety of styles and options. Probably the best choice if your pup/dog can't/won't eliminate outdoors.
A good instruction book is worth it's weight in gold - no matter what it is you're trying to learn. See the books I have in my home and find out why I think they're the best choices out there (and if you'd rather watch than read, there are DVD's too!)
A dog relaxation cd can calm your pet's anxiety quickly, effectively and safely. Whether it's thunderstorms, car travel, general noise or separation anxiety, there's one to help your dog here.
Puppy toys come in all shapes and sizes, not ALL of them are suitable or safe for every puppy. Find some of the best, and safest, ones here PLUS get tips and advice to help you make the right choice for your pup.
When puppies are teething they need the right kind of toys to stand up to the abuse, and to soothe sore gums. Find out how to choose the right toys and see a selection of the best ones from three top manufacturers.
Create the perfect puppy gift basket for the furbaby in your life! Choose from a great selection of containers and goodies for a unique gift. A perfect way to welcome the new puppy, or just to say 'I love you'.
Dog collar ID tags aren't just a decorative accessory.... they're an essential! Puppies and dogs get lost all over the country, every single day. But just because they're functional, it doesn't mean they can't be fun!
Puppies LOVE to chew, sadly they don't confine this behavior to their toys! If you want to give little Fido a comfy bed to sleep on, make sure it's super-durable.
Keeping your little guy clean and well-groomed is good for his skin and coat, and it keeps your home a little more fur-free and sweeter smelling too.
Keeping your pup flea-and-tick-free is very important for his health. There are lots of flea and tick products out there, so picking the right one can be a challenge. Get the info you need to make the right choice here.
Although very effective, and often essential, many flea control products contain strong chemicals and for young puppies or tiny breeds this can be a lot for them to handle. Natural flea repellents and treatments can be a good alternative option.
Puppies are full of energy, curious and fearless... this can end badly at times. Be prepared to help your pup in an emergency by making sure you have a well-stocked dog first aid kit.