LIST OF THINGS TO BUY FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY
Links to all you'll need to buy your new addition
Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy: The UK's No.1 Dog Training Book
This is a very popular book with new puppy owners:
Crates are useful for containing your puppy and keeping them safe and out of trouble when they are alone, rather like putting a baby in a cot or play pen.
Put some bedding inside and tie some toys in the far end of the crate so the puppy has to go in there to play with them. Gently place your puppy in there whenever they fall asleep.
You can gradually increase the time the puppy stays in the crate, and initially this should be while you are still in the room with them.
Make sure your puppy has recently emptied their bladder and bowels before they settle in their crate and do not leave your puppy in the crate for more than a couple of hours during the daytime.
Never use the crate as a sin-bin or you will teach your puppy to resent it. Always remove the puppy's collar when in the crate in case it gets caught up on it.
For the house
We recommend a crate between 32” and 36”.
For travelling in the car:
A dog should travel either behind a dog guard, secured with a car-seat harness or, ideally, in a crate. A crate or cage gives a dog their own space and ensures both safety and comfort.
Help your puppy get accustomed to car travel by taking them out on short trips at first, ideally when they're tired enough to fall asleep. If the puppy is car sick, try fixing the crate on the passenger seat, as the car sways far more at the back which can cause travel sickness.
Play pens are perfect for knowing that your puppy is safe when you cannot supervise them.
BEDDING FOR THE CRATE:
Your puppy needs a comfortable bed, so be sure to buy one that's big enough for it to grow into and stretch out in.
There are many different types of bed for your puppy. Most puppies love snuggling into a piece of 'Vetbed' or similar. This is a synthetic simulated sheepskin, which is hygienic, machine washable, totally non-allergenic and relatively resistant to chewing. It can also help to prevent pressure sores on bigger dogs. Buy two pieces so you use one while washing and drying the other.
Cameras are invaluable (and addictive!) for keeping an eye on your puppy when you have to leave them.
We use the brand Tapo:
CARRIER / SLING
These are perfect for taking your puppy out and about before their second vaccinations.
These are a God-send – great for the kitchen and also the bottom of the stairs.
FOOD AND WATER BOWLS
You will need separate (non-slip) bowls for food and water. These are really good for when your pup is in their pen or crate:
These are great for around the house:
Make sure fresh water is always available for your puppy.
ROYAL CANIN MINI PUPPY
Our puppies eat Royal Canin food.
Choose a comfortable collar. Puppies grow rapidly and collars should be checked almost daily for condition and fit. These should not be so loose that they can slip over your puppy's head nor so tight that you cannot slip two fingers underneath.
HARNESS – a good idea and more comfortable than collars. We use both on our dogs. The collar for ID and their harnesses for exercise.
You are required by law (under The Control of Dogs Order 1992) to inscribe the name and address of the owner on your dog's collar tag. You must comply with this, even if it is microchipped, and you can be fined up to £5,000 if you do not. You may also want to put your telephone numbers on the tag, but you do not need to put your dog's name on it.
Cavapoos can feel the cold, so they may benefit from wearing a fitted jumper or coat while out walking. Some long-haired dogs may benefit from protective clothing to keep them clean and dry in winter weather. Make sure it fits properly and is well-tolerated by your puppy.
It is very important that your puppy has a range of appropriate and interesting toys to play with, otherwise they might chew on your things instead of their own. Chew toys also provide mental stimulation, help to keep your dog's teeth clean and allow them to exercise their jaws. Select toys for your puppy carefully – some may be too small and might choke your puppy, while others may splinter.
Do not let your puppy play with sticks, golf or squash balls. All these things can easily get stuck in the throat and cause damage or even death.
Also do not buy cheap thin plastic that they could chew and ingest.
Ideal for your puppy to cuddle on their first night without their siblings to snuggle.
Very useful during the house training process.
An essential item!
Always brush your puppy slowly and gently. Gradually introduce the concept of grooming in very short sessions. If your puppy tries to bite the brush, put some taste deterrent on the brush so they learn not to bother.
TOOTHBRUSH AND PASTE
Gum disease is far too common in middle-aged dogs and can lead to all sorts of health problems, so it pays to brush your puppy's teeth. Use special canine toothpaste, which comes in tasty flavours and does not foam (unlike human toothpaste) with a special rubber thimble for dogs' teeth.
EAR AND EYE WIPES
Wiping eyes and ears should be part of your daily routine.
Dogs only need to be bathed every few months, unless they have been swimming or have rolled in something smelly. Use a dog shampoo and put a non-slip mat down if using the bath. Towel-drying your puppy is important and will get them used to being dried when they come home wet from a walk.
Please get in touch if you need any further advice on what you need to buy for your puppy from us.