Recommended Products
  
Below are some products that I like and recommend or tips on what or where to purchase items.

  

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Crate:
  
This is one of the most important items to purchase for your puppy. The crate will be his “den” His special place to sleep, stay and go to feel safe. Purchase one for the size your dog will be as an adult, with dividers that can be removed to enlarge the crate as the puppy grows. The divider is very important so it is not large enough that your puppy will soil one end and sleep at the other. The crate should have adequate ventilation, but openings should be small enough so your puppy cannot get his head or paws stuck.  

Give your puppy a safe chew toy while he’s crated. No food or water should be left in the crate because after eating or drinking they will need to relieve themselves and will have no other choice but to soil their crate. The key to successful crate training is to always use it in a positive manner and never as punishment. Always give them a chance to eliminate before putting your puppy in the crate.  

As a general rule, your puppy can safely be left in a crate the number of hours that equals his age in months plus one.

My flight package includes a crate that will be yours to keep. In many cases they will last for several weeks or months depending on the size of crate your puppy is flown in.

Exercise Pen or Gate:  
Lightweight exercise pens or childproof gates will allow your new family member to be confined to controllable areas, yet be close to the family's activities.
Leash and Collar:
  
When picking up your puppy bring along a leash and a collar. Remember a puppy collar will be out grown quickly, so an inexpensive one is fine. It should be lightweight nylon or leather. For your puppy’s safety, remove his collar while he’s crated.

As a guide if the puppy is between 8 and 10 weeks old there neck will be between 8-12 inches. If they are over 10 weeks old there neck will be between 11 and 14 inches. If your puppy is over 16 weeks of age purchase an expandable one ranging from 14-20 inches.

Dishes:
  
Water and food dishes should be non-tippable and preferably made of heavy stainless steel. You might want to put a mat or tray under the dishes to protect your floor from spills. I recommend washing the bowls daily. (A cheap option are the trays they sell for shoes or like items. The ones made for pets are almost the same but cost a lot more.)
Food:

  

  

Life's Abundance All Life Stage Dry Dog Food.

All of my puppies eat Life's Abundance.

I recommend Life’s Abundance for several reasons. First and foremost the food is made in the United States and shipped directly to you within 6 weeks of it being made so it’s not sitting in a warehouse for months as they don’t add harmful chemical preservatives like BHA or BHT. The food has NEVER been recalled. It contains no artificial flavors, artificial colors, corn, corn gluten, wheat or wheat gluten.   

If you choose to switch brands of food I recommend letting the puppy settle into your routine before switching and should be done gradually, usually over a 7 – 10 day period. Making an abrupt change in a puppy’s food can cause digestive problems. To switch to your own preference of dog food make the change a gradual process to help the puppy adjust, slowly increasing the ratio of food you prefer. Most dog food brands have their own recommendations on how to switch a dog over to their food. You should follow any directions printed on their bag.

Training Treats:  
Life's Abundance has "Training Treats" that I really like. The best training treats are those that can be consumed in one bite or swallowed whole. You want to avoid anything that could crumble as most dogs will want to make sure they get every last crumb off the floor before paying attention to you again. It's also a good idea to feed them something that will support their overall health.
Treats and Bones I  recommend:
I like Nylabones, Elk Antlers, Pig Snouts, Pig Ears, cow hooves, bully sticks, Kong's filled with something, ice cubes, and many others. I only buy food products that are made in the USA or other countries with high safety standards for pet products. I avoid anything made in China.

A cheap and easy treat is fill and ice cube tray with puppy food or other treats and then fill with water or chicken/beef broth and freeze.

Purchase Supplements:  

I provide my dogs and puppies with NuVet Plus supplements every day. These supplements come in a tasty chewable tablet that the puppies and dogs like.
  
As a quality breeder, my highest priority is the health of the dogs I breed.  Part of that responsibility includes doing everything possible to assure their well being after they go to a new home. In conjunction with feeding Life’s Abundance I use NuVet Plus to fill in the gaps. Giving your new puppy NuVet adds an extra layer of protection, especially during the most critical first year of life.

If you choose to provide your puppy NuVet I will double the length of your health guarantee.* Click here to find out more.  

Grooming Tools:  
It’s a good idea to have basic grooming tools, such as a comb, shampoo, and dog nail clippers. Be sure to read the directions on any shampoo or bathing product to confirm it is recommended for puppies. Furminator's are amazing and work great! I love mine. I've bought the cheap knock-off brands and they don't work as well. Most cost between $30-60 but are worth every penny! If you plan to show your dog in conformation you do not want to use a Furminator.
Best way to get started:

Life's Abundance has a starter pack that not only has either a 8 or 20 pound bag of dog food, but also contains:
  
Wellness Food Supplements (30 tablet bottle)
Antioxidant Health Bars (12 oz jar)
Tasty Rewards Training Treats (4 oz bag)
Buffalo Bully Sticks ( 6 - 6 inch sticks)  
Ear Care Formula (4 ounce bottle)
Revitalizing Shampoo (12 ounce bottle)
Bath Fresh Mist (8 ounce spray bottle)

CLICK HERE to see all the details

Cleaning Up an Accident:

  

  

  

Accidents will happen from time to time with a new puppy. House training takes patients and consistency. After an accident has happened remove your puppy from the accident scene until you've cleaned it thoroughly. Dogs are sensitive to the smell of urine, so preventing them from finding the soiled spot is important throughout the housebreaking process. You will want to clean up all accidents as soon as possible because urine that has a chance to soak into carpet is more difficult to eliminate and often will attract your puppy to the same spot. Rinse the spot with cool water and use a towel to soak up the excess water and urine. You can also use a wet vacuum if you have one. After rinsing with water then use a cleaner. It is important to use a pet urine cleaner because urine is comprised of ammonia. Do not choose a cleanser that has ammonia listed as one of its ingredients. You want to choose a pet urine remover that has enzymes in it to break down the urine and eliminate urine odor.

I use and recommend Nature's Miracle. It comes in a white and red bottle and can be found at most pet stores.

  

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Products to AVOID
  
Below are some products that I would recommend avoiding.

Tennis Balls
Tennis balls are not safe to allow your puppy or dog to play with. Sadly several dogs have died because the ball gets lodged in the back of the throat where it cannot be removed by the owner. Also tennis balls can easily be broken and within minutes a dog could have it in pieces that could easily be swallowed. The fuzz from tennis balls doesn’t break down in the stomach so whether your dog has ingested pieces of the ball or the fuzz both can easily cause an obstruction requiring surgical intervention. Now if this isn’t enough to make you decide to toss the tennis balls, the glue used to fasten the fuzz to tennis balls can break down the enamel on your dog’s teeth. When dogs chew on tennis balls the glue becomes wet and abrasive. The combination of chewing and abrasion damages your dog’s teeth and continues to damage his teeth when he’s not chewing because the glue remaining on his teeth breaks down the enamel. With all these reasons why tennis balls may be hazardous to your dog’s health, and so many other balls on the market that are safe to use in play and training, why take the chance on using them?
Rawhides  
Rawhides are not considered a food item. Thus, it is not covered by any labeling, processing, or content laws, and it may contain chemical preservatives. According to Associated Content, imported rawhide chews often contain toxins including arsenic, lead, titanium oxide, formaldehyde, chromium salts, mercury, cadmium and bromine. Even with the use of these highly questionable preservatives, the FDA reports that Salmonella has been detected in some of the imported chews. In the US and Canada, refrigerated trucks provide safer transport and the hides are generally only treated with hydrogen peroxide and a water rinse. If you must give your dog rawhide, make sure it was made in America. For safety, monitor the chewing. Throw away the small, chewed down pieces. In addition to the chemical risk, rawhide can swell up to four times its original size in your dog’s stomach and cause life-threatening blockages. Dogs can chew off and swallow large pieces of rawhide which can get stuck in their esophagus, stomach, or intestines. This almost always requires surgical removal.
Avoid food products from China
I only buy food products that are made in the USA or other countries with high safety standards for pet products. I avoid anything made in China.  
Poisonous Plans
Click Here for a list of poisonous plants that should be removed from your home.
Other items to avoid
It's important to remember that pets do not have the same digestive systems as humans and that we need to keep certain foods away from them. Dogs should never eat chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, macadamia nuts, walnuts, tomatoes, avocados, nutmeg, coffee, tea, alcohol, or breath mints. All of these are toxic and can cause severe health problems or even death. All pets should avoid foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar, bones that are likely to splinter (such as chicken bones) and alcohol.

If you are baking, keep pets away from yeast dough or bread dough, baking soda or baking powder - ingesting these ingredients can cause serious problems.

The seeds, leaves and stems of many kinds of fruits and some vegetable can be toxic to pets. Don’t let your dog eat the pit of a pear, plum, peach, apricot, or apple.

Keep all tobacco products away from your pet and don’t leave the filters where the dog has access to them.

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