Getting a puppy and not sure where to start or what you’ll need?
Here is a list to help you get started!*
Documents to help you:
- Critical periods in puppy development J Cohen *12-2018
- How to Crate Train Your Puppy
- Puppy Proofing Your Home
- Raising A Puppy While Working Full Time
- Socializing Your Puppy
- Suggested Puppy Items to Have Before Bringing Puppy Home
- Understanding your puppy’s growth needs
Nutrition & Supplements
*Updated September 2021. Due to 2020 many things are no longer available or have limited availability. This is a flexible list, and we are always open to suggestions!
We feed a combination of food. We fed Purina ProPlan Sport until they changed the formula and the dogs didn’t like the change. Now they are eating Blue Diamond Naturals Beef formula. We also have a few special diets with Purina ProPlan Weight Management, Nutrisource Performance, and Royal Canin Senior (for the Chihuahua!).
Articles to read
- FDA Investigating Potential Connection Between Diet and Cases of Canine Heart Disease
- It’s Not Just Grain-Free: An Update on Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy
- Chewy Ring by Kees is a product that I love. We found Kees at the Whidbey Island Kennel Club AKC event in fall 2017. I hope that you do give them a try! They make wonderful gifts too! *Update – I’ve removed the link as they seem to be having website issues (maybe just out of stock?). If you are able to get a chewy ring, they can be a wonderful tool for crate training and quiet time!
- All our dogs are on a Dr. Kruger formula! All mama dogs are started on the Puppy & Pregnancy formula, and a starter bag is sent home with the puppies at 8 weeks. https://www.drkruger.com/
I give my showing dogs NuVet and my sporting dogs NuJoint tablets. Every puppy goes home with a week’s supply to get started with.
I use many of the DocRoy’s products for my mamas and puppies.
Dog Kennels & Crates (I’ve provided Amazon links but they change frequently)