Be prepared for the arrival of your new puppy! This page has a complete list including those supplies that are easily forgotten. The Golden Retriever puppy and adult supplies on this page are those that we’ve tried, loved, and continue to use. First we’ll go over a quick list of supplies that must be bought before you pick up your puppy. Then we’ll go over a multitude of supplies that are nice to have, though not totally necessary. We’ll also provide links to our favorites in the second section of this article.
Quick List of Golden Retriever Puppy Supplies Needed Before Puppy Pick Up
Before you pick up your puppy, make sure you have the following supplies ordered in time for you to receive them before picking up your puppy. When you come to pick up your puppy, you’ll need to bring a few of these supplies with you. Lists of links to specific supplies that we recommend are below.
Supplies to Bring With You to Puppy-Pick-Up
Leash and Collar
First of all, bring a leash and a collar. Most families live too far to bring their puppy home without needing the leash and collar for at least one potty break.
Secondly, you’ll need to bring a crate for the trip home.
If you will be flying, bring a soft sided carrier. The most popular soft sided carrier is the Sherpa brand but make sure to check with your airline before buying a one. If you are traveling alone or will be in your vehicle for more than an hour, bring a 24 inch wire crate (see link below). Many families fly in and out of the Atlanta airport with our puppies. We suggest these families bring both a soft-sided carrier as well as a small wire crate.
The soft-sided crate is necessary for a flight. However, it is far too small for a puppy to be comfortable in it without a person’s occasional intervention. It works fine for air travel where you can often take your puppy out after take-off and before landing. At the very least, you can stick your hand in the carrier to pet him. If you are driving, you won’t be able to adequately tend to your puppy in such a small carrier.
An 18 or 24 inch wire crate is very inexpensive and is worth the extra purchase even if you leave it behind you in your rental car before entering the airport. If you will be taking the crate home with you, a 24 inch crate is best. If you’ll be leaving the crate in the vehicle, an 18 inch crate will do. Make sure you bring a second person with you to care for the puppy while you drive if you don’t have a wire crate. Try to keep stress out of the trip as much as possible. A wire crate will help you to accomplish just that.
Food, Water, a Bowl, and a Bully Stick
Thirdly, bring food, water, a bowl, and a bully stick. See links below for these items. You probably won’t need the food until you get home. However, bring one cup of TLC dog food just in case there is a problem on your trip home. There is a link below for the food we recommend for puppies. Water and a bowl will be necessary if your trip is over 3 hours. The bully stick will keep your puppy happy in the crate or the carrier.
If you’d like to practice the training here (which we suggest), you can bring your own training bag or you can use one of ours. See the link below for our favorite training bag.
A Phone to Video Puppy Information Given By Breeder and/or Trainer
If you like, you are welcome to bring a phone to video the training session with your puppy. We will be going over a whole lot of information. Most of it is on the website. If you have a really good memory and already have good basic knowledge of dog training, you might can remember it all without the video. However, there will be some things that we go over that are particular to your puppy and you might have questions that you can’t find answers to on the website. In addition, many people ask to video our meeting. Therefore, I’m letting folks know that we don’t mind and that it is an option.
Additional Golden Retriever Puppy Supplies to Have at Your Home
In addition to the supplies that you need to bring with you to pick up your puppy, there are a few supplies that you’ll need right away at home. Whether you bring it to our home or not, a treat bag is important to continue the training.
We recommend getting a 24 inch crate, rather than sizing down a larger crate. Your puppy can use it until he is about 4 months old and these first few weeks at home are when the portability of a small crate can be a tremendous help. The cost of the smaller crate is minimal compared to the benefits of using a smaller crate during these house training weeks. Once your puppy outgrows this crate, he will be sufficiently house-trained to move into his adult-sized crate left in a more permanent location.
We have several different recommendations for dog beds discussed below. However, we most highly recommend the Kuranda bed. The Kuranda bed is a raised cot that Golden Retrievers especially love because it is cool. We’ve spent hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on beds and our dogs prefer these raised cots more than any other. More details as to why is discussed below. In addition, if you are getting a Summer Brook puppy, we use the Kuranda bed for some of our training exercises. Therefore, this bed will make for a good transition for your puppy moving from our home to yours.
Specific Puppy Products That We Recommend
*Disclosure – Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.
Dog and Puppy Food
The best dry food we have found that almost all puppies and dogs do well on is TLC.
TLC has probiotics and a little bit of grain for fiber so that even dogs with sensitive stomachs do well on it. For older puppies and dogs, we recommend rotating your dog’s food between TCL and a few other top quality foods. However, if you prefer to stick to the same food, TLC is a good food for long-term use.
TLC has just the right amount of the ingredients that we look at when evaluating dog food. See our How to Choose a Dog Food page for the criteria that we use to decide on our favorite foods. You can only buy TLC directly from the company. It is not sold to distributors nor stores so that it always comes fresh from the manufacturer without sitting in warehouses or store shelves for months. Click here or on the link below to go to their website and get $5.00 off your first order.
You can read more about this food on our Favorite Dog Foods page.
We strongly encourage people to not keep puppies or dogs in collars when they are unsupervised. I will link to a post with details about this soon.
- Blueberry Pet 3M Reflective Adjustable Collar– The Blueberry collars are very attractive and still look and function well after years of use. Get the 12-16 inch size for a Golden Retriever puppy that is over about 10 to 12 weeks of age. Get a 14.5 to 20 inch for an adult.
- Ruffwear Top Rope Dog Collar – This collar cannot be beat as far as quality. This collar comes in a small size that will fit a Golden Retriever puppy from 5 weeks through about 4 months. Older puppies and adults can wear the medium. If you have a very large boy Golden Retriever and like a wider collar, try the large. We really like the Ruffwear collars for travel. They have an easy release ID holder and I also like the v-ring better than the typical o-ring for leash attachment. The v-ring makes it easier and quicker to attach a leash. This collar also has a metal buckle.
- Ruffwear Crag Dog Collar– This is another good Ruffwear collar that is a little more affordable. The Crag collar sizing is the same as the Top Rope collar discussed above. This collar is also a high quality, well-made collar that looks good. The major difference between the Crag and the Top Rope collars is in the look and the buckle. The Crag collar has a plastic buckle.
- New Earth Soy Adjustable Dog Collar-
For training or leash walking, I recommend a martingale collar after your puppy is 10-12 weeks old. I never recommend a slip collar or choke chain. I like a martingale because you can put them on your dog fairly loosely. It will tighten up before it pulls over his head so you don’t have to worry about your dog pulling out of the collar. I recommend getting one without a chain, especially if you have a light colored dog. I’ve had several with chains to leave dark marks on a dog’s cream fur like a cheap ring leaves a green mark on your finger.
- Country Brook Design Martingale Collars: These collars hold up very well over time and I get a lot of compliments on how they look. They are simple and inexpensive and come in a wide variety of colors.
- Adult Size: Most adult girls will have about an 18-inch neck if kept at a healthy weight and most boys will have about a 20-inch neck. Because of this, both boys and girls can usually wear either the medium or large sized collar.
- Puppy Size: A 10 week old puppy will have about a 11-12 inch neck so a small Country Brook martingale should be a good fit with enough growing room to last several weeks (or months).
- Blueberry Collar: These collars are gorgeous. I have at least half a dozen in different collars. They still look good after years of use and I’ve run them through the washing machine many times.
- Adult Size: For Golden Retrievers, ages six months to adults, a medium Blueberry collar will fit almost all females. Most males can still wear a medium when they are full-grown, but some like our Micah need to wear a large.
- Puppy Size: Get the small Blueberry collar for a 12-week old Golden Retriever puppy. If you are getting your puppy at a younger age than 12 weeks, use either a buckle collar for the short-term or use the Country Brook Martingale discussed above. This size collar should still fit your puppy until he is six months of age or older.
- Premier Martingale Collar: The large size will fit most adult Goldens
- Blue-9 Balance Harness: This is a great harness that is very adjustable so that you can fit it perfectly to your dog. Also, unlike some harnesses, it allows the dog to have full range of motion while wearing it. It has two places to attach a leash. I usually use the back hook because it keeps the leash out of the way but if you have a dog with a pulling problem, the front hook will make it easier to prevent the pulling while you work to train your dog to walk politely on the leash.
- Ruffwear Front Range Harness: I also love this harness because it is very adjustable to perfectly fit your dog and because it allows your dog to have full range of motion. I prefer the Balance Harness that is mentioned above for dogs that pull but the Ruffwear Harness also has a front hook that can be used to help control pulling. If your dog doesn’t pull, I like both harnesses equally.
We do not regularly recommend the head halter UNLESS a dog is leash reactive. None of our puppies are that way. With leash reactive dogs, a head halter can be helpful if it is used correctly. Head halters are dangerous if used as punishment tools. However, they can be useful in redirecting a dog to focus on his handler instead of whatever he is reacting to. Head halters need to gently control a dog’s head by turning it toward you at the appropriate time. If you use a head halter, please consult with a positive reinforcement trainer and only use it only after you have been thoroughly taught the head halter’s correct use as an instrument for CONTROL.
Head halters are initially uncomfortable to a dog. A great deal of time needs to be invested in acclimating dogs to them. Otherwise, their function as a tool for control changes to a function of punishment. Head halters used as a punishment can be dangerous. Dogs can injure their necks and vertebrae by jerking or hitting the end of the leash in a head halter. Heavy pulling dogs do not need to be in a head halter. In fact, many veterinary orthopedic specialists have come out against them because of damage to necks from dogs pulling with head halters.
- Halti: If you have talked to a positive reinforcement trainer and decide that a head halter will be good for your dog, we recommend a Halti because it is more secure then other popular alternatives.
How to Choose the Right Collar Size
10-week old puppies have necks that are about 11-12 inches. Grown females need a collar that will fit their neck at about 18 inches. Males might need a slightly larger collar in order to fit their 20-inch neck. Make sure that whichever collar you get, it can be adjusted to fit these sizes.
Golden Retriever Puppy Supplies: Leashes
Leashes are a must for a puppy or dog of any age. We have a variety of leashes of various lengths and thicknesses for different purposes. I suggest getting at least two leashes, but you might want to get more. Various types of leashes serve different purposes. This section will give you information on when it is best to use various lengths of leashes. Read the pros and cons of each size before deciding which length best suites your situation. This section will also recommend our particular favorites.
Slip Lead or Snap Lead?
We recommend a snap lead attached to a martingale collar or harness in most situations. However, for quick trips outside to potty or to the vet, or anywhere if you feel sure your dog won’t pull, a slip lead is fine. Slip leads are easy to put on and take off if using for just a few minutes with a dog that is well trained.
Best Length and Width of Leash
We use a 6 foot long 8 mm wide leashes for most situations. The 8 mm width is wide enough to be safe, but small enough to wad up in your hand when you need your leash to be smaller. We use these leashes with both puppies and adults.
For me, an 8 mm leash is always sufficient in width for me and my dogs. However, if your dog is a puller or if you have arthritis or other problems with your hands or shoulders, a thicker leash would be more comfortable in your hand. Check out the Mendota leashes.
If you plan on adjusting the length of your leash for various applications, make sure you get an 8 mm leash. A thicker leash can be a bit cumbersome when you wad it up in you hands to make it shorter.
Best 6-Foot Dog Leashes
When to Use a 6-Foot Leash
We prefer a 6-foot leash for all occasions with young puppies. For those times when you need your puppy close to you or anytime you are moving with your puppy, you can wad it up in your hand. A 6-foot leash will also give your puppy an opportunity to sniff around in a broader area than shorter leashes. These opportunities are super important for proper puppy socialization.
For taking any dog out to potty on a leash, we usually use a 6-foot leash. Taking a dog to potty on a leash is a good idea if you prefer your dog to potty in a particular spot such as on mulch instead of on your grass.
If your dog is well-trained and doesn’t pull and you are like us in not keeping a collar on your dog 24/7, a slip leash is nice. Slip leashes are easy to “slip” on and off for quick potty breaks.
Best 6-Foot Leashes
- Alvalley Nylon Snap Lead: Alvalley makes very attractive high-quality leashes that have held up for us over time and they come in a variety of colors. This is our favorite 6-foot leash if you are using it with a collar. You can attach a snap lead to a martingale collar and the two together function together as a slip lead (without the choking danger!). We use the 8mm size for our dogs.
- Mendota Night Viz Reflective Snap Lead
- Alvalley Sport Slip Leash: We only recommend slip leashes with well-train dogs in environments where you would be fairly certain that your dog wouldn’t pull. Reserve the use of a slip leash for dogs and situations where pulling is unlikely so that the leash doesn’t tighten too much. We use the 8mm size for our dogs.
Alvalley Nylon Snap Lead 8mm x 4 ft: For training a puppy at home, we prefer a 4-foot leash. Alvalley is a high quality brand for all lengths. For an adult dog, use an 8 mm or larger. For a young puppy, an 8 mm leash works fine, but I prefer the smaller (6 mm Alvalley Snap Lead) one for ease of use when working at home. This size fits easily into the outside pocket of a treat bag. If going for a walk, use a more substantial leash such as the 8 mm Alvalley leash. For at-home use, a 6 mm collar is fine. I like to attach a snap lead permanently to a martingale collar for ease of use. The collar and leash can easily be slipped off and on as needed.
Golden Retriever Puppy Supplies: Food Bowls and Water Buckets
I recommend bowls or buckets that are stainless steel or ceramic. Puppies and even some dogs like to chew the plastic ones. At 10 weeks of age, we are using very small bowls for ease of use during training. These small bowls need to be large enough to hold 1/2 cup of food.
Bowls for Adult Dogs and Older Puppies
Durapet Slow Food bowls: Medium is okay for an older puppy and large is great for adult dogs. Golden Retrievers tend to act like they are starving and eat too fast, even at their correct weight. These bowls slow them down so that they will come closer to chewing their food than inhaling it. I also water down my dogs’ food which slows them down
- 2 Quart Bucket: I secure to the outside of a crate using these Double End Snaps.
- I like to use buckets instead of bowls for water. Puppies love to dig in their water which makes a mess out of it. If you clip a bucket to the outside of their crate, they can’t get into it. Hang the bucket on the outside of the crate by the handle that is on the bucket. Then attach the clip for security by using only one side of the clip to attach the handle to the crate. Leave the other end of the clip just hanging. Never put water inside a crate with a dog. They don’t need it overnight or while they are taking a nap. I recommend the 2-quart size for one or two big dogs. This size is also a good size for a puppy. I use two snaps to stabilize the bucket.
Golden Retriever Puppy Supplies: Crates
Choosing a Crate Size and Why We Like Wire Crates
We highly recommend a wire crate. Though wire crates usually have a divider so that you can size the crate down, we recommend that you go ahead and purchase a 24 inch wire crate along with the correct size for your dog when he is grown. Most puppies can use the 24 inch crates for about 2 months after they are 8-10 weeks of age. It is during this 2 month period of time that you’ll need to move the crate around from room to room. It is also helpful to have a smaller crate when traveling.
In fact, for those families driving their puppy alone to the Atlanta airport (or any long distance without a helper), we recommend getting a 24 inch wire crate so that your puppy doesn’t have to drive the 2 1/2 hour trip to Atlanta in a small airline carrier. Though you’ll probably have to leave your crate in Atlanta, the extra cost will make your trip much more pleasant. If you want this option with a Summer Brook puppy, you can have a small icrate shipped to our home address for you to pick up when you get here.
The best size crate for adult girls is a 36X24X27 inch wire crate. For an adult boy, use either a 42X28X30 or 36X24X27 inch wire crate. If you have the room, the larger size is better for boys, but dogs like to be cozy so even though a 36-inch crate might look small for a big boy, he will be happy in it if you don’t have space for such a large crate as a 42 inch one.
We prefer wire crates in most cases because they give more ventilation and Golden Retrievers like it to be cool.
Which Wire Crate Should You Buy?
- Midwest Life Stages: These are heavy duty and come in both double or single door options. I prefer the crate with the double door because you will have the opportunity to use it turned sideways with the entrance on the side as well as the end.
- Midwest Icrate: These are lighter weight which is nice if you think you’ll be moving them around much. The Icrates are also two inches shorter and two inches narrower than the Life Stages crate.
Crash Tested Crates
Variocage crates: We travel with our dogs in a regular wire crate, but we’ve heard very good things about the Variocage crates. They are larger at the bottom than the top so they fit better in the back of an SUV or van. They are crash tested and have excellent safety records. These crates are a bit difficult to set up and take down so we only recommend them for those that want a crate that stays in a vehicle most of the time. They are perfect for families that take their dogs with them a lot and want a somewhat permanent fixture in their vehicle.
Soft Sided Travel Crates
Noztonoz Sof-krate: We highly recommend these crates if you travel with your dog much. This crate is very lightweight and sets up and folds down quickly and easily. We love these crates for motels and dog shows. However, we don’t recommend them for travel safety in a vehicle. We also don’t use them at home because they don’t provide ventilation that is as good as a wire crate.
Denhaus Townhaus: I recommend this crate if looks are important to you. This crate looks just like a nice end table. Though it was expensive, mine has held up well for several years. This crate doesn’t have a divider and isn’t the best choice for a puppy, but once your dog is grown, it’s a very nice option.
Primo Pads: These are my favorite crate pads. They are made of a heavy-duty vinyl and I have yet to have a dog chew one up. The vinyl is cool so that my dogs like them even in the summer. They come in a big variety of sizes so that they will fit your crate like a glove. These pads are not sold anywhere except from the manufacturer. Order your Primo Pads here.
Golden Retriever Puppy Supplies: Dog Beds
Raised Cot Dog Beds
- Kuranda Bed: We love and recommend this aluminum heavy duty bed. This is a raised cot-like bed that is cool and comfortable. We train our older puppies to go to a Kuranda Bed with a “place” command and use one to start training the “stay” command. There is a new Kuranda Bed that we have not tried ourselves but it looks amazing. It is a raised cot like the aluminum bed that we have loved for years but it is sized to fit perfectly into a crate!
- We have purchased both the aluminum as well as the less-expensive PVC Kuranda beds. Though the company says that the PVC beds are for dogs up to 125 pounds, they don’t hold up for heavy use with a Golden. Our aluminum beds still look brand new but our PVC beds are starting to warp a little after a few years. We like the Ballistic Nylon fabric which has held up for us for several years. The large is the correct size for both boy and girl Goldens.
Why You Should Use a Pen
A pen gives a puppy a contained area larger than a crate where they can’t get into mischief. At first, your puppy will have to be watched almost every minute when they are out of the crate or pen in order to establish good potty habits and also to teach them not to chew. Until you teach them otherwise, some puppies will try to chew everything, including the furniture and even the woodwork on the walls so I have found the pen to be a huge help.
If you get a pen, you need to begin training your puppy not to jump on the sides right away. Never pet your puppy or let him out while he is jumping. Reward him for sitting. Many puppies are able to climb out of exercise pens (even at 8 or 9 weeks) but if you train him from the start that there is no reward in having his front feet on the sides, he’ll never learn that he is able.
The Richell Pen: Our Favorite Pen
Brown Richell Pen and Black Richell Pen: The Richell pen is fairly expensive, but they are super well built and can be used for the life of a dog. They open and close easily and in both directions. Opening a pen to the inside or the outside is a big help when training a puppy the “wait” command before passing through doors or gates. The Richell Pens look really super nice. They also can be set up as room dividers. We own at least a dozen sets of these pens and have used them in a large number of configurations. We’ve had them for years and they still look brand new.
- North States Play Yard
- Iris 8 Panel Pen
- These two pens look nicer inside than a basic dog exercise pen. However, like most exercise pens, many puppies will eventually learn to climb or jump out of them. Families must be on top of training their puppy not to jump on the sides. Unlike the Richell pen, most, if not all pens have doors that open in only one direction. If you get one of these pens, set your pen up so that the door opens to the outside.
If you are getting your puppy from a breeder other than Summer Brook, plastic pens are a good option for a 7 to 10 week old puppy. However, we’ve had 11 week old puppies climb out of them.
Why Use Baby Gates
You may want to consider a baby gate if you need to section off a portion of your home. It is easier to house train if you start off not allowing your puppy in too large of an area.
Baby Gate That Mounts to the Wall
- North States Deluxe Decor Gate: This is our favorite baby gates. The North States gate looks nice, holds up over time, and puppies can’t climb it. It also has the added convenience of being able to be easily removed by simply pushing a button that locks it in place. However, this gate must be mounted to the wall.
Baby Gates that are Mobile
- Regalo Easy Step Walk Thru Gate: This gate can span a space 29-39 inches
- Regalo Extra WideSpan Walkthrough Safety Gate: This gate can span a space 29-56 inches
- For a pressure-mounted gate, the Regalo gates do very well and are a good simple solution if you only want a gate for a few months until your puppy is house-trained and can be given the full run of the house. However, understand that many puppies cannot be totally trusted in large areas until they are over 6 months of age. It takes some until they are close to a year.
Why to Use a Doggy Door
If you are able to put a doggy door in, this is by far the easiest way to house-train a puppy. Also, it provides an ideal way to leave a dog when they have to be alone. I teach our puppies to use a doggy door before they go home. In the last days before they go home, I section off a small area inside next to our kitchen with free access to a doggy door that leads to our side yard. When I keep a puppy past 8 weeks, I gradually increase the size area of the indoor area as they show dependability. I reserve the times when they are free in the house to the 30 minutes right after they have pottied.
Our Favorite Doggy Door
Pet Safe Insulated 3 flap: This doggy door is insulated and well made. We highly recommend it.
Toys, Bones, and Bully Sticks
Treat Despensing Toys
- Kong: These toys are tough and they can be stuffed with food. If you have a particularly aggressive chewer then I would buy the Extreme Kong but if your dog is average then I would use a Classic Kong.
- Bob-a-lot: You can fill this toy with a lot of food; the dog has to work at getting the food out by pushing it around.
- JW Pet Treat Puzzler: This is another fun treat-dispensing toy. JW Pet has other great toys too.
- Paw Struck Bully Sticks: Bully sticks are my go-to high value chew for crate-training puppies. Puppies love them and they keep our puppies happy in their crates. Paw Struck bully sticks are high quality, up to FDA and USDA standards and are not made in China.
Shampoo and Grooming Tools
- Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Shampoo: This is my favorite dog shampoo that I have tried. It is sulfate-free, all-natural, easy on dogs’ skin, and leaves the coat soft.
- Perfect Coat Natural Oatmeal Shampoo – French Vanilla: This is a great affordable shampoo.
GripSoft Rake: If in a hurry, I will use this rake for de-shedding. I don’t like anything like the Furminater as these tear the hair. A rake will just pull out the loose hair. When I have more time, I like to use the comb listed below.
- Chris Christenson Stainless Steel Fine/Course Buttercomb: This is my hands-down favorite grooming tool. I use it instead of a brush or a rake. If used regularly, you’ll keep the excess undercoat removed and you will prevent mats with it. If you should get a mat, it is super for getting them out. I also use this comb on the long hair on my dogs’ tails. This comb is extremely well made.
- Chris Christenson Wooden Snap-On Handle: I love to use this handle on my comb because it is much more comfortable in your hand.
Chris Christensen Kool Dry Dryer: I highly recommend this if you have a swimming pool and your puppy or dog will be swimming frequently, or even just for a bath. This dryer is extremely powerful and you can see the water flying off your dog’s coat as you dry him/her. This dryer will dry an adult Golden in less than 10 minutes (minus his face and close to his ears. It is too powerful to use near a dog’s eyes and ears).
Booster Bath: This is a well-made but inexpensive plastic raised bathtub. It is lightweight and easy to move around. Plus, it raises your dog up to your level so that you don’t strain your back and it has a collar that attaches to the tub to keep your dog still while you bathe him. It also comes with a nozzle that attaches to your hose so that the water comes out heavy but not too hard. Regular garden hose attachments cause the water to come out too powerfully which is uncomfortable on a dog.
This tub is especially nice if you have access to warm water through an outside sink. We attach a hose to a laundry sink faucet that is in our garage. The tub comes with a hose to drain the dirty water away from the tub which is nice on a rainy day because it enables you to use it inside a garage or basement and still have the water to drain outside. This tub also comes with a very light-weight attachable set of plastic steps. The steps weigh about four pounds and can also be used as a ramp for getting into a van or SUV. Make sure you get a large-sized for an adult Golden Retriever.
Our Favorite Vacuum to Clean up Dog Hair
Dyson Cordless Vacuum: This vacuum was one of the best purchases that I have made. It is light-weight, easy to use, and high powered which makes shedding less of a problem in my house. I’ve tried many vacuum cleaners over the years and none of them compare to my Dyson. I also have the Dyson with a cord but it is rarely used. The smaller cordless Dyson is equally powerful and so much easier to use. The older Dyson stick vacuum models last for only 20 minutes on a charge so if you need to vacuum more than 20 minutes at a time, make sure you get the new Dyson.
The charge on the newer model will last over an hour and it has a special attachment for hardwoods that is designed to pick up larger pieces of trash such as dog food kibble or cheerios. The regular Dyson Animal does well on carpet and on hardwoods for the most part but it doesn’t get those larger pieces off of hardwoods. Rather it just pushes them around unless you line it up just right to pick it up. We’ve not found the extra features of the Absolute to be worth the extra price but if you need a longer charge or the capability to pick up bigger things from your floor, the Absolute is a great option.
Omega-3 Fish Oils and Coconut Oil
I like to use some sort of omega-3 oils or coconut oil. It helps to keep their coats shiny and is good for their general health. I personally like to rotate my oils. I put either a tablespoon coconut oil or follow the directions on my fish oil. I’ve done a lot of fish oil research and found there is a big difference in the quality of fish oils and the amount of omega-3’s in them so be careful when you are choosing a fish oil. Of course, I highly recommend the two below.
- Natures’ Farmacy: Dogzymes Digestive Enhancing Pet Supplement
- Natures’ Farmacy: Dogzymes Phyto-Flex Bone, Joint and Soft Tissue Support for Pets
Natures’ Farmacy has the best supplements we have found. Our puppies are given Nature’s Farmacy Dogzymes Digestive Enhancer frequently. For older puppies and dogs, we use Nature’s Farmacy Dogzymes Digestive Enhancer any time a dog has loose stool, is under stress, is changing dog foods, or is on an antibiotic. We recommend starting Dogzymes Phyto-Flex at about 3 months and giving it until puppies are about 1.5 years. We also recommend Phyto-Flex for senior dogs (over about 8 years). The Phyto-Flex is a blend of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and other nutrients and herbs that supports the development and maintenance of healthy bones and joints.
Miscellaneous Other Products
Doggone Good Treat Bag: We love these treat bags for training at home and on the road. They are small enough to be comfortable and practical yet large enough to take all you need for an outing. My phone fits in the back pocket. My keys attach to a carabiner on the side. The opening of the treat pocket stays open for quick and easy treat retrieval. I have 5 or 6 different types of treat bags and this one is my go-to favorite.
Bitter Apple Spray: This works to repel chewing for many dogs and I think this is probably the best spray on the market for deterring chewing. However, I’ve raised a few puppies over time that weren’t deterred by any spray. Consistent good supervision along with lots of good alternative chew toys to keep your puppy out of trouble is the best cure.
Vinegar for Cleaning Up Accidents
Vinegar: Mix half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle. When your puppy has an accident this spray will clean and remove the sent.
Canned Pumpkin for Loose Stool
Farmers Market Organic Pumpkin: 100% pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix) is full of fiber and can help to firm up mild loose stool from stress.
Kennel Deck: We have at least 40 pieces of kennel decking. They make a super patio for a “doggy” area. They are non-slip, do not retain heat, easy to clean, long lasting, and they look good to boot. You can set them up permanently with the included linking system or you can do like we do and put them down and take them up as needed.