Puppy prep is key to making a happy and easy transition for both of you. Our puppy starter kit will help you and your puppy focus on gluing rather than last minute shopping sprees.
Creating a happy, safe, and decent home environment before a puppy is born makes life easier for everyone involved. With a new hunting puppy, I wanted to share my research on the puppy starter kit to find out what I need for the best preparation.
Age is certainly a determining factor in what you need. Puppies can come home as early as 6-8 weeks of age and have different needs than older dogs at this crucial point in their life. For the sake of this list, we’ll focus primarily on younger dogs. However, you can apply much of this list to older dogs as well.
This list does not include a couple of things your breeder should provide, including first vaccinations and health checks in the first few weeks. When buying a purebred puppy, both parents should have health tests. They should also provide you with the brand of food the puppy started on so you can continue or slowly switch to a new food. Pet adoption agencies should provide you with these things as well.
Each section has a few options for items, from budget to luxury. Remember to consider your puppy’s final size when deciding what to buy for your puppy starter kit.
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A collar with a name tag
If your puppy isn’t already Equipped with a microchipMake an appointment for a veterinary introduction as soon as possible. And until then, you’ll get one expandable puppy collar ($ 9) or dishes ($ 12) with an identifying tag. If you haven’t specified a name yet, you can always enter your name and number.
Something Collars offer personalization options ($ 13) if you want to forego daytime noises. Or you can go for a rubber label that eliminates jingle, like these cute ones QALO silicone labels ($ 30). Keep an eye on the collar extension as the puppy grows.
Most puppies will reach near full-grown size within a year. At this point, you can indulge yourself forever on a bombproof collar. My Favorite collars for active dogs are made by Dublin Dog. They’re waterproof, incredibly durable, under $ 20, and have tons of cute options. If you really want to classify things, go for a stunning one Bridle leather collar ($ 65) or dishes ($ 95) Made by the fine folks at Filson.
6-foot training leash, 20-foot training lead
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Even though extendable linen Seems like a good idea, better to train your puppy on a leash first 6 feet of lead ($ 10). Work on the recall and establish a respectful relationship before using a retractable leash. Having one can be helpful for training purposes long training line ($ 8) on hand.
Long queues will help you access the training safely from greater distances. They serve as a side trip on camping trips and they can teach a variety of behaviors while maintaining a solid and safe border for your pup. When I was training my Border Collie, I found the long head start was a great tool for socializing and remembering while I was at my local dog park. Finally, I withdrew the long tour once all of its clues were defined.
I do have a couple of 6 foot leashes in my truck, however, as Montana is especially dog friendly. And Butch loves his regular trips to Murdochs, local breweries, and work events.
A cuddly puppy and a box
Can 15,000+ reviewers, 80% of whom give five-star ratings, be wrong? Probably not. The Cuddle puppy plush dog toy has a heartbeat device and a pocket for heat packs. At less than $ 50, multiple reviewers say this little heart-beating plush toy will help pups get used to sleeping alone in their crate, traveling in cars, and even having separation anxiety issues in older dogs.
And crate training your pup has some benefits. First, once your pup gets used to the crate, they will have a designated safe space. Second, your puppy will be much safer to travel with when kept in a crate than when they are left free in a vehicle. Third, you can protect your home from tooth damage and your pup from getting involved in the wrong things. (Hello, trash cans celebrate!)
Most people opt for two boxes: an inner box and a travel box. Midwest Crates offers several sizes of inner boxes and is an affordable Amazon bestseller. Initially, a soft box ($ 70) can be a great and affordable travel option. But for security reasons Gunner Kennels ($ 400-700) gets our top grade. Crash tested and certified for pet safetyThese kennels saved the lives of many animals in accidents.
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If you are new to training a puppy, I recommend the book “The beloved dog”By Tamar Geller. It helped me train a highly sensitive border collie puppy to be a fabulous companion. This time I plan to additionally rely on clicker training Techniques touted by some of the best writers for bird dog training.
Clicker ($ 5 for 2) make up part of grade and reward training using positive reinforcement through classic and operant conditioning. Wear initially Training treats ($ 16 for 475) can help mark good behavior definitely. I carried goodies in a snap lock, but you can level up too Handle bag ($ 15). Bags can hold too biodegradable poop bags ($ 13), a necessity for your new poop machine.
If you plan to train your pup to retrieve, a Training manikin ($ 10) – or bumper – can be used on land or on the water. For a more specific feel, these are Dokken Dead Fowl Dummies ($ 23-34) are very popular with bird dog owners.
The fun stuff: food bowls, beds, blankets and toys
For the budget taste this is easy Stainless steel food and water bowl set ($ 12) has over 15,000 positive reviews. I personally love mine YETI Boomer customizable dog bowls ($ 40-50) at home, but they’re expensive. On the way I turn to mine Fish pond peat moss travel bowls ($ 30), but Tupperware works just as well for travel.
Personally, I long for the beautiful Pendleton dog beds ($ 99-169) but my pup seems to prefer the hardwood floor. 32,000+ reviewers love this Furhaven dog bed ($ 21-110, six sizes). Blankets don’t have to be expensive. These Sherpa option ($ 13) is cute and cozy, or spends a little more on a leak-proof cover ($ 20-70) that has an array of cute patterns.
Last but not least, playing together is one of the best aspects of a puppy. Plush toys like this one Filson Buffalo ($ 18) or a plush pig from Outward Hound ($ 6) are safe for love and destruction. A Ruffwear Frisbee ($ 25) flies and swims while a Nite Ize Ball ($ 16) lights up to play after dark.
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If you have made it this far, congratulations on your decision to add a new canine family member to your household! There is so much to learn from our four-legged friends. You will repay the invested time and money invested in droves with a companion who will bring joy, peace and fun to your days together.
And if certain products in our puppy starter kit worked for you, please let us know in the comments!