When the time to take your puppy home is getting closer, you got to get ready for it. You need to get your house puppy proved. The first thing you need to do is to get down to ground level and see all that can be chewed or eaten by the puppy. Puppy proofing your house checklist:
Small pets: Birds, hamsters, and fish tanks
If you have a cat, make sure he/she can climb away from the puppy.
Houseplants, some of which are poisonous, including the dead leaves. Check on intoxications.
Office and school supplies.
Books, magazines, mail, newspapers.
Money, especially pennies.
Electrical cords or wires Telephone cords, computer cables, TV, Cable or satellite cables.
Drawstrings from draperies or blinds.
Remote controls, VCR tapes, DVDs, CDs.
Knick-knacks, figurines, or collectibles, heavy items like lamps that can get pulled on or knocked over.
Firewood or debris from fireplaces.
Pillows, fabric arm covers, Afghans, throws.
Throw rugs, bathmats.
Candles, potpourri, plug-in air fresheners.
People food, candy dishes, food crumbs, bones, or discarded cooking items.
Puppy's food and treats (can overeat and get ill or bloat)
Trash cans or bags.
Paper towels and napkins, clean or dirty.
Tissues or toilet paper, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.
Bed and bath linens.
Clothing, gloves, hats, shoes, dirty laundry.
Jewelry, combs, hair ribbons, or pins.
Medications, drugs, toiletries, cosmetics.
Anything that you don't want to be chewed on, put it away until the puppy learns to be around without chewing on everything.
Things your puppy will need:
Food We feed our puppies Pro Plan puppy large breed Formula. If you plan to change the food, do it gradually. We can provide some food, or you can get a small bag for the transition.
SupplementsWhen you feed a premium quality food, your puppies are set for a good start, but most processed foods lose essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These nutrients are extremely important for the development of a healthy puppy and to keep dogs healthy and help battle nutritionally induced diseases like allergies, joint diseases, and cancer. Make sure you get a good quality supplement from your vet or you can try what we use, NuVet Plus and NuJoint We give 1 NuVet waffler to all our puppies and adults. It boosts the immune system, strengthens the cardiovascular system, fortifies Bone Structure, and promotes a healthy Nervous system. We use NuJoint in older puppies and adults. NuJoint Plus is a natural anti-inflammatory hip and joint therapy that contains precise percentages of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, methylsulfonylmethane (MSN), and vitamin C.
Puppy Shampoo From the same company that we buy our supplements. DO NOT use flea and tick shampoos in your puppies. If you have a problem with fleas and ticks in your area get a safe flea and tick preventative from your vet. They might cost more money but you are avoiding severe toxic reactions to the cheaper products sold in pet stores. Click here for more info
Plates 2 medium metal or plastic. For adults, you need large ones. The ones that can't be flip over work best.
Automatic feeders A big no-no for puppies. You want to use the feeding time to bond with your puppy. You also need to observe his/her appetite.
Elevated feeders Good for adult dogs, not very useful for puppies.
Bed I use Kuranda beds for all my dogs. They come in all sizes and different colors to fit inside the crate or just use it in your living room or outdoors. Almost indestructible and easy to clean. Dogs love them because they are very easy on their joints.
Choke collar It is not necessary until training starts at 10 weeks. A size 14" or 16" should be good.
Nylon and chain collar My favorites. Good for correction, and gentle enough for a puppy or more submissive dogs.
Leash Nylon 5-6' would do. You can match the collar. Retractable leashes are good for long walks of already leash broken puppies. I don't recommend them for little puppies.
Harness No harnesses for Labs. It encourages pulling. You want the dog to learn to heal properly.
Wire crate 36 inches for females, and 42 inches for males. Some of them bring a divider that helps a lot with the potty training process. For the crate floor, I recommend just something easy to wash, and that absorbs liquids well. Towels or a piece of carpet work best. Safe the fancy bed for later when your puppy won't destroy it.
Toys Lots of toys of different textures and sounds. Make sure all toys are always bigger than your puppy's head. Labradors are famous for swallowing first and then ask if it was edible.....
Chews There are also many kinds of chews. They are all good in general, but you need to make sure that as soon as the puppy can chew off a piece of it, you threw it away. This is especially true with Rawhide and Greenies. They are not digestible, and they can get stuck in the puppy's intestines.
Bell potty training systemHang the bells from the doorknob low enough that your puppy can reach them with their paw and their nose. Every time you take your puppy out, ring the bells and tell him to ring the bells to go outside and potty. Show him the bells every time he goes out the door and make sure they are rung. You will be surprised when a few days later, you will hear the bells and your puppy sitting patiently by the door. You can buy a kit for about $15 or make one at home with some leftover Jingle bells from last Christmas and shoelaces.
Veterinarian Most likely you can get a local veterinarian recommended by your friends or neighbors.