I know these 8 weeks have dragged by for you, but it's always a bittersweet day for our family. It's so exciting meeting you in person and seeing how much you love your new addition! We will miss them so much, but it sure makes it easier seeing how much they will be adored! The big day is so exciting and a bit overwhelming! I don't want you to feel unprepared so I hope this page helps and answers any questions you might have. If not, I'm just an email away MudRiverCockers@aol.com
This is just a list of Must Haves to get you started. It's a good idea to start collecting these items before your puppy arrives. Of course you'll add to this list with grooming supplies and treats and probably more toys!
Stainless steel food and water bowls.
I love these bowls because they clip to the side of the crate and the dogs can't dump them! If you choose to feed outside the crate any non slip stainless steel bowl will work great. Stainless steel bowls are easy to clean, and don't cause nose discoloration like plastic bowls can.
Collar, tag and a leash
A well made collar, leash and tag is a must to keep your puppy safe. Puppies grow so fast so I recommend an adjustable one for the perfect fit. We love Lupine products and all my dogs wear one! They come in a variety of colors and have a lifetime guarantee! If you are interested I can order one for you at a much better price. I order my tags from pettags4less They take about a week to arrive so order when you pick your name! It's a good idea to attach them to the collar with an S hook.
Toys, Toys and MORE TOYS!!
Go crazy in the toy department at your local pet store! Buy a variety of toys with different textures that your puppy may like to chew on. If you are looking for a bone we recommend avoiding rawhide and choosing pork skin or other natural bones. Nothing too hard or they can break their teeth.
I love the Quadruped line of Shampoos and Conditioners. Coats look beautiful and they smell so nice! Both should be diluted so a bottle lasts a long time! Click HERE if you are interested.
Premium pet food to get your new puppy off to a good start. We feed Purina Pro Plan Puppy Chicken. Your puppy will come home with a small bag to last a day or two. We order all of our food from Chewy.com I've found them to have, the best prices and they ship to your door for free. You can order treats, supplies and toys too ;) They have a great auto ship option so you never run out of food.
It's also a good idea to get a measuring cup so you know exactly how much they are eating a day. Your puppy has been fed 3 meals a day and has had access to water at all times. At this age we let them eat whatever they want in 10 minutes then we pick the food up. Cut off all eating and drinking after six o’clock to make sure your puppy doesn't need to go out after bedtime.
Crate, play yard or gate
These are great for housebreaking and giving your puppy a safe place to sleep. They need enough space to stand up, turn around and lay comfortably, but not enough space to potty in. We like these two crate sizes. 24"L x 18"W x 19"H or 36"L x 23"W x 25"H
I have to give credit to this ear cleaner for keeping my dogs ears clean and free from infections. Diet and grooming play a big part too! I have not found it in local stores but you can order HERE