1. Den (crate) - opened or closed
2. Gate - to keep puppy secluded in one or two rooms
3. Kilcommons book "Good Owners, Great Dogs"
4. Natures Miracle or Pet Tastic - gallon (and plenty of paper towels!)
5. More Natures Miracle or Pet Tastic - use to clean and deodorize urine and other smells.
6. Collar - it should be lose enough to slip over the puppies head if he gets caught on something. Collar should always be removed when puppy is put into the crate. Please do NOT put on a choke collar to be used as the every day collar. Choke collars are only to be used with a leash, and for training. They should be taken off with the leash.
7. Name tag - make sure that your name and address are on the tag, too.
8. Food Storage Bin
9. Stainless steel bowls
10. Water Crock bowl
12.+/- Shedding blade (depending on the breed)
13. Kong, nylabone, gummabone, etc. Make sure the toys are hard plastic, so that the puppy can not chew them apart. You don't want to give the puppy old socks or shoes to chew on...they can not tell the difference from the new ones!
14. Puppy food.
15. Natural treats - no preservatives or coloring.
16. Jaws pooper scooper
17. Leash – regular leash. Do NOT use a retractable, extended leash. I have seen too many dogs get hit by a car or in a dog fight at the end of those leashes.
Let me know if I can clarify anything for you.
Next time I will review why it is important to crate train your puppy.
Cynthia Mazzola DVM has been breeding and training Labrador Retrievers for over 30 years. She has also been working in the Veterinary field for over 30 years. She is now the doctor for Our House Call Vet in Rockland County NY and Bergen County NJ.