Due to Covid-19 I am releasing my supplies list now so that you may purchase your supplies ahead of time and not get caught unprepared. Many pet stores are doing their part in taking necessary safety precautions which may result in limiting the number of persons allowed in the store at a time.
Food – 30 to 40 pounds of Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy food or Iams Puppy food. Purchasing several small bags of puppy food or a large bag of puppy food should last at least a month or more. If purchasing a large bag ensure it is kept in an airtight food grade container. Alternately half can be stored in the freezer to ensure freshness. While the puppies will be fed Eukanuba Puppy food I rotate my adult dog food on a weekly bases. Acceptable alternatives are Iams, Purina Pro Plan puppy and/or Costco brand puppy food in the yellow bag. If you wish to switch to another brand PLEASE CHECK WITH ME FIRST.
Food Storage Container - Air Tight Food Grade.
Puppy Treats - "Milk Bone" dog biscuits, "Roll Over" sausage roll, dried Liver snacks. My favorite training treats are Zukes mini and Charlee bears. The dogs love them and they are healthy. No cheap dye and chemical filled junk treats!
Dog Crate - Large for a female, extra-large for a male. We prefer plastic as it is durable, easy to clean and will contain the dog dirt and hair. Wire crates are acceptable and cheaper.
Mats and dog beds - Blankets and soft beds are not necessary in the crate. They are usually just to make us feel better as the dogs generally find them too hot but a great thing to chew. They are however great to use when out of the crate. By teaching your dog to “place” or go stay on their mat you will have the freedom to move around without the dog being underfoot.
Metal Stainless Steel Food Bowl - Plastic is hard to clean, retains bacteria and germs, and is easy to chew.
Stainless Steel Water Bucket or large bowl - Must be food grade steel not galvanized metal. Plastic horse bucket found in farm and tack stores is acceptable but is not as sanitary and can be chewed.
6 Foot (quality) Leash - Leather will last your lifetime with a minimum of care and is gentle on your hands when teaching a dog not to pull but they are expensive. Nylon leashes of the right size and quality are durable, easy to clean, long lasting and come in pretty colours but can injure your hands when teaching a young dog not to pull. The width should be sturdy but not thick, your hands will thank you.
2 Nylon (adjustable) Buckle Collars - SMALL for puppy, Medium to large for adult.
Clicker - I will be supplying you with a small plastic box that makes a clicking noise to instantaneously mark and reinforce a desired behavior.
Bait Bag - Optional but handy, Used to carry training treats and poop bags but mostly treats. Always wearing clothing with loose pockets also works
Waste Cleanup - Poop Bags, Lots. A metal Poop Scoop, spade type makes yard pick up a breeze! A large bottle of enzyme cleaner such as Natures Miracle and a refillable spray bottle for the Natures Miracle.
Interactive Toys, Kongs, Snuffel matts, balls, tugs, etc
Rens Pets, an on-line store that does free shipping over $79. Rens is a store I frequent regularly. They also have great sales from time to time. www.renspets.com/