THINGS YOU NEED TO PURCHASE BEFORE YOU BRING YOUR PUPPY HOME
SWEETDREAM CAVALIERS, Puppy Shopping List
Your puppy will be coming home with you soon. So now is the time to get supplies ready.
1) Buy the book:
How to housebreak your dog in 7 days.
Barnes & Noble & others have this fast read soft covered book ? it will make potty training very easy!! I HIGHLY Recommend this for a 10 week old pup up to a 10 year old dog! THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU IN SETTING UP YOUR HOUSE FOR THE PUPPY AND HELP YOU DECIDE WHAT TYPE OF POTTY TRAINING YOU WANT TO DO! A MUST READ.
2) Also buy any of ?The Dog Wisperer?s? Cesar Milan?s videos or books ? he is amazing!
3) TWO SMALL "NON-TIP" stainless steel bowls, for food and fresh water daily.
4) Crate: You must have a small plastic crate and a small mat, blanket or towels to fit the crate when you pick up your new puppy. This is strictly for the safety of your puppy. It is required before any puppy can go to a new home. Consider this as important as having a car seat for a newborn baby. You can purchase a PLASTIC airline-style flight kennel, usually the "SMALL", for night-time sleeping by your bed, traveling in the car, and crate training. They are light weight, easy to clean and have a handle for easy carrying.
Some people like the metal wire crate for every day home use. Size for an adult Cavalier is 18" x 24" x 19--20" high. In the Metal crate, some come with a divider and will make the crate half size for the baby puppy. If you get a metal crate, place a towel over it at nap time and bed time.
Remember, dogs are den animals and like a snug dark place to sleep. A small crate will help with potty training.
5) Start with clean old towels for the bottom of the crate, later you can buy nice fluffy inserts to fit in.
6) A small thin (3/8") collar (6-10") and the next size up collar too. I get mine from Petedge.com Get a collar that closes with the Plastic CLIP. You can also use a harness - dogs tend to pull less with them.
6A) We also suggest getting either a "Walk-In" Harness or a Harness that the leash clips onto at the front of the chest - this prevents the pup from ever pulling on the leash! They are adjustable and dogs train better with them on, and no one accidentally pulls on the dog's neck with a collar. Hold and bring your pup to a pet store to be properly fitted. Jeffers.com carries both types.
**Remember, always take off the collar or harness when puppy or dog is in a crate, for safetly**
7) A "THIN" (less than 1 inch wide) leash, a 4 foot AND 6 foot in length (4 foot for TRAINING & for kids). I also like to use harneses. The 2 types I like are the "step in" type and also the type that the leash clip attaches to the CHEST of the dog - this will train your pup or dog to Never pull on the least while walking him/her! People seem to love them!
8) We use "Fromm Puppy Gold "in a Pink Bag. It has amazing ingredient in it and no garbage fillers! We also sometimes mix it with or use Cosco Brand, Kirkland PUPPY DRY FOOD, which believe it or not, is better than most brands out there for ½ the price. Read the ingredients on the dog food you are interested in, if it doesn?t have chicken or beef as the first ingredient, don?t get it. Please buy a "Grain Free" dog food - the better you feed your dog - the longer they will live! A rule of thumb, If you pay over 2 dollars or more per pound for the food ? it is a higher quality food, that?s what you want. Other great brands I found are: Blue Buffalo-Grain Free, Instinct-Grain Free and Wellness-True Food.
9) Dog or Puppy chewable multi vitamins any brand is OK but I use "Doc Roys" Daily Care EXTRA canine from Revivalanimal.com THe dogs love the taste of it!!!
10) A doggie tooth brush (a small one) or finger cot tooth brush, and doggie tooth paste (beef or chicken flavor). He won't know what is, but use it on him so he gets used to it . Dental health equals cardiac health.
11) An assortment of NYLON nylabones and other HARD rubber toys and balls for the pup to teeth on: Balls, nubby surface, DO NOT BUY - Ropes or anything Rubber or Plastic toy you can bend or squeeze with your hand . - a soft rubber/plastic toys, the pup will bit off a piece and choke on it. Buy the "small size" in the toys! Cavaliers have small mouths. If your pup is not interested in a toy, put a drop of human peanut butter on it and mush it around. The dog will love this! Only do this is NO ONE is allergic to peanuts in your house or visiting your house.
12) NO GREENIES, NO BODA Bones, nothing that dissolves as they chew on it! This is a choking hazard.
13) ONE BIG - Really BIG, Doggie SAFE stuffed animal to sleep with to mimic sleeping with his siblings.
14) and at least 1 small stuffed toy to be the pups little friend to carry around the house with him. The puppies love the "unstuffed" furry animals from jeffers.com & petedge.com or from any pet store.
15) A soft cat brush for daily brushing. Pups don't need to be brushed a lot, BUT he/she should get used to the feel of the brush and continued being touched all over: tail, paws, ears, tummy, mouth, so he doesn't develop any sensitive areas. When your pup gets it's longer full coat in, get a "Shedding Comb" (I found it better than a pin brush) to manage the areas under the armpits, on the backside, and the ears, to make sure no knots develop.
16) A Puppy Corral such as an X-Pen. This will provide instant safety for your pup and a place to stay on the occassion you are out of the house for more than 2 hours at a time. Petedge.com has the best prices - get one 3 feet tall. You can buy a Step In "gold colored" one from Petedge SOLD ON LINE ONLY. Jeffers.com also has a step in one. The Step In Version (not with a small dog dog in it) allows YOU to walk into the x-pen to clean it and get the pup, instead of having just a SMALL doggy door entrance - this makes cleaning inside the x-pen and getting your puppy much easier!
17) Buy white vinager. Use a 50% water & 50% white vinager solution and fill the dogs ear canal one at a time when bathing the pup (every month or so). While gentle holding the outer base of the dogs ear, gently mush the liquid in the ear for about a minute. Then do the other ear. Be careful not to get it into the eyes. Your dog will now smell like a salad. So NOW bath your dog and the smell will go away. Do not get water into the ear canals. The dog will naturally shake his head to remove excess product. You can use a makeup cotton pad to wipe the dogs ear to remove any wax or dirt. This prevents yeast infections & other potential ear problems. I use this method preventatively at each bathing and the pup ears stay looking great! I also use Pantene Hair Conditioner after bathing the dog with a child or dog shampoo. It makes their coats look great and they smell great!
18) Frontline Plus for SMALL dogs, and heartworm meds. These can be purchased in vet offices, chain stores and online. Search for the best pricing! ALso get a "pet urine odor remover spray" for those accidents in the beginning. Sold at all pet stores & on line.
19) If you want to protect your carpets from potential "accidents", you can buy a kingsized waterproof mattress pad. I use this with the pups when they are very young in my livingroom over the carpet. I bought it at Target or Walmart for about $22. It is washable too.
20) Doggie shampoo and conditioner . Only bath the dog when he smells like a dog or if it gets dirty. Usually not more than once per month, usually much less often. If a pup gets the paws dirty, just use some soap and wash and rinse in the sink (spot cleaning ). I use Pantene (Human) Conditioner because it's so thick and smells so good!
21) AFTER the pup is potty trained, you can buy the pup a nice cushy bed. If you get the bed before the pup is trained, he will urinate in the bed.
22) You may want to wipe your pups paws off with sensative baby wipes after he goes outside on the street in a public area. It's like taking your shoes off in the house.
I think these are all the basics. If you have any questions, please email me.
A SAMPLE Puppy's Daily schedule:
AM Wakes up: PICK HIM UP and out of his crate, in the beginning, and bring him to his poop-pee area (outside or a wee- wee pad) he will urinate right away. Feed him 1/3-1/2 cup of dry food at each meal with water at each meal.
Let him run around and in 10-20 minutes, take him out again to go potty, he will poop 1-2 times. Then he will play for about an hour (in an ex-pen, closed off area or being watch and played with in any room of your house.
He is a baby, they get tired and Sleep A LOT. Place him into his crate and close it, put a towel over it to make it darker for him in a quiet spot of your home. He will settle down and sleep for about 2 hours.
For lunch (around noon time) and dinner time (around 6 pm) do the same routine:
Wake him up preferably (so he won't urinate in the crate), bring him to his poop-pee area, let him do his business, feed/water, etc.
Before the last person goes to sleep, the pup should be walked again. He should sleep in his crate all night long in a quiet location in your home, with a towel over it to make it dark, if needed.
Give water with food at each meal. If the pup is panting - he is hot. He will need more water during the day and on hot days of course. Try not to give water after 6 pm or he will pee in his crate.
Cavaliers will morph to a time schedule that will work for you! Whatever you choose, just be persistent and CONSISTENT with it so potty training will work quickly.
Puppies will play and entertain themselves with the toys you give them. They will also want to follow you around the house and spend time with you. Place the pups collar and leash on "IN THE HOUSE" and walk around with him so he gets used to his "indoor" space. You can tie his leash to your belt loop and also walk around with him so he gets used to following you and it's an easy way to keep an eye on a puppy. Sitting at your computer? Step on the leash so the pup learns to stay with you - he will probably take a nap..