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New Puppy Checklist

Bringing Home Puppy

Getting a new puppy is such an exciting time! We want to make the transition as smooth as possible for you, so please read the following information carefully.

Here is a list of supplies to have ready:


  • Puppy food (see note below)

  • Treats for training (we often use Zuke's Dog Treats because they are small and easily chewed)

  • Food and water dishes

  • Crate (to be replaced by a bigger one as he/she grows)

  • Puppy house training pads, if necessary such as disposable or Gimars washable pads that also keep floors dry.

  • Bedding we like to use pet beds and raised pet beds but a nice pet blanket like PetAmi Fluffy Waterproof Dog Blanket Fleece  is fantastic in combination to the pad that can be placed under it in our nursery. As a note dogs do not naturally sleep on hard surfaces in the wild they make dens, hard floors and area can cause sores.

  • Dog gate(s)

  • Soft, adjustable collar

  • Leash

  • Chew toys (the more the better—toys can be rotated)

  • Soft-bristle brush and sturdy metal comb

  • Gentle puppy shampoo (never use human shampoo on your dog)

  • Quality dog-nail trimmer

  • Collar & ID tag some are built into collar. body harnesses are great for dogs and less stress on using a collar for walking. 

  • Patience 

  • Love (lots of it!)

Puppy Food:

We recommend Royal Canin Puppy For Goldens or Diamond Puppy Food. we use both in combination with Royal Canin Puppy Canned Dog Food a good regimine from royal canin is Royal Canin Medium Dry Dog Food in combination with Royal Canin Medium Puppy Wet Dog Food You will receive a pound of food when you pick up your puppy so that you can transition to whatever food you choose. The most important things to keep in mind are choosing a kind labeled "Puppy Food" so that it has the nutrients it needs to grow well. Also check to see if the first ingredient is meat-based or plant-based. Dogs digest meat-based foods more easily than plant-based. 

We recommend feeding your puppy 3 times per day. This helps the puppy maintain a steady metabolism as he grows rapidly. Smaller, more frequent meals also help with house training, since dogs will naturally want to relieve themselves after eating. Once your puppy is about 6 months old, you can cut back to 2 feedings per day. Sometimes a puppy may not eat much the first week because of his new environment. This is normal. Give him time and his appetite will return. 

Vet Appointment:

We recommend pre-scheduling an appointment with your local vet within 1 week before your puppy arrives and having your puppy examined with in 72 hours or being home. We will give you a copy of your puppy's vaccination and deworming schedule this is included in the puppies medical records we provide you with to take to your vet. Your vet will be able to tell you which vaccines the puppy needs next and set up a monthly deworming schedule. Different geographic regions sometimes use different vaccines, which is why it’s important to visit your local vet.

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