Our first week with Kai was an adventure! Before his arrival, we put together a puppy supply list to welcome him to his new home. We felt like new parents all over again!
We made sure we had all the basics to take care of him and ease the transition away from his litter mates. In the weeks before we picked him up, we gradually bought everything on Amazon to make it quick and easy.
If you’re thinking about getting a Goldendoodle, this puppy supply list will help you plan for everything that comes with raising a new puppy.
Here’s our video pupdate from our fist few weeks with Kai.
Establishing a Puppy Routine
We’ve brought home many new puppies over the years. We’ve learned they each have their own personality. Just like with human babies, what works well with one, may not be the same for another.
We’ve learned that establishing a routine is one of the best ways to housebreak and train a new puppy. Plus, having the right puppy supplies prevents the frustrations that come with taking care of a new puppy.
Preventing Puppy Separation Anxiety
When Zuma was a puppy she did not need to be held a lot. She was naturally content to be in another room by herself. But Kai likes to be with us all the time. We need to train him to have “alone time.”
As a result, crate training is a more challenging with Kai. The only time we put Kai in the crate is when we leave the house because he cries so loud! When we’re home, we always keep him on a leash if we’re not watching him.
Kai sleeps on our bed. I know it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but he hasn’t had one accident on our bed! He is so content to sleep there all night. That means we get to sleep too. This probably would not work for most puppies. We could have never had Zuma sleep on our bed at such a young age.
When we picked Kai up from the breeder, I rubbed a towel on his mother and littermates to pick up their scent. I brought the towel with him in the car so that he would have their scent to keep him calm.
I also found this snuggly toy with a heartbeat and heat pack that helps puppies make the transition from their litter. In this video, you can see how Kai absolutely loves it and see more about my discovery.
Socializing Your Puppy
Another important part of puppy training is getting them accustomed to all kinds of sights, sounds, people, and places. That’s why we’ve already started taking Kai out and about to different environments.
Because he hasn’t had all his shots yet, we can’t expose him to public areas where a lot of other dogs have been. This sling dog carrier comes in handy when we take him out right now. It makes it easy to safely take him with us wherever we go.
Puppy Supply List
Here are 15 essential items that will help you bring your puppy home safely and confidently. This is our complete puppy supply list of everything we purchased for Kai.
1. Dog Carrier Sling
There are several types of dog carriers out there. I’ve had this sling for several years and used it with our other dogs. I’ve had other dog carrier bags, but I like how comfortable this one is.
This plush toy with a built-in heartbeat reminds me of something similar we used when our human daughter was a newborn baby. Kai is attached to it, and it keeps him happy when we put him in the crate.
The heartbeat sounds like a ticking clock, and he noticed the sound right away. In this video, you can see how he responds to this toy in a different way than he does with his other toys.
It’s not a necessity, but I think having cute dog food bowls is just fun. I love the style of these hammered copper food bowls.
We didn’t want to spend much money on a dog collar while Kai is so young. That’s why we opted for this colorful inexpensive nylon collar. It’s adjustable so it can grow as he grows.
When he’s full-grown, we’ll invest in a new collar. He’s still too young to start formal training, so we don’t need a training collar just yet. That will come later.
For the first six months when Zuma was a puppy, we used a long 15-foot leash to get her accustomed to walking on a leash. Her trainer explained that this prevents the habit of pulling on the leash.
When puppies feel tension on the leash, they instinctively pull back against it. This creates a bad habit of always pulling on the leash. She told us to always allow slack and to let her walk freely on the long leash. This worked so well in leash training Zuma. We’ve already started using the long leash with Kai. At nine weeks he’s already getting the idea of walking on the leash.
When we’re not able to watch Kai closely, we keep him on a shorter leash so that he doesn’t have too much freedom around the house. This helps prevent him from having an accident or getting into things he shouldn’t.
This pack of toys is a great start to having a wide variety of toys to keep your pup entertained. I have a box where I keep all the toys so that we can bring out different toys at different times. This prevents Kai from getting bored with the same toys all the time.
When it comes to chewing, puppies are constantly looking for something new. Bully sticks will keep a puppy busy for a long time.
Keep in mind, bully sticks are rich for a puppy’s tummy, so you can’t let your young pup have it for too long. I prefer this odor-free version.
You want to make sure your pup’s crate is comfy so that it becomes a place where he likes to sleep. Having a soft crate pad that’s the right size helps the crate become a safe and cozy hideout for your puppy.
The basic concept of crate training is that dogs won’t go to the bathroom in the area they sleep. But this only works if the crate is small enough.
If the crate is too large, your puppy may use one side of it to go to the bathroom and the other for sleeping. That’s why you’ll want to start with a small crate and move to larger sizes as your puppy grows.
As your puppy grows, you’ll want to increase the size of the crate so that he stays comfortable and likes being there. It helps to have a general idea of how large your puppy will ultimately become. You don’t want the crate to be too large, or too small.
If you plan on taking your pet with you on weekend trips before he’s house trained, you’ll want to confine him when you can’t keep a close eye on him. A soft, foldable travel crate packs easily so you don’t have to bring your wire crate with you.
Having plenty of small training treats on hand is essential. We reward Kai with a treat every time he goes outside. We say, “potty potty potty” and give him a treat. In a short time, he has gotten the idea that good things happen when he goes potty outside. The treats need to be small, soft, and not too rich so he doesn’t get a tummy ache.
We started with this Costco brand grain-free puppy food that Kai’s breeder was using, but we will gradually switch him to a new food. Our vet advised us against a grain-free diet saying there is evidence that it can lead to heart disease.
Zuma does well with the Honest Kitchen brand of dog foods. I highly recommend this food, along with the Superfood Toppers Before switching to Honest Kitchen Zuma had chronic digestive problems, and this is the only food that has made a difference.
Honest Kitchen is minimally processed with limited ingredients. It’s 100% natural human grade dog food. We will buy the whole grain version.
It’s important to keep food in an airtight storage container to keep it fresh. This also keeps ants or other insects from getting into the food.
This rolling storage container helps us keep all the dog food and treats in one area. I especially like that it’s on rollers because I can easily move it out of the way when we’re not using it.
By having the right supplies on hand you’ll get off to a great start with your new puppy and avoid the common pitfalls of life with a puppy.
Kai has his own Instagram account called @thatdoodkai, so you can follow him over there!
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