Your new puppy will arrive with a simple slip collar and lead, which is adequate for their first few weeks. When their vaccinations are completed, we recommend that you take them into a pet shop in person to be fitted for a harness. All pet shop associates should be well trained in how to assist you, so ask for help. Later, when your dog has finished growing,, you can take all their measurements and find a good one online, but puppies have a variety of body types, and we just think you will do better getting started in person with a live fitting. The benefits of a harness are they distribute the stress points across the shoulders instead of at the neck, give you better control, and are much harder to get out of - which can be scary and dangerous for your puppy.
We recommend Grain Free dog food. This is hard to find at grocery stores (although there is some). We recommend this because it is healthy for your dog and will reduce the amount of waste and will make the consistency much firmer and easier to deal with. When you pick up your puppy, it will be used to Taste of the Wild puppy food that has been soaked for 10 minutes+ in warm water. Your puppy will be getting food 3 times a day. Food should be gone within about 15 minutes - if it is around for hours, you can scale back the amount per feeding. If they seem hungry or whiny and it is gone quickly, increase the quantity per feeding. Our 6 month old+ labradoodles get free fed and always have a bowl of food available. We have not had an issue with weight until they enter the geriatric zone. ALWAYS provide fresh, clean water 100% of the time. Taste of the Wild can be purchased at Amazon, Chewy.com, or Tractor Supply.
Disposable wee wee pads are useful for puppy house training or any time you will be leaving your dog inside longer than usual. Be careful that they don't get too used to wee wee pads versus the great outdoors though. We strongly recommend washable pads over disposable (they are far more cost effective, they wash well, and they stay in place better - the puppies like to play with and tear up the disposables), but disposable are far better than the old system of sloppy wet newspapers! Bulk boxes are more economical than 10 to 20 packs.
Remember that your puppy is still growing. When you pick up your puppy, they should be good going out every two to three hours during the day. You can slowly work to extend this time. Getting them out the door quickly first thing in the morning is important. Then try to stick to a predictable schedule as they get used to the routine.
Caring for litters of puppies, we were burning through the wee wee pads. I found this economical and environmentally friendly alternative...human bed liners. I buy the multi packs so that I always have some clean ones. They launder beautifully. I also find these MUCH easier than the grass doggy patches which are not fun to wash. These are the ones we recommend to encourage them for potty area. The others below are good for crate and playpen lining, under food bowls and to protect car seats.
NOTE: Some people swear by the grass patches for puppies, but I have found them to be not fun to clean. I much prefer these.
Our puppies come with microchips and registration for the chip. So, you may wonder why I recommend an ID Tag. Well, the microchip requires a shelter or vet to scan and track down the owner. If your dog gets lost and is found by a neighbor or helpful person, they can quickly see a phone number and give you a call. This can get your dog back home to you faster and with less stress and hassle for everyone.
I have used Dutch Dog collars, so I don't have any Blueberry collars, but they are highly rated and look similar to the Dutch Dog in style and quality.
Choosing the right collar for your dog is sometimes hard as there are so many choices. I am a big fan of Dutch Dog Collars. They are both functionally strong and aesthetically beautiful.
One of my favorite recent finds is an LED rechargeable by USB Dog Collar. This makes your dog visible. This is great for the early morning or evening walks. Even if your dog is in a completely secure fenced hard, it is great to be able to see where they are at night. My dogs get excited when it is time to put on their night collars.
We recommend buying 15-50 pound bags of dog food. Larger sizes are discounted and more economical. To keep your food fresh and safe from bugs, a container is good. We use a lidded container on wheels. The IRIS brand gives you food and treat storage as well as a scoop at a great price. If you have never opened bulk dog food, you can use a knife or scissors. Also, if it is stitched at the top, you can find the end of the thread and pull - this usually opens the bag very easily.