PUPPY PREPARATION SUPPLY LIST
These are the items we use and recommend. We've categorized, prioritized and provided links to make your shopping easier. (You're welcome :)
Order these items a few weeks ahead of bringing your puppy home
CURRENT PUPPY FOOD
We are impressed with the quality of First Mate foods and are currently feeding their Australian Lamb Formula. Human grade ingredients, excellent nutrition and the puppies love it!
NuVet Immunity Booster
This supplement is a huge benefit to combat stress and boost your puppy's immune system while transitioning to his new home, getting vaccines and doing life! Crumble tablet over food once a day. Order code 36018
FOOD & WATER BOWLS
Clean bowls daily & always have fresh water available! Stoneware 7.5 diameter works best, and is much preferred by the puppies over metal :)
Nulo training treats are tiny and soft - best for younger pups. The Stewart's freeze dried beef liver is great long term and can be easily cut into smaller pieces.
If you choose to crate train: Size 36" is perfect for Medium Australian Labradoodles, and 30" for minis
Wash 'n zip bed/crate pad
This bed is amazing. It zips open to cover a sofa or car seat, and for washing. (It also makes into a great impromptu picnic blanket:) Use code: JUNIPER to receive 15% off!
TOYS, TOYS, TOYS!
Toys are fun for you and your puppy. We have found it works best to rotate toys for variety. Buy toys that do not have pieces that can cause a choking hazard.
THE PUPPY PRIMER
This is an excellent guide to raising a puppy! Read before you pick up your puppy, you won't have time afterwards! :)
PUPPY POTTY STATION
Super helpful while transitioning your puppy to go potty outside. These are simple, easy and work really well. If you want to duplicate exactly what we use here; scroll to the bottom of this page.
Fabulous stuff, it really works! Clean up the "oops, sorry" accidents with this and eliminate odor. Puppy will be less likely to return to the same spot!
This snuggly, heated puppy with a heartbeat works like a charm! We stock these & place them in with the puppies at night to gather their litter scent. Let us know if you want one for your puppy! $45 (add to final puppy payment)
BITTER APPLE SPRAY
No need for scolding! Just pre-spray anything vulnerable to your teething puppy's path; base boards, furniture, your shoes...
HIGH CASCADE 4 IN 1 SHAMPOO
Our favorite shampoo!
Very concentrated, a little goes a long, long, long way. Natural pest repellant and beautiful shiny coats all in one!
Natural flea, tick, & mosquito repellent. These products work fantastic and are safe for kids, pets & parents! 3 scents to choose from, our favorite is lemongrass.
PUPPY NAIL TRIMMER
Cuticle trimmers (for people) work the best for trimming puppy nails! Trim a tiny bit every 2 weeks!
We love Chris Christensen's 16mm T-Brush and stainless steel comb. These are great products and are made to last forever.
You will use these to trim your pup's hair that grows upward from between his eyes and can obstruct his vision. Or use blunt tip scissors (See our Grooming page)
BLUNT TIP SCISSORS
Safety first! Puppies, by nature, are a bit wiggly:) (See our Grooming page)
SAFARI NAIL TRIMMER
As puppy grows you'll need this larger nail trimmer. Continue to trim a tiny bit every 2-4 weeks to keep feet and nails healthy.
SAFARI DE-MATTING COMB
An essential tool! Use with on mats only - not on entire coat as this will strip out the coat.
LIQUID HEALTH - K9 EAR SOLUTION
This ear wash is safe and effective in maintaining healthy ears.
TEP - Terrific Ear Powder
Use very, very sparingly and only as needed in moist climates to maintain ear health
PUPPY HOME PREP & TRAVEL
See our Bringing Puppy Home page for more information. We keep Airline Approved puppy carriers in stock and can pack and prepare for your travel ;)
AIRLINE PET CARRIER
Medium size is approx
16"L x 11" W x 11"H
and fits under the seat in front of you. Airlines charge a pet fee and require pre notice for carry on pets. Make sure to call your airline to be prepared!
Very helpful when first introducing your puppy to his new environment. Works well inside the home to create a smaller space for potty training. 30"
SOFT SIDE FOLDABLE CRATE
We use this crate to transport puppies in the car and it folds up easily when not in use. 30" size is great for mini and medium pups. If you continue to use a crate for travel; mature medium dogs will eventually need 36" size. Helpful for overnight hotel stays! Available in many colors.
This is the Puppy Potty Station set up we use at Juniper Ridge. This works well for us with multiple puppies and is "Industrial Strength". If you live in a climate where going outside for potty training isn't going to work well or you need a long term solution for an elderly dog, or whatever the reason... these are links to how to build a pretty foolproof station. Place a pee pad inside the tough plastic drip pan and cover with the epoxy coated wire shelf/rack. These work together perfectly. NOTE: In our opinion the grass tray potty station listed above in our Highly Recommended section is simpler, less expensive and easier to manage short term for a single puppy.
REGENCY WIRE SHELF
This shelf works perfectly over the drip pan. The non-stick surface is easy to clean, it is heavy enough puppies cannot move it, and strong enough to be stepped on.
PUPPY PEE PADS
We use these charcoal activated 24X24" pads. They are cost effective and fit perfectly in our tray system.
WIRTHCO DRIP TRAY
This 24X24" heavyweight polypropylene pan is a perfect fit under the epoxy shelf.
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