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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Shrap, Apr 29, 2011.


  1. Shrap

    Shrap PetForums VIP

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    Soooooooo my puppy is 2 weeks old and I'm now starting to buy everything I'll need for him! I actually can't wait to see them all in a fortnight. I just can't believe it's all finally happening! I've been looking for so long and I finally found this amazing breeder who does everything right and has amazing dogs.
    (All fully health tested, working qualifications, great pedigrees, great show results in Germany as well as the UK (GSD) - I've looked on PD and seen what both dogs produce and think this pup is going to be fantastic :D)

    I have a shopping list, but since I've never had a pup before I was wondering if anyone could think of anything I've missed out or would be cool for me to have :)
    I thought it'd be a good thread for anyone else about to get their first pup as well.....

    Here goes!

    Chest Freezer :p
    Bed
    Crate
    Collar & Lead
    Stainless Steel Bowls x2
    Clicker
    Large Puppy Kong
    15m Recall Lead
    Nylabone
    Tug toy (Schutzhund)
    BALLS :eek: :p



    Anything else!?

    Thankyou everyone! Breeder sent me photos but then the phone broke so I can't get access to them, I'll ask her to email me them and then put them on here of course :)

    xx
     
  2. shells

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    poop bags but thata all i can think of. i bet ur soo exited :D
     
  3. Shrap

    Shrap PetForums VIP

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    Ahh yes poop bags and a scoop thing :p

    I am ridiculously excited! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
     
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    i bet you are :D
     
  5. staffy_missy

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    i have had my puppy for a week now and shes my first puppy too :D shes a staffy x labrador i have called her missy. Shes so loving and very playful. Shes too energetic at atm tho as she had her first injection saturday so she cant go for walks yet i cant wait till i can take her out am dead excited :p have you thought of what you are going to feed your puppy yet? Because lots of people on here advised me that wainwrights is good so i went and bought a bag of wainwrights puppy food and its great she loves it :D if you go to pets at home and ask to talk to a nutritionist they will give you a free 2.5kg bag to try x
     
  6. Shrap

    Shrap PetForums VIP

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    Awwww Missy is sooo cute! Interesting cross, bet she's really food oriented haha!!

    Tbh, I think Wainwrights isn't a great food. Don't get me wrong, for dogs with a sensitive stomach you need to just go with whatever agrees with your dog, but the first ingredient is rice.
    I don't like food with any grains in, or carbohydrates tbh. So I'm going with raw feeding :) It's not for everyone, but it'll only cost me £50 a month maximum to feed a GSD raw, and i'm sure i'll be able to source things cheaper as I go along. I'm sure wearing a low cut top going into the butchers will help :p

    Have you found any really good toys that she loves? Have you started training with her yet? What methods are you using? :)

    x
     
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    Some protective clothing for bites and scratches - Puppies are very lively and have sharp teeth and claws i am experiencing such at the present with 13 wk old Ridgeback.My hands look like i am a self harmer.lol I love him to bits .
     
  8. staffy_missy

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    thats true all puppies are different and like different food mine prefers mine :D she looks just like an andrex puppy i think shes dead cute and loves cuddles and kisses bless her :) her favourite toys are my cats shes pinched them all even though shes got a box full of her own! Lol. I bought her a squeeky hotdog toy yesterday only a pound from pets at home and she apsolutely loves it! She was very proud when she made it squeek herself! Lol. Iv also bought her a pully toy today and shes playing with that now so im guessing she likes it. Shes got a habit of running off with my phone the cheeky monkey haha. As far as training goes iv learnt her the word no wenever she does something naughty and she responds really well and stops straight away. I have also trained her to have a wee on her puppy pads as she cant go out yet and she is doing really well :D x
     
  9. SixStar

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    I.D tag, training treats, harness for the car, grooming supplies, few pieces of vetbed (I know you say you've got a bed, but you can never have enough vetbed with a puppy about - dries in minutes after washing) and clean up product for accidents.

    I think you're about sorted, how exciting :D Have you picked a name yet?
     
  10. Shrap

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    Where is the best place to get a harness for the car? I forgot about that one :p

    Will get an ID tag off ebay I reckon, that's where I got the cats'.
    Grooming supplies, why is that not on my list? I've been looking at that stuff too :s haha.
    Training treats will just be bits of chicken, liver (not too much I know ;) ) etc. I don't think I'll buy any unless I can find some without rubbish in them - yes, I'm an overprotective mum :p

    I cannot wait for the scratches and bites! My Indy kitten was a little 7 letter word (starting with 'b' and ending with 'astard') when he was younger! All up my legs and arms were COVERED in scratches, and my back as well when he decided to jump on me.... I miss those stages though for some reason, I think I'm mental :p

    Missy don't you have a garden? She can go out into the garden for the toilet so long as no other unvaccinated dogs have been there :)
    I hope you're carrying her outside to meet lots of people too! 8-12 weeks is such an important socialisation period for the little ones. You just need to make sure she doesn't touch the ground where unvaccinated dogs have been, but you can arrange play dates with friend's dogs as long as they have been vaccinated. That way you get a head start and avoid any common behavioural problems associated with a lack of early socialisation.

    I'm glad she's responding so well to the training you're giving her. Have you starting teaching her to recall? That's a really important one as well.
    Argh I can't wait to have my little pupster :D

    x
     
  11. McKenzie

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    McKenzie loved soft toys when she was very little, especially to curl up with like litter mates :)

    With the crate, is it only just big enough for her, or is it for her adult size? If it's a big one you might want to get a divider or she'll just go toilet in one corner of it :rolleyes:

    Wainwrights is a really good middle of the road food (the first ingredient is actually meat ;) ) Good on you for starting with raw - I'm slowly getting into this using a dry raw food (ziwipeak) because I don't have freezer space, and the more I learn about it the more I like it :)

    I agree with all of this and second the vetbed - really hardwearing and useful.

    I'd also consider a harness to walk him on as it's much better for them than walking on a collar and lead.

    Oh also I would get something to clean up accidents with - Simple Solution (I think that's what it's called) is really good, or you can use biological laundry powder.

    And make sure we get photos!!! :D
     
  12. SixStar

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    I got our car harnesses from Pet Supermarket. We've got the Clix ones because they were the most padded I could find, they're really good - very strong, hardwearing and look very comfy.

    Clix Car Safe Harness - Pet Supplies from PET SUPERMARKET® the UK's #1 Online pet store

    Bare in mind that if your boy is going to be raw fed then pieces of chicken and liver aren't going to be particularly high value treats as he'll be getting them as part of his diet anyway. There are plenty of healthy training treats available -
    Fish4Dogs Superstars Super Stars Training Treats - Fish4Dogs Online Shop
    Burns training treats Burns Training Treats 40g - £1.70
    Thrive treats (salmon are especially good) Treats For Dogs - Dog Treats
    Natures Menu treats Natures Menu Mini Dog Treats 60g Natural Treats for Sale
     
  13. McKenzie

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    I've got the Clix car harness too and like it.

    Also I would start looking at/book puppy classes. You'll also need flea and worm treatment but you might want to talk to your vet about that.
     
  14. Shrap

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    I'm waiting to find the perfect one for him ;)

    It's adult size but will be using something as a divider :)

    I've not heard of that, but sounds great :) Really, I just did a quick google :p It still has rice in it though, right?
    I'll be clearing out the shed to make room for the chest freezer and will just portion stuff up every month as I get it :)


    I will probably invest in some vet bed, although we have some already, but only cat sized. I'm not a big fan of harnesses, but if I need one then I'll run down to pets at home and get him one. I'd rather spend the 4 weeks he's not allowed out working on impulse control and lead walking. Will get him used to the route to the park as well carrying him so he doesn't get too over excited. Of course I don't want him damaging his neck/windpipe, but I'd rather see if I can prevent those behaviours first :)
    I'll probably be on here after day 3 tearing my hair out screaming for help though lmao!


    With regards to training treats, it'll be cooked stuff to give it a stronger smell etc. Cooked chicken, liver cake and things like that. I will defo have a look at the F4D ones though, that's the kibble I recommend to people.

    I'll get that Clix harness then if it has good reviews from you guys!

    I've looked at puppy classes, I just need to go down and watch one before I book to make sure I like it, as it's quite far away and I'll need my mum to drive me!
     
  15. staffy_missy

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    i do have a garden but my fence is broken atm so i dont want to risk it. I have been taking her out and putting a sheet down for her though to get some fresh air :D i have people visit me through the week and at weekends too so she gets plenty of people around her to get used to. I cant wait to start taking her for proper walks though shes gunna love it! There is plenty of fields around where i live and also a massive woods with a picnic area where we can stop for a rest, its normally just me and my partner so will be lovely to share our walks with missy :D x
     
  16. McKenzie

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    Nope no rice in the Ziwipeak, just venison/fish/lamb depending on the flavour plus organs and natural vitamin and mineral stuff :) It's expensive but you only feed a small amount, much less than kibble, and it's very convenient. I'm feeding it along with things like raw egg, probiotic yoghurt, sardines, a bit of fruit and vege and am going to try her on chicken wings soon. Unfortunately I can't store more than a tiny bit of raw food and it's not practical for me to buy a freezer for various reasons, so I'm sticking with the ziwipeak :)

    I put Kenzie in a harness even though she doesn't usually pull, basically because I feel she is much safer in one. The harness fits her perfectly and I also have a clip that goes from the harness to her collar, so if she manages to wiggle out of either her collar or the harness, there's still something attaching her to me. If she manages to wiggle out of them both at the same time she's Houdini! Although in the 6 months I've had her she's never wiggled out of anything :eek: And also if she's off lead and I suddenly need to grab her quickly in an emergency it's much easier grabbing a harness than a collar (she's a small dog).

    Yes I'm an overprotective mother too! :eek:
     
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