Preparing for your new puppy involves assembling puppy supplies and puppy-proofing
your house. Puppy-proofingCurious puppies can get into trouble, not because
they are bad, but simply because they are learning and growing through
investigating the world around them. It is the family's responsibility
to ensure that the puppy cannot come to harm. Dangerous items that should
be secured include: electrical cords, cleaning agents, antifreeze, poisons,
and fertilizers. Use your common sense and be vigilent about surveying
the environment in which your puppy lives.
Crates ~ are available in two varieties: molded plastic and wire.
Either variety works effectively for Labradors. The crate you buy for
your puppy should be able to house your dog as an adult. In general, the
crate dimensions should be about 28" wide x 42" long for an
adult male and 24" wide by 36" for an adult female.
Feed and Water Bowls ~ Some dogs have allergic reactions to plastic,
so stainless steel is a good choice. For feeding: a 2-quart stainless
bowl and for water: a 2-quart or larger stainless pail.
Collars and Leads ~ An appropriately fitted collar and a lead are
necessary when taking your puppy anywhere outside of a secure, fenced
area. Collars are available in flat traditional or quick release buckle
and slip (or choke) collars. Flat collars can be worn safely at all times;
choke collars should be worn only for training or walking sessions - they
should not be left on as they can catch and strangle the dog. Flat nylon
collars are light-weight and generally appropriate for puppies. Adults
may wear nylon or leather collars of the flat or rolled variety.
The following collars are recommended: Puppy ~ a flat, nylon collar
that is fully adjustable with a quick release buckle (has no preset holes)
~ usually the 10" - 14" size fits. Adult ~ flat nylon
or flat or rolled leather ~ usually 18"-22" generally fits females
and 20"-22" generally fits males. Training or leash walking
collar ~ nylon slip collar recommended for dogs under 12 months old
and a medium brass chain choker is recommended for adults. Any 4' to 6'
leather or nylon lead (no chain leads) is recommended. A Flexi Leash is
also very useful.
Grooming Supplies ~ The following supplies will be needed to groom
your puppy's coat ~ a rubber curry brush, we really love the zoom groom,
a small slicker brush and a fine flea comb (22 teeth per inch). You will
need a nail trimmer. I use the guillotine style trimmer, but other styles
can also be used. You will also need an ear cleaning solution and gentle
shampoo (use only shampoos formulated for dogs, as others can be too harsh).
Toys ~ Labrador puppies are very playful and can be easily entertained
with a variety of toys. As with young children, be sure that toys do not
have small, easily detachable parts that the puppy could choke on. I recommend
Nyla Bones, latex squeak toys, rubber bones and balls, Kongs and fake
lambs wool plush toys.
Pet Supply Catalogs ~ Pet supply catalogs can offer pricing that
is more attractive than the local pet supply stores. It is worth checking
the catalogs and evaluating the price, including shipping, in comparison
to the pet store prices. The following companies have a large selection
of pet products.
KV Vet Supply Company:
(800) 423-8211 ~
J-B Wholesale Pet Supplies:
(800) 526-0388 ~
Steele Wholesale Pet Supplies: (800) 872-3773 ~
& Smith: (800) 826-7206 ~
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