|Puppy Wish List (The things you may need.)
Not sure what you'll need to prepare for the arrival of your new pal? To properly care for your
new puppy or adult dog, you'll need to have some basic items ready for when he comes home to stay.
Required items for your puppy or dog's health, happiness and safety:
Collar - needed for attaching your pet's identification tag, and for attaching the leash when
walking or training. You lab will grow so getting an adjustable collar will help (14-22" expandable.)
Leash - necessary for walking your dog, and keeping control. Since your puppy will need to stay at
your home and away from public places until they have all their shots, I suggest a longer lead to
help you watch the puppy in the house and teach it to come when called. Get at least a 6 foot leash.
ID tag - an absolute essential for every pet. I will send you home with an Avid ID tag which will
have your pets Avid Chip number and a 1-800 number so you will not need to purchase one in
Food & Water Bowls - many to choose from depending on your personal preference and your dog's
special needs. (I suggest a stainless bowl. Plastic bowls can be destroyed easily by sharp puppy
teeth.) You need to have clean, fresh water available at all times.
Food - a balanced, premium food is healthiest; Your puppy will go home having been fed ProPac
Super Premium Dog Food Lamb & Rice Puppy Food. You can find it at your local feed store or any
independent distributor. You will feed 1 cup of food twice a day (morning and evening.)
Toys - toys help keep your dog from being bored, restless or destructive. Remember that choking
can be an issue, just like in small children. Pick toys that do not have things that can easily come off
or that are smaller than your dogs mouth. I suggest making a fist and not picking anything out that
is smaller than that.
Chew items - chew toys, rawhide, and bones satisfy your dog's natural need to chew, and is
especially helpful for teething puppies. I do not recommend the "Greenie" brand chews. The
material that they are made out of can be hard to digest and several people that I have met have
had to have their dogs operated on to remove the material.
Toothbrush and toothpaste - a dental health program will promote healthy teeth and gums that
need to last your dog a lifetime. Their are a number of teeth and gum products on the market today.
Grooming tools - depends on your dog's coat, but a good brush is a must for keeping the skin
healthy and the coat shiny and mat-free. Labs are pretty easy in this area, so pick one for shorter
Nail clippers - unless you plan to have your dog professionally groomed, your dog's nails will need
to be tended to.
Bed - every dog should have a place to call his own. (I suggest a blanket or sheepskin type bed that
can be easily washed.)
Crate - if you need to leave your pet alone, if you are house-training, or plan to travel with your
pet. You puppy will need enough room to stand up and turn around. If you buy a crate that will fit
an adult lab, we suggest putting a box or a divider in the crate. To much space and the puppy may
feel that they have enough room to go potty.
These items are highly recommended:
Stain and odor neutralizer - for quickly treating any accidents.
Treats - for training, or just because you love her!
Auto containment - needed if you ever plan to travel any distance with your dog.
Dog door - especially nice for the dog that has been trained to go outside, or just likes to spend
Ear Cleaner - to keep your dog's ears clean and healthy since they can't do it themselves!
Shampoo and conditioner - to keep your dog looking (and smelling) nice. Labs have natural oils in
their coat to help it stay waterproof. Avoid over bathing. I suggest once a month or when very
stinky.... (an alternative is baby shampoo.)
Heartworm preventative - a monthly dose in treat form to keep your dog from contracting fatal
Heartworm disease. (Your vet will prescribe this.)
Pooper scooper - do we need to explain this one?
Containers - for holding dry food and treats are a little more convenient than digging to the bottom
of a big bag.
Scoops - for scooping dry food are designed for getting food from the container to the bowl
without getting it all over you and the floor.
Hair pickup - to remove hair that your dog has shed on clothing and furniture.
These items are suggested for special circumstances:
Puppy pads - for both puppies and adult dogs that are being trained. They are pre-scented are
great, however it can make it harder to train the pup to wait to go outside if you encourage them to
go inside the house. I only suggest these if you are keeping the pup in the bathroom during the day.
Newspapers will work too... And are cheaper.
Vitamins - for pets that need a little extra boost due to being undernourished or sick. Now Diamond
contains 100% of what your pup needs, so these are not really a requirement. Please do not start
supplements without speaking with your vet first.
Bags for picking up dog waste - from your own yard, but especially if you plan to walk your dog or
go somewhere with your dog. No one wants to dodge doggie doo, so make sure you clean up after
Fido. Start saving your plastic grocery bags. They work great and it saves pennies too. Remember
no public places until they are older, so it gives you some time to start your stash of baggies.