Lilly Bits O' Heaven - Angelic Shichon Puppies
Shopping for your LillyBits Puppy
Getting a new puppy and adding a four legged member of your family is an exciting time. Preparing your home for your new puppy is an important step in giving them just the right start. Your first trip to one of the big pet stores can be fun, but sometimes it can be hard to discern what is really needed. Hopefully this page will help you choose the essentials. Below is the essay version of the shopping list.
Dog Food & Dishes
Let's start with the food, a definite essential. There are a lot of wonderful dog foods available now. It is important that in the beginning you keep you puppy on the food we are using at LillyBits.
We wean our puppies onto Blue Buffalo Lamb & Oatmeal Puppy, Once your puppy is over twelve weeks you can try other flavors of Blue Buffalo to offer variety. In the beginning we want you to purchase this EXACT food.
Your puppy should be fed three times a day. It is important for potty training to develop a feeding schedule. Follow the feeding guidelines listed on your food to get an idea of how much :) As a rule, I put down about 1/2 a cup three times a day for one puppy and I expect at least 1/3 will be played with and spilled, some eaten and the rest left. I offer fresh food each time.
Keep your food in an airtight container for freshness, never leave the bag open and stored. If you want to by a large bag for economy you can freeze portions in ziplocs.
Naturally this brings us to a food bowl. Nothing fancy is neccessary, we use the plain stainless steel dog food dishes. You may want to purchase a set that comes in a raised stand. This will help your puppy keep from tipping them.
Dog water bottles work wonderfully for keeping your puppy's area nice. Traditional water bowls can be knocked over frequently. Or you could choose a raised feeding station to keep the water bowl stationary.
Set up a puppy safe area in your home. This can easily be acheived with an exercise pen purchased at most pet stores. That way when your away from home or just need to have some puppy free time to cook dinner your little one has an area all their own to relax.
My favorite exercise pen is made by IRIS. There are two sizes available. The smaller one is really nice but the sides are shorter so if you are planning on using your containment area over the long term, the taller one might be better. For the smaller on you MUST purchase the additional panels. This makes a wonderful three by six area.
The larger and taller one is also very nice and a better choice if you want to use your containment area into adulthood. There are additional panels you can purchase for it also if you want more space as your puppy gets older. With additional panels you would have a four by eight area.
Litter Box & accessories
The all important potty box. Your puppy will come litter box trained. We use pine pellets and a litter pan to train our puppies. We use it for its low odor, natural attractive surface for puppies that is unparalelled in training results.
Over the years we have developed a system of raising our puppies with graduated stages to accomodate a puppies needs at each stage of development beginning at three weeks old. Our puppies begin their potty journey in three customized set ups. They start in our beginner set up, then move on to an intermediate set up and then finally to their advanced area that you will replicate in your home.
The nice thing about our pellet training is that if you plan to train your puppy to go outside you have a very low investment going in to the short few months you will be using your litter training until you transition to outside. The pellets mark the spot outside beautifully when you begin your outdoor training.
If you want to use a litter box over the long term, the pellets are great but you can transition your puppy to one of the popular artificial turf systems. We have found that the Spotty Dog Training system works well with pellets and many of our families have had a smooth transition with this system and the initial investment is affordable.
You get to choose what will work for your home and your training goals!
Litter Box Pellets
You will need to purchase wood pellets. Either pine pellets that are used for equine purposes or fireplace pellets for a pellet stove are the most affordable options. The picture to the lower left displays what the wood pellets look like up close. This item can be hard to find. You can also purchase Exquisicat pellets, but they cost more.
Crate training is an important part of housebreaking success. Getting the right size crate is essential. Even though your puppy is litter box trained and the exercise pen is a wonderful tool for a puppy, the crate is something that can be utilized for the life of your dog. Making sure your puppy stays acquainted with their crate is important and we suggest having them sleep in their crate at night, especially when they are over 12 weeks old. Crate training will also make the transition from litter box to outdoors a smooth one.
PetMate is a popular crate brand, that is readily available in most regions. My favorite is the Petmate Compass Kennel. It has wonderful ventilation for puppy, comes in fun colors, and I like that. The other option is a wire crate. Your puppy will enjoy the visibiIity from their wire crate and it is easy to keep clean and can be covered for night time. If you choose a wire crate, get the double door option. Some families choose to purchase a transitional crate of a smaller size. This is more expense but can work well and leaves more space for your puppy in their safe area.
If your puppy is being flown to you, your transitional crate is included in your puppy's travel expenses.
Dog Bed and/or Crate Pad
When your puppy goes home we will give you a receiving blanket that smells like Mom & siblings. Please put this with them to help the transition. A crate pad is a nice idea to make things more comfy for your new LillyBit. I use the crate pads pictured to the left. The size will depend on what size kennel you use. You can use your crate pad as a dog bed also inside your x-pen like I do or you may want to purchase a more traditional dog bed.
Leash, Collar & ID Tag
We use simple nylon leads & collars. Have fun with yours, now days it seems you can get collars that look like costume jewelry. You may want something simple to begin with because they outgrow their first collar quickly!
Don't forget you ID tag. The big pet stores and Walmart have machines that
you can use to make an ID tag while you wait.
Dog Chew Toys & Bones
Your puppy is going to want to play & chew! Soft dog toys have always been a favorite of my dogs along with the Kong brand chew toy. Get a few toys but not so many that your pup will be overwhelmed. Try getting things of different texture such as a stuffed animal toy, ball, nylabone or kong and a rope toy. As your dog gets older an uncooked marrow bone from the butcher will be a big hit!
Please do not use rawhide or greenies.
Dog Comb and/or Brush, Shampoo & Nail Clippers
I really love Buddy Wash shampoo. I also really like oatmeal shampoos. Look for something natural without any harsh ingredients.
A dog comb is a must because your new puppy should be brushed daily. You can also get a slicker brush or rake. Brushing your puppy daily whether the puppy needs it or not will continue to keep your puppy used to being handled and groomed.
A pair of nail clippers that are meant for dogs. Puppy nails can be sharp and you will want to keep them trimmed.
Books, Classes & The Dog Whisperer
We are BIG fans of The Dog Whisperer: Cesar Millan. We suggest to all our new homes that they begin watching his show on the National Geographic Channel or picking up a few of his books or DVD's. Being the pack leader for your new puppy starts from day one. When your dog acknowledges you as the pack leader and you have that relationship established it makes your dog feel secure and life much easier for you. The Dog Whisperer is not about obedience training but more understanding dog pyschology.
Here is a link to The Dog Whisperer site, you can even watch episodes online!
We strongly suggest picking up the 'Puppies for Dummies' book. It is good to begin reading and researching before your new puppy comes home. Once your puppy has come home often we will reference this book in our follow up service once your puppy is home. It is helpful for you to have a copy so we are on the same page.
One of the most important puppy essentials you can't fit in a shopping cart. So here it is, last but certainly not least:
Enroll in puppy obedience classes :)
Treats & More
Treats can be an invaluable training tool to reward your puppy for good behavior. A very small treat is best. I use Zukes minis and they work well for training but I even break them in half! Small bits of cheese can also be used.
Always choose natural treats, dye and artificial ingredient free. A very small treat for puppies is appropriate - even one the size of pea works well training. Remember treats are just that - a treat given sparingly and the misuse of them can cause weight problems and a nutritional imbalance. Happy Treating.
Currently the as of 11/2011 the FDA is warning dog owners of Chicken jerky treats causing illness and even kidney problems in dogs. Specifically chicken sourced from China. For now, I would avoid all chicken jerky treats.
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We use the large size, Puppy Go Here Litter Box, found in our LillyBits Store.
Spotty Dog Training Place
The Spotty Dog is a artificial turf system that is compatible with pellet transition, many of our families have used this with success. NOTE: We do not personally use the Spotty Dog Training Place You can purchase this in our LillyBits Store and I have also seen the Spotty Dog in the local Fred Meyer's.
The Porch Potty
If you live in a condominium or walk up flat and you want to outdoor potty train this Porch Potty system is an option for decks. It can come with synthetic grass, real grass in the form of sod and an automatic sprinkler system if you like. This deluxe lieu is a bit spendy but a good product that fills a need for certain homes. Can be purchased in the LillyBits Store.
25.75"L x 18.37"W x 7.13"H
In a pinch you can purchase a Sterilite Modular 10 gallon stacking bin below. It is sold at Walmart and you can have a notch cut out in the front, otherwise the sides are too high. Pictured below.
Example of what pellets look like up close.