Puppy Shopping Checklist – 6 Must Have Items

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It is always an exciting time preparing for a new puppy and you can quickly get overwhelmed and begin to worry that you are not prepared for her arrival, especially if you are a first time owner.

Here are a few things that you should consider buying before your new bundle of joy comes home.

1. A Harness 

Your Cavapoo puppy will need exercise every day so you will need a harness and leash to control where they go and what they do.

When your puppy is leashed then you can safely put her on the ground if she needs to do a wee or poop.  

Please do not buy a retractable lead. They are dangerous to people and for your dog. 

rabbitgoo Dog Harness,No-Pull Pet Harness with 2 Leash Clips,Adjustable Soft Padded Dog Vest,Reflective No-Choke Pet Oxford Vest with Easy Control Handle for Medium Dogs,Orange (M, Chest 19.1-29.3")

People have had serious rope burns from the lead zipping back and when the lead is fully extended then you have absolutely no control over your puppy. 

So, a normal lead is the best way to go.

A harness is much better than a collar. They are easier on the dog's neck and back and give you much better control over your puppy.

Rabbitgoo Dog Harness,No-Pull Pet Harness with 2 Leash Clips

The Rabbitgoo Dog Harness has 2 Neck Straps and 2 Chest Straps that makes sure that this body harness fits your dog perfectly.

The harness features a no-pull design so that you can have better control of your dog by attaching the leash to the front clip.

If your puppy pulls then they will be turned around therefore stopping them from going forward.

It has soft and breathable padding ensuring a comfortable fit. The material is durable and weather-proof.

rabbitgoo Dog Harness,No-Pull Pet Harness with 2 Leash Clips,Adjustable Soft Padded Dog Vest,Reflective No-Choke Pet Oxford Vest with Easy Control Handle for Medium Dogs,Orange (M, Chest 19.1-29.3")

This harness comes in 9 different colors so you should be able to find the perfect color for your Cavapoo.

rabbitgoo Dog Harness,No-Pull Pet Harness with 2 Leash Clips,Adjustable Soft Padded Dog Vest,Reflective No-Choke Pet Oxford Vest with Easy Control Handle for Medium Dogs,Orange (M, Chest 19.1-29.3")

PetSafe Nylon Dog Leash

All you need is a simple lead that can attach to your Cavapoo's  harness.

The Petsafe Nylon dog leash is the perfect partner that you need.

It is strong and durable with an easy to use bolt snap.

It is available in different lengths and also different widths.

PetSafe Leash, 3/4" x 6', Medium, Apple Green

2. Food and Water Bowls

There are many types and shapes of bowls available. Some are made from stainless steel while others can be made from plastic or ceramics.

Stainless steel bowls are the most hygienic.

Some puppies will refuse to eat or drink if they do not like the bowl. If this happens then try a different type of bowl. 

Here is a perfect stainless steel bowl set that is not only functional but beautiful as well.

Vivaglory Dog Bowls Stainless Steel Water and Food Feeder with Non Spill Skid Resistant Silicone Mat for Pets Puppy Small Medium Dogs

Made of high-quality stainless steel, this dog bowl set offers a healthier alternative to plastic.

The silicone mat is flexible, waterproof, and easy-to-clean.

Simply rinse in the sink with warm soapy water, wipe with a cloth, or place it in the dishwasher as it is 100% dishwasher safe.

Vivaglory Dog Bowls, Set of 2, Stainless Steel Water and Food Bowl Pet Cat Feeder with Non Spill Skid Resistant Silicone Mat, Small, Blue

3. A Crate

A crate is a must have product because it helps so much with potty training.

It also provides a safe place for your Cavapoo puppy to sleep in at night or when you are travelling.

Precision Pet "ProValu," Double Door Dog Crate, Black, 30 Inch (7011273)

Crate training your puppy will be very beneficial for later on if she ever needs to be crated because of injury or kept over at the Vet.

Get her used to it at a young age. You will not be sorry. 

3. A Playpen

North States Mypet Petyard Passage: 4, 6 or 8 panel pet enclosure with lockable pet door. Freestanding. 7 sq. ft to 34.4 sq. ft. (26" tall)

Playpens allow for larger containment areas to keep your puppy safe and secure and out of harm’s way when they are unsupervised.

 They are especially useful during the day time when you need to leave your puppy for a few hours or when you pop out to run errands.

There should be enough space for a bed, water bowl and play area.

The shape of the playpen can be changed to suit the available space. Extra panels can be added to make it bigger.

4. Dog Beds

You will need a bed that you can put in her crate or play pen and also a bed in an area where she will sleep during the day.

The bed needs to be cozy and provide comfort when she sleeps.

I like beds with side bolster panels so that your pup can rest her head on them.

Long Rich HCT REC-005 Reversible Rectangle Pet Bed with Dog Paw Printing, Coffee, By Happycare Textiles, 25 by 21 inches

A good dog bed needs to be washable and durable.

5. Toys, toys and more toys

KONG Teddy Bear Dog Toy, Medium, Brown

Puppies chew. Just like human babies, puppies have to have something to chew on when they are teething.

Toys are needed for play time as well and to keep your Cavapoo puppy occupied when you are not around.

I highly recommend the KONG Toy brand because they last a lot longer than other toys and are excellent for puppies that love to chew.

Buy some plush toys, chew toys ans toys that you can play fetch with.

5. Potty Training

Until your puppy has had it's second lot of vaccinations, it is advisable not to let them go for walks, have access to a common garden or have contact with any other dogs.

It is quite difficult for people that do not have access to a garden with regards to potty training and it is crucial that potty training starts straight away.

I am not a fan of pee pads because it is made from a material that can cause your puppy to think your carpet is also a pee pad.

However, I have found a solution that I am happy with.

Bark Potty is a relatively new product that can be used while you are waiting for your puppy to have it's last vaccinations.

The reason I like this product is because it is made from natural bark which is an outside product and therefore will not confuse your puppy when you want them to also eliminate outside.

Bark Potty replaces up to 60 pee pads and lasts for roughly one month.

It also naturally eliminates odors and is recyclable. 

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