Hello everyone. I will be the proud owner of my boxer baby Roenick in 14 days. Beside the obvious items (crate, toothbrush, toys etc) what are the must have items that you have come across over the years???
My girl Bella is 8 months old and we could not survive walking her without a harness, especially now that she is 50+ pounds! Also, I find a Kong stuffed with kibble or other treats works wonders if you just want your puppy to stay occupied for a half an hour or so to get something else done!
oh the excitement of getting your new puppy!!! congrats! hmm let's see, what do you need: did you leave a blanket with the breeder to get scented? a larger size stuffed toy for your baby to cuddle with, food the breeder is currently feeding, stainless steel water/food bowls, leash, collar and don't forget your patience and TLC - pictures a must :clap:
Mom2Titan... i forgot to bring a blanket to the breeders. I have been cuddling with a blanket so i can give it to him in his crate the first couple nights to help. I also got one of those snuggle puppies that have a warm pack in them and a heart beat sound. I am a suck already!
i just grab one at the grocery store when i go or even when i am at a sams club bc they are bigger and last longer. I put pb in kongs for both of mine, and freeze it over night and give to them in the morning when i leave. keeps them busy for a little bit.
Don't forget to research trainers be sure to ask them lots of questions. Picking a trainer and a vet are so important as they are a huge part of your puppies successes in both behaviour and health . It breaks my heart when people just randomly pick a trainer. Be sure you believe and are comfortable with their methods.
Zymox Otic HC is great for ears- it works whether the problem is bacterial, viral or fungal (yeast). You can get it on Amazon. I only clean ears when they need it. If it's not broke don't fix it is a good motto. My Maggie has problem ears, so hers get cleaned a lot. I haven't had to clean Mongo's ears since he was about 9 weeks old and he's over 4 years now.
You'll need nail clippers or a dremel and start doing the nails soon so he gets used to it.
Puppy shampoo, baby wipes.
Pet insurance, a savings account or a credit card for vet expenses.
My musts are baby wipes, tough toys, squeaky toys, a good food storage container and a Shoe box to protect your shoes.
Oh and Lots and LOTS of training treats! (and pray that your pup is food oriented...)
I would suggest some good tough chew toys. Wyatt is a big chewer and will chew all day long of given the chance! Other than basics, crate, dishes, food, collar/harness and leash, poop bags, there's not much else that's a necessity. Everything else is random things you will grab here and there. Maybe some treats to help with potty training! Good luck don't forget to post pics!!!!
Congrats and we'll want to see pics. I've had dogs for 40 years and I've never seen a product that works as well as www.magic-zymes.com does on smells and stains. I put some in the carpet cleaner machine when I do the entire carpet. You can use it for so many household needs. It doesn't have a smell which I like because I have allergy issues and visitors can't smell it either. I wouldn't be without it.
My Layla loves the Kong Squeezz toys. My 8 year old "toy destroyer in two minutes" dog can't leave a mark on them. They come in puppy size too. Layla loves her Chuck-It dog ball launcher. Every day at 3:00 pm she's whining to go out and play fetch.
I also use Quercetin W/Bromelain for two of my three dogs with allergy issues. I use it also. It has been amazing.
He's perfect! We've had Cotto for a little over 2 months now. My must have list
harness/collar & leash
Kong bed.. He destroyed any other bed
Kong toys. Especially ones you can fill, so you can actually eat for a few minutes.
Nail cutting tools. Just to familiarize them with it. But be careful! They squirm! They grow too fast !
Find a vet you're comfortable with, definitely.
Blankets with your scent. He will love to snuggle in it.
Toys toys toys. For his biting. Place toy in mouth every time he tries to bite.
Baby gates - if you need to keep him confined to areas.
Bath soap, for dogs. Try to get him used to the bath also.
Have food that the vet is using, and also the food you plan on feeding him, so you can switch him over.
And a lot of love.. The first few days will be a big adjustment.. So have the time if possible to really welcome him into his new furever home!
How many times per day are you feeding your Boxers? I'm still doing twice per day with my dog, however, sometimes she doesn't seem that hungry. I have read that many people switch to once per day when their dogs become adults.
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