New Puppy Supplies Checklist
When you have the right TOOLS… Life with YOUR PUPPY becomes 100% easier.
Just like with anything in life if you don’t have the right tools or the right setup.. things can be extremely difficult. I want to help you so that your first week, month and year with your new puppy goes smoothly.
We’ve ALREADY done all the research and testing so you don’t have to. I am NOT Sponsored to recommend these products.
THE BASIC PUPPY SUPPLIES LIST…
- Food Bowls
- High Quality Puppy Food
- Toys & Chew Toys
- Blanket or Bed
- Baby Gates, Crate or X-Pen
- Grooming Tools
- Health Supplies & Supplements
- Training Tools (Leash & Collar)
- Name Tag and Microchip (Safety Tools)
- Tools for the Road..Seatbelt and Car Seat Cover
- Doggy Approved Cleaning Supplies
- Time & Love
MOST PEOPLE ALREADY KNOW WHAT THEY NEED BUT KNOWING WHICH BRAND, SIZE ETC.. IS WHERE WE WANT TO HELP….
WHAT FOOD DO YOU PICK? WHAT ARE THE BEST CRATES?
We all love our new puppies and want them to have the VERY BEST so this is OUR RECOMMENDED PUPPY SUPPLIES LIST!
FOR YOUR WET POODLE…
Keep the Rain and Mud out of your House!
I needed something that worked and worked well. These are machine washable (also important) and catch about 60-70% of the water and dirt off their paws before they make it into the house. I LOVE the big ones and they’re worth every penny.. I promise.
The microfiber strands dry five times faster than ordinary doormats!!
To be honest I use the basic doormat size (Large) the most for the door but the EXTRA LARGE rugs are great for in front of the sliding glass door and I also use them as a place for them to just lay down on or for in the their crates, great for hardwood floors, your kitchen tile etc.
Dog Gone Smart Large Dirty Dog Doormat – Large Price: $38.99
SHOPPING: AMAZON LINKS AND SIZES
- Medium size Dimensions: 31 x 20 inches
Amazon Price: $14.95
- Large Size Dimensions: 35 x 26 inches
- Extra Large Size Dimensions: 36 x 60 inches
Amazon Price: $63.67
- Runner Size Dimensions: 30 x 60 inches:
Amazon Price: $59.90
Regardless of the size… they’re all big enough for a Poodle and a worthy investment.
THROW THEM IN THE WASHING MACHINE AND CALL IT GOOD! Use them in the Car or Truck…
Another Brand – Doggy Place
My Doggy Place – Ultra Absorbent Microfiber Chenille Dog Door Mat, Durable, Quick Drying, Washable, Prevent Mud Dirt
Colors: Red, Oatmeal, Brown, Charcoal, Navy Blue.
Sizes: Medium,Large,X-Large Runner)
Size: Medium (31″ x 20″)
I have not tried this brand yet…but they have great reviews. I found several different prices for these and I only found the medium size.
CRATES, BABY GATES AND PUPPY PENS
They have GREAT prices on crates on Amazon MUCH cheaper then Petco or Petsmart. I have linked them all below.
Using the crate as a house-training tool is SMART..Just like we use cribs for our human babies.. We use crates for our fur babies! Simple as that. Too keep them safe and to help them with potty training and when we can not monitor them at night and while we’re at work.
You wouldn’t let your human toddler crawl all over the house while you slept or worked… so don’t let your puppy!
Crate training is a win-win for both you and YOUR PUPPY!
Crates only need to be used for a VERY short period of time. Once potty training is completed you can just leave the door open BUT believe it or not.. most dogs will STILL continue to use their crates as a bedroom or den and also their safe place to spend time in…. if you crate train correctly they will enjoy their crate.
Crate Training Basics
Crate training your puppy….if done correctly and used as a temporary training tool and not a lifestyle then using a crate is not mean or abusive however, if used incorrectly or to the extreme it can be abusive so use your common sense.. and please do your research on HOW TO CRATE TRAIN your puppy or dog correctly.
The purpose of a crate is to use the canines natural desire and instinct to keep where they sleep clean to your benefit.
Dogs do not like to soil where they sleep. The Crate is not torture to them. Dogs are Den animals.
The crate should be large enough for the puppy or dog to stand up without having to hunch, lie on his side with legs outstretched, and turn around with ease. But a crate used for house-training should be no bigger than this, or your puppy will arrange his crate to have both a bedroom and a bathroom.
If the crate is of the right size, it’s almost guaranteed they will want to go potty the minute they come out; so a swift trip outdoors will give them the opportunity to practice going potty in the right place and gives you a training opportunity to congratulate them with a walk, game or treat—the perfect house-training scenario.
*puppies can go twice as long at night in the crate without a break then they can during the day.. IF you have them on a consistent potty and feeding schedule.
RECOMMENDED CRATE SIZES
Mini Poodle Puppy – Crate Size:
The above size should work perfect for all our puppies as puppies but until adulthood for our mini poodles only to adulthood.
Midwest iCrate Single-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate (24 x 18 x 19 inches)
PUPPY SIZE FOR MINIS Price: $21.06
There are single door options and a double door options. The double door one has a door on the side and in the front. I just get the single door for the Puppy Size crates but for the adult size I like the option of the double door.
Plastic Dog Crates
Collapsible metal crates are more practical for crate training because they can more easily be sectioned off into appropriately-sized spaces while your puppy grows, and are easier to store and MUCH easier to clean since they have the removable plastic tray in the bottom.
Petmate Sky Kennel for Pets for dogs 25 to 30-Pounds – Product Dimensions: 28 x 20.5 x 21.5 inches
Amazon Price: $68.72 (This is a good size shipping crate. It is 21 inches tall).
The X-Pen Potty Training Solution
Do You Work During the Day?
For people who work or for those people who can not take their new puppy out every 2-3 hours because they work, I do recommend they use a contained area with access to a litter box or potty area until they’re old enough to hold it for the full 8 hours in a crate. You can use either baby gates or an x-pen with a crate inside of it to contain your puppy in a small area. I like to put a plastic tarp (as seen in this picture below) under the x-pen.. however, I do not recommend the grass puppy patch that’s shown in the picture below. I’d rather see you use a litter box with paper pellets. (I hear the grass patches can start to smell.. I have never used them myself).
DoggieLawn Disposable Dog Potty – Real Grass – Large 24×21
Young puppies tend to chew up the puppy pads which causes a huge mess and may also encourage them to continue to pee on absorbent like materials as adults..Not good, so the grass patches sure would be nice I assume if they’re cared for properly they could work for short periods of time..
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS SETUP
THE EXERCISE PEN (X-Pen)
|Amazon Price: $30.99|
OR THIS ONE….
*I have also purchased both of these wire pens and both work just as well this next one is just more sturdy and will probably last longer (the picture below on the right was just for fun and is not this pen..well, I don’t think so..looks a lot like it)
|Amazon Price: $68.67|
Plastic Puppy X-Pens
I HAVE ONE OF THESE PLASTIC PENS AS WELL…I like to use these in the house when people come over to meet our puppies and the 4 panel one is going to be WAY too small even for the mini puppies so make sure to get the 8 panel pen. I like the IRIS brand.
*4 PANELS IS WAY TO SMALL SO… GO WITH THE 8 PANELS IF YOU BUY ONE OF THESE
Amazon Price: $72.99
TARPS FOR UNDER YOUR X-PEN TO PROTECT YOUR FLOOR
(A MUST HAVE – Floor Saver)
NOT INTO THE CRATE/PEN IDEA?
YOU SHOULD TRY POOCHIE BELLS…
A Lot of our families use these Poochie Bells and have had success using them. Some use these and the crate and some just use the bells. A lot of our puppies are already half way potty trained when they come home so this is a great option for them. Thing with the bells is you have to be very consistent and home all day to train your puppy to use them.
Teaching your puppy how to notify you when they have to go potty is HALF the battle.
The Mopnado is HEAVEN SENT!!! If you have a dog or a puppy and need a mop this is the queen of Mops!I I honestly only give these kind of product recomendations after I’ve tried EVERYTHING ELSE FIRST! I got this mop on Amazon (as usual) It comes with 2 Microfiber Mop Heads and 1 scrub brush and an awesome bucket. It’s $59.99 but to me that is well worth it!!
Price: $59.99 (Prime)
Here is a video of ME showing you how to use The Mopnado
Another can’t live without cleaning tool…
Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Remover (24 oz Spray- 2 Pack)
Price: $14.84 (Prime) or $4.99 as an add-on
Recommended Puppy Gates
IF YOU HAVE A PUPPY YOU NEED PUPPY GATES!!
I highly recommend and LOVE these gates!!!
You can get them on Amazon for $41.50 which is CHEAP considering the quality and how useful they are.
If you don’t need the extra tall one Carlson also makes shorter ones for less for $38.34 to be exact but they are extra wide for hallways, staircases.. etc. I tried that one first. Don’t use it at the moment would work well for a puppy.
Each Carlson gate comes with an extra extender so we just bought two gates and then used the two extenders to make the one fit in the hallway. Sweet Perfection!
SAVE YOUR MONEY!! The wooden baby gates are garbage and that is exactly where mine ended up once I got sick of having to step over it and they also break so easy and they’re just a pain all around. Once I found an extra tall metal baby gate with a door? I was SOLD FOR LIFE! But believe me I wasted a bunch of money on crappy ones first.
This is a list to save you from having to waste your money.
Again…When you have the right tools & setup… life with A NEW POODLE PUPPY becomes 100% easier.
Recommended Pet Beds
I got this fancy bed for my girls and they LOVE it. I put it in the corner of my living room and that is their “Place” and now when I say “Crate” ever since I took my super XXL large crate out of the living room they just go to the bed instead and all 3 girls do fit on it. :)
These ONES fits perfect in your crate but a standard size pillow will work just as well for a puppy.
I like this bed because it is cheap, sturdy and machine washable. It’s a puppy bed so if they chew it up or soil it you can buy a new one or just wash it and you didn’t lose a bunch of money…or you can do like me and just put a standard size pillow in their crate $3-$5 bucks at Walmart.
Amazon Sale: $13.74
PUPPIES LOVE BLANKIES <3
Puppies love to cuddle up with a super soft blanket and I purchased these on Amazon and they were a hit. Highly Recommended.
They have a couple different prints some not as expensive as others but all the same quality! I have linked the best deal.
Get yours on Amazon
Bedtime Originals Jungle Buddies Velour Sherpa Blanket
I got these blankets for some of my puppies as part of their puppy pack and they all loved them.
Car Seat Covers For Dogs…
BarksBar Pet Car Seat Cover – With Seat Anchors for Cars, Trucks, and Suv’s – Black, WaterProof & NonSlip Backing
- Black & Hammock Convertible: 54″ x 58″: Designed for the backseats of All STANDARD cars, trucks & SUVs. Easily convertible between hammock or standard bench coverage.
- WaterProof: Tripled Layered Waterproof PU for Extra Comfort and high quality heavy-duty polyester for durability.
- Quilted pattern for high-end feel. Also includes built-in rubber nonslip backing and seat anchors to prevent seat cover from sliding around.
- Built-in Velcro Openings for your Seatbelts.
Recommended Collars and Leashes
Nylon Martingale Dog Collar Price: $9.75
Hands Free Leash Price: $18.56 (nice for training)
Loops 2 Double Handle Nylon Leash, 6-Foot, Red
Amazon Price: $14.99
Cutest picture ever but obviously not practical…. BUT you can order these dog seat belt connectors on Amazon TO SNAP ONTO YOUR DOGS COLLAR for only $2 bucks!
(best used with a harness)
**Do not use retractable leashes. They’re dangerous and limits your control.
With Walks Comes… Poop so you’re gonna need some of these too…
Amazon Basics Dog Waste Bags with Dispenser and Leash Clip
You get 900 Black bags! (better not to see you with my friend)
KEEPING YOUR PUPPY SAFE…
Please microchip your puppies and dogs. It is heartbreaking to lose a pet and this is another layer of safety precautions you need to put in place to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. First step is to have a name tag and collar on your dog at all times but collars can come off or be taken off… a microchip lasts a lifetime and can not be removed.
A microchip is the size of a grain of rice.
CUSTOM NAME TAGS
CNATTAGS – Stainless Steel with Enamel Pet ID Tags Round Paw
Having the right TOOLS can make your life and the life of your puppy so much easier!!
Rinse Ace 3 Way Pet Shower Sprayer with 8 foot Hose
I could honestly NOT LIVE WITHOUT MY SHOWER HOSE!!!!
A MUST HAVE For Every POODLE Owner!
This is actually my #1 Most Recommended Tool for ALL Poodle owners!!
MATS – The most common mistake made when grooming a Poodle is to brush over the top but not get in underneath and close to the skin. It can be quite shocking to discover that although your dog looks beautiful ‘on top’ underneath there is a whole nest of matting you haven’t even noticed or you think isn’t that bad then you take them into the groomers for the first time and the groomer says… “Sorry, we had no choice but to shave them to the skin because they had mats“. Yep, so Goodbye big full coat for at least the next 2 months. Groomers already spend a good 2-4 hours on a regular groom and most will refuse to comb out mats by hand…. believe me they don’t get paid enough and this is a huge job even when the matts are not that bad (well unless you pay them extra of course).
Give your groomer a break and help them out by keeping on top of it yourself by using a dematting comb. You can comb out their ears, tails, hips, bodies and feet etc…once a week and save them from being shaved with this SIMPLE and EASY TOOL!
This is not an abused Poodle off the street… just a regular Poodle who probably wasn’t combed properly for the past few months. His owners might not of even known he was matted this bad because they can hide mats very well!!
You wanna save your Poodles BEAUTIFUL coat… Buy a Dematting comb!!
GoPets Dematting Comb with 2 Sided Professional Grooming Rake for Cats & Dogs: Dematting Tool
Their Ears MUST to be kept clean and free of hair and the hair needs to be plucked out every month. It’s easy to do and only takes a few minutes. Get your puppy used to it from day one.. you don’t need to pluck the hair from day one but just get them used to the idea of you messing with their ears so when the time comes for them to have you pulling and yanking out their hair. If done correctly it doesn’t have to be super painful but of course it has to be somewhat painful… a necessary evil.
The ear care cleaner I trust and use the most is the Epi-Otic Ear Cleanser
Can’t Live without Grooming Items:
- Safari Pin & Bristle Large Brush for Dogs with Wood Handle
- Dematting Comb – a must for all Poodle owners
- Andis Pet 7-1/2-Inch Steel Grooming Comb (65730)
- Tropiclean D-Mat Tangle Remover Spray
- Dematting Tool (A MUST HAVE FOR POODLE OWNERS)
- Grooming Scissors (nice grooming scissors)
- Chris Christensen T-Brush 16mm MINI (Nice Pin Brush)
- Pet Nail Clipper – Claw through style (you have to clip nails at least once a month and be careful not to cut the quick)
- Coat Bath Wipes (for that quick once over after a walk)
- Kwik Stop Stypic Powder (in case you snip the nail quick by accident to stop bleeding)
- Gold Medal Groomers Ear Powder (for gripping ear hair)
- Straight or Curved Hemostat (for pulling ear hair /splinters etc.)
- Virbac Epi-Otic Advanced Ear Cleaner (ear preventive)
- Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution for Pet Ears (ear treatment)
LEARNING TO GROOM YOUR POODLE YOURSELF?
Invest in a nice set of Clippers like the Andis Super 2-Speed AG Clipper w/#10 Blade and learn to use them, this can save you hundreds of dollars but you might have to submit your poor dog to some pretty funny haircuts in the beginning believe me I know from personal experience and so do my poor humiliated dogs
Shampoos and Conditioners I like..
I love these brands of shampoos and conditioners. They ALL make my dogs coats really soft and manageable (as manageable as a dogs coat can be!) plus they all smell REALLY good which is super important to me!
Buddy Rinse Conditioner – Lavender & Mint Scented -16 oz by Cloud Star
Amazon Price: $10.13
Cloud Star Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo- Green Tea and Bergamot, 16-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2)
Amazon Price:$16.97 (PRICE IS FOR FOR TWO BOTTLES)
8 in 1 Perfect Coat White Pearl Shampoo, 32 Ounce Bottle, Coconut Scent
Keeps your white dogs white and fluffy and smelling yummy!
Amazon Price: $12.90
Bio-Groom Fluffy Puppy Shampoo, 12-Ounce
Smells REALLY good. My groomer recommended this brand to me when I asked her what she used because I loved how my dogs smelled when they came home.
Amazon Price: $10.49
BEST CLIPPER: Wahl Professional 2 Speed Corded Clipper Kit Price: $170.01
Training Tools For Puppies
What you need for training basic obedience commands.
- Training treats (SEE BELOW)
- Dog Training Clicker ($1.19)
- Leash and collar
- Your voice
- A class or some instruction like a book on training. There are some great videos on Youtube. (I find that weekly puppy class helps to keep people motivated to put in the time).
Amazon Price: $8.79 (free shipping for amazon prime members)
Bil-Jac Little Jacs Small Dog Treat – Liver – 10 oz
(Over 300 treats)
I like the BilJac Little Jacs training treats for training. I like them because their small and the dogs LOVE them and will work for you to get them.
Amazon Price: $6.99 (free shipping for amazon prime members)
Canine Equipment Carry-all Treat Bags
Amazon Price: $12.00
StarMark Clicker Dog Training System
Amazon Price: $3.58
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