Here's some suggested items for when your puppy comes home.
Containment system or a crate: There are many crates, pens and containment options on the market. The Midwest Puppy Playpen is durable and has a removable tray so you can easily clean up any accidents without having to hose down the entire unit and the puppy too!! I linked to Chewy below because they have good prices and good shipping but you can get these items locally or from any other website. This is really important. You NEED a safe place where your puppy can hang out where they will feel safe, comfortable and happy.
Food: We feed the Puppies Nutri Source large breed puppy dry dog food. We've tried other brands before but this brand seems to be easiest on their systems and is mid-priced for your budget. We also buy marrow bones from the butcher shop and use sweet potatoes as a treat and added fiber/vitamins to their diet.
Chew toys: Your new puppy will be in FULL BLOWN teething mode! You have to make sure that you have a lot of toys and safe items handy for them to chew on. Having more than one thing on hand will keep them interested when you offer them a toy instead of your child's ankle or your hand.
Grooming: Depending on the mix of puppy you have, their coat will have a range of maintenance and grooming needs. A few basic items will help you keep them from getting matted and uncomfortable between professional appointments. The main thing you will want to do is to keep the hairs cut out of their eyes.....I'll probably tell you this at least a dozen times before you bring your puppy home!!..... A few simple, inexpensive items will keep your puppy maintained and prepare them for their trips to the groomer without getting too anxious. Nail clipper, small clipper, brush, shedding comb and some conditioner are some basic items to get you started.
Training: Here's just a little document that I made after having a training session with an expert in our area. I am not a dog trainer or an expert. I am learning and have done some things that work, but NOT an expert.
Please find a puppy class for your puppy right now so you are scheduled and ready to join. Your puppy must be trained properly for you and your family to enjoy them and they need to continue their socialization with other dogs. We bought and use the Puppy Culture training series as a guide to best raise a litter of puppies. This series can by found on their website and other online sources. The training method used is based on remaining calm and patient. Difficult but Effective!!
Meal Prep for the HUMANS!!! Yes. When you bring your puppy home, you are going to be busy and not have time to spend or want to spend an hour every evening preparing dinner. Pre-cut up a bunch of veggies and pre-cook some chicken for easy stir fry. Make a batch of chili or soup. Make a pan of lasagna or hotdish. Gather up a bunch of To-Go menus --- hahaha!!