YOUR Puppy is using the items displayed in the photos and we highly recommend these products. They have been used and tested on our puppies. Hover over photos and click on links for product details.
Also, some of our unique, puppy tested & approved products, can be found on our Teeny Tails Pet Boutique store.
STEPS To get ready for the BIG DAY!
Your puppy's arrival is fast approaching and your new bundle of joy is excited to meet you and your entire family very soon. But with all the excitement, an overwhelming feeling can surface too. If everyone is prepared ahead of time, the transition in your puppy’s first week will be that much easier and less anxiety filled. Here are some important steps to follow prior:
STEP #1 - PUPPY PROOF
If your puppy will be under the age of 8 months, they will be at the perfect age for teething. And you know what that means? Chewing and lots of chewing! Your puppy will chew to soothe their gums, so you want to be prepared.
Go through the area your puppy will spend most of her time and remove anything you don’t want to be chewed, and anything that could pose a threat.
- cords of any kind (electrical, computer, phone charger, lamp cords, etc).
- Kid’s toys
- Video game controllers
- Cleaning supplies
- Antique furniture
- Anything that is of value and easily reached by a curious puppy
STEP #2 – BUY NECESSARY SUPPLIES
- 1) SNUGGLY - If there is one product that your new pup should have and we highly recommend, it is our #1 Best Selling SNUGGLY. We specifically make our Snugglies with Transitioning in mind. We even rub the scent of the litter mates and parents on the puppies too. If you are driving your pup home or using the puppy nanny, the pup will have the Snuggly to cuddle with during transport and helps comfort your puppy. And after, when you get the pup home, the puppy loves to sleep and snuggle with our Snugglies while on their bed, in their crate, or while watching TV with you!
- 2) Nutrical (Fortical) High Caloric Gel to combat low blood sugar for puppies less then 3 lbs. See above photo.
- 3) Harness Sweater Coats - Many of our customers complain about the cumbersome harness out there, so we listened and created a harness sweater coat with an O ring for easy leash attachment. Highly recommended.
- 4) Dog Bowls. 2 of them for water and food. NO stainless steel and plastic. Only ceramic or glass bowls.
- 5) Portable Playpen or closed off area as illustrated in photos below.
- 6) Dog food, kibbles and good quality canned food. See above photos.
- 7) Puppy Bed (up to 10 lbs and room to grow).
- 8) Puppy Crate (for S size app. 14″H x 16″D x 24″L).
- 9) Extra crate to be left in another location in your home, if desired.
- 10) Leash (size 4′), Nylon or leather is fine.
- 11) Collar size XXS or XS (for 2-4 lbs. in the beginning). Not for walking!
- 12) ID Tags
- 13) Puppy Harness. Size XXS or XS (for 2-4 lbs. in the beginning). Never use a collar as this can choke the puppies trachea.
- 14) Dog Bones (especially for teething), no rawhide
- 15) Consider the PUPPY APARTMENT. Our clients have been very happy this product.
- 16) Training Treats - non toxic and good. wholesome ingredients. Check ingredients!
- 17) Dog Brush - natural bristles work best.
- 18) Can of 100% PUMPKIN (preferably Organic) to help keep stools firm. See above photo.
- 19) Wire-Tooth Comb (we recommend for puppies with thick, wavy coats)
- 20) Lots of Newspaper or pee pads
- 21) Puppy Tooth Brush and Toothpaste
- 22) Chew Toys - soft and durable for teething. We sell NON-Toxic toys at Teeny Tails Pet Boutique.
- 23) Shampoo – non-toxic. We recommend PET SHAMPOO SOAP BAR made from all natural Lavender Lemongrass.
- 24) Tear Stain Control (if lighter coat) to help with tear stains if needed.
- 25) Nail Clippers
- 26) Certified Puppy Car Seat - Chewy.com offers some reasonably priced car seats,
- 27) Stuffed Animal or soft toy to snuggle with.
STEP #3 - Consider HEALTH INSURANCE. Maltipoos and More highly recommends you discuss health insurance with your vet. This should be decided PRIOR to getting your puppy for that extra reassurance. Check out our article on several different options that you should research to help make an informed decision, CLICK here for more information.
STEP #4 - WHICH METHOD TO POTTY TRAIN will you use? - your new puppy has been use to paper training in a whelping box. However there are different methods to training. Depending on your life style, one method may be more effective for you and your family. Please review our different methods of TRAINING.
STEP #5 - CALL A FAMILY MEETING
One of the most important things to remember is your puppy’s brain is like a little sponge and they learn things so quickly at this young age. With this in mind, everyone should be very consistent when teaching your puppy. Your family members should be involved and agree to some basic rules. And everyone should agree to these basic training command words: Sit, Stay, Come, Outside, Off, etc. Again review our TRAINING article.
STEP #6 - Read over the HEALTH page on this website that answers many questions regarding health of a maltipoo.
STEP #7 – SET UP PUPPY AREA (Her own space)
Please review photos as it shows a very effective way to set up your puppy room.
One thing to remember is puppies are just like young children who need to follow basic rules where clear boundaries have been implemented. For example, if you let your puppy run around the entire downstairs area, they will not properly learn (or it will take a lot longer) where it is ok for them to potty or play. More access = more opportunities to get into mischief. To help set these boundaries, a puppy room or area should be established for your puppy to have their own space. There are several ways to accomplished this, but we highly recommend the set up as illustrated below as this has proven to be a very effective method for setting up a puppy room and potty training,
A laundry room, part of a kitchen or individual gates can also be used as long as the puppy is in an enclosed area and not able to escape.