When I finally decided to start blogging I struggled with the question: should I make product recommendations in general, and post my puppy supplies list specifically, or not? I made the final decision to do it because of something that happened recently ….
… although I give my puppy families a list of suggested puppy supplies, there are so many choices that it’s hard to know which one to choose and for the first time the wrong choice hurt a puppy. My list says “small bowls for food and water made from a nonporous material” and to me that’s self explanatory but the small bowls the family chose weren’t small enough, the pup was afraid of them so she didn’t eat and her blood sugar went down so drastically that she needed an emergency trip to the vet (she’s fine now thank goodness). So since I can’t go shopping with everyone and I have a litter going home soon, I am posting the Let’s Talk Yorkie puppy supplies list here and all you have to do is click the link and you will see exactly what I mean when I say “small bowl” (or whatever) and the problem is solved so here it is:
IRIS PUPPY PEN – There are close to 500 puppy pens available on Amazon alone and I’ve tried more than a few of them (and I have a garage full of the rejects to prove it). The reasons I use and recommend the Iris pen are:
* it’s easy to take apart for storage, cleaning and to take with you when you travel
* it comes in a variety of colors
* the white one has a door so pups can come and go as they please when you are home
* EXTRA PANELS are available so you can make it bigger if you have the space
* a COVER is available which is a great safety feature if your puppy is a climber. A cover is also helpful if you have a cat in your home that may jump into the pen.
Depending on the type of flooring you have, you may want to protect it. An OFFICE CHAIR MAT placed under the pen works great for this!
PEE PADS – The two options are disposable and washable and the choice will depend on your situation and your puppy. Families who do not have a washer and dryer in the home will find it easier to use disposable and those who do may prefer washable. I use washable because puppies sometimes shred the pads when they are very young and because of their size, they can easily get an intestinal obstruction if they eat the pieces. By the time pups are big enough to go home the risk of that happening is less so either one is fine but if your puppy is a “shredder” you will want to go with washable. A TRAY to hold the pad in place is helpful if you are using disposable pads.
ENZYME CLEANER like Nature’s Miracle or a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water to clean potty accidents. If you choose to use vinegar but don’t want your house smelling like salad you can add a drop or two of KOE or Angry Orange to a spray bottle full of the mixture and the problem is solved.
BED – I recommend using a flat crate mat type of bed in the pen. They’re inexpensive so you can get 2, that way if your puppy has an accident you have a clean one available. Bigger (and when I say bigger what I really mean is taller bolster or donut style) beds can become ladders your puppy will use to escape from their pen so use those outside of it.
ROYAL CANIN YORKSHIRE TERRIER PUPPY FOOD – I am well aware that some of the dog food review websites do not rate this food well and while those reviews have validity and on paper there may be better foods, I have one very important reason for feeding it …. my pups eat it!!! It doesn’t matter if a food has a 5 start rating if your pup turns their nose up at it and this food is the one that my pups eat the most consistently and do the best on so please do not change your puppy’s food unless instructed to do so by your vet.
NUTRICAL – This is NOT something that should be given to your puppy on a regular basis. It will only be used to stimulate your pups appetite if he/she is not eating OR if your puppy is displaying symptoms of hypoglycemia.
HARNESS and LEASH – I know there are some really cute harnesses available but your puppy will outgrow that expensive harness fast so I recommend not spending a ton of money on these until your puppy is full grown. A reasonably priced adjustable harness that can grow with your pup is fine for young pups. My favorite for training is by Puppia (most Let’s Talk Yorkie pups will be an XS) with the matching leash of course.
TREATS: Bil-Jac Treats – any flavor EXCEPT Original (this flavor is too high in protein for small breed dogs). The reason I like these are that they are soft (think Tootsie Rolls) so, because they are much too big for your puppy, it is easy to cut them into tiny pieces and use as reward in training.
STAIRS – To avoid future knee problems, I highly recommend teaching Yorkies (and other small breed pups) to use stairs to get on and off furniture as soon as they are big enough to use them.
I’d love to know how my suggestions worked out for you and for you to tell me about your favorite puppy products in the comments.