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Every FFK puppy goes to their new home with a puppy basket! This is a "Welcome Home" gift for you and your new puppy with some essentials!

Preparing for a new doodle puppy is both exciting and seem like an overwhelming task. With so many options out there, it can be difficult to know what item would be best for your new addition. 
We have compiled a list of essentials that you will find helpful in preparing for your new puppy. To make the process less stressful, we have also included the Amazon links to some of our favorite products below!

New Puppy Baskets

XL Dog Crate with Dividers: When you first get your puppy, chances are, they’re not going to be housebroken. Crate training is a great way to not only help your dog learn house rules (and where and when to use the potty), but it can also be a great way to help them feel safe and comfortable in their new home. Just make sure to buy a crate that your puppy can grow into! When choosing a crate, buy based on how large your dog will be when fully grown—not how big he is now as a puppy.

Puppy food: Puppies need proper nutrition to grow into healthy adult dogs. To avoid upset tummies during what can already be stressful, be sure to have a supply of the same food your puppy has been raised on ready at home. Once they’ve settled in, talk to your veterinarian about the best food options for your puppy and their specific needs. Your veterinarian can recommend puppy-specific formulas and advice about how to switch their food over time.

Food and water bowls: Your puppy should have dedicated food and water bowls. While you may put out your puppy’s food bowl only at mealtimes, fresh water should always be available. If you find your puppy eats too fast, consider a slow-feeding bowl, designed to help your puppy eat at a more appropriate pace.

Collar, harness, leash, and I.D. tag: Walking your new puppy is a great way to get active and helps your puppy socialize and learn leash-walking manners. You’ll need a secure and sturdy leash and collar before you get going. If your puppy pulls, ask a dog trainer or a store partner about alternative options that can help discourage the behavior. Collars should be adorned with a filled-out identification tag that includes your puppy’s name and your contact information.

Cleaning products: Puppies don’t usually come fully potty trained, so new pet parents should anticipate accidents. Look for an enzyme cleaner to help remove urine stains, and stick to pet-safe cleaners. Be prepared for shedding and dog hair in your home. Vacuums with pet-hair extensions or capabilities can come in handy.

Puppy toys: All dogs need mental stimulation, and toys are a great way to play and interact with your new puppy. Look for toys designed for puppies—they’re usually smaller and work better with their puppy teeth—and consider interactive treat toys and puzzle toys to keep your puppy engaged and busy. Dedicate time in your day for playing and building your bond.

Dog bed: Although your puppy may sleep in a crate at night, it’s important to buy your puppy a dog bed. Your puppy can rest on the bed during the day, and it can be another place they know is theirs and available to go to for breaks. When looking for the right dog bed, be sure to get one that can accommodate your puppy’s breed and size as they grow while also keeping in mind that some puppies may decide to chew their bed if left alone. A throw blanket or bed made of durable material may be best for teething puppies - along with supervision.

Shampoo and grooming tools: Even if you plan to take your puppy to grooming appointments, you should have basic grooming products at home. Dog-friendly shampoo, a comb, a brush, nail clippers and styptic powder are essential tools to have on hand. When bathing your puppy at home, always use a shampoo designed specifically for dogs. Never use human shampoo on your puppy.

Medications and preventive measures: Talk to your veterinarian about any medications and preventives your puppy should have. These could include flea & tick prevention and a monthly heartworm preventive.

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