Shopping and To - Do List
We reccomend either BAXTER and Bella Online Puppy School or conventional in-person training.
If you choose in-person training, the trainer should visit your home within 3 days of bringing your puppy home. "Animal Behaviorist" is the key terms you are looking for. DO NOT USE A TRAINER AT PETCO OR ALIKE. Find a professional trainer.
We recommed that your trainer do an initial visit in your home to start off on the right track.
Group classes can begin at 4 months of age, after all shots have been given.
If you choose conventional in person training,
BAXTER and Bella can be a great supplimental tool as well!
Make Your First Vet Appointment
Per our contract, puppy needs initial veterinarian visit within 3 business days of pick up from Shadow Mountain. Heath records will be provided to you.
This is the starter bed we recommend. They will outgrown it very quickly, so purchase a basic bed that can be thrown in the wash. This breed tends to like soft beds with a bumper.
Starter Bed - Medium Size
We also like throw sized blankets for the sleaping crate. They are easy to wash in case of accidents.
Our favorite blankets
We buy our crates from Amazon, Chewy or Tractor Supply. This will serve as a safe place for your puppy when they cannot be supervised. We do NOT reccommend a corral. This breed climbs so the corrals are worthless after 9 weeks of age. This crate will help with continuing training and keep your puppy safe.
- Double Door Dog Crate
Buy crate with 2 doors and a divider.
Miniatures - 36" L x 24" W x 27" H
Mediums - 42" L x 28" W x 33" H
Standards - 48" L x 30" W x 33" H
Note that the stated packaging weights may be larger than your puppy will be. This breed stretches out when they sleep. Also, by utilizing the divider, you will just have to purchase one crate, rather then a new crate every month.
* We will provide a go home sleeping crate for puppies 8-11 weeeks of age.
Victor High Pro Plus
Our puppies will go home eating Victor High Pro Plus unless otherwise stated. Please keep in mind that a growing puppy's appetite will fluxuate as they grow. Some days they will eat 1 cup of food, some days they will eat 3. This this not a breed that naturally overeats.
At around 6 months of age we reccomend transfering to an "adult" food with a lower fat and protien content. These are a few of our favorites.
Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice
All of my adults eat DN - Lamb and Rice. They love it and maintain a great body condition.
Food and Water Bowls
We like metal bowls. Avoid plastic (they turn into chew toys)
For the first few weeks, your puppy's meals will be served in his crate. We recomend a small bowl that attaches to your crate.
- 4 cup Snappy Fit Crate Bowl
This is a water loving breed and sometimes that means you will have a puppy that loves to swim in their water bowl. We recomend keeping water bowls outside.
- 24 ounce Water Bowl
We recomend a "cookie" everytime your puppy goes in the crate.
- Victor Crunchy Lamb Treat
Training treats should be as small as a pea. A child can have 10 M&M's but not 10 pieces of cake. We recomend Zukes brand but any high quality treat is great.
- Zuke's Mini Training Treats
We like Nature's Miracles Products. They have several options depended on your need to clean up accedents. We also like their laundry boosts for bedding accidents.
Boutique groomer. NOT PETCO OR PETSMART. Your puppy will need to be groomed every 4 weeks.
Your puppy cannot go to the groomer until they are 16 weeks old and have had all their shots. Prior to 16 weeks of age, we recomend weekly baths, brushing and nail trims.
Avoid super soft toys with squeakers. It encourages them to be destructive. They can eat the squeakers and then you have to make sure the squeaker comes out, one end or the other!
We also do not like Kongs that you can fill. Dogs can easily get their tongue or jaw stuck in them.
The BEST sleaping buddies (your puppy will come home with one) come from Khol's Cares. The toy designs change but they normally have good options.
Khol's Cares Toys
Yack Cheese Chews are also a must. There are several brands and sized to pick from
Some of our other Favorites:
Hol-ee Ball (These are a must!)
Two sheets that will completely cover the play crate and sleeping crate.
Miniatures - Queen size
Mediums and Standards - King size
All - Twin size