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First-Time Owner Preparing for the Big Day

First of, I would like to say HI to all the forum-ers here on Havanese Forum

Hi. I'm Alice. Pleasure to meet you all
Before deciding on a Havanese, I also researched other breeds (Miniature Schnauzer, Portuguese Water Dog, and Coton De Tulear). But eventually, I settled for a Havanese. I found a fantastic breeder in my area (about 1 hour drive) but hey, an ethical breeder is the important thing.
I have paid my $300 deposit...I am very excited even though the puppies will not be available until May

So during my Olympic break, I spent a few days putting my shopping list together. However, it seems to be more than I anticipated. I plan on grooming the puppy myself (so maybe that is why the high cost?). The shopping is four pages; I would like to share it with you all but I am not sure how I would go about posting it. There are a total of four pages; I guess I will follow up this post with the list.

Any insight and opinions would be greatly appreciate (what is (un)necessary) from the list

P.S. I apologize for the long message

Puppy Crate:
Petmate Kennel Cab Pet Carriers (22.99USD)

Permanent Crate:
Midwest Select Triple Door Dog Crate - 1300 Series (69.99USD)

Food Bowls:
Double Diner, 1 qt (6.99CAD)

Water Bottles:
Lixit 64 oz. (11.99USD)

Puppy Harness:
Lil' Paw Nylon Comfort Wrap Harness (9.99USD)

Puppy Collars:
Pet Supply Adj. Collar, 3/8 x 8-14" Black (4.15CAD)

Nylon Lead Sgl Ply 3/7 x 48"(4.65CAD)

Flea Comb:
Classic Flea Comb w/Handle (4.95CAD)

Greyhound Comb:
Classic Greyhound Style Comb(15.95CAD)

Pin Brush:
Chris Ch. Oblong Brush, 27mm (29.95CAD)

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Nail Clipper:
Resco Nail Trimmer, Small dog/cat (13.95CAD)

Septic Powder:
BioGroom(BG) Sure Clot, 1.5oz(11.99CAD)

Ear Cleaner:
BG Ear-Care (59.95CAD)

Hemostat – Vinyl, Curved (4.95CAD)

Dental Care:
Four Paws Toothpaste, Chicken 4.4oz Pump (8,95CAD)

Double-End Toothbrush (8.95CAD)

Andis AGC, Regular 1-spd Clipper(173.95CAD)

Andis 7FC Blade(31.95CAD)

Andis Universal Comb Set, Large (16.99CAD)

Blade Care:
Andis Blade Care Plus, 16oz Spray (15.79CAD)

Andis Cool Care Plus, 439g (9.99CAD)

Heritage 4" Ear & Nose, Straight(18.99CAD)

Dubl Duck Heavy Duty Filipino 88, Curved (32.95CAD)

Dubl Duck 6-1/2” Curved with Safety Tip (49.95CAD)

BG Econo-Groom Shampoo, Gal (54.99CAD) – PM (Ren’s for 47.99)

TropiClean Kiwi Conditioner, Gal (34.95CAD) – PM(Ren’s for 26.62CAD)

PSH Pump Dispenser for Gallon Jugs(4.79CAD) * 4

MicroFiber Towel:
Rinse Ace Microfibre Towel (12.75CAD)

Mixing Bottles:
Graduated Measure Bottle, 8oz (1.89CAD) * 3

Measure ‘N Mix Bottle, 32oz (3.95CAD) * 3

Rinse Ace Pet Hair Snare (2.99CAD)

Standing mat:
Rinse Ace Bathing Mat - Large (12.75CAD)

UGODOG peepad (50.00USD)

Grreat Choice Training Pads, 150pk (39.99USD)

Exercise Pen:
Precision Ultimate Epoxy-Coat X-Pen, 30” (82.95CAD)

JW Hol-ee Roller, 3.5” (5.99CAD)

Skinneeez Stuffing-Free, Mallard Duck 14" (8.21CAD)

Nylabone Durable Bone, Original, Regular (3.29CAD)

Kong – Puppy, Small (4.87)

Dental Kong, Small (9.74CAD)

KONG Braidz Monkey, Small (5.63CAD)

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What? No pictures? What's with that? Isn't fun spending money on a new baby?

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What? No pictures? What's with that? Isn't fun spending money on a new baby? crack me up!

Welcome to the forum Alice!
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Holy cripes! You shop like I shop! LOL

Welcome to the forum and congrats on puppy to be, sounds like he/she is coming home to Christmas day!
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Welcome to the forum and to the world of hav ownership (or more realistically, being owned by a hav). Your list looks like something I would do . . . over time. You appear to be very organized, something I am clearly not. There is one suggestion I would make. Buy your bathing items in smaller sizes till you're sure it's what you like for your dog and its coat.

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Hi Alice,

Welcome to the forum and to Havanese. You're gonna love him/her!!!

As far as your list is concerned, it is certainly comprehensive! However, unless you LIKE to spend lots of money, I would back WAY off on the grooming stuff for the time being. It will take several months for your baby's coat to need more than a quick run-though with a comb, and a flea comb for around his eyes. You won't need more specialized grooming tools for a while, and you won't need serious clippers, even if you choose to keep him in a puppy cut, until he is 5-6 months old. I got a pair of small, quiet, cordless trimmers for horse whiskers at the tack shop for $20. These work great for trimming feet and "sanitary" trimming... at 9 months I haven't needed to replace the AAA batteries yet.

Every Hav has a slightly different hair type, and it seems that different combinations of shampoo and conditioner work best on different dogs. I certainly wouldn't be buying gallon sizes until I'm SURE I liked the brand... something you probably can't decide with certainty until your pup has his adult coat. I use Bio-groom shampoo and conditioner on Kodi, and a 9 months, we've gone through 2 1/2 small bottles of each. And that's with weekly regular baths, and foot/tummy baths as needed in between. A gallon is going to last you for years on one puppy, and if you find it doesn't work well on his coat type, it's wasted.

As far as your choices of scissors are concerned, you might do much better price-wise going to a local shop that sells to human hair dressers. (I asked my hair dresser where to go!) I got very sharp, excellent scissors and thinning shears for much less than the prices on your list. They are much better quality than the first pair that I got from a dog grooming supplier, and I was able to hold them in my hand and make sure I liked the balance and "feel".

A couple of things I see missing from your list are a restraint system for the car... either a car seat or a harness (unless you plan on crating him ALWAYS in the car), cozy bedding for his crates and a few nice big stuffed animals (without button-type eyes or noses) for him to cuddle with while he's small. Make sure the stuffed animals and crate liners are easily washable and dryable. I made the mistake of buying just one cheap-o one, and the stuffing all bunched up the first time I washed and dried it, rendering it useless.

Good luck with your puppy, and budget a lot for toys and "chewies". I find that I spend a lot more than I really need to because I can't resist bringing him home something "special" when I see it.

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Whoo! You shop like I do! Welcome to the forum. I agree with holding off on the gallon jugs of shampoo. You will probably try a few over time and you'll find us reviewing things on the forum and will be tempted to try them too so I would just get the smaller size for now. You won't need clippers, blades, and such for awhile so you can hold off if you want. I do my grooming too and have an andis clipper-love it! When I saw the list I as ready to think it was overkill and yet over time I have all that and more lol! I guess we're all just a little bit crazy!
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List looks good. Who is your breeder? Looks like everything you have listed is from the Mylad puppy to-buy list, and I know that Lauren recommends the Ugodog!

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