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What all do I need?

Okay, so I'm getting Sammy, my rescue pup on the weekend, so I get to go out this week and shop, shop, shop. I know most of the stuff that I will need, travel carrier, crate, bowls, brushes, blankets, toys, etc. etc., but are there certain products, brands, things, whatever, that are better than others or more highly recommended or certain things that I should stay away from? Any advice would be awesome as I want to do right by Sammy and make sure he has everything he could possibly need.
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Most important item , Kong. Ill let the ladies give you the details. Get stainless steel bowls. But try to hand feed as much as possible. What food are you feeding.?

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You must be soooo excited! A lot of us bought the carrot (toy) and I think everyone loved it. I would stay away from a lot of the products/toys made in China. You'll want to get a tag, possibly treats (find out what he's used to, if anything). Beds are optional. I bought many in the beginning and the only one who loved beds was Ruby.

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Kong is definitely on my list. Foster mommy said she has bowls for me; assuming they are stainless, if not will get those, but why hand feeding, Dave? Is it because he needs to gain weight or is that a 'I will love the hand that feeds me' thing? Foster mom is giving me some food and also her recipes of what he likes to eat...she makes it herself so I will continue on with that. Apparently, he loves liver.
Yes Jewel, I will have to read the labels very carefully as it seems just about everything these days is made in China and is full of lead and other nasty stuff.
I can't wait, and I can't believe I found one so quickly. I guess the doggy gods must have approved.
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Kong is definitely on my list. Foster mommy said she has bowls for me; assuming they are stainless, if not will get those, but why hand feeding, Dave? Is it because he needs to gain weight or is that a 'I will love the hand that feeds me' thing? Foster mom is giving me some food and also her recipes of what he likes to eat...she makes it herself so I will continue on with that. Apparently, he loves liver.
Yes Jewel, I will have to read the labels very carefully as it seems just about everything these days is made in China and is full of lead and other nasty stuff.
I can't wait, and I can't believe I found one so quickly. I guess the doggy gods must have approved.
I''ll keep you reading LOL http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...ewtoy-training

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CC Wooden Brush, Greyhound Comb..... get the pup use to the grooming every day, several times a day for short periods.



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Kong is definitely on my list. Foster mommy said she has bowls for me; assuming they are stainless, if not will get those, but why hand feeding, Dave? Is it because he needs to gain weight or is that a 'I will love the hand that feeds me' thing? Foster mom is giving me some food and also her recipes of what he likes to eat...she makes it herself so I will continue on with that. Apparently, he loves liver.
Yes Jewel, I will have to read the labels very carefully as it seems just about everything these days is made in China and is full of lead and other nasty stuff.
I can't wait, and I can't believe I found one so quickly. I guess the doggy gods must have approved.
Congrats on the new fuzzy!!

Be careful with hand feeding. On one hand, having a dog earn all its rations (by coming to you, or sitting nicely, etc) will increase your bond and earn you a little respect; likewise, stuffing breakfast or dinner into that kong will give your pup something to do by himself so he learns to entertain himself. On the other - you don't want a dog who never eats out of a dog bowl! I usually split up meals between rewards/toys and in a bowl.

Sounds like you a getting a lot of the stuff from the foster. I do recommend a bed (even a less expensive one until you know he likes it) or a special blanket. Both my guys like to lie on the bed with chew toys, plus, if they ever have to go anywhere overnight they have a comforting "sleep object" with them.

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Dave, why stainless steel bowls? Abby had one for her water and I finally gave up on it because she would use anything but that! She's not picky about much but for some reason she does not like that stainless steel bowl!

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I will definitely post up pics as soon as I have some. I'm getting a few things from the foster mommy, but most of the stuff I will have to get myself, that's why I want to know all the "proper" stuff to get. I'm pasting everything you guys tell me into a list to print off and saving all the links (Dave) for bedtime reading tonight. Foster said that she feeds him twice daily the homemade meals, but leaves kibble out for him all the time since she wants him to gain weight. I'm basically going to continue with what she started. She also said that he is 'well balanced', walks nicely beside her on a leash, and sleeps on her bed. I will let him sleep on my son's (age 13) bed since that will be cozy for both of them. My lad is very excited too. We will do a little bit of combing each night while watching TV, that way Sammy will get used to being groomed.
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Dave, why stainless steel bowls? Abby had one for her water and I finally gave up on it because she would use anything but that! She's not picky about much but for some reason she does not like that stainless steel bowl!
The safest, easiest to clean containers for food and water are stainless steel or tempered glass
(e.g. Pyrex Glass Bakeware or Prepware) bowls. Unlike in plastic or ceramic bowls, there is no
risk of components leeching into the food, plastic causing skin irritation around the mouth, or
potential for lead and other chemical contamination - which is a concern with many items
manufactured in China and other developing countries with poor production standards.
Stainless steel and tempered glass are dishwasher safe and can withstand high temperatures for
thorough cleaning. Wash bowls frequently to remove adhering bits of food and saliva. I have
found it most convenient to keep at least one more bowl on hand than I feed meals per day, so I
can rotate them through the dishwasher and still have available that's clean.

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