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Question Harnesses, and other things for puppy

I'm currently in full blown nesting mode, since we'll be bringing our puppy home at the end of December.

I'm trying to figure out what type of harness would be best. I've been looking at the Puppia...and opinions? I also have no idea what size would be small enough for a 9-10 week Hav puppy! And what type of leash would be best? I know I don't want one of those retractable ones...

I'm also trying to figure out what type of Shampoo, Conditioner, Detangler spray to get. My breeder suggested EZ Groom Almond shampoo, conditioner and spray. Since my sons and I have chemical sensitivities, I want something that is both gentle for puppy as well as my family. Does anyone have experience with this stuff?

I was wondering if Earth Bath Oatmeal and Almond would be an option.

I welcome any ideas, comments and suggestions!

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I have been very pleased with Shea shampoo with avocado and Organic Shea Butter Conditioner. I used Earthbath when Leo was a baby but as his coat grew longer I tried a few different products. Some dried his coat too much and some made it gummy feeling. I have been pleased with the Shea products!


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Earthbath products are a fine place for you to start. You can try other products as he gets older.

Even the smallestharness may need a bit of "tailoring" for a new Hav puppy. My breeder had sewn the neck opening of the harness she sent home with Kodi for me so that it fit him better. They do grow very fast, though! As far as the leash is concerned, I'd go with an inexpensive nylon-type light weight 6' leash to start with. Eventually you can get nicer, leather leashes if you want, (I'm a "leash collector" so Kodi has a number of pretty ones to show in!) but puppies can be very hard on leashes... Chewing on them the moment you aren't looking. So don't buy expensive ones to start with!

You might also want a light weight "long line" so that you can give the pup a bit more freedom when you are in the yard or (later) in the woods.


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Ditto the long line. Also great for strengthening recalls once the basic concept is solid. Teri and I use long lines when Buckley and Leo have play dates at a local park so they can run and chase but we can keep them relatively close. There is lots of untangling but the pups have a great time!


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Here is a post from a previous thread of mine. I will also be picking my pup up at the end of December. These are some things I purchased. I also purchased a bottle of Earthbath Puppy Shampoo to start with as its very gentle for the pup. After he gets a bit older I will probably switch to a CC product.

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In the seemingly never-ending pursuit of preparing for the arrival of my new Hav pup, I have managed to exhaust quite the shopping list....

Started by replacing all the chain-link fence in my backyard with heavier gauge fencing due to the old fence having places that could result in attempted escapes!


Tether for keeping a tight reign during house training
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Gates to keep pup out of my kitchen (I don't allow my animals in my kitchen...its a pet-peeve of mine)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


CC wood pin brush
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Carrier for trips to the vet, etc.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Some toys including an order of no-odor bully sticks from www.bestbullysticks.com
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Heat pad for puppy transition while in crate
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Midwest crate, bed, and a Midwest xpen that attaches to crate
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/Midwest-Quiet-..._petsupplies_3

http://www.amazon.com/Midwest-Black-..._petsupplies_6


A little educational material
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Washable weewee pads
http://www.ebay.com/itm/400585159310...84.m1439.l2649

Car seat & harness
http://www.inthecompanyofdogs.com/it...s&query=D13396

http://www.gear4dogs.com/canine-frie...1-vest-harness

Motorcycle gear (yes, my Hav will be a Harley rider)
http://www.doggles.com/dog/eyewear/d...gles_originalz


Whew....thats all I can think of for now. I'm sure I left some things out. Man, this pup is going to be spoiled!!!!
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Here is a post from a previous thread of mine. I will also be picking my pup up at the end of December. These are some things I purchased. I also purchased a bottle of Earthbath Puppy Shampoo to start with as its very gentle for the pup. After he gets a bit older I will probably switch to a CC product.
I didn't follow your links, so don't have any comments on the exact products you've chosen except…

If you are ordering a CC brush, order the 05 Buttercomb at the same time. This is the main-stay tool for most of us later on. It's true that you won't need it when the puppy is very small, but you'll save on shipping AND have it on hand when you DO need it, if you order it now.

Washable pee pads. Be forewarned that many, if not most, people who use washable pee pads have a heck of a time teaching their pups the difference between the washable pee pads (cloth on the floor) and small scatter rugs, especially light colored ones. (cloth on the floor) There seems to me much less confusion between disposable pee pads and rugs. If you do decide on the washable ones (and I understand wanting to… it's certainly better for the environment!) I STRONGLY suggest that you also get a plastic frame and grid, like the UgoDog, to enclose the pad so that the puppy gets used to the feel of the grid for potting, rather than the cloth.


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Thanks so much for all of the suggestions! I'm in Canada, so some things are pretty difficult to get. I'm not sure I can get the Shea stuff here, but it sounds great!

I've already got her crate and some toys. I'm probably ordering the x-pen today from Amazon...much cheaper than at the Pet stores around here.

I've been thinking about getting the UgoDog. I would like to have an indoor potty option for days where it's just impossible to go out. Winters here in Ottawa can be absolutely brutal! Is this something they can be trained on right when they come home (around 10 weeks old), or something they are transitioned to when they're a little older?
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Thanks so much for all of the suggestions! I'm in Canada, so some things are pretty difficult to get. I'm not sure I can get the Shea stuff here, but it sounds great!

I've already got her crate and some toys. I'm probably ordering the x-pen today from Amazon...much cheaper than at the Pet stores around here.

I've been thinking about getting the UgoDog. I would like to have an indoor potty option for days where it's just impossible to go out. Winters here in Ottawa can be absolutely brutal! Is this something they can be trained on right when they come home (around 10 weeks old), or something they are transitioned to when they're a little older?
You can start them right away. You might want to ask the breeder what system she is using. If she's using plain pee pads, let your little one pee on that the first day, then put it in the UgoDog tray with some pee smell on it. That will help her know what to do with it!


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I also want to look into the puppia. Just remember not to get a harness that's too fancy or expensive right now, they will out grow them REAL QUICK! I know its gonna be hard, I went a spending spread right before they came home. Luckily for me I kept Canela's puppy harness, so when I got Vino, they were hand downs from her (I knew I wanted a second Hav). In a matter of 5 months, Vino has gone thru 3 different sizes (Buddy Belts harness). Literally from one day to the next he went up a one size, I just shook my head in amazement and said "you just wore this yesterday".

oh yea, as puppies both Canela and Vino chewed on their leases too.

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I also want to look into the puppia. Just remember not to get a harness that's too fancy or expensive right now, they will out grow them REAL QUICK! I know its gonna be hard, I went a spending spread right before they came home. Luckily for me I kept Canela's puppy harness, so when I got Vino, they were hand downs from her (I knew I wanted a second Hav). In a matter of 5 months, Vino has gone thru 3 different sizes (Buddy Belts harness). Literally from one day to the next he went up a one size, I just shook my head in amazement and said "you just wore this yesterday".

oh yea, as puppies both Canela and Vino chewed on their leases too.
I know...the first harness won't last long in size, but I also don't want to get one that's not good just because it's temporary.

I see you got Vino from Rockhurst...that's where my puppy is coming from!
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