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Recommendations on Puppy Products & Sources?

Getting scatterbrained about stuff I still have to buy and so far have been filling up my cart at Pet Edge - good to buy most from same place to save on shipping, but would love recommendations on other good sources or comments on these products if anyone has time. I'm sorry it's so long.

My breeder recommended I get a Vari-Kennel, so I need that and a kennel pad for inside. I was thinking of getting this one or something similar: - I do think Pet Edge has this one also. Any thoughts on this brand or possibly a better alternative? I would have bought a more open wire one, but she said this is more like a den and they are comfy in it.

Grooming supplies - I have an inexpensive pin brush, but no comb, stand dryer, scissors, nail clippers, etc. Do those "mat cutters" work? I saw those and some grooming tools on the HRI store page.

Pee pads - holy cow, expensive! We're going to work on outside potty, but I think I'd prefer those to newspaper in the meantime for the absorbency. Pet Edge cheapest for those?

I have enough squeaky toys to start, and even one of those pip squeaks. A couple of kong-type toys. Some soft balls. A skineez skunk. Is there some other type of chew toy I should get for her teeth?

Oh, and where's the best place to buy those curly Merrick flossies?

I found the puppia harness on eBay, probably competitively priced. I'm thinking Xtra small for a puppy, and she'll need the small or maybe medium when grown, though I'll wait till she outgrows the first one.

Should I get a raincoat even for Spring/Summer and she is growing?

Pet Odor Remover - Do you all like Nature's Miracle, or is there something better? I bought an enzymatic cleaner online that I think works, but the fragrance on the spot remover is nauseating.

Emergency & Tummy Upset Kit - what should I have on hand?

Lastly, for the car - do I need one of these lookout seats?: It's not as safe as a crate, but I don't know whether she'll want to ride in a crate. Do you think I have to get a special safety harness for it, or will it attach to a puppia harness?

I have a bed, food and water dishes, toys, blanket, ex-pen, will be getting the potty tray and vinyl or plastic underlay to protect the carpet under the pen. Food and supplements I'll pick up in a few weeks. My head hurts, am I forgetting anything here?

We're about to spend over $2000 just getting some basic stuff done in the back yard so it'll be dog friendly, doesn't even include the privacy fence I want to keep her out of sight of the new and scary Rotweiler behind us. It's amazing how the dog-related expenses add up, not just the obvious things.

Welcoming any comments or suggestions, but I know you guys are busy and that is a lot of questions, so no biggie.

Thanks a bunch.
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I always check ebay for things like leashes, collars and toys.
Next is Amazon. I'm an Amazon junkie, and they usually have most of the stuff you need, plus you get free shipping (if their warehouse carries it) and if you spend $25. I buy the flossies and food locally at Pet Supermarket.
As far as the tummy kit-definitely keep canned pumpkin on hand. It works mysteriously well on most tummy issues.

I forgot to add-make sure you know what houseplants you have and make sure none are toxic. I had a rhododendron in the house and was shocked when I found out that was not a good idea. Puppies do chew everything.

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Do you have a Sam's Membership? Our friend turned us on to a great alternative for puppy pee pads and they're considerably cheaper. They're the ones that are meant for the elderly that are in beds..

All my dogs love Dr.Noys Toys they're the perfect size for little mouths. Also, I've found that they are cheaper in the cat aisle except they don't have squeakers but when you buy one for a dog they come with an extra squeaker or you can even boy back up squeakers.
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thanks you guys! Lately I forget about eBay. I did get a few toys on amazon when I bought a training book to round out the order for free shipping. I LOVE free shipping!!
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I am trying the nail grinder instead of the clippers. Dexter did not like the clippers at all. I have shown the grinder to Dexter, turned it on, turned it on and touched Dexter.

Even though it still takes two people to do the nails, Dexter is so much better with the nail grinder....I cannot think of the name of this product for the life of me!

Your pup is soooooooooooooooooooo cute! It looks like a stuffed toy in the picture!

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For really cute stuff, I day dream often about and is a great shopping guide..
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eBay for potty pads. If you want help, just drop me a note and I'll give you access to my favorite seller. You aren't going to keep them around forever, so save the money and get the good quality ones for less expense and then donate them to a breeder when you're done.

NO MAT CUTTERS! Don't do it. It may help for the short term, but it encourages more mats to form. If you really want a good tool, get some small sharp scissors to use for cutting into the mat (from the direction of the follicle to the end of the hair) and do not cut across the mat.

For grooming supplies, check out and Show Dog Store has regular coupons online, so ask around for those and I'm sure someone will share.

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Thanks Kimberly, I just PM'd you.

Anyone have thoughts on the Vari Kennel and a particular pet odor removal product you think works well for both carpet and hardwood?

Maryam mentioned vinegar- I didn't realize that would deodorize urine, etc. I do use it on my hardwood floors sometimes.
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Here are a couple more websites to browse:,,

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