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Best type of crate and other supply questions

Hello all,
I will be getting my little dream hav pup very soon, have been studying this forum, and need to finalize supply list..
I see two types of crates.Solid plastic with door, and the metal kind with open , see through sides and top. Which type do you think is best? What size..would rather buy one now and not have to buy another bigger one later. Any brand recommendations?
WIll get pens.. maybe two. Need size / brand recommendations..One for inside to put crate and wee pads in, and one for outside . THought I would put the outdoor one where I want the little guy to do his business and I can stand there bleary eyed in the middle of the night and just set him down in it.
Will get wee pads, disposable ones for in the beginning.. Brand preference?
Chew toys
Training treats
food
Collar and leash... Was thinking harness type, but would appreciate feedback.
Brush ... what type works best? My pup has a wavy coat..
For the car trip home (half hour) if I cannot get someone to go with me, what would work best? Bring crate with towel inside? Other ideas?
What am I forgetting? Please jump in with any advice.. Also appreciate advice re: brands of the above you like best..
Thanks in advance..,
Excited lilibit who is so excited she cannot sleep...
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Welcome! Congrats on your new baby!

Crates - I have one of each. The (Midwest brand) metal for bedtime (it's up in my room beside my bed) and has cushioning surrounding. The plastic (Petmate brand) with top lift and front lift for the car.

I have the IRIS indoor/outdoor pen.

I like the puppia harness although we've moved on more to collar now.

L'il pals makes some good very small brushes for tiny Havs. Someone here, I believe, recommended to me. Ludo, my pup, is very wavy too.

Yes, I would bring a crate possibly with a bed in it or a blanket.

I'm not sure what chewy or soft toys to recommend because he likes to chew bully sticks and then by the same token he'll spend hours kicking and chasing around a water bottle! Kong is good.

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I have both. I used the plastic one for bedtime, on table next to bed (and now it is at work and he uses it in his pen there) and the metal one I set up permanently in my living room as it was more awkward (heavy) to be toting around. Also, before he was fully vaccinated, I used the plastic one to carry him out to the car and he traveled in the car in it. I live in an apartment area with lots of possibly un-vaccinated dogs around, so I wasn't risking letting him walk on the grass until he was fully vaccinated.

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Hello all,
I will be getting my little dream hav pup very soon, have been studying this forum, and need to finalize supply list..
I see two types of crates.Solid plastic with door, and the metal kind with open , see through sides and top. Which type do you think is best? What size..would rather buy one now and not have to buy another bigger one later. Any brand recommendations?
WIll get pens.. maybe two. Need size / brand recommendations..One for inside to put crate and wee pads in, and one for outside . THought I would put the outdoor one where I want the little guy to do his business and I can stand there bleary eyed in the middle of the night and just set him down in it.
Will get wee pads, disposable ones for in the beginning.. Brand preference?
Chew toys
Training treats
food
Collar and leash... Was thinking harness type, but would appreciate feedback.
Brush ... what type works best? My pup has a wavy coat..
For the car trip home (half hour) if I cannot get someone to go with me, what would work best? Bring crate with towel inside? Other ideas?
What am I forgetting? Please jump in with any advice.. Also appreciate advice re: brands of the above you like best..
Thanks in advance..,
Excited lilibit who is so excited she cannot sleep...
Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new fur ball.
I use the midwest crates as well, double door. I have two a 24" that is permanently parked in my daughter's room where she sleeps and a 22" one that we use when we leave her alone or take her in the car. I would recommended getting a nice plush crate pad but you can get by with a towel or blanket as well.
I have the Iris 6 panel xpen which I use inside and is adjustable and you can even separate the sections to use as temporary gates or dividers.
I use washable peed pads so I am no help on the disposables.I have both a step in harness and a collar and I like the collar better, When your pup gets bigger and older many people use a rolled leather collar for the dog's comfort and it reduces matting of the fur. For a leash I'd recommend a inexpensive nylon 6' one to start with.
For brushes I have a wood pin and metal pin Chris Christensen which are really great and feel good on the skin. You will need a metal comb, the CC buttercomb 005 is really nice and a small face/flea comb to help remove the eye goop in the morning.
Chew toys.. mine like the nylabones but especially the puppy one with the raised nubs in the middle part. The flexi chews not as much. I also have a kong toy that I stuff with treats but when it's empty she isn't really interested in it to chew on.
If you are bringing her in the car by yourself I'd keep her in the crate. Hopefully the breeder gives you a stuffed toy or towel or something that has her mommy's/littermates scent on it to aid in the transition.

Good luck and congrats again

Ron (and Colbie and Scarlett)
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This is where I get my pads from:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/400585159310...84.m1439.l2649


Here is an inexpensive option for crate:



**Also, I went and bought a cheap set of pillowcases at Walmart and I am going to sleep on one for a few nights before I pick the pup up and then keep that pillowcase inside the cage. That way they can get used to your smell while in crate or asleep. I agree with also getting something used with the litter, from your breeder. Best of both worlds.
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Midwest crate
Iris expen
Ugodog for inside potty
Chris Christensen combs
Puppia harness
Sherpa crate for the car
bully sticks and hoof to chew, toys that squeak to chew, chase and throw in the air
And Snuggle Pup! This was a great help for the car ride home and in the adjustment weeks. It is still a bedtime comfort and favorite toy.


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