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Puppy Gear Recommendations!

Hi Everyone,

To pass the time as we wait for our puppy my daughter and I like to go shopping on the weekends for puppy stuff. I was just wondering what some of the recent puppy owners have found the most and least useful. So far we have a Sherpa bag, an expen, a few toys, and one bed. What size crate should I purchase?
Thank you for your help and warm welcome!
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This is the one I bought. http://www.petguys.com/-027773005770.html It is nice because the doors swing both ways and there are two of them. Plus now they offer free ground shipping.

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Thanks Kristine,

Do you attach the expen to the crate so the puppy has a place to rest and play or do you only use them seperately?
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well i am trying to think......mmmm...one thing that I really liked doing was to buy a baby blanket like at the dollar store and sleep it with for a couple of weeks so that your scent will be on it then give it to your breeder if possible that way the puppy will be familiar with your scent. if i think of amything else i will let you know

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I attached the crate to the ex-pen, and put the water & food bowls close to the crate and potty pad or litter as far from sleeping and dining area as possible. Good luck with your new puppy!!

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A Puppia type-harness really DOES keep the matting down! Molly has been wearing one since the Pet Expo on the 9th, and she's really comfy!

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I like to get a cat collar with a bell -- so no "step on" accidents when they are tiny. Also a leash (small) and harness. I use pet taxi as a crate (plastic top) and LOVE it. I can move it around easily from room to room and car and my doggies just love, love their little dens. They also sell bedding just for pet taxis. I had the wire lifestages crate before and it just didn't work well for us at all.
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I usually put a blanket or towel over the wire crate to make it a dark homey den and attach it to the x-pen. In the x-pen I put their food, water, puppy pads and toys-to keep them entertained.

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I like to make it like a little den too and do the same thing. A word of warning ...they are good jumpers so get a tall x-pen and make sure you dont put the crate in a position that the puppy can jump on top and jump out. Oh, puppy shopping, fun, fun, fun. Lots of chewies like nylabone type products and I dont like anything rawhide, I worry to much about blockages. Congratulations on your new puppy. Have fun!
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I have the Midwest crate as well. One thing about the harnesses, make sure you have a mesh or soft material one as a rough one chaps under the arms and can be very painful for your little guys. I recommend the mesh Puppia ones.
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