PREPARING FOR YOUR PUPPY

Puppy Proofing Your Home

Your puppy is counting on you to keep them safe.  Close observation of your puppy will help avoid a trip to the vet if they ingest a Lego, bread tie, rubber band, or stuffing from a pillow or toy.  Trust me, if it is on (or near) the floor — they will find it.  

Pick up anything that you don’t want your puppy to chew.  This includes: electrical cords, shoes, socks, rugs, etc.  Trim any loose threads on furniture, etc. and ALWAYS (ALWAYS) supervise your puppy.

Supplies for Your Puppy

As the “BIG DAY approaches for you to pick your puppy up, have FUN collecting puppy supplies along the way! Include your family members when picking things out, so that they too can take ownership and pride in this NEW CHAPTER in your life.

​This supply list below is not meant to be all inclusive, but it will definitely get you started out on the right foot.

  • Dog Toys (safe toys that puppy will not choke on)
  • Dog Crate (approximately 18″ x 23″ is perfect)
  • Exercise Pen
  • Quality Dog Food
  • Food & Water Dishes
  • Small Bed and/or Blanket
  • Grooming Tools
  • Treats
  • Chewies or Bones
  • Harness & Leash
  • Pee Pads & Holder

For your convenience, I have included links for quick and easy shopping.

See below for more information.

Puppy Pee Pads

Puppy Pee Pads

  • BEST WHEN PAIRED WITH THE FRISCO TRAINING PAD HOLDER
  • 23" X 24" WILL WORK
  • ADHESIVE STRIPS ARE VERY HANDY
  • LEAK PROOF (SOMETIMES)
Puppy Pee Pad Holder

Puppy Pee Pad Holder

  • IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE PEE PADS, THIS IS THE HOLDER TO USE!
  • GREAT CHOICE BECAUSE IT HAS A GRID THAT CLIPS OVER THE TOP OF THE PEE PAD, SO THAT YOUR PUPPY CANNOT TEAR AND SHRED THE PEE PAD -- AND MARK MY WORDS, THEY WILL IF YOU DON'T HAVE THIS
  • 24" X 24" SQUARE
Exercise Pen

Exercise Pen

  • WIRE
  • BE SURE TO GET THE 8 PANEL UNIT THAT IS 32” TALL, SO PUPPY DOES NOT JUMP OUT
  • YOU CAN USE THESE INDOORS OR OUTDOORS AND THEY COME IN REALLY HANDY (IN ADDITION TO YOUR DOG CRATE)
  • PLASTIC IS ANOTHER OPTION, BUT ITS HARD TO CLEAN, AND PUPPY MIGHT CHEW PLASTIC
Dog Crate

Dog Crate

  • WIRE CRATE
  • NO BIGGER THAN 18” W x 24” L (19” TALL)
  • DOUBLE DOOR IS NICE
  • REMOVABLE TRAY
Harness

Harness

  • DO NOT BUY A HARNESS BEFORE YOU GET YOUR PUPPY... TO TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF FINDING A HARNESS THAT FITS, I WILL SEND YOU HOME WITH ONE OF MY PUPPY HARNESSES
  • AS YOUR PUPPY OUT GROWS OUT OF THE HARNESS, YOU WILL NEED A BIGGER ONE
  • LIL PALS OR DOWNTOWN ARE BOTH GOOD BRANDS, BUT ANY BRAND WILL WORK -- THE KEY IS THAT IT FITS GOOD AND THAT THE PUPPY WON’T BACK OUT OF IT
  • IT WON'T TAKE LONG FOR YOUR PUPPY TO GROW OUT OF MY HARNESS, BUT WHEN THEY DO, YOU CAN SEND THE HARNESS BACK TO ME
Leash

Leash

  • 6 FOOT LEASH (PREFERABLY NOT 4 FOOT)
  • SKIP THE RETRACTABLE LEASH UNTIL THE PUPPY IS ABOUT A YEAR OLD AND IS DONE TEETHING
Grooming Brush & Comb Grooming Brush & Comb

Grooming Brush & Comb

  • I RECOMMEND GETTING BOTH OF THESE
  • YOU WILL NEED THEM AT DIFFERENT TIMES
Mat Comb - Small

Mat Comb - Small

  • POMERANIANS OFTEN GET SMALL MATS BEHIND THEIR EARS AND IN THEIR ARM PIT AREA
  • YOU WON'T USE THIS TOOL ALOT, BUT IT COMES IN VERY HANDY WHEN YOU NEED IT
Water Dish

Water Dish

  • CLIPS INSDE DOG CRATE OR EX-PEN
  • STAINLESS STEEL IS SUGGESTED
  • PLASTIC IS ANOTHER OPTION, BUT WILL GET WATER STAINS, AND PUPPY MIGHT CHEW PLASTIC
Pet Scissors (Rounded Tips)

Pet Scissors (Rounded Tips)

  • ROUNDED TIPS FOR SAFETY
  • SMALL IS GOOD
  • USE TO TRIM HAIR FROM FEET AND THE TOP OF THE EARS TO ROUND THEM
Nail Grinder

Nail Grinder

  • THIS CAN BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NAIL TRIMMER TO GET THE TOE NAILS SHORTER AND SMOOTH THE ROUGH EDGES WITHOUT TOO MUCH WORRY ABOUT BLOOD
Toe Nail Clipper (Small)

Toe Nail Clipper (Small)

  • TRIMMING TOENAILS ON A DOG IS IMPORTANT, IT CAN BE DONE BY A VET OR BY A DOG GROOMER, BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LEARNING TO DO IT YOURSELF, YOUTUBE HAS SOME GREAT VIDEOS ON THIS
Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo

  • FANTASTIC ALTERNATIVE TO BATHING
  • YOU CAN FIND DRY SHAMPOO IN VARIOUS FORMS -- POWDER, FOAM, OR SPRAY
  • FANTASTIC ALTERNATIVE TO BATHING
Shampoo & Conditioner

Shampoo & Conditioner

  • PERSONALLY, I RARELY BATHE MY DOGS
  • IT'S JUST NOT NECESSARY AND I WORRY THAT IF I DON'T GET THEM DRY ENOUGH, THEY WILL CATCH A COLD (ANY TIME OF THE YEAR)
  • USE A MILD SHAMPOO / CONDITIONER
  • BURT'S BEES IS AN ALL-AROUND GOOD BRAND
Wet Wipes Wet Wipes

Wet Wipes

  • A GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO BATHING
  • THE GENTLE WIPES ARE GOOD FOR USE AROUND EYES
Super Clot

Super Clot

  • YES, IF YOU ARE GOING TO TRIM YOUR PUPPY’S TOENAILS, YOU WILL DEFINITELY NEED A PRODUCT TO STOP ANY BLEEDING BECAUSE ITS JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT HAPPEN
  • ONE TUBE WILL LAST A LIFETIME
Teeth Cleaning

Teeth Cleaning

  • SMALL DOGS ARE NOTORIOUS FOR HAVING BAD TEETH, PLAN ON HAVING THEIR TEETH CLEANED EVERY YEAR OR TWO, FIND A VET THAT WILL NOT ANESTHETIZE THEM, BUT PREFERABLY GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO MAKE THEM SUPER RELAXED/LOOPY
  • USING A TOOTH BRUSH AND TOOTH PASTE IS A GOOD IDEA
  • ANYTHING YOU DO FOR THEIR TEETH IS BETTER THAN NOTHING
  • I RECOMMEND ALSO USING GREENIES AS AN ADDED WAY TO HELP CLEAN YOUR DOGS TEETH -- NOTE, SOME DOGS DO NOT LIKE THEM
Training Treats

Training Treats

  • THESE BEEF STICKS ARE GREAT, HIGH VALUE TRAINING TREATS!
  • YOU ONLY NEED TO TEAR OFF A “TINY” PIECE THE SIZE OF A PENCIL ERASER FOR YOUR PUPPY
  • SUPER ITEM TO USE FOR TRAINING
Bones To Chew On

Bones To Chew On

  • YOUR PUPPY WILL BE TEETHING AND WILL NEED SOMETHING CHEW ON. THESE BONES ARE A GREAT CHOICE! AFTER THE FILLING IS GONE, YOU CAN STILL USE THE BONE AS A TREAT BY STUFFING A BIT OF PEANUT BUTTER INSIDE
  • ALLOW YOUR PUPPY TO HAVE THEM FOR SHORT AMOUNTS OF TIME, SO THEY ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO IT AS A TREAT
  • GREAT TO OCCUPY THEM WHEN YOU ARE AWAY
  • ALWAYS OFFER PLENTY OF FRESH WATER TO YOUR PUPPY WHEN THEY ARE CHEWING
  • AFTER THE FILLING IS GONE, YOU CAN STILL USE THE BONE AS A TREAT BY STUFFING A BIT OF PEANUT BUTTER INSIDE -- PEANUT BUTTER BONES ARE A BIG THING AT OUR HOUSE!
  • THE BONES IN THE LINK BELOW WILL MOST LIKELY NOT SPLINTER, LIKE OTHER ONES DO
  • I DO NOT WORRY ABOUT SUPERVISING MY DOGS WITH THESE BONES
Rawhide Chews

Rawhide Chews

  • (MADE IN THE USA ONLY) REALLY GREAT FOR WHEN YOUR PUPPY WANTS TO CHEW EVERYTHING IN SIGHT
  • PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A WALMART PRODUCT AND I AM NOT ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT IS MADE IN CHINA, I FEEL IT IS SAFE
  • I WORRY ABOUT MOST CHEW ITEMS BEING A CHOKING HAZZARD OR PUNCTURING THE LINING OF THEIR STOMACH -- THIS INCLUDES STICKS, CHIPS, CHUNKS, BONES, PIGS EARS, AND HOOVES
  • THESE ARE THE BEST CHEWIES I HAVE FOUND (THAT MY DOGS LIKE), AS WELL AS BEING RELATIVELY SAVE, THEY ARE QUITE COST EFFECTIVE AND LAST A LONG TIME
  • THROW THE CHEWY AWAY WHEN IT GETS TOO SMALL -- ABOUT 2.5" x 2.5" -- REGARDLESS IF YOU HAVE A PUPPY OR AN ADULT POMERANIAN, SO THEY DO NOT CHOKE
  • YOUR DOG SHOULD BE SUPERVISED
Toys

Toys

  • ENJOY PICKING OUT TOYS FOR YOUR PUPPY!
  • TRY TO PICK TOYS WITHOUT LITTLE APPENDAGES THAT STICK OUT AND COULD BE CHEWED OFF
  • TOYS WITH CRINKLE PAPER ARE USUALLY A HIT
  • OUR PUPPIES ENJOY THE CAT TUNNEL WE HAVE HERE, EVEN AS AN ADULT THEY FIT IN IT
Dog Bed

Dog Bed

  • LITTLE DOGS LOVE THEIR BEDS AND THERE ARE OODLES TO CHOOSE FROM
Car Seat

Car Seat

  • FOR SAFETY, IT'S WISE TO CONSIDER A CAR SEAT FOR YOUR DOG
Snuggle Puppy

Snuggle Puppy

  • THIS IS A SECURITY BLANKET, NOT A TOY. IT HAS A BATTERY-OPERATED HEARTBEAT.
  • THE SNUGGLE PUPPY IS GREAT FOR A PUPPY'S FIRST FEW NIGHTS IN THEIR NEW HOME
  • ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATED AND HIGHEST REVIEWED ITEMS ON AMAZON!
  • YOU WILL BE SOLD ON THIS IDEA AFTER YOU READ A FEW AMAZON REVIEWS!