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What To Buy


  • Identification tag with your dog’s name and your contact details. Available at most pet stores.

  • Fitted collar to hold the ID tag. Your pup will need an XS collar to begin with but will outgrow it quickly.

  • Leash. Choose one that’s comfortable on your hands. Choose a 4 or 6-foot. Retractable leashes are unreliable and not good for training your dog to behave on a leash.

  • Crate and a nice blanket for the crate. I prefer to use a blanket, as they are easier to wash than the crate pads. Choose a safe, secure place to confine the dog when you cannot watch him for the first few days or weeks until you can allow freer roam. Confine the dog in a family area, such as a family room or kitchen. Never in a basement (confining in damp, darker quarters lead to housebreaking/behavioural problems), never in a garage, never left outside unattended. I prefer a crate of about 28” in length.

  • Bowls for water and food.

  • Metal comb, brush, and slicker brush. You should also learn to clip your dog’s toenails.

  • Dog bed.

  • Decent brand of food (the better the food, the healthier the dog). Your puppy will be eating mostly raw, but will also be introduced to Farmina Small Breed Puppy.



  • If you have other pets, arrange the homecoming so that your other dogs can meet the new dog on neutral territory. If you have cats, make sure your cats have a safe haven to escape from the dog. Keep the leash on the dog indoors for the first hours or days (only when you’re with him), and give a swift firm leash correction if the dog attempts to threaten the cats or engage in other undesirable behaviour. To avoid other pets becoming jealous, be sure to pay attention to them too.

  • Schedule your time so you can introduce the new dog to his potty place, the yard, the house, his crate, as well as all household members. Practice putting him in the crate, leaving awhile, and returning. Teach him that is natural for the people to leave the house, and that they will come back. This will help the dog avoid separation anxiety. Resist the urge to spend all of the first day or weekend with the dog; leave the house for varying periods in the beginning so he gets the idea you will eventually return, and that he doesn’t have to fear being alone.

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