Meet our little Yadi!!! Oh my gosh, I’m super excited and can’t wait for May to get here. I have a lot of work to do before his come home date though.
Since I am a dog trainer and keep everything!! I do have a lot of the things that are needed for bringing a puppy home but there are still some things I need we started out with a basic list of the supplies we would need.
Let’s start out with just a few items at a time and talk about them and how we will use and train with them.
Collar, Leash, and Tags – Our puppies HAVE to have identification on them. In the horrible case that we do not discover the escape route before they do, we need a way for whoever finds them to contact us. I get asked all the time about what to put on a tag. The most important thing is your dog’s name and your phone number. I have also included on Loki’s that he is Microchipped. I will do the same for baby Yadi when he is old enough to get chipped. This way if for some reason someone can’t read my phone number they can always go to any vet or shelter and have my pup scanned and they will have all of my information.
Crate / Playpen – This is something that I firmly believe in. I’m going to try something just a little bit different with Yadi than I did with Loki because I want to know for myself how it works.
I’ve always used a playpen outside my dog’s to secure them when I could not be watching them. (that’s when they get into EVERYTHING)
This time I have an Iris Playpen that I used with Loki that I will set up around Yadi’s crate. His crate will be a 2 door crate with a divider inside, on one side with the door that opens on the front will only be large enough for his bed. The other end will have a potty pad in it.
The Iris Playpen has additional panels that can be added. It’s a hard plastic that can be sprayed off outside if need be, and best of all, you can zip tie small toys to the joints so that puppy can play tug with his toys. and they are not just laying on the floor. They become interactive with him.
The idea is called a Puppy Apartment. I’ve always said not to put puppy pads in the crate before because we don’t want out puppies to learn to lay in their accidents and learn that it’s ok. This idea helps them to not lay in it and keep their bed away from their accidents as well so it might just actually work. I’ll update more on that as we go.
Bed – I want to give Yadi a big plushy bed that will help him rest comfortably but the truth is, he is a puppy and he will have an accident on his bed at some point. Until we are potty trained he will need to have a crate pad, similar to the one in the picture above. The pads and mats can be put into the washer and washed with an enzyme killer to help keep him from wanting to potty on it again.