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I buy most of my products on-line. Most pet stores do not carry the supplies and tools I need, and recommend. Here are some on-line stores I buy from, prices are always better than in the stores! Shop ahead for your pup.
https://www.petedge.com ~ This store will charge a lot for shipping if you don't make a large purchase ($150 +) . They do have the best prices but are wholesale suppliers.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com ~ This store has everything and is more for the average pet owner/lover.
Chew toys! They will be teething just like a baby everything to the mouth.
They will need chew toys, raw hides, rope toys, tennis balls, LOTS of toys. Rope toys are usually a favorite, and can be thrown into the washer, you can also soak them in water and freeze them. Raw hides are also good but do not buy the cheap ones! Made in the USA, remember you want them to chew on them, not eat them all up. They must be Thick and big. Raw hides expand when wet, so if they get a big piece off that could give them an upset stomach. Raw hides that are made to look cute such as moccasins, candy canes, ect. are junk, don't buy them. Tennis balls are personal favorites, because you are interacting with your puppy when you play fetch, they are learning from you and burning energy at the same time! Do not do things like chase, or tug of war, until the pup has good behavior and understands who the leaders in his pack are. Meaning if you play tug, and let the pup win, they might think they are stronger and the alpha over you.
Of course they will need 2 dishes, stainless steel or ceramic - non tip are best!! Plastic dishes can cause little bumps around their mouth and nose, and honestly who knows what else plastics can cause. Also dishes that can be raised are great for your dog as they grow.
Crates are an excellent way to train and a nice safe place that your puppy will love!! I highly recommend everyone get one!! You should be sure not to go to small, they will grow fast. At night, or if you are away from home you can not just let your little angel wander about. There are to many unsafe things around a household , and they need to learn the house rules before they can be left out alone. A crate that is at least for 45lbs and up. I recommend the metal crates as opposed to the travel crates, they have way more ventilation, and Malamutes do not like it warm!
Puppy Pads or Piddle Pads work way better than newspapers and are a great tool for housebreaking. However I do not like to train pups to go in the house at all, not on a pad or paper. I only recommend using these if you are having trouble with housebreaking. When they are old enough to hold it in for longer periods of time, they might get confused if they are trained to go on a piddle pad in the house. Try to avoid an accident all together, Put the hard work in the first few days, taking them out a couple times per hour if needed. They always have a good start on housebreaking here!
Collars that snap on and adjust are great for identification and the fact that they adjust will help because they grow so fast (something between 10-14" is a good start). These type of collars are not good for training and walks!! Walking leads or choke chains (slip collars) with a leash are what you will need to walk your pup. If you use a snap on or regular collar they are going to learn to pull you on their walks! Harnesses are also good, but some dogs do not like them at first, and they can leave a bruse on the collar bone, make sure if you use a harness it fits correctly and is well made.
A Choke Chain DOES NOT choke your dog. This type of collar or a slip lead is best for teaching a dog to walk on a leash because of the way they work. They should be placed just behind their ears and under their chin.
A small slip lead or loop lead like thisIs, in my opinion the best thing to use to teach and train a pup to walk on a leash. You could get a regular collar to keep on your angel all the time, then just slip on their lead for walks.
After your little angel is trained with walking on a leash then a retractable leash can be used to give them a little more space to explore.
You will need a slicker brush, a Comb, and a de-shedding rake later on. Malamutes blow there coats a couple times a year. You will need a good de-shedding tool to keep your home a little more fur free. There are many tear free puppy and dog shampoo's on the market that are good and specific for problem skin if needed. To many to list, just remember you get what you pay for. I always recommend plain old Johnson & Johnson tear free baby shampoo, to get started with, for your pup.
Vet Visit Your pup will leave our home current on vaccines and wormings. They will need a set of 3 vaccines total , every 3 - 4 weeks. We will inform you of when your pup needs their next vet visit when you pick up your puppy.
The big day - Pick up day Please contact me with the day and time you would like to pick up your angel. I will give them a bath and have them all ready to go. If you are traveling alone to pick up your pup, please bring a crate. If someone will be with you then a lap will be fine for the ride home. We will go over their medical record and answer any questions you have. Also remember I am here for you and your angel their entire life, never hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns! If you still have a balance on the day of pick up please bring cash, or if you prefer to pay with credit or debit card, I ask that you process the transaction before you arrive to pick up. If you would like to pay with a check, I must receive the check 10 days before pick up. I do not accept checks on the day of pick up.
Bringing your new baby home: - The first day home for a new puppy can be scary for them. After all they have been hearing the same voices, smelling the same scents, and they are used to being with their litter mates. We want to make the transition as easy as possible. It is a good idea if you can make visits to your little angel before the big day. Some new parents have brought toys or blankets up to leave with their puppy. I encourage that! That way the puppies will have something from their old home to take with them to their new home. It helps to give them a since of security, they feel safe with something familiar. Bring your puppy home on a quiet day. A day that you are not expecting any company and you will be able to stay home as well. Your puppy will need his or her "own room". What I mean by that is they have to have an area of their own where they know they will be safe. This is the 1st place you should show your pup when they get home. At night or when your not home your puppy should be confined to an area where it won't hurt themselves our damage your home. A lot of people use crates for this, or you can simply corner off an area of your house with a baby gate, and put in a bed, food, and chew toys. If you use a crate it must be a large enough crate for your puppy to grow, and be able to stand and move around easily in it. Keep the area or crate open when you are home so the pup can walk in and out as it pleases. You only need to do this until your puppy is trained, and knows the rules of the house. Do not use his area/crate for punishing!!!!
Dog proof your house just like baby proofing there are some things you need to do. Keep household cleaners out of reach, or in a cupboard. watch your plants! some plants are dangerous to dogs, Poinsettias, azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese yew, English ivy, and probably more but these are the ones I know. Keep your floor clean, they can find the smallest little things to eat off the floor. Especially when they are pups and teething. Also it is very important to cover or hide electric cords. If you have a pool or hot tub that are not fenced in you need to be very careful. Dogs could walk out onto a pool cover.
Meeting the children - Kids get so excited bringing home a new puppy. Here are some rules to explain to them: NO TEASING! that can and usually does lead to bad habits like jumping up on people or even biting. Teach your children to be gentle when they play no tail pulling. Supervise your children when thy are holding puppies. My puppies are all large breeds, and usually don't like to be held after they get bigger.
Training - When you get your puppy home before taking them inside, show them their yard and their boundaries. Praise them like they just saved the universe when they go potty outside. Treats can help with that!! You have to be consistent and simple when you train a pup. Use the same simple one syllable words over and over. Such as NO! The tone of your voice is important too. You do not have to yell at your puppy just use a stern voice and stay consistent! Calm and in Control, Be the pack leader! It is important to teach this to your children, they will be part of the learning process for your puppy. If everyone in your house is using the same simple words and staying consistent, your pup will be trained a lot faster. Most dogs just want to please their owners, when you're happy, they are happy. Frequent Bathroom breaks the 1st week or 2 is the best way to housebreak. If you can take them out every couple of hours that is for the best! Take them out as much as you can, after any activity like eating or playing, but always after waking up.
It is a very good idea to have the essentials bought and waiting at home for your new pup. You can always take them out to show off after they are a little more comfortable with their new family.
Food and nutrition -
I recommend puppy food until they are about 7-10 months old. It is important that you use a quality food!!!!!!!!!! Generic pet foods may appear to be a bargain until you realize that they don't provide the needed nutrition your dog needs to stay healthy and fight sickness. Cheaper foods DO cause U.T.I.'S in a lot of pets, even if the label shows that the ingredients are the same as more expensive foods, it is the quality of the ingredients that is the difference!!!!!. I do not recommend soft foods at all. They are not good for your dogs teeth and they can make your dogs stool even more fowl smelling and loose. Maybe use canned foods as more of an occasional treat. Do not switch your dogs food, stay consistent once you choose a quality food. If you do switch foods it is important to do so gradually. On the first few days you would want to have the mixture be 75% old food 25% new food, then 50/50, and then 25% old food 75% new. Your dogs stool will soften when you switch. If your dogs stool does not become normal and firm again within a week or so after the complete switch over your new food may not agree with your dog. All dogs are different just like people, some foods do not work for some dogs.
There are allot of good quality foods out there, do your research and make a decision on your food before going to the pet store. Lots of pet stores allow food company's to have representatives inside the stores now to talk you into buying their brand. Keep in mind unless you are growing, or raising your dogs food, and then preparing it in your kitchen, it is mass produced, manufactured, and not organic, or Natural! I use Dog Chow for my adults, but I do supplement my dogs diet with fresh foods. My dogs like a bite of steak, or french toast is a big favorite around here, cheese, yogurt, Milkbone and different dog treats are used here. Nothing good goes to waist!
Human foods- Be very careful giving your dog table scraps! Some human foods are harmful or even fatal to dogs. CHOCOLATE, RAISINS, GRAPES, ONIONS, RAW EGGS, RAW MEAT OR POULTRY, CHICKEN BONES THAT SPlINTER, (only knuckle bones, or milk bones should be given) . Personally I don't think there is anything wrong with giving an adult dog people food, left overs are ok, as long as it isn't to much, and is a food dogs digest and are not a danger to them. But do not feed off of your plate or during your meal! If I can't finish a steak, I certainly do not throw it away, I set it aside for night time treats.
If you need help with training please contact me!! I can usually help, I am here for my pups and their families, use my knowledge and experience.