Post # 1
We’re looking at some more rescues, and as such we’ve been looking at things like dog beds, crates, leashes & collars, walking supplies, etc. We have bowls, etc, in mind already.
So what has been best in your experience? Any must haves?
Post # 3
I am a big believer in crate training, and get one with a divider (especially if you end up with a puppy!). Also, rawhides!!! And poop bags lol.
Post # 4
must have accessories? one thing – especially depending on the size and age of the dog – BONES – seriously as many chew bones as possible…one of our babies is only 1 year and 3 months old – so pretty much still a puppy – while her chewing has gotten a little bit under control – we still try to make sure she has as many bones and chew bones as possible to keep her “occupied” so that she doesn’t destroy our stuff…which yeah – won’t go there, but she’s destroyed enough things as it is…
our pug – 25 pounds and 7 years old doesn’t (can’t really) chew on anything – but our golden lab/retreiver mix chews on EVERYTHING – she’s 75 pounds now and if she can get her teeth around it, she does!
good luck! what kind of dog are you thinking of rescuing?
Post # 5
The best thing I found in bonding a dog to you was with my little boy. I kept him tied to me, literally for the first week or so. Also, pet beds are very helpful in creating a “me” space for the dog. Definitely have a dedicated collar for each dog you own. That way it’s the correct size everytime you need it.
Post # 6
Cheese. We foster puppies and most of them come in scared and unsure. A couple of cheese treats and their little tails start heading north and they will follow me anywhere.
Also agree with the rawhides, those tiny teeth need something productive to chew on.
Carve out a little niche for them, whether it’s in a crate or under a desk or something, but a comfy bed in a safe little space is a great haven for them to turn to when they get sleepy. For the bed just touch it and what you would like they’ll like. All the pups have been extreme creatures of comfort and just wanted super soft places to sleep.
Post # 7
I would pick up a variety of toys, you never know what your dog will like. My dog only likes edible toys (rawhide, edible treats) and plush squeaky toys. She won’t touch a rubber toy or a rope.
Post # 8
I prefer stainless steel bowls b/c of germ issues. They are easy to clean, too. As for collars and leads, I am a *HUGE* fan of Lupine. The company guarantees their product. If you dog chews up the collar or leash, just send it back and Lupine will mail you another.
Other must haves:
*chew toys and/or kongs
*appropriate sized crate
Post # 9
Besides for supplies also do some puppy proofing making sure wires are tucked away and nothing easily knocked down is in rumble reach – puppies aren’t so coordinated so if it can be knocked down it often will be.
Post # 10
you need a crate. we train our puppy with create . it was great . he is close to be a year old and he is used to his create. he sleep in his create and stay in his create while we are out of the house. the training was easier. also buy a lot of toys but dont give all the toys at once. i think my dog is half goat because he eats anything. so we buy a lot of toys when they are on sale and keeps them. when is time to replace one he destroy we already have one in stock. our puppy is a rescue and it wasnt easy but he has been a great company for my daughter
Post # 11
We’re looking at all dogs 2 years old +. The one we are especially interested in is crate trained already. Do you think she’ll need a crate to feel safe, or would a bed and nice little “her” space work? We’re planning on getting one regardless, but are not sure if she’ll need it out since we don’t plan to lock her up at night. If she needs to be locked up we were planning on putting her in the kitchen so she’d have more space.
Definitely getting stainless steel bowls. 🙂 Our girls already have them, and they are way better. Thanks for the leash recommendation! I had no clue which was best.
We’re looking at a very small Aussie. Waiting to be approved to meet her.
Post # 12
She’s adorable!! About the crate, my puppy freaks out if we leave him in the kitchen alone, if he’s in his crate he’s fine. I think you’ll have to wait and see, but sometimes yeah, they do feel really safe in there. We put a blanket in there with him so he’s all cozy 🙂
Post # 13
she looks sooo cute!! i think that if she already used to create she will feel safer in the create..
Post # 14
yay!! so exciting and SO glad you’re getting from rescue! I have a corgi, which is similar to aussies in size and herding instincts. I’m not sure how they are on chewing, but my corgi is a TURBO chewer. He can bust most toys in 2 seconds flat. My must have stuff:
1) LEATHER leash. Its more durable and if he runs unexpectedly you won’t get rope burn
2) poop bags that stay on the leash all the time. you can’t ever forget them 🙂
3) kongs. kong everything
4) knuckle bones. i get him the unflavored ones and he looooooves them. He’s almost obsessed. plus they’re cheap (like $4) and they last for-ever.
Post # 15
A gentle leader, a “stuff sack,” a Kong, tennis balls, compressed rawhide bones, and a crate (we got ours used on Craigslist–huge savings and just needed a scrubbing).
p.s. Congrats on your pending adoption–our rescue lights up our lives every day 🙂
Post # 16
My dog LOOVES bully sticks. I’m a little grossed out by them (they’re made from bull testicles) and they smell awful, but he cannot get enough of them.
They’re suppose to be more gentle than rawhide on the tummy.
My dog also loves Cheerios.