Recommended Basics

These items below are recommended as part of a basic starting point for caring for your puppy.   Your puppy has been fed Life’s Abundance Small/Medium Puppy food, and we highly recommend keeping your puppy on this food for the first few weeks after they join your home.  This will provide them consistency without stress on their system during an already stressful time.  Choose the “auto-ship” option for the best price on the food.  You can change that later at any time.  If you want to switch to another food later, review our Puppy Care page for other recommended food options.  Click on the Whole Life Pet Care link to order the puppy food and other recommended products from the same company (noted with an asterisk below (*) ).

www.wholelifepetcare.com

Life's Abundance Puppy Food

* 17 lb BAG LIFE’S ABUNDANCE SMALL/MEDIUM PUPPY FOOD  (Remember to select “auto-ship” to get the wholesale pricing.)  www.wholelifepetcare.com

STAINLESS STEEL FOOD & WATER DISHES

APPROPRIATE SIZE WIRE CRATE W/DIVIDER (We prefer MidWest crates and recommend 36″ or 42″ long)  https://www.chewy.com/midwest-ultima-pro-double-door-dog/dp/102211

SHERPA CRATE PAD

IRIS 8 PANEL EXERCISE PEN  https://www.chewy.com/iris-8-panels-exercise-plastic-pen/dp/50402

LUPINE ADJUSTABLE COLLAR & 4′ LEAD (Lupine has a lifetime guarantee, even if chewed!  Send in for easy replacement, no questions asked!)  https://www.lupinepet.com/

DOG WASTE BAGS (Earth rated dispenser and bags are excellent and can easily attach to your leash.)  http://www.earthrated.com/en/home/

POTTY TRAINING PADS

*TRAINING TREATS (We recommend the Grain Free Turkey & Berry Chewies from Life’s Abundance.  Break into tiny pieces when training.  The puppies love these!)  www.wholelifepetcare.com

NYLABONE & KONG TOYS

CHEW TOYS W/SQUEAKERS

*BULLY STICKS (Great chew for puppies and dogs.  We recommend the Life’s Abundance bully sticks.)  www.wholelifepetcare.com

GRANNICK’S BITTER APPLE SPRAY

*EAR CLEANER (Use a liquid cleaner and then follow up with an ear powder to dry out the ear canal.  We recommend the Life’s Abundance liquid and Top Performance Ear Powder.)  www.wholelifepetcare.com

NAIL CLIPPERS or DREMEL  (We prefer the clippers with safe guards, and Dremel tool is fabulous for those who are afraid to clip nails.)

STYPTIC POWDER (Highly recommend for when you accidentally clip the nails too short and end up with bleeding.)

BLUNT TIPPED GROOMING SCISSORS (We like Dubl Duck brand.  Very useful for trimming between the eyes without harming your dog.)

PIN BRUSH & SLICKER BRUSH

*STAIN & ODOR REMOVAL SPRAY (We recommend Bio-Base Biodeodorizer Spray from Life’s Abundance.)  www.wholelifepetcare.com

*SHAMPOO & BATH SPRAY (Revitalizing Shampoo and Bath Fresh Mist from Life’s Abundance.)  www.wholelifepetcare.com

FLEA & TICK PRODUCT (Please do NOT use Comfortis, Trifexis, Bravecto, or other flea products using the same main ingredients as these.  Serious side affects and even death have been attributed to the use of these products.  Just because the vet carries it and recommends it, does NOT mean it is the best choice for your dog!  We recommend utilizing as many natural flea products as possible, and sticking with products such as Revolution, Advantage, Frontline, Advantix when treating is necessary.)    FleasAndFleaTreatment

RICHELL DOG GATES (Best dog gates out there with many options available.)  https://www.richellusa.com/catalog/pet-dog-kennels-crates-gates-catalog/gates/

KARUNDA DOG BED (Raised flat platform dog bed.  Last forever and are excellent for outdoor use.)  https://kuranda.com/

CRYPTON DOG BEDS AND BLANKETS (These are by far the best dog blankets and beds available! Wonderful blankets for use in the car or on furniture.)  https://www.cryptonstore.com/pet-products/dog-beds/

 

 

Recommended Reading

The first two books are the ones we recommend that every family read before adopting a puppy, or if you already have a dog and are having some issues they are invaluable as well.  The remainder of the books deal with specific training or behaviors and are excellent resources as you work on raising and training your puppy.  For basic home health care and first aid, we have recommended several books that are on our own bookshelf for frequent use.

HOW TO BEHAVE SO YOUR DOG BEHAVES by Sophia Yin

THE DOG LISTENER by Jan Fennell

THE LEADER OF THE PACK booklet by Patricia McConnell

THE OTHER END OF THE LEASH by Patricia McConnell

I’LL BE HOME SOON by Patricia McConnell (booklet geared towards separation anxiety)

THE CAUTIOUS CANINE by Patricia McConnell (booklet dealing with a cautious dog)

THE FIRST AID COMPANION FOR DOGS & CATS by Amy Shojai

 

Nutrition, Supplements, Natural Care

These are the food, supplements, training treats, and natural health care products we recommend.  Diatomaceous earth is an excellent natural product to use for prevention of fleas in your yard, dog bedding, and areas where your dog spends time.  The dog food recommended here is Life’s Abundance All Life Stages, or Life’s Abundance Grain Free.  For puppies, we recommend the Life’s Abundance Small/Medium Puppy Food.   It is the food we wean our puppies onto before they leave us.  If you prefer feeding a different protein source, we’ve included a list of recommended foods below.    Freeze dried liver treats are a fabulous, natural treat and the container goes a LONG way!  Rescue Remedy is a wonderful, natural product for use with carsick dogs.  Safeguard and Nemex are the two basic wormers you will want to have on hand.

To order the Life’s Abundance adult or puppy food, visit this link. www.wholelifepetcare.com   It will take you directly to our personal store, and if you select “auto-ship”, you will receive the wholesale pricing that you can’t get otherwise.  We highly recommend the Life’s Abundance food, treats, and other products.  Try them once, and you’ll see why.  Quality products, fresh and safe ingredients.  Never had any recalls on food and highly recommended by independent dog food reviewers!

LIFE’S ABUNDANCE SMALL/MEDIUM PUPPY FOOD  www.wholelifepetcare.com

DIGGIN’ FIRM UP! PUMPKIN (Highly recommend as a supplement as well as aid to firming up stools when your dog is having any issues.)

OMEGA 3 FISH OIL (We use and recommend the Life’s Abundance fish oil.)  www.wholelifepetcare.com

PROBIOTIC (We use and recommend Geneflora probiotics.)

COLOSTRUM POWDER (Canine colostrum powder is very beneficial for any time your dog is undergoing stress, or may be dealing with immune issues such allergies, illness, etc.)

SAFE-GUARD DEWORMER (Use to treat monthly for tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms, whipworms.)

NEMEX-2 (Use to treat for roundworms and hookworms.)

RESCUE REMEDY (Fabulous herbal treatment to aid in calming a nervous or anxious dog.  Great for dogs who get carsick.)

COCONUT OIL (Highly recommend adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet daily.  Many wonderful benefits for skin, coat, digestion, and overall health.)