Where did you buy your puppy supplies?

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Inbedbynine Sun 09-Jun-19 11:51:21

Have a new pup coming and need everything as i haven’t opened one before and no one I know has anything to pass on. I’m keeping my eye out on fb marketplace for crate but nothing nearby.

I need crate, bed, blankets, toys, car seat/harness, harness.....

We have pets at home but I found quite expensive. Anywhere else online that’s good value?


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BiteyShark Sun 09-Jun-19 12:02:11

I think I have boosted amazon shares since getting a dog grin.

Inbedbynine Sun 09-Jun-19 12:04:09

Anything that stands out specifically bitey? Was just looking at a crate which at £20 is ok... I need a 23 inch one as I’m getting a mini dachshund.

How do I know what toys are worth it and not?

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BiteyShark Sun 09-Jun-19 12:12:00

As a puppy my dog liked the soft toys that had no stuffing in them as he liked to drag them about (looks like road kill as they are flat). However, once they are teething they tend to destroy lots of thing so I moved on to the tough one.
To be honest you can't go wrong with kong toys and they do puppy ones.

Chuckit ultra balls are good as tennis balls are pretty rubbish.

Decent type rope toys for tug games.

I got a cheap collar to get him used to one and just bought better ones when he got bigger.

Inbedbynine Sun 09-Jun-19 12:18:18

I think I will be getting him a harness but you don’t wear them indoors so how would I get him used to it? Just put him on it inside? How long should I put him in it?

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AvocadosBeforeMortgages Sun 09-Jun-19 12:19:01

I avoid pets at home like the plague. All their products are either crap quality, cheaper elsewhere, or both. Plus, their welfare standards are woeful.

This isn't puppy specific, but most of my dog stuff comes from Zooplus.co.uk and Amazon, plus training treats from Treats2Sit4

FortunaMajor Sun 09-Jun-19 12:26:34

Aldi in the specials. Often still available for delivery from the website despite no longer being in store.


MissShapesMissStakes Sun 09-Jun-19 12:58:11

Look on your local Facebook selling site. I put an ‘in search of puppy supplies’ type post on and got lots of second hand stuff. Especially things like crates, puppy pens etc that they grow out of. Makes more sense than buying something that you won’t need forever.

Inbedbynine Sun 09-Jun-19 13:12:48

I can’t se anything on there within a decent mileage but will keep looking.

With regards to a puppy pen. The metal fold out type ones will scratch the wooden floor. Will a fabric one be ok? The pop up ones? I know puppies chew everything but it won’t be in there a lot?

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applesarerroundandshiny Sun 09-Jun-19 13:14:23

I would only buy the absolute necessities before your puppy arrives as we made mistakes buying things in the wrong size as we didn't realise just how small our puppy actually was. You will need to have your puppy measured for correctly fitting harness and they do grow very quickly.

We used a travel carry case and beds intended for cats to start with, but did buy the size crate needed for adult (only small anyway as JRT). I think we got it from Amazon.

We also made the mistake of buying a large bag of puppy food which seemed good value for quality, but pup didn't enjoy eating and toys which we had also seen recommended but were of interest to him (some rubber chews which are meant to be safe for them, can't remember the make now; and also he had no interest in chasing balls as a pup although they are his favourite now.)

You do need to get a name tag which I think has to say your surname, post code and phone number (but please check this) .

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Inbedbynine Sun 09-Jun-19 13:17:03

Yes breeder mentioned name tag thanks.

But I will need to buy something to start with collar/harness? Should I just get a collar for now?

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caranx Sun 09-Jun-19 13:19:30

Wilkos for toys/bowls/collars/treats etc.

Ihopeyourcakeisshit Sun 09-Jun-19 13:34:10

OP you were given loads of advice about the crate on your other thread.
Just get a collar at the moment, I can't see why you'd need a harness for a mini daschund but get measured for one later if necessary.
Wilkos and Amazon for the basics but don't go mad initially it will be a waste of money .

applesarerroundandshiny Sun 09-Jun-19 15:08:57

Legally you will need to have the collar and tag in case he managed to get out but you won't be taking him for walks for a few weeks until after he is fully immunised ( assuming you are getting at 8-9 weeks) .

Yes you are supposed to have your puppy secured in the car but he will be so tiny he could go on your lap . We used a carry case for bringing him home but I think a lot of people just cuddle them on their laps for the journey back (depending on length of journey and if there's someone else in the car!)

I probably wouldn't get the harness until you are able to measure him for it.

Make sure any outside gates go right down to ground level as he will be able to get underneath a normal gap (we tied extra plastic sheeting on to ours - I don't mean buy a new gate)

adaline Sun 09-Jun-19 19:45:33

Honestly don't buy loads yet.

We got a crate, collar/tag and a harness, and a lead, as well as food/treats and bowls, bed and blankets, plus a kong and some toys.

I think we spent around £100 in Pets at Home - no point spending loads on the first harness/collar/lead because they'll invariably eat them or grow out of them within a few weeks!

applesarerroundandshiny Sun 09-Jun-19 20:31:46

Also beware if spending too much on bed / bedding. We bought a lovely cosy fur lined bed and it was all chewed up. Plus a couple of replacement beds. We eventually got a plastic bed padded with old towels and our own old blankets - not something bought new from the pet shop. Ddog prefers the sofa now!

MyView2 Sun 09-Jun-19 21:49:00

We’ve recently got a pup and B&M have lots of pet supplies. I bought our crate which looked the same as Argos and Pets At Home but much cheaper, they have treats and toys and we’re also on dog bed number 3 partly due to chewing and partly through to growing but I’m so glad we picked them up around £8 a bed rather than £40!

adaline Sun 09-Jun-19 21:53:48

Please be careful buying food treats from places like B&M - they're often from Asian countries and don't conform to the same standards as British treats.

I've read lots of horror stories of puppies choking or developing blockages from cheap treats (especially rawhide).

Some things are worth spending extra money on!

Felicia4 Sun 09-Jun-19 22:03:20

Don't buy a harness yet because you won't be taking pup on walks until after shots. By that time they might have outgrown the one you buy.
Buy an adjustable collar and get tag engraved.
Amazon and eBay are great for puppy supplies.
Don't buy an expensive bed just yet.
Make sure everything you buy isn't a choking hazard, same as for kids.

MyView2 Sun 09-Jun-19 22:12:56

@adaline thanks, yes should have said I am quite picky in B&M but they do also have the many of the main brands there too so I stick to those.

Inbedbynine Mon 10-Jun-19 06:26:27

Iv also seem a lot of posts about toys and treats so I’m a little apprehensive!

Iv ordered a few bits off amazon including engraved name tag. Just need a collar and food from the essentials.

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MsMarvellous Mon 10-Jun-19 07:10:06

I got all ours at pet planet online with a sale on and cash back. Except blankets (IKEA) and treats for training) which I've not got yet. I have a collar and lead, couple of chew toys, soft bed, food bowls, couple of blankets. My daughter has offered up her small hot water bottle for when he is tiny.

Inbedbynine Mon 10-Jun-19 07:58:19

It’s hard, just like when you have your first baby! No one told me before my first that I don’t need a baby bath and a ‘top and tail’ bowl! I’m wondering if dogs are the same grin

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BiteyShark Mon 10-Jun-19 08:48:01

I wasted a lot of money in the early days. Get the essentials and for anything else there is amazon prime next day delivery grin

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