What to think about before getting a puppy? In this article you will find all Raymond's favorite essentials we bought when he arrived into our home. Find inspiration to start with your puppy in this article which will give you an idea of the basics things to think about when welcoming a puppy. Among the different toys or housedogs we offered to Raymond, he naturally had preferences. I am happy to share with you a summary of essential and inexpensive articles to favor, or to simply renew certain things a little worn out.
His 2-in-1 housedog from #Kleps
This basket is GREAT for getting started with a puppy. The first days Raymond was always going into this doghouse not only for sleeping, this place was for him a place to feel safe and comfortable. Gradually we noticed he was prefering his others open baskets, so we fold it.
His donut bed from #Maxizoo
To take a nap, play or nibble, he is super keen of thos donut bed. Despite its low price, it is very resistant because it spends these days trying to shred it.
His 2-in-1 toy from #Maxizoo
If you follow Raymond, you will have noticed for sure his little cow hidden in majority of his pictures. It is by far his favorite toy. It hydrid style with the squeazy cow and the chewing rope makes his favorite. Its size is also very well adapted to its jaw, and the whole thing is really very light. I highly recommend this type of 2-in-1 toy.
I cannot fin it online, but bought in the Maxizoo across the street.
>> See my article dedicated to occupation toy
His ttravelling ransport bag from #HM
As soon as he sees it, he automatically jumps into it. Well protected from the cold, I always slip in a warm blanket and a few toys for more comfort. The small storage pocket on the side allows you to store essentials such as a few treats, a retractable bowl, tissues or a hydroalcoholic gel. There is also a small compartment to put the poop bags. The only downside is that the bag slips a bit on the shoulder.
The bowls are definitly something we did not anticipated well. Before his arrival we had opted for a slightly high set from #Maxizoo. We quickly realized that our choice was not suitable for him. We went back to the store to take two small cat bowls. The ceramic one without contour allowing it to catch food more easily. And the other in plastic for water, with a rim limiting splashing.
Purchased less than 8 francs each in a specialized store.
His bowls carpet from #More
Simple and discreet, this mat will be your best ally to keep your doggie's food space clean. Made of silicone, it is very easy to clean, and clearly delimits the meal space for your dog.
His sweater from #Wouapy
It is very difficult to find clothes in his size. This little sweater from Wouapy is his favorite because it perfectly fits his shape and does not let in any cold wind in. It's almost like a second skin and he doesn't feel it at all. He never balks to put it on, unlike others.
Available in the little shop next to me that I LOVE Au monde des poilus
His puppy pad from #Swisspet
I have tried several brands, and I highly recommend this one in particular. Unlike many, there are really waterproof. I use 60 x 40 size which is big enough to do several pees, but discreet in the kitchen. There are not slippery or noisy, so less chance of distracting him and turning into a game.
Snuff mat from #Maxizoo
Another carpet you might tell me! Even this one unfortunately doesn't look great in our living room as it looks like a mop, it's a great buy to get. It occupies Raymond for long minutes (depending on how many kibbles you put) in a fun way. He loves to dig into it! He's crazy when he sees it coming. Dachshunds are naturally enjoying sniffing and digging, so this mat is perfect for them.
Around 15 francs
You can easily find a more aesthetic one. There are many cool colors on the web. I wanted one quickly so I didn't have much of a choice at the Maxizoo next door. You can even create your own, the principle is quite simple. As long as you are a manual person of course.
His leash from #Flexi
Leash in size S of 3 meters with automatically adjustable length.
At the beginning we had opted for a rigid leash and it was very difficult to teach him the leash. We have seen enormous progress thanks to this type of leash since it is lighter and the dog is not towed.
Bought from Leclerc but available here:
His cat collar from #Maxizoo
Adviced by the breeder we chose a cat collar. Raymond being really small there was no collar adapted to his size. Cat collars are also more flexible and light and can be adjusted very easily for use over several months and follow their growth.
Less than 6 francs
>> See article on "How to choose your puppy's first collar"
His dog park from #Gonser
I chose this brand because they wew supposed to deliver in 24 hours, but I was quickly disillusioned as I received it in 5 after complaining to customer service. It is actually a purchase we had not anticipated but which is very practical. As soon as we sleep outside in a hotel or at friends place, at night we put R in this park where he has all his things (basket, toys, water, cleaning mats).
His antistress spray from #Bellydog
This spray helps doggie to relax in any situation with its essential oils of lavender and chamomile and ascorbic acid. This is the ultimate trio for relieving discomfort and helping to relax. It also protects against dust mites. Help your dog to relax in any situation with the anti-stress spray.
His shampoo from #Bellydog
I wash R every two weeks, as it is quite often I absolutely wanted to go for a natural solution. This shampoo is made with extracts of chamomile, peach and aloe vera and provides a great fragrance. It is also without parabens, sulphates or phosphates, safe for him.