Expert Puppy Training

List of suggested items needed for your new puppy


Items needed:

  • Puppy pen
  • Crate
  • Fleece bedding
  • Soft bed
  • Plastic bed
  • Towels
  • blankets
  • Puppy pads
  • Food bowls
  • Water bowl- ideally non slip and non tip
  • Hook on water bowl- to attach to the crate
  • Puppy collar- soft, adjustable with a secure fastening
  • Identification disc- this is a legal requirement
  • Puppy lead
  • Extending lead
  • Puppy house line
  • Light weight 5metre long training line
  • Interactive toys- these are ones you can load with treats or stuff with your puppy’s food
  • Chew toys
  • Retrieve toys
  • Tug toys
  • Grooming brush- a soft brush to accustom your puppy to being groomed.
  • Puppy food
  • Food Treats

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Sue Williams

Sue has vast experience gained from working with both dogs and other animals over the last 20 years.

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  • Dear Sue,
    I am following your very helpful blog. Could you tell me where you purchased your puppy pen please and how long do you think they are useful for?
    Thank you,

    • Dear Mary,
      The puppy pen i am using with Kali is from Croft, the link is:
      I am really impressed with these and have used them with other breeds including Chihuahua, Collie and GSDs. They are spacious and sturdy although there is the potential for a puppy to climb or jump out as there is no roof.
      I also use a crate with Kali.
      Using a puppy pen or crate ensures your puppy is safe,prevents problems such as chewing and helps with toilet training.
      There is no real set time period you would use one for it really depends on your dog and what suits you. I wouldn’t recommend to rush into dispensing with it. I know many people who still use one when their dog is mature although they don’t need it.This is because their dog looks upon it as their special place and den.
      I am delighted you are following the blog and thank you for your support

  • Hi, I am so glad I found this! I am getting a puppy in a few months and am begining to prepare. I have been thinking about bringing him home for the first time, I plan to use a crate but I noticed in your video that you said to introduce the puppy slowly to the crate and not to leave him shut in at first. I am not sure what is best to do on the first night? I have no other pets so if left in the crate all night he would be alone all night – I feel that may come as a bit of a shock having just left his mum and litter mates, not sure that having him upstairs with me is the answer either. Perhaps a smaller crate up by my bed? I would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks again for this great resource and I hope you keep posting.

    • Hi Claire
      Thanks for your question! Yes a smaller crate by your bed would be perfectly acceptable this way your puppy won’t feel totally alone and you will also know when he or she needs to go out to toilet. After a few weeks once your pup is settled and used to the crate you can move the crate into another location gradually.
      Good luck and have lots of fun with your new arrival!


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