With our oldest V. Sophie we went overboard and got everything on the “list”
--crate: metal with partition, 42” (don’t remember the brand)
--baby gates: bought THREE different ones, and she climbed all but one: http://www.petco.com/product/119211/...t=OnSiteSearch
Also, made a bigger gate from 2x4s and 1x2s that she couldn’t climb over.
--bed for crate and a few soft mats for areas around the house (later on). We actually taught Sophie “place” by using one smaller bed we would take everywhere with us. We’d go visit, lay the bed on the floor, tell her “place” and she’d stay there and chew on a bone.
--toys: tennis balls, kongs, nylabone teethers, stuffed toys, plastic bottles (paper, caps, any plastic removed). Have to be careful with the plastic bottles and remove them at the right time before they chew off small, sharp pieces.
--treats: chicken and duck jerky treats, boiled/grilled chicken, baked liver treats
--chew stuff: bully sticks, antler (wasn’t too interested), marrow bones.
--grooming: toothbrush and toothpaste, nail clippers, wash glove
--food: started out what the breeder gave us – Eukanuba; poor thing had allergies from it. Changed it to Orijen and she’s been doing GREAT on it!
--lead: 6” and a 32” retractable (didn’t know about check cords then)
With our youngest one Pacsirta (7 months), we were a lot less worried about “stuff”:
--crate: got an older metal crate from my sister, one size smaller than Sophie’s…. But Sophie claimed it.
--baby gates: put the same ones up but had no need really
--bed: bought a new, fluffy bed – Sophie claimed it; now she sleeps in Sophie’s old bed in Sophie's large crate
--toys: all Sophie’s old stuff + nicely cleaned out marrow bones she’s done chewing on
--treats: rarely needs treats while training; is happy to do everything for praise, cuddles and kisses
--chew stuff: bully sticks and marrow bones, occasional flip-flop (NOT allowed! getting better at it)
--grooming: same as Sophie’s
--food: started on TOTW puppy – HUGE poop piles. After one bag, changed to Nature’s Variety Instinct “Beef and Lamb meal” – nice balance of fat and protein. Pacsi is on the thinner side. Still at one year mark I want to transition her to Orijen.
--lead: Sophie’s old 6” and a long cord I bought at the hardware store to serve as a check cord.
I bought these slow-feed food bowls for both of them because they’d inhale the food in a matter of seconds: http://www.amazon.com/Skid-Stop-Slow...slow+feed+bowl
Also, I have collars for both of my girls from this vendor (if I remember correctly), and I just love them! http://www.upcountryinc.com/