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This holiday season was super busy for the Bargain Briana household! Basketball, holiday shopping, car pools, and we go ta (eeekkkkk) new puppy! For those of you that know me, know that I have never been a dog person. I’m positive my sweet little puppy has changed me to a dog person…at least MY dog!
For the past few years, my family has been begging to get a puppy. This winter, I finally decided I was ready to be a puppy mom. We found the most perfect and adorable mini-golden doodle (f1b) in northern Indiana. We surprised the kids about a week before Christmas with our sweet girl – Lela. She almost doesn’t like like a real puppy – more like a stuffed animal!
Of course, within just a day or so, one of the kids started Lela her own insta page – you can follow here at @Lela.theminidoodle
I was totally overwhelmed before we picked her up, wondering what we needed to buy for our fb1 mini-golden doodle puppy. It’s basically like shopping for a newborn baby. Sort of. HA! Here’s a few of Lela’s must have items:
Supplies Needed for New Mini Golden Doodle Puppy
Crate. The Amazon Basic brand is great and inexpensive. She mainly only goes in here for sleep and when we will be gone. She prefers sleeping by the back door with the sun shining on her fur when we are home.
Snuggle Puppy. I can’t emphasize how awesome this is for puppies. We haven’t even used all the features and it really helped to soothe her the first few nights with us. It has a insert inside of it that you can turn on the “heartbeat.” She really loves this toy/sleeping aid. Sometimes she does get a little too frisky with this little guy, tho! ;)
Elk Antler. Little to no mess like rawhides and she loves chewing on this. We purchased ours at Pet Smart but it looks like you can find these on Amazon too!
Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit. Our little girl loves to chew so these are great as well as the Elk Antler.
Wellness Grain Free Soft Puppy Bites. Oh, Lela loves these treats. I love the ingredients!
Kong. Okay, so several people suggested the Kong but Lela hasn’t seemed too interested in it. Yes, she loves the peanut butter that I put in there but otherwise she doesn’t really know what to do with it yet.
Cowboy Magic Shampoo, conditioner, and detangler. It almost seems silly to spend so much on hair products for your pet but she did smell and look wonderful after her first bath with these products!
Nature’s Miracle. For those accidents on the floor, this is perfect. We have been lucky that accidents have been few and far between. However, the times we have used Nature’s Miracle, it seems to have eliminated it as she doesn’t keep coming back to that area to check it out.
Potty Bells. This is AMAZING! Lela picked up quickly on how this works. We are still taking her out very often but when she has to go in between, she will let us know by making sure we hear the bell!
Poop bags. This is an area where a nicer and higher rated bag is well worth it. We originally started off with a cheaper brand (on Amazon) and it was almost impossible to find where to tear off on the bags.
Name Tags. We made Lela two adorable name tags at our local Pet store. It was easy to do and ready within just a few minutes. We did two so we could hear her when she was underfoot. Before we got the tags, we were constantly tripped over her or wondering where she went. Now she has a little jingle that helps us know where she is at.
Obviously you need things like puppy food, food dishes, leash, and collar! We went with the puppy food that our breeder used and she came home with a leash and a collar that fit her. We did eventually upgrade those two items to a retractable leash and a nicer pink dog collar.
For cuteness…she likes to lick the cook books! Hilarious!