Hello, it’s Morgan! Last spring I got a new puppy; her name is Wren & she is a bernedoodle. I feel like I have been in puppy mode ever since. I also have a 5 year old aussiepoo, Frankie and before Wren we were in a great routine. Frankie had her favorite (1) toy, didn’t really get a lot of treats and I didn’t think a whole lot about “dog things”. Well, insert new puppy and I find myself in dog bakeries & pet stores almost weekly! New dog bed, toys, treats, collars & leashes, gates, etc. etc. etc.! Now that I’m 6 months in with 2 dogs I think I’ve found what works for us, so I’ve rounded up my puppy must-haves.
leather leash & walking harness // Frankie was a really bad walker, until I got this leash & harness. So when Wren came along, she got the same set up. I think it’s a must for larger dogs; the harness eliminates pulling & the leather leash has a little give to it and I don’t plan to ever have to buy another leash again. (I live in a town-home with no yard, so every time we go outside they are on a leash.)
duckie // Duckie was Frankie’s favorite toy, and is Wren’s too. I don’t know what it is about this duck, but it’s the only plush toy they don’t destroy in 10 minutes. I only replace it when it gets dirty from slobber & the floor! My grandma gives Frankie duckies for Christmas & Easter every year. 🙂
food & water bowls // Cute food & water bowls! They each have their own food “Today’s Special” bowl & we have 1 “Sparkling or Still” water bowl. They are ceramic bowls on a wooden stand. Design by local Kansas City company Easy, Tiger.
beg-als // Made here in KC at Three Dogs Bakery. There is near where I live; they have the best selection of treats and you can see them making the treats right there in the bakery. When I leave for work in the morning Frankie & Wren both get a Beg-al.
training treats // These were in every coat pocket I had for awhile. Low calorie treats for puppy training. Wren knows sit, stay, come, shake & down. We were working on roll-over, but I kind of gave up.
treat jar // I have this sitting on top of Wren’s kennel. Every time I would give her a treat when she went in, I would say “Hungry Hungry Doggo”. Now when I say it, she goes in her kennel. 🙂
pink tennis balls // Frankie had no interest in them until Wren came along, now they fight over them.
wishbone chew toy // Wren has been a chewer! Ugh. Frankie was not and never had any interest in this or any chew toy — Wren is chewing on this wishbone as I type and does every day!
donut bed // They both love this bed. I learned with Frankie she favored a donut style bed she could lay her head up on the side of.
gate // This has been a life-saver. I use it to block off the stairs so they can’t sneak off upstairs during the day and I use it to block Wren back in a hallway when I’m gone. I feel better about her being behind that with more room than in her kennel — she’s never had any accidents behind it or jumped over it/pushed it aside.
Other items that I love for my 2 big dogs: cushioned crate mat that they can’t chew, seat cover for car , dental chews that they actually have to work at, odor remover (I’ve tried a lot, and this is my favorite.)
So now I feel like the crazy dog lady, but I know I’m not the only one out there who loves her fur-babies! Wren will be 1 in February and we’ll be through most of the puppy phases (I hope) and settled in to our routine without new dog toys & treats coming home every week. Until then, send me your dog favorites, I know Frankie & Wren will appreciate them!
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Hello – what is the best spot for doggie grooming in KC?
We love Becky at Land of Paws in Prairie Village and Sarah at Treats Unleashed (next to Trader Joe’s) in Leawood – you have to book pretty far in advance at Treats Unleashed, and I’m not very good at that!