Crate and play pen area, grooming tools, food, treats, toys and training resources.
This is our preferred crate set up area when we can’t supervise our puppies (when we go out for groceries, for example). We attach the puppy pen directly to the crate and ensure that there are lots of potty areas and some safe toys in the pen area.
I use this pen (I would recommend 30″ or taller) to attach to the crate: https://www.amazon.ca/Midwest-Foldable-Metal-Exercise-Playpen/dp/B00377WL46/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=dog+playpen&qid=1588433016&s=pet-supplies&sr=1-4
You can also use two smaller crates attached together and have one crate as the bed area and the other crate as the potty area.
For a more solid (and pricey) pen that’s easy to customize, I use the X-pen: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B014KMJPH2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1 You can attach it to a crate with a little more work, zip-ties seem to work best.
Some pups can climb out of the above two pens, so you might need to use a Billy Gate/Regalo type enclosure instead. Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Regalo-configurable-fixations-murales-mat%C3%A9riel/dp/B0024FAWSE/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=billy+gate&qid=1596817305&s=pet-supplies&sr=1-1.
This area is where we keep our puppies when we are eating dinner or do not want them running around the house. I place a large litter box with a pee pad below directly beside their favourite bed. When the puppy wakes up, they are most likely to use the litter box right away. There’s also a crate that they like to use as well. It’s dark enough that it doesn’t need a blanket. My favourite part of this set up is the blue blanket that is waterproof and reversible. You can even drape it over furniture. I picked one up from Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B075WZGFJG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I’ve found many gently used crates online (kijiji and Facebook market place). We have several brands at our home including Life Stages 1630DD and Kong. Both are great quality crates and I really like the dual doors. The crates that all of my dogs (regardless of size) enjoy are the Kong 31″L x 20″W x 21.4″H and retail for around $100 new at PetSmart https://www.petsmart.ca/dog/crates-gates-and-containment/carriers-and-crates/kong-dual-door-rust-resistant-dog-crate-51180.html and the LifeStages 30 L x 21 W x 24 H that retails for just over $80 on Amazon https://www.amazon.ca/Medium-MidWest-Folding-Divider-Protecting/dp/B0002TKBUS?th=1. These crates are perfect for my adults, but for babies, it comfortably fits both a 24″ x 18″ sleeping bed (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07WQZ38W4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and a small 20″ x 15″ litter box (https://www.amazon.ca/PuppyGoHere-Litter-Indoor-Training-System-Large/dp/B00HCK31LQ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=puppy%2Bgo%2Bhere&qid=1596818589&sr=8-1&th=1).
As the puppy gets older, you can remove the litter box entirely from the crate. Some actually prefer cooling pads in their crate: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07R282RVS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
If your pup is having a hard time sleeping through the night in a crate, try draping a blanket on top of the crate to keep the area darker.
These are the big 24″ litter pans we use for potty training. I fill them with a mixture of horse bedding pellets and alfalfa pellets, both of which you can get from any horse feed store. I prefer to use horse bedding which is made with non-toxic wood products. Alfalfa pellets help mimic the smell of grass. You can also use Rubber Maid totes and cut an entrance in to them. I bought mine from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00G7RMCI8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I use the smaller 20″ litter pans in their bedtime crates.
This flow chart can help guide you as to when you should be bringing your puppy to potty, either outside, or by placing them directly in their indoor potty areas.
This is the food we give our puppies, great for sensitive tummies: http://www.canadiannaturals.com/pages/dog-productline.php The adult larger kibble is also available. Most Global Pet Food stores can order in this food.
Grain free diets are not recommended due to increasing reports of Canine dilated cardiomyopathy, which affects a dog’s heart muscle and often leads to congestive heart failure.
These Kimalayan Dog Chews are the best dog treats for any active chewer! I include one of these with each of the take home Puppy Care Packages for your new puppy. Smudge loves these as well and they take forever for the dogs to chew. One note of caution: Buy these on the larger side… your dog WILL try to swallow them. You don’t want them to get caught in their throat so supervision is necessary. Most pet stores carry some brand of these. We will send one in each of our Pomsky care packages. Here’s more information: https://www.himalayan.pet/products/himalayan-dog-chews
We also like to use all-natural treats for training, such as PureBites from PetSmart, and you will receive a package with your puppy. I don’t like feeding my dogs liver treats since the liver is the detoxification centre of the body. I prefer turkey or salmon/fish treats since the puppies are already eating those ingredients with their food: https://www.petsmart.ca/dog/treats/chewy-treats/purebites-freeze-dried-dog-treat—turkey-23879.html
I use both the XS and SM harnesses for my dogs. I like that this one is a step in, clips on their back with padding (so we don’t get fur pinched) and is also breathable with mesh lining: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07FTSYQFW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
These are the style of harnesses we use to train our puppies at our farm for the first time. I like that they don’t have to go over their heads and have closures that are easy to fasten. We use both types, the top one is super easy to put on. Both can be found at PetSmart:
I also have this leash with an elastic area that really helps prevent close-lining your dogs when they suddenly run or bolt. Love that you can clip your dog into your car as well with this leash https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07GRL7CL3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Fantastic training resource. You can download an electronic copy of the file, or order them from Amazon. Published by the Pomsky Owner’s Association https://pomskyownersassociation.com/pomsky-training-2/
Leash and Harness Training done at our farm:
Step 1. Place treats in the harness for pups to eat/explore
Step 2. Place pup in harness while offering lots of treats.
Step 3. Allow pup to run, play, roll, scratch with harness on. Offer more treats.
Step 4. Attach harness while pups are distracted with treats.
Step 5. Use treats to coax puppy to walk. Offer treats after a good small walk. Repeat but start slow with 1-2 good walks only.
Step 6. Remove harness and place more treats on top of harness for pups to eat.
Link for a wonderful positive video on how to crate train your puppy to sleep through the night. https://youtu.be/DrqZOQrBMjQ
Zak George has lots of great training videos if you can get past the 1-2 min of sponsor promotions he does. He has several husky type dogs too:
- Everything you Need to be Prepared for your New Puppy!
- Playlist: A Step by Step Guide to Teaching Your Puppy or Dog (in order)
- How to Teach your Puppy to Listen When they Won’t!
- How to Train your Puppy to Stop Biting
- How to Potty Train your Puppy EASILY! Everything you need to know!
- How to Train your NEW PUPPY to Walk on Leash!
- How to STOP “Food Aggression”/ Resource Guarding in Dogs- WITHOUT FORCE