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Well, we are finally picking up our puppy next Saturday and absolutely cannot wait :love-eyes:. We have got a crate, a bowl and a harness (for the journey home) so far and are planning a trip to the pet shop next week. We are not at all sure what essentials or fun items we will need - toys (rope, ball, squeaky bone...???) bedding, treats, toiletty-type things (?) etc. I don't want to buy anything we won't use but I certainly want him to feel at home and have plenty to keep him happy when he arrives. If anyone has any suggestions, the more specific the better, I would love to hear from you.
 

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I bought Simple Solution Puppy Aid Training Spray Which really helped Lolly to know where we wanted her to go to the toilet. I sparyed it in the area I wanted her to go and she would straight away sniff and then do a wee :D and for a long while she stuck to going in that area of the garden. She goes wherever she fancies now though :rolleyes: but as long as it's not in the house I don't mind!
 

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Wubba kong toy
Puppy kong toy
Puppy toilet pads
Food bowl
Water bowl
Vetbed is great bedding
Brush.. good to get hands on contact with puppy
Poo bags
umm will add to the list if I can think of anything else :)
 

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Another essential is a Kong as when she was little, we would fill it with peanut butter and a few treats and give it to her while we were trying to eat our dinner. It gave us a few minutes peace in those early days when she was so needy and velcro like! Now we freeze them with the same filling and give it to her in her crate if we are going to be out of the house for a few hours.
 

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100 for 8p .... thats good value

I tried some type of nappy bags but they were too think enough when picking up poo on the gravel ....yuk yuk .. you can picture the mess I was in with three cockapoos, a ripped nappy sac and well, poo on my hand ..... hence why I get thick poo bags these days.
 

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The only thing I can add money can't buy... get lots of rest and sleep now as like with a new baby for the first few days you wont be getting much of either ;) All worthwhile I have to add as Cockapoos are great :D
 

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100 for 8p .... thats good value

I tried some type of nappy bags but they were too think enough when picking up poo on the gravel ....yuk yuk .. you can picture the mess I was in with three cockapoos, a ripped nappy sac and well, poo on my hand ..... hence why I get thick poo bags these days.
I worried about that when I bought them and started off double bagging (but at that price it was still cheap!) but I'm confident now that they are strong enough and only use one. No misshaps yet!!!
 

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Picking up poo is a massive part of cockapoo ownership ....especially with three dogs :) :) :)

I will try the Sainsbury’s 8p ones .. and let you know if I get poo on my hands ... how my life has changed .... I am talking about poo on my hands :S
 

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I love reading the threads, I sit her and laugh!
I am going through kitchen roll ( to wipe wee away and then wipe it clean with an adour remover) like it would get out of fashion!!! If you find some on offer, buy loads. Apperently Morrisons value is cheap and absorbent and I buy in Lidl.
I bought a little blue silicon bone shape chewing bone, which has 3 colourful tassles on it in Pets at home. Cider loves spending time on that.
And I bought a water bowl in the bird area in pets at home to hang into the crate. In the moment its on the flour but still attached to the crate. It will be good for in the car crate later on on trips. Cider also loves anything that tangles, I pull it along and he chases it like a cat. Don't forget to make a name tag for him. Oh the excitment, I was feeling like a child at Christmas:party2:
 

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This is all really useful, thanks. I have not heard of Kong toys - will be looking out for them when we got shopping. I had wondered about nappy sacks for poop! Don't much like the idea of them splitting, though:eek: What treats would anyone suggest to help with training?
 

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Yeh Ive always bought Asda nappy bags never had one break... would nt be suitable for a bigger dog but fine for our dogs, you'll find kong stuff in most pet shops. I wouldn't waste money on the aerosol fillers for the kongs they are expensive and neither of minre liked it anyway, that went for the biscuit things as well I gave mine away. You can fill your kong with cream cheese, peanut butter. Kong also do a tennis ball which to start with wont be applicable but they sqeeek and are very durable, often other balls can be chewed to bits by a determined cockapoo :D
 

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This is all really useful, thanks. I have not heard of Kong toys - will be looking out for them when we got shopping. I had wondered about nappy sacks for poop! Don't much like the idea of them splitting, though:eekji: What treats would anyone suggest to help with training?
Depends on what sort of diet you are planning. For natural treats I would recommend dried liver or liver cake. You will find a recipe on another thread. Or chicken or cheese.
 

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Toys - think of different textures and then you'll get a good variety

Treats - depends on the diet you're going to give. For training, I give chopped up cooked chicken pieces and cut up cocktail sausages. Natural Menu do good treats too.

Enjoy having your puppy home. :D
 

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I bought Simple Solution Puppy Aid Training Spray Which really helped Lolly to know where we wanted her to go to the toilet. I sparyed it in the area I wanted her to go and she would straight away sniff and then do a wee :D and for a long while she stuck to going in that area of the garden. She goes wherever she fancies now though :rolleyes: but as long as it's not in the house I don't mind![/QUO

Need some of that i think!!! :D
 

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It's important to make sure to only leave safe toys in the crate. The best are kongs, the original kong is great to stuff and will keep them occupied. Also nylabone are very good and come in different flavours.

Simple Solution is just the best stuff in the world for wee accidents.
 

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I'm going to bump this thread up. We're picking our cockapoo up in 10 days and it's good to know what we are going to need! The nappy bags sound good!
 

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Forgive me Denali, I have lost the plot with all these puppies - is your pup from JD? If so, the MUST HAVE purchase is a sausage toy ;)
 
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