We have put together a basic list of puppy supplies that you should have purchased before bringing your puppy home.  If you think we have missed something please let us know. 

Dog Crate

Size 400 crates fit most Airedales, but if you have the room and don’t mind getting a 500 you’re Airedale will enjoy the extra space.  The larger crate may be harder to move around and the smaller crate will probably fit better in your car for traveling.  We prefer to use the solid style crates as they are more secure and safer although wire style crates are fine and more stylish and collapsible.  We do NOT recommend the soft sided crates as these are not sturdy enough, a puppy can chew right through them, and we’ve seen plenty of dogs bounce the crate right across a room to get somewhere.  The life stages crates include a divider that you can move to enlarge the space for a growing puppy and finally remove to allow access to the entire crate space.

Leash & Collar

We recommend using standard 6 foot length lead (leash) as it gives good control and should suit most uses.  1 inch width works great for adult Airedales.  If you want to also get a FlexiLead (retractable 16 or 26 foot leads) look at ones that work for dogs up to 50-60 pounds which should be the limit for most adult Airedale weights.  3/4 or 1 inch width collars also work great for adult Airedales.  We do like the rolled leather style collars as well as Lupineproducts.  As an adult, most Airedales should fit a 12-18 inch collar.  For puppies we especially recommend adjustable collars to fit as they grow starting with one that fits 10+ inches.  NEVER use a pinch collar on any dog, they damage the esophagus.  If your trainer recommends using one, find a new trainer.

Dog Food

Purchase a bag of Purina Pro Plan PERFORMANCEdog food which is what the puppy has been eating up to this point.  Make sure you buy the food BEFORE you pick up your puppy as sometimes people say they can’t find it at the first couple stores.  PetCo sells this food.  It comes in 37.5lb bags.  If you are worried about freshness of the food then purchase a resealable tub to dump the open bag into.  Do NOT change the puppy’s food this early in their life, their digestive system is very immature.  Performance is an excellent food for ALL life stages.

Treats

Try to stick to just one type of treat for some time after you first get your puppy.  Each additional item added to the puppy’s diet has potential to upset their stomach at this young age.  We like Old Mother Hubbardproducts, based in Massachusetts.  Try the original or peanut butter flavor of the Old Fashioned Biscuits in the MINI size for a small puppy.  You can also use single kernels of the dry dog food as treats which is less likely to upset the tummy especially when training and giving the puppy several treats at once. Use ziplock bags to keep treats fresh.  Rawhides can be great for occupying the puppy in the crate, just watch they aren’t upsetting the stomach.  Try to find American made rawhides.

Toys

Go wild here, get anything and everything you want.  Having lots of toys available for the puppy will hopefully occupy them from chewing your own belongings.  Whenever the puppy is chewing on something it shouldn’t be, take the item away, give a firm “no,” and replace the item with one of the puppy’s own toys.  We like Kong products as a longer lasting chew toy. Don’t buy the spray fillers or other treats to fill the Kong, just use the puppy’s regular dog food or standard treat.  If you are daring, try filling with a little peanut butter and freezing it first to make it last longer.  Sometimes the best toys are the ones you didn’t even think of as toys, try the leftover roller from paper towels or toilet paper and empty soda bottles (just take away the cap and ring).

Dishes

We recommend standard stainless steel dishes for food and water.  These are long lasting and easy to clean.  Get a fairly large bucket or two for water, make sure a bucket is available outside during play.  Do NOT use raised feeders as they are known to be a contributing factor in Bloat which can be deadly.  No tip dishes work great, some Airedales do like to tip the bowl over and puppies do it accidentally all the time.  Do NOT use feeders, and do NOT “free feed” your puppy.  Pick up whatever the puppy did not eat 15-20 minutes after putting it down.  If you feed all the time, your puppy will poop all the time.  If you use a schedule, your puppy should have a very predictable potty schedule also.

Dog Bed

Get a dog bed that is big enough for an adult sized Airedale, it should last that long.  Use the dog bed outside of their crate.  Get a simple crate pad for inside the crate.  You might want to just use some old towels in the crate at first during housebreaking as they are easier to wash.

Waste Removal

Get a poop scoop and USE IT!  Always clean up after your dog whether in your own yard or when walking.  Leaving waste in your yard may encourage the puppy to learn to eat it, yuck.  Pick it up right away and this should never become a problem.  When walking, use the new biodegradable waste baggieswhich are compostable and don’t take thousands of years to break down in the land fill.  We’ve tried them and they work just as well as standard plastic bags.  Do NOT use wee pads, your puppy already has a foundation for going potty outside, you do not need to “paper train” before housetraining.

Grooming

Get a pin brush for brushing the furnishings (hair on the legs and muzzle).  After brushing, use a comb to get out any remaining small tangles.  Nail clippers can be used, but we much prefer to use a nail dremelto grind down nails with a much nicer, smoother result and it’s easier to do also.  Nails need to be done more frequently than clipping.  Do NOT use a regular dremel for dog nails as the rotation is far to fast and you could injure the dog.  You don’t want to bathe the dog any more frequently than you have to, but if you must most shampoos/conditioners are fine to use, just don’t use flea/tick varieties.  If you are doing your own clipping you probably already know what you need for that, if not let us know.  If you will pay for grooming and do not already have someone lined up, now is the time to interview and visit groomers and make a decision on who you will take the puppy to.

Puppy Proofing

Puppy proofing is probably not quite as involved as baby proofing, however, you can think along the same lines.  Purchase baby gates for the top and bottom of flights of stairs.  Remove any items that you don’t want chewed.  Make sure cords, cleaners, and chemicals are all out of reach.  Secure your garbage as it can cause intestinal blockage.

Veterinarian

If you haven’t already, find a veterinarian you trust.  The Vet should have similar ideas as you and should be willing to listen to what you have to say and work with you toward the good health of your puppy.  Most Vets should already do this, however, verify that your vet will not ACE your Airedale (ACE is often used as a pre-med to surgery and is rumored to be very bad for Airedales), and that they use Propofol as their standard surgery anesthetic (other anethesia medicines can be bad for Airedales).  Schedule your first appointment for your puppy within the first 24-48 hours of bringing the puppy home.  This will just be a general check up to verify the health of the puppy.  Schedule your first appointment for vaccinations at that visit (or before if your Vet recommends it).

Bring With You When You Pick Up Your Puppy

Puppy sized collar and leash.

Paper Towels (and/or old towels that you don’t mind getting dirty)

Crate for the car if nobody can hold the puppy

or a driver so you can hold the puppy on the trip home

Final payment

PetEdge is a great source for pet supplies, based in Massachusetts, you can order online.