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The Highest Quality Alaskan Klee Kai Puppies The Breed Has To Offer
Supplies For Your Klee Kai Dog
Below is our Alaskan Klee Kai puppy supplies checklist. These are the puppy products I recommend you purchase before your new puppy comes home.
Being prepared helps so much! On your puppies first day home, you do not want to be running around trying to figure out what you need. When everything is setup and ready to go, you will have the time to sit back and enjoy getting to know your new Alaskan Klee Kai puppy.
1. Dog Toys/Chews
We recommend getting lots of different textured toys to help when your puppy starts teething/chewing. If you never had a puppy then get ready for some unwanted chewing of furniture, clothes, shoes, hands, and even possibly feet. A good toy or dog chew will help redirect this unwanted behavior until your puppy matures and sheds his puppy teeth. Here is a link to several we recommend:
Outward Hound Fishing Pole ***Our Fav***
2. Dog Crate
A plastic or metal crate will be work. However, if you decide to go with metal you will want a crate cover or towel to give your puppy more of a den feeling.
First off, let me assure you that putting your dog in a crate is not a negative thing (at least not if we do it right). If done properly, your puppy should love his crate. Dogs are natural denning animals and innately have the desire to keep their den clean and not pee or poop there. Not only do dog crates keep your puppy safe and help with potty training, but crate training is also helpful at avoiding separation anxiety issues from developing because crate training teaches puppies how to self soothe and learn to feel safe and content even when left alone. Your dog's crate will also help prevent unwanted chewing.
We use several different kinds of leashes depending on what we are doing. We like to use thin martingale style leashes when we are training puppies outside. This is a leash/collar combo and very easy to slip on and control your puppy. You can also use a slip leash which is very easy to use when you are rushing to get your puppy outside during potty training. For walks we use martingale style or Dog show style collars with nylon leashes. For in home training we use a very short light weight leash. Remember your puppy is usually under 5 lbs and neck size of 8-10" when they go home so you do not want something bulky and heavy.
4-6 Nylon Leash (3/5" thick)
3' Leather Training Leash (in home training)
We like nylon buckle collars for everyday use. When your Klee Kai puppy first goes home he will be a 8”-10" neck size and usually under 5 lbs. As you start to work on training and obedience with walking and not pulling we always use the very thin show collars. You can use nylon or stainless steel. We use both.
Thin "dog show" nylon choke/collar You can choose your size. Start off with XS
Martingale style nylon collar Multiple colors and sizes, No buckle for young puppies
Martingale style nylon collar Mighty Paw brand with buckle For older puppies (12-14")
Simple buckle collar They can not brake these (clip style can be broken)
I do not use harnesses on my dogs so I do not have much experience in this area.
We like purchasing our tags from our local pet store, but if you can also order online if you prefer. We do recommend getting his microchip number engraved on the name tag so you’ll want to get your new Klee Kai puppy home before purchasing a name tag.
6. Puppy Blanket
We send all of our puppies home with a small puppy blanket that smells like our home and litter-mates. You can purchase any puppy/baby blanket when you’re ready for something new.
7. Puppy Food
We currently feed our puppies Pro Plan Focus Chicken and Rice Formula and then once the Klee Kai puppies are over a year old we recommend changing to Pro Plan Sport Performance 30/20. We have tried so many different dog foods and raw diets, and currently everyone seems to like this food; puppies and owners alike. They are used to eating about 1/4 cup 3 times a day. We feed around 7 am, 1 pm and 5 pm, Once the puppy is 7-8 weeks old we try to feed about 1/3-1/2 cup twice a day. Your puppy will go home with a small ziplock baggie of puppy food.
If you switch dog foods you should do so gradually. You should start by giving your Klee Kai 1/3 of the new food and 2/3 of the old food — have them eat that for about a week, then go 1/2 and 1/2 for a week, and then go to 2/3 to 1/3 for a week. After that you can feed your puppy 100% with the new food.
Puppies love to play with their food and water dishes, if possible they will pick them up and carry them around your house leaving a trail of food or water. For that reason we love these bowls They are anti-slip and have a notch on the bottom so you can pick them up with ease. We do not personally use the metal insert part but you can if you like. I also like the fact that they do not have a lip on them so your puppy can not easily pick them up and carry them. If you have a fast eater get the slow feeder bowl for food:
A simple stainless steel food and water bowl will do the trick. Ceramic and plastic bowls can be a home for bacteria which can cause some health issues. Stainless steel bowls will probably last forever and are safer. If you have a fast eater you will want to feed your puppy with an interactive/puzzle type bowl to help prevent bloat.
If you’re feeding a raw diet or wet food, you should wash the bowls after each meal. If you’re feeding dry you can clean the bowls every few days, but don’t let them go too long. Also, remember to clean the water bowls everyday or they can get funky. Keep in mind, your puppy will try to carry the bowls around, so you will want to get something that is difficult for them to pick up.
9. Enrichment interactive games/puzzles
Mental stimulation is a very important part of your dogs daily exercise. You can use several different interactive games or puzzles to challenge your puppy and work their brain. Here are a few of our favorites.
Outward Bound Puzzle I have the larger one but for one pup you could use this smaller one.
Everlasting Treat Ball (Starmark)
Everlasting Treat Bento Ball (Starmark)
10. Stain & Odor Remover
Guess what? Your puppy is going to have accidents in the house. Even if you stick to a strict potty training schedule there will always be a miscue. Never fear — Rocco & Roxie makes a great stain & odor remover.
QUICK TIPS: Always use an enzymatic cleaner that will completely eliminate the smell of urine. Your dog’s sense of smell is thousands to millions of times better than yours, so make sure you have a cleaner that does the job right. If the puppy smells urine in an area, they will continue to pee there.
10. Treats and Treat Pouch
We like Zuke's Mini Naturals Dog Treats or your puppies kibble for training.
Treat Pouch with Magnetic closure
We have lots of treat pouches but our favorite has a magnetic closure which makes it very easy to access the treats without having to open and close a drawstring.
When do you start training your Klee Kai puppy? The day you get him! When your puppy goes home at 8 weeks old, he will usually be between 3-5 lbs. We recommend starting the training with pieces of kibble instead of treats. They are very small at this age and will get full on treats and then not eat their meal. Once they are a little bigger you can switch training to treats or tiny pcs of chicken or cheese. Whether or not you decide to train your puppy with treats, it’s still important to have treats for your puppy for those special occasions.
11. Dog Grooming
Double coated dogs should be brushed often to promote the growth of new fur and removal of dead fur. You should never shave your puppy. A dog’s double coat actually helps them stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Have you ever heard someone say, “my dog is blowing his coat”? For most double coated breeds, this happens twice a year. We use and recommend multiple types of brushes/combs. Never use the furminator style brushes on your dog; these types of brushes will damage your dog’s coat.
12. Puppy Shampoo
You don’t want to use harsh human products and even some dog shampoo might be too much for your puppy’s delicate skin.
13. Rags / Towels
We like whatever we can find around the house 🙂
Our second guide-puppy Derby had several accidents on the car ride home and made a little mess on the seats and floor mats. Ever since then, we always keep rags on hand to keep the car and all areas of the house as clean as possible of puppy pee, poop, and vomit.
We like this Basic Pet Bedding for the crate
A word of warning: not all, but many of our puppies have decided the pet bedding would make a good chew and shred toy. So don't spend a lot of money on the crate bedding and get a back up one just in case.
15. Dog Bed
We like a Simple Dog Bed
Again blankets, towels, bed sheets, and even pillows can be used as a dog bed. One thing to look for in a dog bed is one that is easily washable. As you might imagine, puppies often have accidents on their dog beds.
16. Puppy Pee Pads/Grass Pad
We like these options:
Kika Klee Kai introduces all of our puppies to grass outside, pee pads, and artificial grass. We know that potty training outside is not always an option. We highly suggest getting the artificial grass, pee pads and pee pad tray, or the pee pads that stick to the floor so your puppy does not drag the pee pad around as a chew toy. Please note, that if you do purchase the artificial turf tray I suggest you glue the 4 corners to the removable insert so that the puppy does not pull the grass out of the tray.
17. Poop Bags
We like Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags
We don’t use them as much now that we have a large backyard and pooper scooper. However, whenever we’re out and about with Stetson or Raven we grab our favorite Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags. Remember to always have something to scoop the poop when out in public.
Gates are a great way to keep your Klee Kai puppy confined to only certain rooms in your house. Keep in mind, some pups will climb or learn to jump so the gates should be at least 28" tall and preferably vertical bars.
We LOVE this Exercise Pen & Gate combo
This exercise pen can be used as a play yard/puppy pen or a room divider with a gate. I love this one because it can be mounted to the wall, the gap between the bars is under 2", the bars are vertical which makes it very hard for puppies to climb, it can be configured to so many different shapes, has a gate with locking latch and is very sturdy.
A playpen is not essential, but if you can’t keep a close eye on your puppy at all times and you don’t want to crate him, a playpen is a great option.
20. Nail Trimmer
Your Klee Kai puppy will be used to getting his nails trimmed when he leaves here. You will want to continue trimming his nails every few weeks, depending on how much he naturally wears them down. You can use basic trimmers or a pet dremel.
21. Puppy Backpack
We recommend you order Nu-Vet supplements for your puppy prior to him coming home. To learn more about these supplements please read more
22. Reading Material
We recommend you read books from Zak George. He has some great information for new owners. I also recommend that you watch his training videos on youtube.
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