- Collar & Leash -
- * Collar & Leash *
- * Food *
- * Food & Water Bowls *
- * Toys *
- * Crate *
- * Treats *
- Hypoallergenic Shampoo
- * Bed *
- Baby Gate
* Included in our puppy kit.
A durable collar and leash is good for taking your puppy out to potty, on walks, and trips to the pet store. Nylon is good and last a long time, but as they get older, a leather collar with a metal leash is the best for a full grown pit bull in our opinion. These are not only stronger and have a longer life, but look better as well.
Included in our puppy kit is a 5/8 inch wide by 4 feet long nylon leash and collar.
(Available colors are Apple, Berry, Pumpkin, Neon Yellow, Blue, Purple, Hot Pink, Black, Navy, Red, and Turquoise.)
- Food -
The types and brands of dog food are endless. The most important thing to remember when choosing a food is "you get what you pay for" in most cases! We use and recommend either Eukanuba puppy (up to 1 year) and performance 30/20 (1 year and up) or Royal Canin maxi breed puppy (up to 1 year) and and maxi breed adult dog (1 year and up). Both of these brands are around $50 for a big bag. If you don't want to spend that much, Purina puppy chow (up to 1 year) and dog chow (1 year and up) is an o.k. alternative.
(Included in our puppy kit is a 5 lb. bag of Eukanuba puppy food.)
- Food & Water Bowls -
It is important to find good food and water bowls that your puppy will not destroy. We recommend a good heavy set of stainless steel bowls. This ensures that they will last for years and not be chewed up 2 days after you buy them.
(Included in our puppy kit is two stainless steel 2 quart bowls.)
- Toys -
Good durable toys are important to keep your puppy from boredom and out of trouble. When pit bulls get bored, they find a way to entertain themselves, whether it be chewing on your brand new leather couch or in a dog toy. This is why we recommend keeping a stash of toys for your puppy to access on their own. A milk crate is a good place to store toys that allows your puppy easy access.
(Included in our puppy kit is a 3 1/2 inch Xtreme Kong and an 8 inch rope toy.)
- Crate -
A crate is like a den for a puppy and a very important tool in potty training. Wire kennels are great for puppies because they have a removable bottom tray for easy cleaning and they are easily transportable. You can also find crate covers for these and they make the kennel more homey for a dog, but puppies are more likely to tear these up. This is why it is better to wait until they get a little bit older to add one of these to the kennel.
(Included in our puppy kit is a "fold and go" black metal crate that features reinforced, durable wire construction. It has two doors, a divider panel, deep washable plastic pan, and carry handles.)
- Treats -
Another essential tool in training a puppy is treats.
(Included in our puppy kit is one package of treats that also freshen your puppies breath.)
- Hypoallergenic Shampoo -
Especially with blue coated dogs, a hypoallergenic shampoo is recommended because they are more prone to allergic reactions to dyes and perfumes.
- Bed -
A bed gives a puppy a spot of his own (other than a crate) to call their own. It can also be used as a tool to teach your puppy not to jump on the couch if that is undesirable to you.
(Included in our puppy kit is a 30 by 19 inch bed that has a non-slip backing and is machine washable. [The only available color is Sage.])
- Baby Gate -
Baby gates are very useful if you want to confine your puppy to one part of your house (kitchen, upstairs, downstairs, etc.)
- Books -
After reading many books about the APBT, there are two that really stand out as our favorites over the others.
The first book we recommend is Dog Life's "Lifelong Care for Your Dog: American Pit Bull Terrier" by Amy Shojai. This is a very informative book about the APBT. Not to brag, but I know quite a bit about the APBT, and this book still taught me a couple things I didn't already know!
The second book that we recommend reading is "Pit Bulls for Dummies" by Caroline Coile. Everyone loves the "dummies" books and this one is no exception. It was a great read although I don't agree 100% with everything the book says, most of it was accurate and informative and an overall good read!