All puppies need a few things. A bowl for food and one for water, and treats to help train them are standard along with a collar and leash for walking. But what kind of treats and what size bowl?
I used my cat bowls when Merry was a puppy, but now that she’s almost a year old and eating 2 1/2 – 3 cups of food on average, she needed a bigger bowl. She also drinks alot of water, and keeping the bowl full is important.
I wanted something sturdy, functional, cute, easy to wash, and quiet (especially at night). These sturdy bowls come in 4 sizes, x-small to large and in 5 colors. Since I like purple, I got them in lilac. The photos are of medium and large with a nickel for size comparison. I found the medium to be a good size for her food and the large holds 4 cups of water which lasts her for a few hours most days.
I like the rubber bottoms as they don’t move as much when my pup dines. The stainless steel is easy to clean. They also have a bacteria resistant interior and are dishwasher safe. They are made in India and sole by Loving Pets. You can pick them up on Amazon.
In the pet world their are 2 categories of treats, low value and high value. When training your puppy you may find as I did that high value treats get you a much more motivated pet. They do not need to be large, just very tasty which Merry assures me these are.
Some tricks you may want to train your dog to do include: Come, Sit, House, Shake or Paw (especially great for nail trimming), Lay down, Roll over, and up (into a vehicle or onto a piece of furniture). You can also use these for leash training, especially with heel, I found having a piece of treat in my hand kept her nose right where I wanted it.
Houndations are an easy to chew treat for any size dog, Made in the USA, and preservative free. I like Houndations because they are small, tasty according to Merry, and the first 2 ingredients are meat. I also like that the ingredients do not contain grain, wheat, gluten, soy or corn. The carbiner clip is pretty handy too, it fits great on your belt loop when your training or for hanging the treats at home. The bag is resealable. You can pick these up on Amazon.