New Puppy Supplies

New Puppy Supplies

Here are some things you will want to get before you bring your puppy home:

  • Nylon expandable buckle collar with a quick-release clasp - NO metal link collars at this stage
  • A 6' leather leash (1/2" wide)
  • A Large Crate with divider (at least a 500 size)
  • Water bowl (stainless steel is best)
  • Food bowl (again stainless steel is best)
  • Toys of various shapes, textures and sizes (must be suitable for German Shepherd puppies)
  • Hard rubber toys (balls, spiky toys, rings) - Kong makes sturdy products
  • Smart toys (fill with treats)
  • Nylabones
  • Soft toys (supervision required) - many German Shepherds tear these up
  • Thick bully sticks or white rolled rawhide - only when teething
  • Bitter Apple Spray
  • Soft Bedding for the crate like a blanket or towel (remove if they chew it and NO rugs)
  • Cleaning tote with
    • paper towels
    • disposable baggies (grocery bags work well)
    • spray bottle (1/3 vinegar x 2/3 water or pre-mixed OdoBan or SimpleGreen)
  • Healthy treats that can't get caught in the throat (no pig ears)
  • Soft slicker or pin brush
  • Nail clippers (scissors-style work better than guillotine-style)
  • Styptic powder (just in case)
  • Puppy shampoo and conditioner (dry)

Tips from the German Shepherd Dog Club of America

Carrithers Kennels

At Carrithers Kennels, we only breed West German Shepherd Showlines, which are Black and Red in color, with only excellent temperaments.

Temperament is so very important to us and good socialization is highly stressed and the key to great temperament.

Our puppies are bred for good health, excellent temperament, beauty and intelligence, but good temperament has to be nurtured as they mature to get this desired result. We want our puppies to become valuable, trusted and loving family members.