SOCIALIZE your pup. I can't stress that enough.
I agree! take the pup everywhere...even if you think its excessive to take a puppy when your just making a trip to the bank or a food run lol. or to the grocery store and wait up by the doors on the outside while the other person goes in....things like that...
dont bother buying a bed! atleast not for the crate...
on those one town hall? threads....i think its "town hall" there is one on potty training...and you will notice alot of people block off the crate so puppy only has enough space to lay down. This will discourage puppy from getting up...pottying and then laying back down and thinking nothing of it.
just remember...after and sometimes before each activity to have potty breaks.
in the mean time=POTTY BREAK! haha.
if they look lost=POTTY BREAK
Do not allow the puppy to chew on anything other than their toys. If you see them chewing on something undesirable just say a firm "NO!" and quickly replace with a bone or toy.
Never allow the puppy to jump up on you. Discourage that behavior so that they dont think it will be okay when they grow. Eventually the dog will catch on that that is undesirable and avoid it when they are older. The puppy will probably still jump up on you cause they love you so much but just not allow it. showing affection can be saved for when your cuddling or laying down and calm
general list depending on if you really need or want it...
potty bags for walks
food that the puppy is on right now
training treats-dont have to be from the store. but on hand small little rewards are nice when you can't use a biscuit each time.
nail clippers- keep up with them while they are small and easy to clip!!!
rubber mit brush-with the little rubber spokes (dont let puppy play or bite the brush while you brush) might want to gently hold his head so that she cant pop up and bite it lol.
tooth brush and dog toothpaste-if you want to do that
BONES AND KONGS!- we gave duchess other kinds of toys but threw them out one by one. any rubber toy is good try www.planetdog.com
or target has alot of different rubber rings-kongs-dumbell shaped things
i personally would stick to nylabone-some other bones will leave colored pieces all over your carpeting! also since they chunk off you want to supervise them. Matter of fact supervise if you have any NON tough toys...squeekers, stuffies, etc puppies might end up chewing up. Don't allow them to JUST chew on a tennis ball. we have had talks that the dye can wear their teeth down. use only for fetch.
DON'T LEAVE SOCKS AROUND! DOBERMANS ARE NOTORIOUS FOR STEALING SOCKS...AND DEPENDING ON THE DOG CAN VERY WELL EAT THE SOCK IF THEY WANT TO. THIS INCLUDES SMALL UNDERWEAR...and just to be safe other garments that have your scent they might want to smell and nibble but they will put holes in it. so just keep your house clean
Don't leave change around...small stuff. Id put newspapers and other papers and stuff away(very popular thing to shred)
teach "SETTLE"-when puppy is out of control or WAY to excited just lay her down on her side and gently but firmly holding her head and hips tell her "settle" until she calms down and stops trying to get up....she will eventually just lie there patiently and waiting.
hope that helped