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  • SangmortSangmort
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  • I was wondering what treats are your dogs all time favorite treat.

    Boo's favorite is merrick lamb lung. I tought him to rollover with them.
    He also loves Buddy Biscuit Soft chews bacon and cheese flavor.

    What do shiba's like? Are they food motivated puppy's?
  • hondruhondru
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  • Osy - your collar and lead prices are low! And we didn't have a collar for Tsuki until she was 7 months. Unless I'm the silly gal who spends too much, the collars we use are $11, the harness $19 and the 4 foot lead $12, 6 foot lead $19 (lupine and ruffwear).

    instead of nature's miracle, invest in "get serious", it works so much better IMO.

    toys made from canvas or fleece or any KONG product tend to have a longer shelf life than others.

    dog brush - best for constant, routine care is anything similar to Kong Zoom Groom

    tags - when our dogs got microchipped, it came with a tag that had the chip# imprinted on it. Its not metal (read: loud) and has space on the back to write in your phone number. I like this system much better than metal tags.

    and a dog bed - you'll want one, they'll love one, although we bought probably 4 or 5 over the years and all but 1 were destroyed.

    * * * * * * * *
    Sabrina: 3 of the 5 shibas that I've lived with were (are) food motivated! But its gotta be something worth their time - like real steak or dehydrated rabbit ears or beef lung - something good like that.
    Post edited by tsukitsune at 2008-11-12 12:23:37
  • Osy, that list looks great. I agree with Jen about the dog beds. There are five in this house for the two pups (was six but Joey ate one for breakfast a while back).

    I do disagree with you collar/lead explanation. I think a young puppy should always be walked on a harness. Their small, undeveloped trachea is very sensitive and a collar/leash combination could do some damage. Also, I disagree about not using a flexi lead. When leash training a puppy, its a good idea to start with a flexi lead so they don't feel like the lead means they have no freedom. The 6 and then finally 4 foot leads can come after your puppy gets a bit older and is actually taking real walks with you. I agree that you should start out cheap though. Odds are you puppy will chew his first leash/collar/harness set.
  • I got my first collar/leash/harnesses from www.petedge.com. They are VERY cheap, and similar quality to the PETCO store ones. And since I knew they would be destroyed, it was nice not spending a lot on them.

    Miso went throught 4 collars and 2 leads.
    Sake is on her 2nd Collar and still her 1st harness...we will see how long that lasts though.
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • Great tags Casey! I just ordered some for Miso and Sake. I can't stand the jingle jingle of the tags, especially at night!
  • SangmortSangmort
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    Ok! Thanks for all the help guys, I will thoroughly update this when I get home :) [ in class now :x ]

    The collar & lead prices I got from petco.com ;) Petsmart has the for the same price too. ~
  • NekopanNekopan
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    I just wanted to add that it's not that collars get chewed, it's that the pup grows out of them quickly. :)

    I really, really hate Flexi leads. Most people are such jerks with them, letting their dogs be rude and run all over the place.
  • BTW, I completely agree about the flexi leads. They are useful for training a young puppy how to tolerate a leash and for potty breaks. I don't think they should be used for walks beyond three to four months of age for a puppy.
  • CrimsonO2CrimsonO2
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    I am of the same opinion with Kyla. Right now I have a 50' cotton web lead, a 20' cotton web lead and a 6' x 5/8" leather lead (kinda hard to destroy). I've found Ichi to be more exploratory when he's on the 20' lead. The downside is I have to constantly wind up slack, but at least I'm constantly aware of how far back and how close he is. I think that flexi-lead is a bit of a crutch (IMHO).

    I don't know if it's out of circumstance, but I haven't thought to put a collar on Ichi yet. I thought it'd be too much to have a collar constantly on as well as a harness for walks so I just put the harness on him when we're going outside. He's naked otherwise.

    Jesse
  • SangmortSangmort
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    Whoo! Updated it with all the info you guys put in, thanks so much! :D ~
  • tsukitsune - where do you get rabbit ears? Natures Variety used to make them and Boo loved them however they stopped making them :-(
  • miketmiket
    Posts: 193
    I went over to petsmart to pick up supplies for Remy's arrival on saturday. Looking at your list I see I am pretty much set, so thanks! Anyway, I was looking at the zoom groom while I was there and thought it looked pretty good. For anyone who's used it, would it replace a slicker brush?? How does it perform when the coat is blowing?
  • hummm....

    Towels, and no slip mat and slip noose for for the tub/bath etc.

    Unscented baby wipes come in handy for travel and when dogs have stepped in stuff like salt on sidewalks in winter, sand from the beach or gum and other junk and to prevent them licking it off themselves.

    Snf

    PS: I almost forgot.....baby locks for your cabinets and trash can. If your pup is anything like some of the rescues and my own you will be thankful that you have locks.
    Post edited by StaticNfuzz at 2008-11-12 23:20:09
  • SangmortSangmort
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    YES! I was [ somewhat ] helpful :D I'm so envious, I wish I could go out and do nothing but buy supplies. When I made the abobve list I had so much fun adding things to my shopping cart :)cIt took all my energy not to type in my credit card number...*sigh*

    lol

    I'm not too sure about the Kong Zoom Groom, since Jen is the one who recommended it I'm sure she can leave a comment :)~
  • I love the zoom groom, and so do the dogs (massage!!) the hair static clings to it, I even use it on my carpeted stairs to get the hair off that the vacuum leaves behind! It does replace whatever I would have been using for maintenance grooming.

    during coat blowing though - I think the furminator does a great job of getting the chunks out and the zoom groom helps get the stray hairs off and bring the sheen back.

    I highly recommend it.
  • miketmiket
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    Well maybe I'll give it a try. Thanks!
  • lindsaytlindsayt
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    I was at work the other day and again, someone was walking their greyhound with a flexilead which they dropped, it retracted and freaked the dog which bolted, ran home, but in the run tangled the line around his hind legs and toes. At least he was able to get home, because the flexi leads tangle in plants and limbs really easily and can trap a dog too. As a result, he broke his toes, got some serious rope burn and needs an amputation of a toe. For this and other reasons, including that your young dog learns to always have tension on the lead, that they are easily dropped, I would choose a reliable leather lead/harness or puppy martingale if you aren't able to properly/safely use a flexilead.
  • I've never used a flexi-lead. I find it hard to control and a bit "jerky" for both me and the dog. I perfer the standard lead, it makes me feel more in control.
  • Dont' forget potty training supplies. Puppy pads, pooper scooper and poop bags!
  • Ditto on what Lindsayt has described.

    As heads up….The flexi can be heavy, awkward and hard to control. The cable line can get tangled in debris, fencing and plants. I have assisted folks after they have lost Shibas on flexi when the handle contraption was accidentally dropped. In many cases the dragging of the flexi freaks the dogs out and they run for their lives with the cable and handle clanking behind. On several occasions I know dogs have been hung up on fences, under them, or on limbs. If you can’t find your dog in time after it runs off (sometimes can takes several days to find a run away Shiba), it can be a real detriment to the dog since it leaves them vulnerable to attack or choking if the dog gets in an area where you can not hear them and they are pinned in place not found in time. I personally would not risk using a flexi. A regular leash is your best bet. Also if you go into basic puppy class any good instructor will recommend and require you to use a regular leash for some of the same reasons I have mentioned here.

    Snf
  • okironokiron
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    Vinegar is cheaper and works just as well as Nature's Miracle IMO.
  • Ok, well, there is apparently some disagreement on the use of flexi-leads. Regardless of whether you use one or not, the important takeaway point for this thread is that young puppies should be started off with long leashes (flexi or fixed). Over time, you can teach them to walk on shorter ones.
  • "Dont' forget potty training supplies. Puppy pads, pooper scooper and poop bags!"

    Has anyone trained there dog for puppy pads? How do you train them to stop using the puppy pads?
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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  • We only use the puppy pads when we are not home. We trained Sake to go outside, but if we are not home the only okay spot to go was on the puppy pad. So she knows that when we are home she has to go over to the door and give her signal (which happens to be a cute little pee pee dance) that she wants out. Now that she is getting a little bigger and being able to hold it she rather does that than using the pee pee pad. She actualy has had 2 days where I got home from work and there was nothing on the pad which is great!

    I wouldn't ONLY use pee pads. I always started by showing them outside and praising them when she went potty there. She picked up pretty quick :) Smart little shiba.
  • What size crate do you guys use?
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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  • I started Joey off with a "medium" (24"L X 18"W X 21"H) which he outgrew by the time he was about 6 months old. He now has a "large" (36"L X 24"W X 27"H) which is too big. Since it isn't really for potty training anymore, its just to keep him out of trouble while I'm gone, I don't worry that its too big. There is an "intermediate" size (30"L X 21"W X 24"H) that might be better. Lucy would still fit in a medium, but for the same reasons I've given her a large as well.
  • miketmiket
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    I have Remy in a 32"L x 22"W x 24"H and it seems to be a good size for him, but as with Dave, it might be a bit big for potty training (which isn't an issue for him).
  • CrimsonO2CrimsonO2
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  • The one with the divider is a godsend! But I cant tell you the measurements.
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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  • Bottom sliding out+stomping poop in the carpet=Good times for Jaz!
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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  • CrimsonO2CrimsonO2
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    Yet you know I was specifically referring to your ordeal when I mentioned the caveat about these crates, LJ :)

    Jesse
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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  • LOL. I suppose I shouldn't mention that I was going to post a link to your thread with pictures?!?! :-P
  • CrimsonO2CrimsonO2
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    Do it Dave and put her out of her misery. She knew she couldn't hide it as soon as she shared what Jazz did with us. Besides, Jazz can't be perfect all the time:)

    Jesse
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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  • I still laugh every time I read that LJ...it's hysterical...and Jazz looks SO happy about the whole thing!
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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  • ljowen123ljowen123
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  • Maybe she's cold? Its gotten a lot colder this week.
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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  • miketmiket
    Posts: 193
    That was the funniest thing I've read in a while....
  • juniejunie
    Posts: 10
    Oh my gosh, and I was just going to "brag" about how Ninja at 8 weeks is doing so well in his crate (I'm using the dividing panel)....guess I better not get too excited just yet!
  • CrimsonO2CrimsonO2
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    Hahaha,
    Thanks for being a good sport and drudging that up LJ :). Love the pic because you can see that devilish gleam in her eyes while she smiles and says, "Mama!"

    Jesse

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