There’s just something special about Great Pyrenees puppies. They’re adorable little fluffballs that delight everyone around them.
I don’t know about you, but I have never had two identical Great Pyrenees puppies—they all have their own quirks and behaviors. Some are more confident, some are more eager to learn, and some are just downright mischievous (*cough Kiska). But no matter what personality your pyr puppy has, there are a few things every owner should purchase before bringing the puppy home. Ahead, our top 10 Great Pyrenees puppy essentials and recommendations.
With puppies comes house training, and with house training comes accidents. Thoroughly cleaning potty accidents helps prevent your puppy from going in the same place twice.
Crates are non-negotiable when it comes to puppies. Not only does crate training have numerous benefits, but your puppy is going to need to be crated at some point in his life. Whether at the vet’s after surgery, for travel, or at the groomer, preparing your puppy now will lead to much less stress later in life.
3. Collar and ID tag
Accidents happen, so it’s essential to prepare. Putting your name and phone number on your puppy’s ID tag significantly increases the likelihood of your beloved friend making it back home. Even if your dog is microchipped (and every dog should be), your puppy should still wear an ID tag to make it easier to return home.
If you can’t stand the jingling tags make or need to prevent extra noise, there are tags that fit the dog’s collar. I got Kiska this pet tag holder/silencer to keep her from being disruptive when out working.
4. Food and water bowls
It can be tempting to buy small bowls for your puppy, but they truly grow faster than weeds. If you’re trying to get the most out of your Great Pyrenees puppy essentials spending, I highly recommend getting bowls that will transition into adulthood.
My crew prefers stainless steel bowls with an anti-skid bottom, but there are endless options these days. There’s an option to suit every need, from insulated water bowls to slow feeders to bowls for messy eaters/drinkers.
5. Leash and poop bags
All puppies need a quality leash—and don’t forget the poop bags for when you go out on walks! Earth Rated dog poop bags are strong, thick, and leak-proof. And of course, we can’t forget a bag holder. This dog poop bag holder easily attaches to the leash and even has a built-in flashlight for those late evening/early morning walks.
6. High-value treats
Dog treats are a valuable tool whilte training and socializing your puppy. Try out some homemade dehydrated dog treats if you’re a DIYer (and have a dehydrator). Two floof-approved, store-bought treats in my house are Orijen’s freeze-dried treats and Vital Essential freeze-dried mini nibs.
7. Puzzle toys
Most people understand the importance of physical exercise for dogs, but many forget that mental stimulation is just as important. Basic dog obedience training and trick training are excellent ways for you to bond with your dog while challenging her brain, but sometimes you need to keep your puppy entertained while you get things done.
Snuffle mats are great for dogs and puppies and can provide hours of entertainment. Simply toss in some treats and let your puppy’s nose get to work! These mats can even be used to feed dinner to dogs with a high food drive.
8. Grooming supplies
At the very least, you should start your puppy with a basic brush and nail trimmer. Desensitizing your puppy to these tasks will make your life easier when he gets older (and bigger).
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9. Puppy/baby gate
Trust me—even with a crate, baby gates are a life-saver for training Great Pyrenees puppies, especially while house-breaking. It won’t take long for your puppy to learn how to scale a gate, so be sure to keep that in mind when you’re purchasing one. We’ve had success with this baby gate, which is difficult to climb and tall enough to last through the house-breaking process.
10. Teething toys
Puppies explore the world with their mouths, meaning they will bite—but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to bite. Set your puppy up for success by offering appropriate teething toys for them to redirect this completely natural behavior. Atka adored his “pacifier” chew toy, and this Nylabone puppy chew has been a hit for everyone.