Company of Animals

Puppy checklist

Collar and identity tag – A recent study by Nottingham University (UK), has shown that walking a dog from the traditional collar and lead can cause damage to your puppy or dog’s delicate throat area. Puppies or dogs that pull on the lead showed worryingly similar effects to that of a tourniquet and so, we suggest a collar for ID purposes only.

Harness – There are many harnesses on the market but Halti has products perfectly suited for every stage in your dog’s life. A harness will not only offer more comfort for your puppy but more security for and control for you.

Lead – All dogs need to learn to walk on a lead even if you are fortunate enough to live in a rural area where restricted walks are rarely necessary; family situations can change in a dog’s lifetime so even if your dog never needs to be walked on lead now, it is a good idea to teach them to accept it for the future. Your puppy will also need to be on a lead for visits to the vets, boarding kennels, groomers etc.

House line – A house line is simply a long, lightweight lead that can be left trailing from your puppy’s collar or harness, ideally the line should not have a loop in the end as this will increase the likelihood of it becoming caught up. House lines also need to be longer than most standard leads to be effective (8 feet is ideal). The Company of Animals Puppy Training Line is perfect!


Training treats or rewards – It is often easier to start the training with treats before you attempt to use a toy; toys often over stimulate puppies initially making it harder for him to concentrate and learn.

Grooming products specifically for puppies – Your puppy’s skin will, much like a baby, be more sensitive than an adult dog and so it’s important to keep them clean and healthy. Pet Head Puppy Fun is formulated with vitamin C, jojoba oil, shea butter and safflower oil to nourish your pups delicate skin! Also, yummy orange fragrance that everyone loves!

Food dispensing toys – Contrary to many other dog toys, these ‘toys’ are not just for fun they are actually an important part of our puppy training program. All puppies will chew; they need to in order to exercise their jaw and encourage correct development of their teeth. With this in mind, why not set your puppy up for success by providing them with a multitude of entertaining chew items rather than allow them to learn to chew your personal belongings?



Poo bags

Food and water bowls

Crate or dog gate

Carpet or floor cleaner

Fiona Whelan ~ Pet Behaviourist

Fiona has been working at the Training and Behaviour Centre as a behaviour specialist since 2002, and previously ran her own training and behaviour establishment in Lincolnshire for seven years so has a wealth of experience as a behaviour counsellor.