Here is a list of things to start getting and planning for.
You will need:
A good veterinarian! I require that you take your puppy to the vet for a check up within 4 days of getting your puppy. Making an appointment for your new puppy ahead of time is one of the first things you will need to do. Your puppy will come with a vet record that your vet can reference.
Crate. You can start out with a small one and get a bigger one later, or start out with a big one that has a divider in it.
Collar and leash. Some breeders send those home with each puppy but I have found that everyone likes different things and what gets sent home doesn't always work.
Toys. Rope toys, balls, Wobble Wag Giggle Ball (some dogs really love those), Benebone (all mine love Benebones), No stuffing toys (they can be really nice). Goldens LOVE to carry things in their mouth almost all the time, especially when they are excited to see you! Try to take them to a pet store (after they've had all their shots and/or your vet gives the OK) and let them pick out their own toys. My dogs love it when I let them do that! You might be surprised at what they pick.
Food and Water. Make sure you have dishes specifically for your new puppy's food and water, and make sure you have food and water ready for them when they arrive to their new home (I detail the kind of food I use down below).
When the puppy is old enough, please consider enrolling in obedience classes. Until then, you can start at home.
(You can find all the books I have listed in this post on Amazon.com. You do not have to buy all of them. Just pick out the ones you are most interested in. I have put the ones that I use in bold letters. The others are some that other people have suggested to me.)
51 Puppy Tricks: Step-by-Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Puppy by Kyra Sundance (I love all her books!)
If you plan to do therapy work, children and the people in the nursing homes really love seeing tricks! Not to mention, it is a great way to train and bond with your new puppy! Take a look at the website: http://www.domorewithyourdog.com/trickdog/
It's full of great info AND you can apply for titles! How cool is that?!
When they go home with you they will be eating: Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy Lamb and Rice
The Whole Pet Diet: Eight Weeks to Great Health for Dogs and Cats by Andi Brown
Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs, Revised Edition: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals by Lew Olson
Raw Dog Food: Make It Easy for You and Your Dog by Carina Beth Macdonald
Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet by Kymythy Schultze
Dinner PAWsible: A Cookbook of Nutritious, Homemade Meals for Cats and Dogs by D.V.M. Cathy Alinovi
Rachael Ray Nutrish Grain Free Dog Treats & Soup Bones (The Soup Bones are great chew bones for the puppies)
Milos Kitchen dog treats
Apple slices and carrots are also great for your puppy to chew on.
PLEASE read through the "health" page on my website
Natural Health for Your Dog (Herbology At Home) by Anke Bialas (it is a really good book)
I have started using NuVet for my dogs. It helps support their immune system. Everything is 100% natural. Your puppies will be started on it so I really recommend you keep them on it, at least for a while. I will extend the contract to 3 years if you keep using it.You may order online by clicking on this link www.nuvet.com/44245 or calling 800-474-7044 and using Order Code: 44245
NuVet Labs will notify me when ordered.
I will post more info about NuVet and send an email to everyone getting a puppy.
Some of my favorite websites:
Has great dog info – training – Raw feeding and tons of
Chewy.com – great toys and food and free delivery – they
have frozen raw food too!!
This is a great website with lots of info and ideas
Has all the rankings of dogfoods – even raw – check this
out when you decide to change the pups food. Also good
to check out who has had recalls etc.
And of course AKC.org