Resources & Links


Note! There is an entire Supply List page with links to all the products you should have in place before you bring your pup home. Please do have a look at that Supply List page!


Here you will find links to further information and to specific products.  If you have any suggestions for categories to be added here, contact me and let me know!

Vaccines

Lifelong Immunity – Great article.
Vaccines: When Too Much of a Good Thing Turns Bad – Part 1. Written by well-respected veterinarian Dr. Jean Dodds
Vaccines: When Too Much of a Good Thing Turns Bad – Part 2.
Avoid Unnecessary Vaccines With Titer Tests – Part 3.
Dr. Becker & Dr. Dodds Talk About Titers
Rabies: The Science and the Current Law
Bordetella: Does Your Dog Really Need the Kennel Cough Vaccine?
Vaccination Protocol for Dogs by Dr. Jean Dodds
FAQ About Titers and Dodds’ Vaccination Protocol
Rabies Challenge Fund – A study looking at how long the Rabies vaccine actually lasts and to hopefully extend the required interval to 5 or 7 years. I donate every year in Lily’s name (poodle I lost to a rabies vaccine reaction).
Virus- and Vaccine-related Articles – In case you want still more to read, here’s a list of all of Dr. Jean Dodds’ articles.


Spaying & Neutering

What Age Should I Spay/Neuter? Advantages & Disadvantages of Neutering My Pet
Neutering Dogs: Effects on Joint Disorders and Cancers in Golden Retrievers – Fairly recent study showing negative effects of neutering before a year
Early Neutering Triples Risk of Joint Disorders in German Shepherd Dogs – Another study showing the risk of neutering before a year.
The Truth About Spaying & Neutering – Written by veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker
Your Dog Needs to be Spayed or Neutered – Right?
Ovary Sparing Spay & Vasectomy Info Group. This is a Facebook group FULL of great information about alternatives to the traditional spay and the traditional neuter.


Heartworm

Heartworm Medication: Truths, Omissions, and Profits. Part 1. Eye-opening.
Heartworm Medication: Options to fer-based recommendations. Part 2. Use the map to see how many months a year your should give preventatives. In parts of the country, it is NOT necessary all year!


Pet Health Insurance

There are MANY. These are the ones that I feel are the best.
Healthy Paws Pet Insurance – I think they are they are the best, most reasonable, and is who covers my non-breeding dogs.
Trupanion – Very similar to Healthy Paws but a bit more expensive.
PetPlan
PetInsuranceReview.com’s Pet Insurance Comparision – Compare all the plans in one place.
PetInsuranceReview.com – GREAT site to read LOTS of reviews of the various policies.


Food

Zignature
Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet
Instinct Raw Boost
Wellness Core RawRev
Nulo Limited or High-Meat Diet
Acana Singles
Instinct Frozen Raw
Stella & Chewys Frozen Raw


Food Information

DogFoodAdvisor.com – Dog food ratings and reviews
What’s Really in Pet Food – a MUST read
The Sickening Truth About Pet Food
GMOs in Pet Foods


Dog Training & Behavior

Paws With Manners Dog Training – This is my dog training business! Serving Orange / Rockland / Bergen counties.
7 Quick Tips for Toilet Training Your Dog
Crate Training Do’s and Don’ts.
Why and how to Socialize your puppy – The Importance of Socialization. Wonderful video by a fellow trainer about how incredibly important it is to socialize your puppy. Tons of great tips on the important things to socialize them to, and how best to do it.
It’s Not “All in How You Raise Them”: The Role of Genetics in Behavior. Fantastic article by a behavior vet/dog trainer about how genetics influence who your dog is. And is why I’m so careful to have behaviorally solid dogs behind your puppy!
De-bunking the “Alpha Dog” Theory.
Why I Don’t Recommend Retractable Leashes. Written by veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker. I completely agree on all points.


Tail Docking

One Beleaguered Veterinarian’s take on Tail Docking
Stop Cutting Off Your Pet Dogs’ Tails, America


Dewclaw Removal

Do the Dew(claws)? – Article by noted veterinarian Dr. M Christine Zink proving dewclaws are necessary and should be left intact
With a Flick of the Wrist – Another article by Dr. M. Christine Zink discussing the anatomy and how/why dogs with front dewclaws removed have a far higher incidence of arthritis.


Grooming

Poodle Cuts – Nicely written article with photos for many of the reasonable cuts for poodles
Beyond Shaved Feet: Popular Poodle Cuts
How to Brush a Poodle
The best brush to use for a pup is a pin brush. Here’s one of my favorites made by Conair


Why it’s healthier to breed females every season

Breeding frequency and bitch age


Pet Poison

Pet Poison Helpline
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
Pet Poisons from A–>Z


Chewies

Bully Sticks. I recommend 10-12″, as fat as you can find affordably.  I do not recommend curly or braided.  Beware: some brands (and chains of stores) have bully sticks with a strong unpleasant odor.
Pig’s Ears
Water Buffalo Horn: For your pup, you want one about 6 inches.
Goat Horn
Cow Hooves. Do not get them stuffed/filled with anything! These are another of those things that might be cheaper to find singly at your pet store.
Split Deer Antler. Go with Medium (about 6-7″ in length)
Marrow Bones from your butcher or supermarket only.


Miscellaneous Puppy-raising Supplies

Nature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover for  for properly cleaning after housebreaking accidents.
Grannick’s Bitter Apple used as a chew/mouthing deterrent


Crates for pups

Petmate Compass, size Small (10-20 lbs, 24.6x 6.9×15 inches). No divider.
Petmate Navigator, size Intermediate (30-50 lbs, 32.1x21x23 inches). Has a divider.


Toys for pups

Kong, Small for pups.
Booda Bone Rope toy, Medium.
Petstages No Stuffing squeak toy
Petstages Chew Chain
Rag and Rope toy.
JW Pet’s Hol-ee Roller
Invincible Chains Triple (large).
Squeaky spiky ball
Skinneeez no stuffing toys
Woofie Cushion by Multipet.
Giggle Ball
Stuffed plush toys with squeakers inside. (Remember to supervise so stuffing doesn’t get swallowed and/or squeakers don’t get choked on!)
Snuggle Puppy with heartbeat for making a new puppy feel more secure. (Do not use gel pack!)


Miscellaneous

Twin Pack of Total-Zymes and Total-Biotics – Digestive enzymes and probiotics for optimal digestive tract health
Firm-Up Pumpkin: Firm-up is dehydrated pumpkin (used for diarrhea) with a bit of apple. You only rehydrate as much as you need, so no waste.
The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil for Pets