Puppy Essentials

At Dogfather we know that getting a new puppy is extremely exciting, but can also be quite overwhelming. The Dogfather team is experienced and knowledgeable in all things dogs. Have a question? Ask us. We are always happy to help. The following is a list of our team’s favourite puppy products.

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Puppy Essentials Shopping List

All of the chew toys!

Puppies chew A LOT. The best way to avoid having your furniture chewed is to provide your puppy with lots of different textured chew toys to satisfy their teething needs. It’s always a good idea to provide your puppy with a variety of textures to explore when it comes to toys. Choosing different toys is a great way to allow your puppy to explore the world, and for you to find out just what your puppy likes to chew.


Petstages Teething Toys

These toys are great for puppies who are teething. They have many different bits to bite, and they can also be soaked or frozen to make them more of a challenge. Choose the Orka Mini Cool chew for smaller puppies, the Cool Teething Stick for Medium puppies, or the Orka Stick for large puppies.

Gorilla Balls

These toys are great for fetching AND teething. And they smell like vanilla! Available in 4 sizes.

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Toys

Made in USA and guaranteed for life, these squishy yet durable toys are soothing on puppies’ gums and teeth. Infused with mint flavour, they also combat puppy breath! A good alternative chew toy to your fingers!

Some of these toys have a hidey-hole for treats, to entice your pup chew for longer.

Rope Toys – Jax & Bones Rope Animals

These rope toys are hand tied and dyed with non-toxic vegetable dyes, so they are safe for your little fur baby. As the rope frays it acts like doggy dental floss to help clean teeth. Dunk the toy in water and pop it in the freezer to soothe teething puppy’s gums.

Plush Toys – Fabdog Floppies & Fluffies

Fabdog makes great floppy plush toys. These are tossable and tuggable and soft, so your puppy can snuggle or play. They come in a wide variety of characters, and our stock is always changing.

Long Lasting Chews


Beef Tripe Twists

A crunchier chew that makes a fun treat while not being that hard. Great for smaller dogs and puppies where their strength level has not yet been determined. These twists are fully digestible and low in fat.



Bully Sticks

A great beef chew that works great for keeping puppies busy when you need a minute to yourself. They are safe to give puppies in moderation, as they are low in fat but high in calories, so giving too many too often can cause digestive upset.

Yak Cheese

These dehydrated cheese bricks are great for tough chewers. They are made from fully dehydrated yak’s cheese, with a little lime and salt added. They work great as a bone alternative, because they are hard enough to be long lasting, yet soft enough that they break apart once worked on.


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Gorilla Chews

Puppies instinctively love to chew wood, sticks, branches, and furniture. Made from solid Java Wood, these chews are a safe alternative for dogs that just love chewing on sticks. The surface is extremely durable and long lasting, making an excellent chew choice for dental and gum care by reducing plaque build-up.


Basic Accessories

Snuggle Puppy – The Heartbeat & Warming Toy

Those first few nights with your new puppy can be sleepless, and difficult on the whole family. These genius inventions help you crate train your new puppy, while still giving them the feeling of warmth, and heartbeat of their mother. Dogs are pack animals and are instinctively drawn to their mother and others in their pack. Snuggle Puppy recreates that intimacy with physical warmth and a “real-feel” heartbeat. The result is a calmer, more peaceful pet – one that feels less loneliness, fear and anxiety.

  • Reduces negative behaviors resulting from anxiety, including whining and barking
  • “Real-feel” pulsing heartbeat and heat source mimic being part of a pack, working to ease loneliness, fear, and separation anxiety
  • Pet is calmed by appealing to natural instincts, not through medication
  • Two AAA batteries (included) last up to two weeks with continuous 24/7 use
  • On/off switch on heartbeat allows for use only when necessary
  • Machine washable on gentle cycle
  • Disposable heat source lasts for 24 hours and is non-toxic and safe for people and pets

Collar, Harness & Leash

No matter how small or young your puppy is, its very important to start training as soon as you get your puppy home. A collar, harness and leash are the most used tools in training. They also allow you to take your puppy out for a pee safely without them running away. Be sure that the collar or harness is not so big that your puppy slips out.

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ID Tags

Imperative for all dog owners. Tags should be on the collar and or harness as soon as you get it. In the event that your puppy gets lost, whoever finds them can call you right away and get them home safe and sound. Check out the tags we carry.

Food & Water Bowls

Be sure to find a water and food bowl that aren’t too high so that your puppy won’t have trouble getting to their food at meal time. Click Check out the bowls we carry. to see the bowls we carry.

Dog Crates

Some people think this is cruel, but crates are an invaluable tool in training your puppy, as well as a replacement for their natural homes, dens. They help with potty-training and prevent unwanted chewing or urination in the house while you’re away. Ideally when choosing a crate, it is best to pick a size that is just large enough for them to stand up and lye down, to prevent your puppy from picking a corner to pee in.

At Dogfather, we offer crates with dividers, so that you can purchase the ideal size for when they are fully grown, and use the divider as they are growing to be sure that they don’t pick one side to pee on. Our crates we carry come in 6 sizes. Please call to see if we have the right size in stock for your pup.

Beds and Mats

Beds or mats are an important tool in training to allow your dog to understand where they can comfortably relax in the house without being in the way. Dogfather has a very large selection of beds and mats, as well as custom beds available for sale. Check out some of the beds we carry.

P.L.A.Y. Moroccan Lounge Beds


Grooming Supplies & Clean up

Puppy wipes are an asset, and we have them for you! Gentle, hypo-allergenic wipes are a soothing way to quickly clean your puppy when that unexpected mess pops up.

And when it comes to looking after your puppy’s coat, different tools are necessary depending on your pup’s hair. Getting your puppy used to being brushed and having their nails trimmed at a young age is very important. Breeds that require professional grooming regularly should visit the groomer as soon as possible so they can establish a good relationship with them, and learn about the grooming environment.

We offer grooming in our Paw Spa, specializing in new puppies’ first grooms. To book an appointment call (416) 960-1088.

Please note, do not book an appointment too close to your puppy’s spay or neuter. They will require two weeks to heal before coming in for the grooming process.


Pee Pads

While pee pads can cause confusion and prolong the potty-training phase, sometimes you just can’t do without. For teacup and other delicate breeds, sometimes going pee outside in the winter just won’t happen. Pee pads are a good tool for these situations.

Poo Bags & Dispensers

You will ALWAYS NEED POO BAGS. Don’t ya just hate when you step in someone else’s unscooped leftovers? We have a great selection of poo pick-up bags and dispensers for you to pick up!

Food & Treats

Treats are a HUGE part of helping your puppy learn. It’s good to buy treats that either come in small pieces, or ones that can be easily broken into small pieces. This way every time your puppy does something that you like, you can reward them with a “Good dog!” and a treat. This helps your puppy learn want kind of behaviours are wanted. Fruitables are a good example of a treat that works great for training purposes. See Dogfather’s giant selection of treats!


Contrary to popular belief, dogs should not be on the same dog food their whole lives. That being said, it is best to keep your puppy on the same food that they were eating where they came from for the first week, so that you’re not changing everything all at once. After the first week, feel free to start feeding all the different foods you like. This is your chance to get your puppies tummies exposed to many things so that you can avoid sensitive tummies in the future. We recommend feeding a raw food diet above all, but if you don’t think you can afford it, we have plenty of other high end food options available.

Upset Tummies

Always have a can of pure pumpkin on hand for diarrhea. Just one or two spoonfulls mixed with a meal over a few feeding sessions can help their digestive system get back to normal.

Any more questions?

Please don’t hesitate to come in to the shop, or give us a call and speak with one of our very knowledgeable staff. We have all had experiences with puppies!

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