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I have a new puppy. What do I need?

Written by Ed Frawley

I wrote this article to help new puppy owners wade through the sea of information on our web site and frankly, on the internet.

I have listed the specific products I feel new puppy owners should have. These are products we use in our home when we raise a puppy (which we are doing right now for our pup, Favor who is 6 months old).

Throughout the article, you'll find "Add to Cart" buttons for recommended products. Clicking on these buttons won't take you off the page so feel free to put items in the cart as you read on.

I have broken the material into categories:


I have produced a number of DVDs and an online course that every new puppy owner should get and study. These videos are available as DVDs or Instant Streaming. I recommend the stream since you'll be able to view the video right away as well as save some money. With the streaming option, you will receive unlimited access for 5 years which is more than enough for raising your pup.


There is very little overlap in information between these DVDs. They will teach you how we raise our puppies with the goal of ending up with a nice house dog. These videos listed also cover house training.

Every new puppy owner has the same image of what they want their new dog to be like as an adult. First and foremost, everyone wants a great relationship with their dog but beyond that, those who plan on keeping their dog in their home want a calm, well-mannered, obedient house dog that minds and respects their family and friends.



Product #DVD0003007
This training video answers all the questions new puppy owners have concerning the care of their new puppy. Ed Frawley has been breeding dogs since 1978 and has produced many litters of working bloodline German Shepherd puppies. Over the years, Ed has been asked just about every question a new puppy owner can think to ask. This DVD was originally produced to be given to every Leerburg Puppy Customer. The intent was to help Leerburg Puppy Customers get through the first 8 months of the puppy's life.



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Introducing a new dog into your home is an enormous responsibility. The amount of work it takes to raise an 8 week old puppy can be overwhelming especially if you do not have a game plan going into it. This course is going to help you develop that plan. While everyone’s lifestyle is different and every dog is different this course is designed to fit all dogs and people, regardless of whether you are raising a working line dog for sport work or a family pet.


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We use the term "management" to explain how we control our puppy when it's in our home and while on walks. Training a puppy to get comfortable in them is explained in our videos.

We recommend two methods of confinement for puppies in the home: dog crates and ex-pens.


Puppies don’t normally pee and poop where they sleep (assuming you take them outside enough) To control your pup overnight or when you're gone, use a small dog crate. You can pick one up at Walmart. Do not get a large adult crate.

Get a plastic crate not a wire crate. The plastic crates keep hair, pee, and spilled water inside the crate. Wire crates let waste out on your floor.

If you get too large of a crate, the pup will poop in one end and sleep in the other end. If you did get a large crate, put boxes in it to take up space. This will prevent accidents from happening.

We prefer to get a smaller puppy crate because we can put it in our car when we want to take the dog someplace. Dogs should NEVER ride outside of a crate in a vehicle.

When the dog outgrows the crate, we will sell it and buy another bigger one.


Exercise pens are great. They make crate training much easier. Puppies readily accept them. We can fill the ex-pen with toys that occupy the puppy for long periods of time. We sell them in different sizes. They are inexpensive and many people end up using them for years.

Choose the Ex-Pen that will fit the adult size of your dog. Generally, German shepherds need a larger Ex-Pen while toy poodles need a smaller one.

We recommend multiple Ex-Pens. We usually have 3 Ex-Pens: one for our living room, one that we put out inside our fenced yard (we do not allow our small puppies to have free access to our fenced yard – there are too many things they can get into in the yard), and a third Ex-Pen in our office (our puppies go to work with us and the Ex-Pen is the perfect way to manage them). This may vary depending on your living conditions and lifestyle.

This exercise pen is durable and affordable. Exercise Pens are good playing ground for your pets, whether indoors or outdoors. Each Ex-Pen is made of Acri-Lock™ Acrylic Coated Gold Zinc for long lasting protection. It has a secure double latch door access to make your pet secure. Also, it's easy to set up and you don't need tools to build this one. It's a versatile exercise pen; you can even have a variety of pets in it.


$57.00 - $110.00*

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These Pet Beds are made of imitation lambskin. The Faux Shearling Dog Beds are great. They are soft and practical, they have two sides and are easily machine washed. The Sherpa is hospital grade. Pet owners love this product because they do resist tearing and the ones we use with several of our house dogs are years old.

Once you see how much your new puppy loves them, you will want several of them. One for the crate, one for the ex-pen. When we reach the point where our puppy is ready to be out of the crate and tethered to us with a leash, we keep one of these pet beds next to our chair in our living room. The puppy already recognizes it as something to lay on and relax on. We teach the PLACE command in our home by using these beds.


$17.99 - $55.99

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Hurtta harnesses are suitable for active walks for all dogs, but they are especially recommended for dogs with back and neck problems. When the dog pulls on the leash, the close-fitting harness distributes pressure evenly across the chest, preventing damages to the dog’s vertebrae. Thanks to the wide padding and ergonomic design, the harness is comfortable and does not cause wear on the dog’s fur or skin. Easy and quick to put on, both dog and owner will get accustomed to the harness in no time.


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There are a million kinds of leashes on the market. You only need a couple to start with. Get our 6-foot Amish Puppy leashes. It is light-weight, 3/8 inch, with a smaller bronze or stainless steel snap. These are much easier to drag around for puppies. Full-size leather leashes can be too heavy for them. You may find this is the only leash you ever need. I also like these 3/8 inch leashes for our adult dogs. Right out of the box, our leashes are very soft and pliable so you won't have to try and 'break them in'.

The only time our puppies are off leash is if they are in a fenced yard. When we raise a puppy we will often keep it on a leash until it is 18 months old. Good management eliminates almost all behavioral problems. Your puppy cannot run off after a child if it's on leash. It can't chase a cat if it's on leash. It can't jump up on small children if it's on leash. It can't sneak around the corner of the room and poop if it's on a leash that is tethered to you. It can't chew up your favorite chair if it’s on a leash and tethered to you.

If we have a rowdy puppy, we keep it on this leash when it is in the house. We don't allow it to run around the house and act crazy. This may be cute when the dog is 8 weeks old but it won't be when it's an adult. So allowing it to practice bad behavior as a puppy will only result in you having to use more FORCE to stop it when it’s older.

Our puppy leashes are light weight and measure 6 ft. long x 3/8 in. wide. They are handmade by the Amish from Latigo Leather and imported hardware. Because the leash is so thin, it is best not to rivet the leash as it will only weaken the leather. This is our only leash that is not riveted. Our Leerburg dog training leashes are the finest leather dog leashes that money can buy. You will never find a leash of this quality in any pet store or dog food warehouse.


$25.00 - $27.00

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These tough rubber toys were developed for and by pet owners in order to provide a superior outlet for interactive fun between dog and owner, as well as for the play and exercise of the dog by itself. Pliable, resilient natural rubber has proven itself to be the best material to satisfy the dog's normal craving to chew.


$5.95 - $13.50

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Pogo Plush toys are simply irresistible! The patent pending design provides a unique bounce-back action that dogs prefer over traditional stuffed plush toys. These toys are stuffing free, so there's no mess if your dog likes to destroy plush toys! Our Pogo Plush toys are built with inner bouncy frames and free-floating squeakers that will give your dog hours of fun. Available in a large & small sizes.


Retail: $9.99 - $14.99
$8.49 - $12.99

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One of the most important decisions you will make in the life of your dog is what to feed them. We only feed all-natural products. That means raw all-natural dog food and/or very specific all natural commercial dog food. We are very serious about the food we feed and sell. Cindy has written an extensive Q&A on feeding a raw diet. I recommend every new puppy customer read it.

If you chose to feed a raw diet it is recommended that you also teach your dog that there will be times (when you travel or are on vacation) where it has to eat a commercial dog food. We recommend Honest Kitchen dehydrated dog food. We will mix some of this with our normal raw food that we feed so our puppies are used to it.

Sit down with "Katie K9" and Dr. Jessica for a "straight from the guy" talk to dispel myths and learn about nutrition for pets, pros and cons of feeding options, and how to choose the best food and supplements for your cat or dog.



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Our dog bowls are perfect for use as a food or water dish. They are also dishwasher safe. Twenty nine years ago we learned the hard way that plastic dog bowls are not a good idea for dogs. They scratch, they get chewed up and they are hard to clean. This is not the case with a stainless steel dog bowl.


$6.49 - $17.49

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The pails are made from high quality stainless steel with a thickness of 0.40mm.


$11.49 - $19.75

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Dog treats are a very important part of our training with our dogs. This begins at 8 weeks of age and really never stops. When we start our training we initially focus on ENGAGEMENT exercises with our puppies. Engagement simply means our dogs are focused on us, they want to be with us and they want what we have, and what we have are high-value treats.

Every dog is different. Some dogs like one brand of treat 10 times more than another. No one can tell you what your dog will like. Only you can experiment with different treats until you find the ones your dog would die for. How you do this is explained in the DVDs I recommended at the beginning of this article. With that said, your goal should be to stick with all-natural treats. Do not feed those biscuits that Walmart or Kmart sells in a bag. The ingredients are terrible. Most are made in China and many have been linked to sick dogs. It’s just not worth the gamble.

You are going to need what we call a BAIT POUCH to hold your dog treats in when you go out and work engagement exercise with your dog. The one we like and use the most are the Snap Open Bait Bag. The opening is spring-loaded so you can keep it securely closed when you're not actually training your dog. Youc an also snap these open and it will stay open, very useful when you start training with your puppy or dog. You will use the bait bag for the life of your dog if you choose to train like we do. Our leash and bait pouch hang on a hook in the closet by the door to our house. When we go out, it automatically goes on. When we come in, we hang it there so we always know where it's at.

The Snap Open Bait Bag is great for training sessions with your dog. With a French hinge sewn into the opening of the bag, a trainer can easily pop the bag open or snap it close with one free hand.



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With the Buster Cube your dog has to think and work to get his treats. He has to push, roll and run before the reward comes. It is entertaining for both you and your dog.


$15.50 - $16.50

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Bully Sticks are also known as Puzzle Sticks or Steer Sticks. Bully sticks last a long time, are digested easily and are 100% natural beef chew. I recommend them for small dogs, puppies and adult dogs that are not super aggressive chewers. Personally, I only use them for puppies up to about 6 months of age (for times when I need a really great puppy pacifier).


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The beauty of this tool is that the tines go directly to the skin and stimulate the natural oils in our dogs skin. Once you have used one of these rakes, nothing else can compare.



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Millers Forge created this pet nail clipper with safety bar over 40 years ago. The safety lock protects the cutting edges when not in use and flips open easily when ready for use.


$7.00 - $14.00

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This course is designed for people who are new dog owners and have never trained a dog before, as well as for those who have owned a dog for years but now find it's time to learn how to do a better job training their dog.


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When a dog is engaged with its handler it desires to be with the handler, and understands and looks forward to who the handler is and what he or she has to offer. The dog is an eager student who pushes the educational process and feels empowered to make things happen within the training. The picture of an engaged dog is a happy dog that is willing to do what the handler asks because it's learned to trust and crave interaction with the him or her through the use of various high value rewards, interactive play, proper management, and clear communication and expectations.


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Whether you own a dog as a house pet or you are training in high level competition, establishing a working relationship with your dog is one of the most important prerequisites for any training regimen. Regardless of how you apply your training or the methods you plan to use, building a relationship with your dog must come first. This DVD will help you build that relationship through 8 different games, with training being the main idea behind each game while also making it fun for you and your dog at the same time.



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The Vir-Chew-Ly Indestructible Leash is constructed from lightweight, flexible, incredibly strong vinyl coated steel cable with a minimum breaking strength of over 900 pounds. Because dogs don't have the right incisors to cut steel, it is virtually chew proof, break proof and tangle proof. It is also rust and odor resistant. The leash comes with a detachable handle made from extremely strong comfortable 1" nylon webbing. The Walk-n-Lock tie-out feature easily secures your pet to a post or tree.


Retail: $29.98

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Our dogs love the Orbee-Tuff Bones. They are made by the same company as the Orbee-Tuff Ball, one of our top five favorite toys. They are soft and pliable, which is why our dogs love them so much. The minute these bones came into our house, they instantly became one of our dogs' favorite toys. We like them for in the house over balls because they do not roll under furniture. The Orbee-Tuff Bones are dishwasher safe and are created with a fresh, minty scent.


$11.45 - $17.95

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We recommend this tug set to people who want to raise a working puppy are going to want to use tug toys in their training. As a general rule, puppies have a stronger food drive between 8 weeks and teething. Then after they lose their baby teeth their tug drive becomes stronger (if it is developed and encouraged)


Retail: $77.49

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Treat Dispensing Pickle Pocket is made from a virtually indestructible material that is stronger than rubber and great for strong chewers. The material is FDA approved and free of latex, vinyl, and phthalates. The Pickle Pocket encourages play and provides hours of mental stimulation and physical activity, preventing destructive boredom behaviors. It can be filled with your dog's favorite treats, and it throws, bounces, and floats in water. Made for dogs of all sizes.



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The Goughnuts Original is 5" in diameter with a 1.75" cross section. GoughNuts pet toys are designed to address the simple but serious issue of SAFETY. The GoughNuts chew toys are designed knowing that safety and fun go hand in hand. Each GoughNuts pet toy has included in it's design the GoughNuts patent pending visual safety indicator where Green means "Go" and Red means "Stop."


Retail: $23.00 - $25.00
$21.31 - $22.97

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The original Chewber toy was designed to address the simple but serious issue of SAFETY. The Chewber chew toys are designed knowing that safety and fun go hand in hand. Each Chewber pet toy can be used as a toy to toss, a toy to play tug with and/or function as a water dish at the park.



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For those dog owners who wish to get involved in various dog sports, we encourage you to take a look at our series of DVDs that we have done with Michael Ellis. You can find all of Michael's DVDs HERE.

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