Everyone has given great advice!
(Just thought it was easier to do it this way than to keep looking back
what about treats and toys and stuff? I do give the dogs natural treats, sometimes I make them treats (I have the recipie around here somewhere if you want it too...) and I am guilty of buying milkbones occasionally too.
What about leashes? Any kind of preference? Is a retractable for when they are more trained or should we have one off the bat?
We have always just used the regular canvas type leashes. Sometimes I find cute ones at Old Navy though!
Harlies is navy with white stars (from around the 4th of July sales..haha...) and Graces is pink with rainbows (some summer sale thing...lol) Max's is just a plain black one.
They work though!
We do have a Halti though, its like a harness type collar that can hook on to their regular collar to help train them...like not to pull and not to lunge at people/other dogs...
We do plan on getting a Kong thing for in the crate....what else? Our dogs love the Kong, but only if its stuffed. If it doesnt have something in it, they have no intrest in it. Max LOVES balls that squeak, Harlie loves anything she can chew, and Grace prefers bones...so it all really depends on the pooch on what kinds of toys he or she will like. (And really, they do tend to ruin toys, so we always buy them a few each time we go to Walmart, they have the 88 cent toys there. With as many that get chewed up or torn apart its perfect to get them there!)
What about those gross looking pigs ears and stuff? We do use pig ears and rawhides occasionally...but, like everyone else said, we keep a close eye on them when they eat them.
Is there a dog shampoo you'd recommend? I have always washed all of my dogs with Johnsons and Johnsons baby shampoo. Works like a charm and smells good...plus we always have it around the house (now especially...lol) And Im sure you do too!
Do you clip your dogs nails or take them to be done? I clip all three dogs nails. As long as you do it from the day they come home and keep doing it regularly, it shouldnt be a problem. I started with Grace when she came home too..and look how old she is...and she lets me clip hers too now. But I also know people who have really high strung dogs that cant stand it, so they take them to the vet...which I think its only like 7 bucks or something like that here.
Good luck puppy hunting!