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I'll use this page to introduce you to items that I have used and recommend or that have come highly recommended to me by others that I trust. Most will be pet related but if I find an item that really tickles my fancy, I'll post a link to it as well. Clicking on any of the pictures below will automatically open up the link in another page. If you buy an item that I recommend and love it enough to recommend to your friends and family, please direct them here to the link that I have provided.
First and foremost, anyone that knows me knows that I'm not the most adept housekeeper! I try all the time to declutter and make myself sweep and mop and usually fail. I'd rather be playing with puppies! It is a shortcoming that my husband likes to tease me about, but luckily it's not something that really bothers him. My mother on the other hand, goes nuts so when I asked for a robotic sweeper for Christmas she jumped at the opportunity to gift one of my choosing. I researched for quite a while and decide on this one. Now, since it was a gift, I splurged and got the model that also comes with a water tank and washable pads for mopping but I've actually not used that feature yet and were I to replace it, I would get the model without that feature. I call my sweeper "Sailor" because he maneuvers the room like a drunken sailor and my guess is that the mop job would probably be pretty streaky since there is no real pattern to his madness. He does however do a pretty good job of picking up dust and cat hair on a daily basis and his battery lasts several hours. He gets stuck on the 1/2"-3/4" threshold between my kitchen and living room so I usually use an exercise pen across the doorway to keep him in one room or the other and I do not let him run when I'm not home to attend him if he gets in trouble. I've also had to put small blocks of wood under one dresser so that he can get underneath it but otherwise I've been very happy with him. I'd highly recommend him for the price! For mopping, I prefer the Hoover Floormate.
If you are going to groom your own Schnauzer, you NEED good quality clippers. Don't fall for the cheap little $40 clipper kit. A good pair of clippers will most likely last the lifetime of your dog and probably longer. These are the clippers I have owned and I've been equally happy with all of them. My Oster A5 lasted me over 20 years and had been dropped on concrete multiple times. The case was even cracked but they ran like a champ. Yes, the initial purchase may be more than what you would like to spend, but lets take a look at some numbers: If you plan to have your dog groomed every 8 weeks, that is 6 groomings per year at a minimum of $30/grooming and if your dog lives to be 12 you've got over $2100 in grooming throughout your dog's life. And most groomers charge closer to $50/grooming!
I've also link some clipper blades. Most of you can get away with a #10 blade for the body and potty area and a #30 blade for the ears and paw pads depending on your pup's haircoat and how slick you want them to be. If your pup has a thinner coat, you might want to use a #7F blade for the body and the #10 for the ears but I would still use a #30 for the paw pads. If you want them to be neat but fluffy, a #4 would work well for the body. Clipper blades should last quite a while if you are only maintaining a couple of dogs and the blades are interchangeable between the brands so an Oster blade will work with a Wahl or Andis clipper and vice versa. I suspect you would only need to replace clipper blades every few years, especially if you make sure to bath your dog before clipping so that there is no dirt in the coat to dull the clipper blades. Click on the picture of the item to go to the order page for it.
Crates are the #1 tool you will need for house training your new addition. It will also help to keep your little one out of trouble and safe from injury as it is impossible to watch your pup 24 hours a day. There are different styles on the market so you need to decide if you want an all wire or plastic style. The soft sided crates can work well for an older dog that happily crates, but is not recommended for puppies as they can easily be destroyed by a determined pup. A pup could ingest the netting or parts of the zipper which could cause a bowel obstruction. If getting the metal crate, it comes with a divider so that you can adjust the size as your pup grows, it also has a door on both the short side and the long side to make it easier to find the perfect spot for it to fit. If getting a plastic crate, you usually can't divide it unless you come up with something indestructible that you can shove into the back of the crate to reduce the size and then remove it after your pup is bigger. So you may have to get the smaller size that is suitable for your pup and then replace it with a larger size as your pup grows. The key to crate training is that it has to be small enough that your pup will not want to potty in one side and sleep in the other. Smaller is better unless you are continuing on with the litter box training that has been started here, then a larger crate that would fit a litter box would be suitable. Crates to the left are a bit heavier duty than the ones on the right but with heavier construction comes a bit higher price.
Other grooming products that can make my life easier.
NuVet is not required for the initial 3 year guarantee of my warranty. The first 3 years, I believe the genes of the dog is the biggest proponent of a healthy dog. As they age, I believe that much of what happens with a dog healthwise is based more on the food provided and environment that the dog lives in. The owner's upkeep has a great impact on the long term health of their pet and NuVet is a good resource to help maintain that good health. If a new owner consistently gives NuVet from the time they get their new pup, their health warranty will be extended an additional 2 years. In the interest of full disclosure, when people order here through my website or use my order code, I do get credit for it and it gets put towards discounts on NuVet for my own dogs.
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