What To Put In A Doggie Day (Diaper) Bag?



I remember leaving the house with my new little Angel Baby for the first time. Panic set in as I wondered if I had all the things I could possibly need to take care of him till we got back home.  It turned out that even with diligent preparation I was still caught without what my baby needed! One little trip turned into an unexpected day trip that I hadn't prepared for.  Now, I know that it can happen to anyone at anytime. Always carry a well stocked doggy day (diaper) bag when you go away from home with your precious Angel Baby!

I want to help you feel well prepared so let’s get into the complete list of what to pack in a puppy day (diaper) bag.


DOGGY DIAPER BAG ESSENTIALS:

Sweater - little ones get cold easily & quickly. Also, a snug sweater calms a nervous or unsure one.

Blanket - this can be used for so many ways. Wrap puppy in, cover, put in purse to lift puppy up, etc..

 Heat Pad

Heat source - keep your baby warm with a snugglesafe heat pad that stays warm up to 10 hours without having to be plugged in. Your baby craves heat especially when it's cold outside.

Pee pee pads - your baby will usually be trained to go potty on a pee pee pad on command wherever you put it by the time your pick him up from me. You can even put the pad on your lap. Be sure to keep some in your bag.

 Nutracal

Nutra-cal - A high calorie nutritional suppliment used to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Low blood sugar is caused by using more energy than puppy has (playing too hard, or too long), not eating when food is needed, high stress situation or anything that causes baby to use up energy quickly. It's good to have several tubes of this in varying places.  I use it on my adults too. Sometimes that won't eat or can't eat and need nutrition.  This is what I turn to. It's thick and comes out of the tube like toothpaste.  Put a ribbon on your index finger, open their mouth and quickly put it on the top of their mouth.  They will eat it cuz it tastes good!

Bottle of vanilla Ensure - I have found Ensure to be a lifesaver so many times.  It's an easy, quick meal on the go and they love it. I always keep Ensure on hand!

Brush/comb - ya never know when a photo op will present itself. :)



Kibble - a sandwich bag with some hard kibble is a great treat on the go.

Bowl for water/kibble - I use bottled water. Make sure you always have some available for your little one all the time.

Bottle of water - see above

Dog Treats - if you have a special treat for your baby be sure to have some in the bag.

Chew toy/pig ear - prevent teething while on the go by having something "legal" for him/her to chew on.

Dog Toy - ya, they love to play anywhere.  You'd be surprised how many times for play come up on a simple outing.



Wet paper towel in sandwich bag - This is needed for many reasons, either for them or you.

Leash - be sure your puppy is always leashed when out.  Never forget how many people would love to literally snatch your baby right out of your arms! Keep him tethered to you.

Large & small plastic bags for potty disposal - I keep a few bags to pick up potty messes and a bigger one to throw trash into.

Hand sanitizer - germs are everywhere!

Hand lotion - sanitizer can be rough on hands.

Snacks - keep a pick me up snack in there for you.  What good is anything if you run out of gas?



By being prepared I am also able to save money.  I have what I need for my little one when we are away from the house or caught out for an extended period of time.  A new puppy is much like a new baby.  It is always a great idea to be prepared!

Are Diaper Bags Necessary?

Short answer is yes. Consider it your new mom purse. Unless you plan on carrying all of the non negotiable items I mentioned earlier in your bare hands, you will need a way to transport it all. Life is going to throw a lot your way when it comes to outings with your baby. Now that you're all prepared, go and make sweet memories without worries! 


What Is The Difference Between A Male Vs Female Angel Baby



"Which sex makes a better pet, male or female?"  That is a question I hear most often from people seeking the perfect pet.  There are inherent differences in personalities between our male and female Maltese, but either sex will make a wonderful and enjoyable pet.  Here is some information that we have learned from our dogs on the subject.



In the dog pack hierarchy females are usually in charge. They determine the pecking order and compete to maintain and/or alter that order.  The females are much more intent on exercising their dominance by exhibiting alpha behaviors.



Males on the other hand, are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive and more apt to seek attention.  They are very attached to their people.  They also tend to be less moody.  They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children.  Most boys are easily motivated by food and praise, and so eager to please that training is easy.  However, males can be more easily distracted during training as males prefer to play, play and play.  No matter what age, he is most likely to act silly and present more puppy-like behaviors.



The difference in size between the sexes is minimal if bred correctly.  Males can exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as "humping" or "marking" and lifting their legs, but boys who were neutered early usually don't ever raise their leg to urinate unless they mimic other in-tact male dogs marking and copy them.



Female Maltese left in-tact may also mark their territory.  They may lift their leg, or simply squat to urinate, but it may still be territorial marking.  This is natural instinctive behavior within the Canine world to ensure preservation and continuation of the species.  Spay and neuter your dog early to prevent these behaviors from developing.  Follow the guidelines and recommendations offered by your Breeder & Veterinarian.



The female Maltese will usually come to you for attention but when she has had enough she will move away.  The males will always be ready for your attention and always wanting more.  Females are generally less distracted during training as she is more eager to get on with it and get it over with so she can return to her comfy spot on the couch.  The female can be more cunning and resourceful in getting their own way.  She is much more prone to mood swings.  Unless you spay your female, she will come into heat twice a year.  Seasonal heat can be a nightmare, lasting three to four weeks and drawing every male dog in your neighborhood to your door.  During this time she can leave a bloody discharge on your carpets, couches, or anywhere she goes.  She will be particularly moody and emotional during this time.  A walk outside during this period can become hazardous if male dogs are in the vicinity.  She will also leave a "scent" for wandering in-tact males to follow right to your door, where they will hang out and wait days for her return.



Many people love having a little girl to dress up and fuss with her hair. I have to admit, it is fun! The puppy may be opinionated about what she does and doesn't like. My little one refuses to wear bows in her hair!



On the other hand, little boys love to romp in the yard, at the beach, in the mud, with Dad, really, wherever!  I love to take my boy to Home Depot to "man him up" lol. Dad's like having their "son" nearby during the big game. It's a "guy thing" I think.



It is our opinion that when spayed or neutered, either sex will make a wonderful and loving pet.



How To Create Your Own Disneyland

Without further ado, let's get started with all aspects of creating your own Disneyland!

What Will You Set The Cage On?


The recommended cage is 36" by 24". The entrance door to the cage is in the center on the 36" side.  This is ideal and makes it very easy to manage everything  inside.  My cage is on a table that is at least 37" by 25" and it's about 30" off the floor. I keep Disneyland high for many reasons such as:

Easy access
Easy to see and watch puppy
Puppy can easily see me and whoever
No drafts
Puppy is a part of the family instead of being shut up in a cage on the floor
I can see how the puppy is eating
I can watch/monitor behaviors closely
I know how much puppy is playing/sleeping
I can keep pee pee pads clean and know baby's potty habits

There is room under and on top of the cage for storage that includes:

Blankets
Pee pee pads
A lined garbage can
Scale & paper to record weights
Toys
A folding pen to put puppy in during cleaning and pad changes

Location In Your House



Once you have it all together, where in your house will you put it?  I suggest putting it in a central location where you can see your puppy the most.  You want to be able to observe him or her while you go about your daily activities easily.  You want to be able to play and hold the puppy near their home. Be sure to think this out.  I suggest that you put your baby at the center of your universe. It will make a BIG difference once you take puppy home.

Do not put it in your bedroom unless you want to be kept awake at night and seclude your puppy during the day!


The Cage





This is 24" Deep by 36" Wide. There are two doors, one on the left side and one in the center of the front.  We will use the center door.  You can find everything on this page at this link on the blog.

Items I Use In Caring For My Puppies & Where I Got Them


It is recommended to cover the entire cage EXCEPT the front with either a blanket or sheet for several reasons:

Keeps out drafts
Decreases stimuli & distractions that will stress your puppy
The puppy will focus on you
The puppy will feel safer
The puppy will be able to sleep without fear of unexpected things happening around them

If it helps your puppy, you can put a blanket or sheet over the front at night to help him sleep or when company comes over to shield puppy or when napping during the day if needed.

A Grid/Grate To Keep Puppy From Falling Out




When you open the door, your puppy will be there to greet you. You will need to find and secure a grate of some sort to put across the opening to keep puppy from falling out. I used a wire shelf with the legs poking outward secured with twist ties.  It works!  Some have used longer racks for cookies or wire shelves like I did.  Think out of the box. Hint: don't use cardboard. He or she will chew it up in a hurry! Use something that you can see through so that you can observe your puppy.

The Heating Pad


I put the heating pad on the left side of the pen (personal choice).  This is a special heating pad for several reasons.  It can be set to turn off after 2 hours or to stay on till you turned it off. You want it to stay on. Very few now a days have that option.  See the link above on my blog for where I purchased it.  The soft velour cover does not come off for cleaning so you may want to cover it with a pillow case. Put it toward the front of the cage on the left and work the plug through the wires to plug it in.  You don't want your puppy to gain access to it as he may chew on it! Mine have never done so. You will be putting more stuff on top of this.

Depending on the weather and your puppy a suggested temperature could be #3 (be sure check with your vet).  You don't want it too hot or cold. The puppy needs to be able to move away from the heat source (heating pad) to cool off if desired so be sure to keep it towards the front.  They can move to the back or right side if they want or need to. Your puppy will be very small when you bring him home and will need heat.  Even when grown, most Maltese crave heat. Adjust yours according to your vet's recommendation and your puppy's needs.

Memory Foam Pad



This memory foam pad comes in the exact size to fit perfectly. To purchase them, please see the link at the top of the page for where I list what I use and where I buy them.

This is actually a bath mat.  It's soft on top with a ruberized bottom. Perfect for our use.  They come in many colors. I prefer tan. I wash and BLEACH everything daily or as needed.  This retains its color even through bleach! It's also very comfy for baby.  Put this on top of the heating pad. NEVER have the heating pad next to puppy!

The Blanket


Next, put a soft, fleece blanket over the pad to keep it clean and create the softest and warmest place for your puppy to play and sleep.  They will spend a lot of time here.  I change mine daily to ensure cleanliness.

I get all of my blankets and toys at thrift shops.  Besides saving money, I just love buying stuff for my babies. Each "find" is a treasure!  Bring them home, bleach them and they are as good as new!  You will need several due to changing them often.

Pee Pee Pad Holder



This is specifically designed to hold pee pee pads in place.  You set the pad on the base and add the "frame" to lock it in place. It's easy to use and keep clean, just wipe it off as needed.  This and the pee pee pads can be purchased at the link above.

If your puppy starts tearing and chewing on the pee pee pads (some do) replace it with a receiving blanket (be sure to have some on hand for this reason). Don't scold puppy, keep this a happy "yes"environment always (meaning they can do what they want in their place) .

Stainless Steel Dishes


These are awesome because they attach to the side of the cage so they can't be turned over.  Be sure to place them to the back like I have them here because puppy plays mostly at the front and you don't want them playing or stepping in their food or water.  Three are needed because your puppy will need acess to a wet and dryer food plus water.  Your puppy's food requirements will be told to you at pick-up.  You will need 3 dishes.

Back Wall Of Cage


Before I wrapped my cage with either a sheet or blanket I put a bright, colorful, happy blanket across the back wall on the outside.  It makes it fun to look at and it matches all the colors of the toys.  It just seems "dull" without it.  Some call it Disneydud without the colorful back wall.

Anyway, that's my preference.  I think the puppy loves it too.  :)

Stuffed Animals


Your puppy will love sleeping on and snuggling with his or her stuffed animals!  Be sure to get fluffy ones that they can sink into.  Be sure the outside "fur" is  fluffy too.  Plush animals that aren't fluffy on the outside are not good.  Also, be sure to have at least one big WHITE stuffed animal because it reminds them of Mom (who was white). I notice that they tend to sleep on the white ones the most.  They also love having a small white one too that reminds them of their litter mates.

There is a sleeping dog in there that has a "heart" inside a velcro pouch with a battery operated beating heart.  They love "her" and think it's Mom since I have one that they are used to.  See the link above in order to get one if you'd like.

I will send home a soft blanket with Mom's scent and that of her litter mates and me to put in their new bed.  This makes their transition seamless.  They feel right at home when they get to your home immediately!

More Toys



Get some smaller toys that they can chew on and carry around.  They also love things that make noise when they do something to it.  The yellow and red toy makes noise when stepped on.  There are crinkle toys and ones with a bell in them.  I used a lot of cat toys cuz they are small and have noise to them.  Be sure that you can wash them & nothing will or can harm puppy.

Remember, your puppy will be teething so get a teething ring, some chew toys  and or something for him to chew on.  They love pig ears because they are thin and easy to move around.

Hanging toys



I put three hanging toys in my Disneyland.  They are attached to the top of the cage by rings and each toy hangs down from rings.  I hang them down the center of the cage right next to the end of the memory pad and before the pee pee pad holder.  This gives them room to play on either side. My toys are large so I use 4 rings for each so that they actually touch the bottom of the cage.  You will probably need 15 or more rings.  I buy hanging toys (see where I buy things to get yours) that have noise and crinkle sounds.  They love them!

Be sure to buy ones that are colorful.  Some people try to accessorize their Disneyland to match their home decor.  Please don't do that!  This is your baby's home.  It should be colorful and fun, fit for a baby.  Relax and have fun with your little one.  This is a center of joy!

I also hang toys on the sides and front of the inside with things they can chew on or make noise with.  Again, they love it!

A Mirror



Most puppies love mirrors.  They think it's a playmate they are seeing.  My puppies love them as you can see.  You may have to pin it on one side to keep your puppy from flipping it over as I needed to do.

Portable Foldable Pen



You will need a safe place to put the puppy in when cleaning their pen.  This handy little folding pen with a bottom is perfect.  Put a pee pee pad in the bottom and put baby in it for stress free cleaning.

Smell




One last thing is the smell of your washed toys and blankets.  I use Snuggle, Blue Sparkle scent.  Smell matters because that's the sense that they use the most at this age. So, if you want your baby to smell the same scent that he or she is used to, get Snuggle, Blue Sparkle scent  :)  It smells so fresh and awesome!!

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That's how you can create your own Disneyland for your baby. The question is, will you have one for your baby when he or she leaves mine to go home?



GO TO WHY DO I NEED DISNEYLAND?

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What Is Maltese Angel Baby "Disneyland"


What Is Puppy Disneyland?

Most people have heard that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth for children and adults alike. It's a place created for fun that's filled with color and wonder. Well, that's the type of environment I create for my Angel Babies and highly encourage you to replicate.  What you see above is a self contained 24/7 wonderland for puppies, especially small ones like the Maltese breed.


This puppy wonderland includes:

A heating pad to keep puppy warm & cozy
Memory foam pad to rest on
Soft warm fluffy blanket to lay on
Pee pee pad for potty needs
Food dishes that can't be knocked over
An enclosed pen to limit stimuli which reduces stress & anxiety
Fluffy stuffed animals that replicate their Mom and are great to cuddle with & on
Toys to play with & carry around
A mirror that puppy thinks is his/her play buddy
Chew toys for teething puppy
Hanging toys to hide behind and play with
Front grate to prevent puppy from jumping out
Colorful back wall blanket to complete the look of color and happiness





1st Day In Disneyland Video



Playing With Hanging Toys




Now that you see what it includes, ask yourself, "Where will I put my puppy when I bring him/her home"?  Your puppy will be a little over 1lb when you go home.  You can't hold your baby all day.  You also have a life apart from baby.  You cannot put the infant puppy on the floor and walk away.  Would you do that to a human baby? 



How will you get anything done while worrying if the baby is safe, has food to eat, their potty needs are met, has something to play with, is warm enough and is happy?  It is for all of the above reasons that I created this environment to meet all of those needs and more.

Here is a link to a litter of puppies being introduced to Disneyland for the 1st time



So, Disneyland is a win win for puppy's needs and yours. Never again will you wonder why you got a puppy!  Instead, my Angel Baby parents say that this was the easiest puppy they have ever had due to Disneyland!

I highly recommend that all of my Angel Baby parents create their own Disneyland for their baby. In doing so, you will have a seamless transition from my home to yours when baby comes home.  It makes all the difference for puppy when moving to a new home and bonding to new people and situations!

In the next post I will discuss all aspects of how to make your own Disneyland. There is more to it than you may think.


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