Puppy Preparation


Consider the recommendations and decide what fits your home and setup. Preparing in advance is ideal so you can begin the training immediately and consistently.  Puppies typically will not potty where they sleep so give them a bed and a place to potty and you are on the right track.  Confinement is good to a certain point depending on how many hours they are left confined. Crated in a smaller crate through the night makes sense so that they will whine to let you know they need to potty because they typically don't want to potty where they sleep.  If it's too big they will go to one end or the other and potty and lay at the other end.  


Most crates come with a divider which allows you to start with a small area and move it gradually as they grow.  

(1) A small crate (18 in ) can be placed by your bed so they know you are close by which will comfort them and when you hear them whine you can take them outside or to the area where you keep their pee pad.  (2) If you are a hard sleeper or just don't want to get up a night a medium crate (30 in) or larger can still be placed near your bed designed for them to be able to sleep in one area and allow a pee pad area for them to go potty if needed.  

if you can elevate the crate level with you while sleeping so that your puppy can see, smell and touch you.  If he/she cries you can put your fingers in the crate to sooth and calm the puppy that you are right there by their side.  Some may use this crate also for the vet and on trips or you may prefer to leave it there and have a light weight bag or car seat set up for quick appointments and traveling. 

Midwest iCrate 18" 24" 30" Single Door with divider Under $20.00.  The double door is also an option for about $10.00 more. 


PET AREA IDEAS:  Place where you spend the most time

Below are ideas for a confined area with more room for your puppy which serves the purpose of "crate training" and allows you to leave your puppy for longer periods of time.  There is enough room for a potty pad area at one end and their bed, food and water at the other end.  


Richell Expandable Pet Crate

Crate and tray expands from 35.4" to 60.6" wide (adjustable to 11 different widths); sliding wire door. Google, Amazon etc. 


Seabreeze Petite Pens 

A Lightweight exercise pen. Black vinyl wire coated panels custom fit for any size. Edge guards on top and bottom.   

I started with 6 panels which will make a rectangle so that you can put a pee pad at one end and their bed, food & water at the other end.  However this can also be made into a circle if you prefer.  24" wide panels, 18' high because this works for most Maltese.  They typically don't try to get out of it.  If you feel more comfortable with a taller one you can go higher than 18" or consider adding on the lid that can be ordered extra.  Waterproof padding sold separately and for the shape you wish to use for set up.  You can order both shape pads and shape your area 2 different ways if needed.  





Rubber Flooring Inc. Dry Deck floor tiles or Dri-Dek Floor tiles from Revivalanimal.com, Petedge.com  - placed over a pee pad and it helps keep paws dry. You can purchase from me for $10.00 each.  Amazon - Blyss Pets Klean Paws $29; Amazon - Artificial Grass Bathroom Mat  $28; Amazon - Floor tiles $5.99, Artificial Grass ideas - Amazon  

Dog Training Doorbells

The best way to teach your dog to tell you when she needs to go out by teaching her to ring doorbell. This is best taught after your dog seems to prefer to go outside to potty and you would like to give her a good way to communicate that to you. This works especially well for dogs who only have a few accidents or have accidents by the door. Teaching your dog to ring doorbell prevents her from needing to resort to such uncivilized behavior as scratching on the door or barking to tell you to let her out. These are Pet Heroic Dog Doorbells found on Amazon for $9.99


I feed and recommend NutriSource "Grained" Puppy Food Small Bites until 1 year age.  At 1 year I feed Adult Wholesome Grains Small Bites (Puppy food PROVIDED IN YOUR TAKE HOME PUPPY KIT) On-line or search for locations near you.


Small Breed Puppy       Small Breed Adult 



Small healthy treats such as Old Mother Hubbard but don't over treat them as puppies need their dry kibble puppy food for their daily nutrients. There are so many on the market so look for healthy treats and stay away from red dyes.  The NuVet daily vitamin I recommend which is part of 1 Year Health Guarantee can act as their treat as well.


I recommend offering Butler Schein Dental Chews (petite), which contains dual-enzymes for oral hygiene and should be available in the dental section of  your local VET or online at Amazon.  

Butler-Schein or Similar Dental Enzymatic Chews


Best Bully Sticks - 6 in Odorless

Shadow River Lamb Ears



NuVet Plus Wafers. Breeder referral only.  Not sold in stores. Can act as a daily treat. This is an immune booster. (STARTER PACK PROVIDED IN PUPPY KIT) On line or call direct 800-474-7044, Breeder Code #10077.



Small to medium Slicker brush with soft pins, Amazon -


Amazon has a grooming kit for Small Dogs – Safe and Sharp scissors with rounded tip. Shears and pet grooming comb in set. $14.99

I especially like a small face comb and I feel is used everyday.  


Whitening shampoo will keep the coat white and Oatmeal will condition the coat and skin especially in the winter (Alternate these). I like trying different brands and don’t recommend one over the other.  It is recommended to bathe your Maltese every couple of weeks and fully groomed at least every four (4) weeks.



I recommend a harness rather than collar for safety reasons.  View fabrics at Mr Wags to special order your desired fabric. I keep cute male and female designs on hand if you want to purchase directly from me or you can pick a fabric and I can have them make it for you for $25.00.





Puppies generally have 28 temporary teeth called puppy teeth or milk teeth that start coming in at about four weeks of age. They generally fall out between 14 and 30 weeks and are replaced by 42 adult teeth. 

Puppies who are teething may eat slightly less and chew more. Hard rubber or chews made especially for dogs are a good investment to prevent household damage (or your ankles). 

Even though the puppy teeth don’t normally last long enough to have any serious problems. It’s important to get your young puppy used to a dental care regime. Gently reach into his mouth and rub his/her gums and teeth. This will get them used to having someone’s fingers in his mouth and will make future dental care much easier.  I use a soft cloth or a kids toothbrush. 

Use toothpaste that is specially formulated for dogs. These come in a variety of dog-friendly flavors. NEVER use human toothpaste. You can purchase in your own local vet, online or a PetSmart or PetCo. C.E.T. or Enzadent Enzymatic Toothpaste; Complete Oral Care Spray or Gel.


If puppy teeth linger much longer than 30 weeks (7-8 moths), ask your vet if these need to be removed. Doing so in the same appointment as the spay/neuter will keep from going under anesthesia twice.



The Company of Animals - Pet Corrector

  • The Pet Corrector Stops: Barking, Chasing, Stealing, Jumping Up and Place Avoidance
  • It works by emitting a hiss of compressed gas to interrupt a dog's unwanted behavior
  • It is used and recommended by trainers and behaviorists throughout the world
  • The inert gas has no smell, and is totally safe and works on most animals including cats, horses and more
  • Free training guide, featuring tips and easy to follow instructions included in every pack

Found on Amazon for approximately $11.00



Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid toy dog.  

  • Reduces negative behaviors resulting from anxiety, such as whining and barking, through natural instinct, not medication
  • Recreates intimacy with physical warmth and a "real-feel" pulsing heartbeat which eases crying, loneliness and separation anxiety in pets
  • Helps puppies transition to their new home and sleep throughout each night
  • Disposable heat pack lasts 24 hours and is safe for people and pets
  • Pulsing heartbeat lasts up to two weeks of 24/7 use with two AAA alkaline batteries (included)
  • Easy to clean, the Snuggle Puppy is machine washable with the heart removed

Found on Amazon for approximately $40.00