I recently answered an e-mail from a mom thinking about getting her two children a puppy for Christmas. A quick review, never get anyone of any age a “surprise” puppy, and adoption is always best. So, for those of you who have decided to take the big step of adding a dog to your family, these are the 7 puppy training commandments you should know:
Your Question: Jim, My kids are in the middle of a campaign called We Want A Puppy For Christmas! I have to admit I am secretly rooting for them, but I’m not sure they are ready. They are 7 and 9. What do you think about giving a puppy to children as a gift? – […]
Bite Inhibition and Socialization. Preventing bad bite inhibition and poor socialization are the most urgent priorities when it comes to your new puppy. These things need to be worked on before your puppy is 18weeks old. Unfortunately, many owners don’t consider or think about training until the puppy is 5 or 6 months old. This […]
Of all aspects of dog ownership, house-training is the most prominent and the most important. From the first day a dog comes into his new home, there is a sense of urgency that pushes us to house-train him as quickly and thoroughly as possible. However, just like any other kind of training, house-training requires patience, […]
It’s puppy season! Bringing home your new puppy is very exciting. There is so much work to be done! Be prepared for some sleepless nights, lots of patience, and some hard work. Two of the most common misconceptions that new owners have are: (A) The new puppy understands language and (B) The new puppy already knows how they are expected to behave in a home. A puppy, just like a human baby, must be taught everything.