Dog House-Training, Potty Training, Housebreaking, Oh My!

Dog House-Training, Potty Training, Housebreaking, Oh My!

A common source of frustration for the puppy or newly-adopted dog owner, let’s simplify potty-training! Potty training, house-training, the traditional term “housebreaking…” It’s all the same thing, isn’t it? It means teaching new puppy (or dog) – we’ll call him Bellhop for the purposes of this article – to eliminate in some places, and not to eliminate in others. As a general rule of thumb, you can assess that your puppy can probably “hold it” for the number of months old he is, divided by two. (So a two month old puppy can probably only hold it for about an … Continue reading

Confession of a Dog Sitter…

Dog Sitter Tips

CONFESSION # 1: Sometimes I sleep with my clients.   A few years ago to make some extra money, I thought why not try dog sitting. I have three of my own, love dogs, so how hard could it be to take in a guest or two and watch them? I have since learned that someone’s perfect angel takes on the persona of Cujo once they walk out the door. When the owner looks at me and says they think it will work, I now know they mean for them. For the dog sitter the story is just beginning. Let’s … Continue reading

5 Ways to Honor Your Pet that Has Crossed the Rainbow Bridge

Honor Your Pet for the Loyalty!

Losing a pet carries with it a particular kind of grief. We watch them progress through their life so quickly from puppyhood to senior dog or kitten to senior cat at the blink of an eye.   When they are potty training or clawing furniture, their toddler stage feels like it lasts forever – but when it’s time to say goodbye it’s hard to even remember what it was like when they were babies. We see our furry family members go through so many stages of life, and as a result it feels like things go by in a blink … Continue reading

8 Things New Dog Owners Forget to Do

Dog Owners Tips for Proper Parenting and Dog Behavior

We’re sure over the course of your internet life, you came across so many do’s and don’ts for new dog owners and it causes people to get even more lost with the whole process. Everyone has their own techniques that work based on the owner and the pets. Each one is different in what training tips work. So we have come up with some things that we see pet owners don’t start training on right away. Here Are Some of the Mistakes Most New Dog Owners Do: 1. Owners Forget to Start Potty Training Right Away It’s easier to teach … Continue reading

Safe Puppy Socialization Tips to Try Out Now!

Puppy Socialization Tips for Proper Parenting

Getting a new puppy is fun and exciting but it can also be overwhelming. There are many things to do when you bring a new puppy home: finding a veterinarian; getting the right food; potty training; crate training; and getting a bed, leashes and toys. Although all of these things are important, one of the most important things you can do is to properly socialize your puppy. A puppy’s prime socialization period is from about 3-12 weeks. During this period puppies learn about the world including what objects, people and environments that are safe. During the socialization period, you want … Continue reading

Want a Puppy for Christmas? Read This First!

Want a Puppy for Christmas Read This First

Ah! A new year is upon us! Everyone is cheerful and bright this time of year. We are ready to leap forward into the new year full of promise and adventure. Maybe you are considering jumping into that new year by getting a puppy for the holidays? Perhaps you saw a cute pup that needed a home for the holidays on a rescue group Facebook page or you have been surfing the internet for breeders of your favorite breed. But I have some advice for you today – Stop! Think about how this puppy will change your life! Puppies are … Continue reading

Saving the Lives of Shelter Dogs Begins in the Home

Shelter Dogs and the Responsibility of Adopting a Dog

Overpopulation in animal shelters continues to be one of the leading causes of euthanasia in homeless dogs. What many do not know is that every day responsible pet care can help reduce overcrowded shelters, and our nations skyrocketing euthanasia rates. Animal advocacy and the potential to save the lives of dogs begins in the home. First things first, are you prepared to have a dog? Many dogs are relinquished at animal shelters because their owners are not prepared for the responsibility of owning a dog.  Before You Adopt: 1. Does Your Residence Allow Pets? Be sure to check with the owners … Continue reading

How to Raise a Doggy Superstar!

Superstar Dog: How to Train by Socialization

Two words: Early Socialization. I know, I know. Puppies need manners training and crate training, potty training and chew training, alone time training and resource guarding prevention. Those things are important, no doubt. But when it comes to your pup’s long term behavioral health and wellness, none is as important as proper early socialization. Socialization, the process of exposing a puppy to all sorts of people, places, puppies, things and experiences in a positive way, is the highest priority for raising a superstar. Socialization gives your puppy the best chance of growing up to be a confident well-adjusted dog. It greatly … Continue reading

One Thing That’s More Important Than Puppy Potty Training

Training Your Dogs at Early Stage with Proper Socialization

As a professional dog trainer, I obviously understand the need for my services and I often forget that others do not. It seems to be a common misconception that dog training services are only for those that want competing sports dogs or own dogs with complex behavioral issues. Many new dog owners do not realize they have a chance to shape their new puppy’s future – depending on when you start the training. So, When Do We Start? Puppies go through development stages, just like human babies. During the critical socialization stage, we have a chance to change how our … Continue reading