Is a Puppy Right for Your Family?

Puppy? How to Make the Right Decision and Choice for a Puppy!

I am the first to admit that a cute, roly poly puppy is almost impossible to resist! When those cute eyes stare up at you and you are bathed in kisses that have the wonderful aroma of puppy breath, who can say no? Unfortunately, too many people say yes to a puppy with their heart but don’t think about what the decision really involves. Puppies are hard work! They are equal to having a new born baby the first few months you have them. Just like with human babies, some are easy and others are beyond challenging. Because a puppy … Continue reading

What to Look Out for When Buying a Puppy

Puppy: How to Find the Perfect Puppy for You!

It goes without saying seeing as I’ve written three books and hundreds of articles on the life I share with my mine that I love dogs.   I’m like millions of other people for whom it’s a natural wish that we want to share our homes and lives with canine friends. But it can be difficult to know how best to find and buy puppies in today’s busy puppy market. The puppy business is huge and unscrupulous practices are rife, making it a terrible maze to work through, especially for novice puppy buyers. The simple answer to avoid being duped … Continue reading

Walking Your Puppy 101: How to Start Your Puppy Off On the Right Foot

Puppy 101: Training Your Puppy to Have Good Behavior While Walking

Do you have a new four-legged best friend living with you? Or are you considering adding an adorable puppy to your family’s life?   As fun and exciting as adopting a puppy can be, training them correctly is not an easy task. But with a little help, you can learn how to start your puppy off on the right foot—well, technically feet, since they have four paws. Trust us, the hard work you put in at the beginning will be well worth the reward of a happy and well-trained pup for life. Practice Leading & Handling the Leash Properly   New … Continue reading

Fluffy Puppy Turned Into a Snarking Monster? 5 Steps to Enjoying Walking Your Dog Again

Walking Your Dog and Avoid Dog Anxiety

That sweet pup who at a couple of months old was so adorable that you wanted to show her off to everyone, has gained half a year and grown horns!   She barks and lunges at every dog or person she sees – and you wouldn’t want anyone to see your dog now. So you only walk her at the Hour of the Difficult Dog. You’re embarrassed. Confused. What have you done wrong? What she’s showing is a fear reaction which can appear in adolescence. It may have resulted from not meeting enough dogs and people in her first few … Continue reading

What’s the Difference Between “Socializing a Puppy” and “Puppy Socialization”?

Socialization and Communicating With Dogs and Humans

When you get a puppy, you want to do the right thing. You talk to other puppy owners, friends, relatives, and to dog professionals such as veterinarians and dog trainers. You may read books and also articles on the Internet. Everybody’s talking about “socializing your puppy” and “puppy socialization,” but everybody has a different idea on what those terms mean. “Socialization” is not the same as “socializing,” but people use them interchangeably. There are different meanings even if you look these terms up in reference books. Let’s get the correct definition from Dr. Ed Bailey, Professor Emeritus in Animal at … 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

How to Introduce Your Dog to Your Home

Home Alone Puppy Dog and How to Train Them

Getting a dog, whether it’s a new puppy or an older dog is an exciting time. To ensure this transition goes well for you and your pet, there are a few things to plan and consider before bringing your furry friend home. Pet proofing If you already have a dog you may be fine on this front. Some dogs can jump pretty high fences, while some will dig under the fence or find even small gaps between fence posts. Some awesome dogs do all three things and it can be tricky to curb that wandering spirit. Desexing male dogs will … Continue reading

7 Fun Ways to Celebrate National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day Celebration With Man’s Best Friend

If March 23 doesn’t yet hold significance for you, it should. In 2006, National Puppy Day was started as a way to remind us of the joys and responsibilities of K9 ownership. Founded by well respected author Colleen Paige, National Puppy Day is now recognized as an international holiday! National Puppy Day was created out of a necessity to confront the worldwide problem regarding puppy mills and the conditions they provide. According to, http://www.streetinsider.com, there are “unfavorable conditions at the estimated 8,000 – 10,000 puppy mills in the nation.” Poor diet, dirty and overcrowded kennels and a lack of proper … Continue reading