How to Forge a Bond With Your New Puppy

"Penny, 'come'."

You’ve seen them. I know you have…person and dog walking down the street totally in tune with one another; the dog gambolling through the woods who upon hearing,’Come’, speeds off to his person, the dog who sits patiently on the sidewalk while his person has a lengthy chat with a friend… That kind of interaction is hard to imagine right at this moment as you look at the peeing, pooping […] Read more »

Training Puppy Leash Walking…the Payoff!

Strolling in the 'hood!

Keyword #1: training Keyword #2: puppy Keyword #3: leash walking #1 Training The first time you put a collar or harness on your new puppy, it’s very likely he will indicate immediately that he’d like it off. It’s new, it feels funny. In a short while, puppy doesn’t even notice it’s there. The first time you snap a leash on that collar or harness, puppy probably sees it as a […] Read more »

“My Dog Can’t Be Left Alone!”

Happily Home Alone!

Your new puppy probably spends almost no time home alone…at least in his first few weeks with you. That’s great. However,if you don’t get him accustomed early on to being happily on his own, could happen you will have a very unhappy puppy the day you all have to be gone from home. Puppies learn everything easiest and most quickly between birth and 16 weeks of age. That’s the time […] Read more »

Leash Walking Your Pup…Pain? or Pleasure?

Not this!

Are you fed up with being towed down the sidewalk? Have you pulled and prodded a dog who refuses to move? Not at all what you imagined when you decided to get a puppy, huh? Changing your pup’s  behaviour is simple. It will take time and effort on your part though and the best way to change any unacceptable behaviour is by developing a relationship with your pup. You want […] Read more »

The 4 Keys to Success in Training Loose Leash Walking

Loose leash walking takes practice

Patience, persistence, clear communication and love… Following is a little story about patience. Discover all the tips you’ll need to train your new puppy to walk nicely on a leash on my FREE webinar I thought patience was simply about waiting for a desired result or outcome. I  have learned that patience is a lot more than merely waiting. I learned that patience is not passive. I believe that patience […] Read more »

“My Dog Won’t Share…”

That’s right. Dogs don’t share. Neither do they ‘borrow’ from one another as we humans do. Possession is 9/10ths of the law in the dog world. Even an adult dog will not confront a puppy with a bone and overpower the puppy to have the bone. Oh yes, the wanting dog may indeed distract the bone-holder and once the puppy or other dog is distracted, grab the bone. That’s the […] Read more »

How to Prevent Destructive Puppy Chewing

"Not my slipper!"

Puppies chew. Dogs like to chew.  Humans don’t.  Is that why we  get so angry when we find our favourite pair of sandals in tatters? Or a new pair of hiking boots with gnawed tops? I often say to new puppy clients with children, “Your puppy will teach your kids to put their things away faster than anything else I know!” Puppies explore with their mouths; their noses are super […] Read more »

Prevention Trumps Fixes…train your puppy early

"Nooo... don't leave me!"

  Would you rather prevent or fix? Prevention trumps fixes every time! Puppies are so darn cute! If they will be small dogs fully grown, somehow that seems reason enough not to train them to do anything…including potty outdoors. Funny though how the cleaning up of tiny piles of poop becomes tiresome over time and the small yellow spots on your carpet eventually become an eyesore. I haven’t ‘got it […] Read more »