Best Puppy Training Program – Dog Trainer SHOWS You How in Step-by-Step Videos

The best puppy training program is called, “Project Moses.” It was created by professional dog trainer, Doggy Dan for his dog training website, The Online Dog Trainer.  You can read my review of The Online Dog Trainer HERE.

Best Puppy Training Program

Best Puppy Training Program

Best Puppy Training ProgramSo How Do I Train My Puppy?

Well, the great news is that it’s not complicated, especially with the help of Doggy Dan’s The Online Dog Trainer video website.  One of the latest and most exciting additions to the website is Project Moses. For anyone who has a new puppy, this is a must. In this part of the site, Doggy Dan has taken an adorable new puppy named Moses and videoed every stage of his training from eight weeks old right through to one year old, and those videos are all available on the site. It’s so fun and exciting to watch.  You can see Moses learning all of the commands, and growing into quite an amazing dog. This project in itself is such an incredible concept, that it could be the only training he offers and it would still be priceless.

For people wanting to train a puppy, nothing compares to this. 

Nothing.

Take a look at this sneak-peak video of Doggy Dan and Moses in action!

Best Puppy Training Program

Best Puppy Training ProgramDog Obedience Classes

Before you get hung up on going to dog obedience classes to learn how to achieve popular doggie tricks to impress your friends and family…honestly…we spend so much time and effort focusing on how to do commands such as sit and stay but rarely focus on the really important stuff.  Think about it – has a dog ever been put to sleep (yes, I am talking about euthanization) because they didn’t do a proper sit? Or because their down command was a bit slow? Or because they didn’t stay? Of course not. Yet that’s what we all learn at puppy school!

The important stuff, like handling aggression, for example, aren’t taught at dog obedience classes. More dogs are put to sleep for aggression, barking, growling, and challenging than for any other reason.  There is nothing more dangerous than an out of control dog, pulling you along on the leash, ignoring you when you call them. Never mind the danger to themselves, children, neighbors, strangers, or around cars and other dogs.

Learning how to train a puppy is a safety issue – for you, for your family, for people around you, and for the puppy.

Best Puppy Training Program Characteristics of a Perfect Dog

Most people’s idea of a perfect dog would include all of the following five behaviors:

Calm around all animals, including other dogs.

Friendly to people, including children.

Relaxed and obedient at home.

Always comes when called.

Walks nicely on a leash.

You Can Achieve All 5 of These!

Best Puppy Training ProgramGo to The Online Dog Trainer website and check it out! There’s just no better way to learn how to train your puppy than to watch a professional dog trainer trainer doing it week after week, with a puppy of his own! And please, let me know how you make out and what you think of Doggy Dan!  Debra

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Making a Schedule for Your Puppy – Consistency is Key!

I think the best way to explain the importance of making a schedule for your puppy is to tell you about a little boy named Erin who came to visit at my house when I was a kid.

making a schedule for your puppyErin’s home life wasn’t great.  His parents made very little money, and to make things worse, his dad was a full blown alcoholic which, of course, caused unending turmoil and upset in the household.  As a result, Erin and his two siblings didn’t receive much consistency in their lives in the form of discipline, routine, security, or even proper nutrition, for that matter.

My parents were friends with Erin’s parents.  My mom and dad often tried to help Erin’s parents.  Once summer when they came to visit, Erin was having so much fun with my brother, Bill, that he asked if he could spend the night.  Erin and his family lived about two hours away, so my parents agreed to him stay the week and agreed to take him back home the following weekend.

Erin quickly became a part of our family’s routine.  My mom encouraged (ok, MADE) us brush our teeth each morning, put our dirty clothes in the hamper, help set and clear the table at dinner time, help with the dishes.  At bedtime we were to put our pajama’s on, brush our teeth, get a drink of water – and we had a specific bedtime.  My mom quickly realized that Erin was enjoying all of this.  He actually asked her one night, “Is it time to brush our teeth?”  Compared to his unstable environment at home, this very regimented way of life was a welcome and reassuring change for Erin!

Making a Schedule for Your PuppyChildren Need a Routine – and So Do Puppies!

I think the most important thing you can give your puppy (besides love and affection) is consistency.  They need to know what to expect next.  If they have no routine, and everything is different every day, and nothing is ever the same, nothing is ever repeated, nothing is ever regular, then they will be living in chaos and it will result in upset, insecurity, fear, anxiety – whereas regular, consistent routines result in a calm, confident puppy.

Making a Schedule for Your PuppyWhen to Start to Establish a Routine for Your Puppy

The best time to start establishing a daily routine for your puppy is…AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!  As soon as you bring your new puppy home, he should be able to start counting on things.  If you’re consistent, he’ll learn much more quickly what is expected of him, and when.  A routine will also help to establish you as the pack leader (see my article, Best Way to Train Your Dog) – which is crucial to effective training and having a well-behaved dog.

Making a Schedule for Your PuppyEstablish a Regular Feeding Schedule

Having regular feeding times will not only help your puppy to have a sense of security, of knowing his needs will be met (that he won’t go hungry), but it will also help with potty training because his food intake will take place on a regular schedule.  Small puppies should be fed three times per day, then twice a day once they get older.

For more information about feeding your puppy, read my articles:

Feeding Your New Puppy – Proper Puppy Nutrition

Best and Worst Foods for Your Pet

Making a Schedule for Your PuppyMake Potty Times Consistent

Potty training your puppy isn’t always easy, but establishing a schedule for this right from the beginning will definitely help (as will this article, Toilet Training a Puppy).

Always take your puppy to the same place to go potty – ideally a spot in the yard that’s not too close to the house/door/patio.  Never leave your puppy unattended outside when he’s young.  And even when he’s older, make sure you’re keeping an eye out while he’s outside.

Taking your puppy outside first thing in the morning, after each meal, then right before bed is a good habit to get into.  And again, he’ll appreciate the routine and knowing he will be let out again soon.

Most important for potty training – consistency!

Making a Schedule for Your PuppyProvide Play and Exercise Regularly

Playtime and exercise should be a regular part of your puppy’s daily life.  Not only to keep him physically fit, but to aid in his growth and development.  Playtime and exercise will benefit your dog all through his life – from the first few months of life where this time is spent doing things like leash training, basic obedience, etc., – all the way up to his golden years.  Not to mention the added benefit to YOU of it tiring the puppy out so he’ll sleep at night!  LOL

Making a Schedule for Your PuppyEstablish a Consistent Bedtime Routine

You should, as a family, decide where your puppy will sleep, then be consistent with that.  I think once your dog gets older, you can allow him to choose where he’d like to sleep.  Our poodle, Pepi, for example, would take turns sleeping with each of us kids each night.  He’d come into my room, jump on my bed, and sleep a while.  Then he’d jump down, walk down the hall, jump up on my sister’s bed, and sleep with her a while.  Then…you guessed it…he’d leave her room, go to my brother’s room, and sleep with him a while.  Did he ever sleep with my parents?  NO!  My mother would’ve never have allowed a dog on her bed!  LOL

I’ve had an animal of one sort or another in my bed since childhood.  (Go ahead…make the jokes…Ha!)  Seriously, every cat I’ve ever owned has slept in bed with me, and several dogs. I even snuggled up one night in (a twin!) bed with my parents’ Doberman, Nicki.  But when they’re little, you really do have to give them one spot to sleep in, and be consistent in enforcing that.  At their young age, they really need the consistency of sleeping in the same place every night.

The Best Puppy Training Advice

I can’t possibly end this article without telling you about an online dog training website called The Online Dog Trainer, where professional dog trainer, “Doggy Dan” has a video series called, “Project Moses.”  Doggy Dan films himself training his new puppy, Moses, from when he gets him at 8 weeks old, all the way up to when Moses reaches one year old.  Check out this video:

I love Doggy Dan.  If you’d like to see more of the 250+ training videos on The Online Dog Trainer website, CLICK HERE.

In the meantime, enjoy your new puppy!  I personally think dogs are one of the biggest blessings we could ever receive. They’re all joy, and all love.  Be good to him and love him, and your rewards will last a lifetime!

If you have any questions or if you’d like more information, please feel free to comment below (I’ll respond!).  Debra

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Importance of Socializing a Puppy

The Family Dog BannerThe importance of socializing a puppy cannot be overstated. Socializing a new puppy means helping him learn how to interact with people, other dogs, cats, as well as getting used to sounds, sights, smells and environments. The world is a very big place to a tiny little puppy, so it’s all a lot to take in! It’s important for puppy owners to take an active role in socializing a new puppy to ensure not only that your puppy remains safe, but also to ensure the puppy has a healthy understanding of the world around him. How he feels as a puppy – specifically, whether he’s calm and confident, or nervous and scared, will dictate his happiness level for life. Your spending the time to help your new puppy take his place in the world will create a lifelong bond between the two of you and create a happy life for him!

Importance of Socializing a PuppyWhy is Socializing Your Puppy Important?

Socializing your new puppy will make it far more likely that he will grow into a relaxed, enjoyable dog.  If he is comfortable in a wide variety of situations, he’ll be more likely to behave well and not be fearful or aggressive. It’s much easier to have a dog who is relaxed about things like other dogs, kids, vet visits, and crowds than to have a dog who is fearful of (or worse, aggressive toward) everything. Well-socialized dogs live a much more relaxed, happy, peaceful life than dogs who are always stressed out.

Importance of Socializing a PuppyWhat’s the Best Age for Socializing a New Puppy?

Most people don’t get a puppy until he’s at least six weeks old, unless you happen to be the owner of the mother as well.  Regardless, puppies are most open to new experiences between 3 and 12 weeks old. After about 12 weeks, they tend to become more cautious about new things. After about 18 weeks, it becomes very difficult for them to be comfortable with new things. So the sooner you start, the better!

Importance of Socializing a PuppyWhat’s Involved in Puppy Socialization?

Socializing a new puppy requires exposure to places, experiences, sounds, people, dogs, cats, children…Basically, the puppy needs to be exposed to anything that’s going to become a part of his daily life. Depending on your lifestyle, things your puppy needs to get used to might include children playing, crowds, cats, other dogs, a crying baby, grooming, vet visits, car rides. Consider your own surroundings to create a list of things your puppy will need to get used to. It’s impossible to expose your puppy to absolutely everything he’ll ever come into contact with in his life, but the more basics you cover early on, the easier time he’ll have later getting comfortable with new things.

Importance of Socializing a PuppyMaking Socialization Comfortable for Your Puppy

The most important thing about socializing a new puppy is making sure that the situation is never overwhelming for him. You’ll need to take ques from your puppy to figure out what he’s comfortable with, and what he’s frightened by.  Some puppies, for example, are fine walking into a huge crowd of new people, but other puppies might need to be introduced to smaller groups, or just one or two new people at a time. Whatever you’re exposing your new puppy to, the trick is to keep a close eye on him and pay attention to how he’s reacting.  And always follow up a new socialization experience with lots of praise and a special treat!

Importance of Socializing a PuppyWhat If My Puppy Gets Scared?

If your puppy appears to be frightened by the socialization activity you’re exposing him to, the best thing to do is slow things down.  For example, if your puppy gets visibly frightened upon approaching a large group of people, back off a little and let him observe the group from afar for a few minutes before approaching. If your puppy seems to be afraid of your larger, adult dog, again, let him keep his distance and observe the other dog before he has to be nose-to-nose with him. The same goes for cats, children – basically anything new.  Let your puppy dictate the pace, and don’t force him to interact until he’s comfortable.  A little nervous is OK, but frightened is not.

https://youtu.be/0fbFpP74tWMDisease Risk and Vaccinations During Early Puppy Socialization

First, to learn about which vaccinations your puppy needs and when he should receive them, read this article, First Time Vet Visit for Your Puppy.  Puppies are not fully protected against diseases if they have not been vaccinated.  Since puppy vaccinations take place over a period of time, it’s important to take steps to ensure your puppy’s safety in the interim.  You can and should start socializing your puppy as early as possible – but at the same time, make sure you’re taking these steps to reduce his risk of infection.

Socialize your puppy with other puppies.  Take advantage of opportunities to socialize your puppy in environments like puppy classes, where the risk of infection is minimized. Puppy socialization classes offer safety in that the puppies are required to have certain vaccinations before entering.  Also, older dogs who could’ve been exposed to certain diseases are not present.

Don’t visit a dog park just yet.  Hold off visiting a dog part until your puppy has received all of his vaccinations. There’s no way to know whether the other dogs at the park are vaccinated or carrying disease.  Wait until your puppy is fully protected.

Stay away from high traffic areas.  Avoid visiting places where infectious diseases are more likely to be present such as dog parks, doggy daycare, common dog walking paths, outdoor festivals, and beaches.

Schedule play time with dogs you know.  Time spent with older, fully-vaccinated dogs is a great way to provide safe socialization for your puppy (but always supervise!)

Carry your puppy.  Hold onto your puppy while you walk around the neighborhood.  This will begin to familiarize him with the sights, sounds and smells of your neighborhood.  He can even get a look at some of the neighbors and their dogs before he’s later expected to interact with them.

Take your puppy to friends’ homes or invite friends over.  This is a safe way for your puppy to begin to get to know people without being exposed to outdoor dangers or other animals just yet.

https://youtu.be/0fbFpP74tWMPuppy Preschool

The reason why I refer to this as Puppy Preschool instead of Puppy Classes or Puppy Training, is because I believe attending a puppy class is a great resource for safe socialization for your new puppy.  However, I don’t believe puppy classes provide enough in-depth training that you’ll need in order to end up with a well-behaved dog in the long run.  Puppy classes will teach you and your puppy some basic obedience skills and get your puppy some experience interacting with other dogs and people. Puppy classes usually include off-leash play and play-fighting, which helps socialize puppies, teaches them to be gentle (don’t bite so hard!), and gets them used to being handled by new people. This is an excellent tool to use early on for socialization.

https://youtu.be/0fbFpP74tWMFor More Advanced Puppy Training

There’s a great resource for puppy owners called, The Online Dog Trainer.  This is a dog training website run by Professional Dog Trainer “Doggy Dan.”  On this website, you’ll find more than 250 step-by-step videos on how to train your dog!  Doggy Dan has a full Puppy Training Series called, “Project Moses,” where he shows weekly videos from the time he gets Moses at 8 weeks all the way up to when Moses is a year old.  This is truly the best, most valuable dog training you’ll ever receive – a professional dog trainer starting with his own brand new puppy! Check out this video:

For More Training Videos by Doggy Dan, CLICK HERE.

 

importance of socializing a puppyMore Help with Socializing a New Puppy

We all know Cesar Millan from the TV shows, “The Dog Whisperer,” and “Cesar 911.”  I love this guy! Cesar has put together a great DVD in his Essentials of Dog Behavior Series, called “Socialization,” where he shows you exactly how dogs socialize and how to avoid unwanted behavior.  Check it out HERE.

 

Importance of Socializing a PuppyAlso check out Cesar’s website, Cesar’s Way. You’ll love it!

Importance of Socializing a PuppyFinal Thoughts

Socializing your puppy is essential for his development into a happy, relaxed, well-behaved dog. Your life will be so much easier in the long run if your dog is relaxed with strangers, gets along well with people, children and other dogs, and if he adapts easily to new things. Socializing your puppy gives him the best chance to grow into a dog who is comfortable in his environment and enjoys his life.  I hope you enjoyed this article, and I hope you enjoy your new puppy! Please comment below with any questions or puppy socialization ideas of your own!

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Online Dog Training vs Hiring a Professional Dog Trainer

Many dog owners wonder whether they should invest in the membership fees for an online dog training website, or if they’d be better off just spending the money to hire an in-person professional dog trainer. Here are some points to consider when comparing the benefits and costs of online dog training vs hiring a professional dog trainer.

cost of dog trainingCost: More Expensive Doesn’t Mean Better

Many people are willing to pay whatever it takes to get a solution if they’re having a particularly bothersome issue with their dog’s behavior.  Also, many dog owners want to make sure they are raising their puppy correctly, so they think it best to spend the money to hire a professional dog trainer to train the dog in person.

The cost of hiring an in-person professional dog trainer.  One of the problems with hiring a professional dog trainer is that you will likely have to go through more than one before you find one who you like, who your dog likes, and whose methods you agree with and are willing to follow.  Not only is this a huge waste of time, but it can get expensive very fast!  The fee for a dog trainer to come to your home can start at $50 for the first hour, and go up to as much as $500 for a couple of hours. Often trainers will insist that several training sessions will be required, so the cost ends up being far more than the initial appointment. Some trainers even claim to perform an “evaluation” of your dog then tell you your dog has a serious behavioral issue and is going to require a ton of training.  Often several expensive lessons later, your dog is no better trained than before you hired the trainer.

The cost of an online dog trainer.  Many of the dog training video-based websites have a fee of about $40 to enter the website. This gives you access to an enormous amount of information in the form of articles, audio, and videos. The popular dog training website, The Online Dog Trainer allows you a three-day trial for only $1!  This is a wonderful option, because it allows you time to check out the site BEFORE you decide whether you want to commit to joining and paying a fee.  This, in my opinion, is a very good sign.  To me, it means they have enough confidence that once you check out the site, you’ll likely want to join.

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dog trainingQuality of the Training

Unfortunately, there has been an explosion lately of dog lovers turning into dog trainers overnight.  A dog owner and a dog trainer are two different things.  Just because someone loves dogs, doesn’t mean they are able to help anyone with dog training. Some of these individuals have qualifications that aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on, and others have no actual dog-training experience at all.

The quality of in-person dog training.  There are definitely some well-qualified dog trainers out there.  But finding them is difficult.  The most important thing is to get reliable recommendations before you hire one.  One of the benefits of having a dog trainer come to visit you in person is that they’re able to meet your dog, watch and observe the dog, and this helps to personalize the training process. If they are a high-quality dog trainer, they will tailor the training to fit your home, your lifestyle, and your personality. At a price. 🙁

The quality of online dog training.  One of the advantages of using an online dog training website is that the training being offered is often far greater than what a local dog trainer can offer.  Professional dog trainers (like Doggy Dan, owner of The Online Dog Trainer), have many years of experience with an enormous number of dogs they’ve worked with.  And the training you will have access to is far more extensive.  You can, for example, have access to more than 250 step-by-step dog training videos on The Online Dog Trainer – where you get to watch Professional Dog Trainer Doggy Dan as he trains dogs right before your eyes.  How many visits to your home would it take for a local dog trainer to give you 250 in-depth lessons?  The time factor alone is huge. The volume of training available on The Online Dog Trainer website is…yep…HUGE!

dog trainingConvenience – Which is Easier and Less Time Consuming?

Hiring a local dog trainerIf you’re fortunate enough to have a highly recommended, highly trained professional dog trainer in your area who is available at times that coincide with your schedule, then hiring an in-person dog trainer might work for you.  Unfortunately, most people work full time jobs and can barely hold down the responsibilities of house and family during their off-time on weekends and evenings.  Professional, quality dog trainers are few and far between, and even if you do find one locally, finding time to schedule dog training sessions can be difficult.

Using an online dog training website – Oh, the beauty of technology! This is the thing people love most about using an online dog training website – the ease of use.  You can log on and watch the dog training videos any time of the day or night, from anywhere in the world.  Whether you’re at work, at home, waiting in line at a store, at the dog park, in the waiting room at the doctor or dentist…the opportunities are endless when you can log on and watch the videos. Having the training videos available to you online means that everyone in your family can experience the training when they have time.  The training videos can be paused, so you can watch if you just have a few minutes, or you could sit and watch training videos for an entire evening or afternoon if you wish.  Not to mention you don’t have to get the whole family together if the dog trainer is coming to your home, nor do you have to get the dog in the car (kids in tow as well if you want the full benefit of the training) – and drive to and from the dog training center.

dog trainingSupport – Do they help you if you have a problem?

Some dog trainers will allow follow up in the form of another visit from them, or making themselves available for a phone call from you.  But it’s usually not included in the price and costs extra.  This can be problematic if you have questions or issues after the training session(s).

With The Online Dog Trainer, there is a forum where you can ask questions and receive answers.  You can even take a video of your dog misbehaving and submit it for the dog trainer in the forum to look at to get a better understanding of the problem you’re having.

dog trainingDo Your Homework Before You Choose

Whichever option you decide to go with, do your homework first.  Get referrals, talk to people who have used that particular dog trainer, and read the testimonials.

My Recommendation

There are excellent professional dog trainers available all over the country.  But honestly, to be fortunate enough to find one near your home is unlikely. And driving your dog to pet training centers is time consuming and stressful for both you and the dog.  The training you receive, due to time and budget constraints, is usually very minimal, and unfortunately, often ineffective.

In my opinion, nothing beats the quality and quantity of training you can get when you join an online dog training website.  The ease of use is reason enough to choose this option.  You can get the training on your own schedule, and at your own pace, and most often for far less money. Support is available to you 24/7, and the volume of training is extraordinary. Nothing compares to being able to watch a professional dog trainer train dogs via video, at your convenience and absolutely anywhere! And you get to pick the topic – you simply choose the training video that addresses the issue you currently need help with!

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Deciding to go with The Online Dog Trainer is easy when you consider the four areas we’ve discussed here:  Cost, Quality of Training, Convenience and Support. You can enter Doggy Dan’s website for three full days for $1.  CLICK HERE to read my review, then enter the site and go ahead and check it out for three days – watch as many training videos as you like!  Then, if you decide you like the site and would like to continue receiving training, you can sign up for a membership. But you are not obligated!

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You will not find a better dog training website than The Online Dog Trainer in all four areas of Cost, Quality of Training, Convenience and Support.  The site is easy to use, provides exceptional training, and offers you the chance to ask questions that are answered by Doggy Dan himself. With more than 250 training videos available, I can promise you’ll find the solutions you’re looking for. This is real, quality training that results in real, long-term success!

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If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below! Debra

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Best Puppy Training Methods – FREE One Hour Video Webinar with a Professional Dog Trainer

People Loving Animals is proud to let you know about this one-hour long video webinar with professional dog trainer, “Doggy Dan” from The Online Dog Trainer.

Turns out learning how to raise a perfect puppy is easier than we thought!  We hope you enjoy “Raising the Perfect Puppy and Beyond.”

In this Free Puppy Coaching Session, Doggy Dan covers…

How to avoid stress and frustration by understanding how to STOP and PREVENT these 3 common problems:

Mouthing and Biting: Why puppies do this and how you can prevent it. Also, what to do when you are seriously under attack and the most powerful way to stop it.

Training Puppies – Terrible 2’s? Why so many perfectly behaved puppies seem to turn into nightmare dogs at around 10 months of age – and how it’s so easy to prevent!

Getting your Puppy or Dog to Walk Nicely on Leash! The number one reason that puppies and dogs are trouble on the leash and the solution.

The Best Puppy Training Advice

You’ll be excited to know that there’s lots more puppy training by Doggy Dan at The Online Dog Trainer.   Doggy Dan has a video series called, “Project Moses”  where he films himself training his new puppy, Moses, from when he gets him at 8 weeks old, all the way up to when Moses reaches one year old.  Check out this video:

 Best Puppy Training Methods

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Checklist for a New Puppy – Preparing Your Family

Bringing home the new puppy is a very exciting time, but it can be quite an adjustment for the people and pets already living in your household.  Minimizing everyone’s stress is the key to making the introduction of your new family member a smooth one.  Follow this checklist for a new puppy to make your puppy’s homecoming a success!

Checklist for a New PuppyIf You Have Cats

The new sounds, smells and activities that come with bringing your new puppy home can feel like a stressful whirlwind for cats.  Reducing stress for your cat is important.  There are two important things you can do to accomplish this:

Provide a Cat Sanctuary: Make sure your cat has a way to avoid being cornered by the probably-ridiculously-enthusiastic new puppy.  You don’t want your cat to be frightened by the puppy or worse, injured or harmed.  And you don’t want the puppy to experience a very painful and bloody cat scratch across the snout! A good way to prevent this is to use baby gates – which a cat can easily jump over to escape, yet the puppy cannot.  Another option is to install a cat door to a laundry room or basement that allows an escape for the cat (as long as the puppy can’t also fit through it). Other things such as cat furniture, otherwise known as “carpet trees” work well because the cat can jump out of reach of the puppy.  If your kitty has a way to escape, he’ll be less fearful and more willing to check out the new pooch.

Don’t Force Things: Never force a meeting between the puppy and your cat.  Let things happen naturally, when each animal is ready.  Both will likely be beyond curious about the other – they’ll check each other out as they feel comfortable.

Checklist for a New PuppyIf You Have Other Dogs

Some dogs will welcome a new puppy immediately, but others may need more time to adjust.  Follow these tips when introducing your new puppy to an older dog already living in your household:

Common Ground: Always make the first introduction of your new puppy to your dog on “common ground,” such as a living room area, away from food bowls, favorite sleeping spots or toys. This will prevent any “my territory” issues.

Put Safety First:  You should have your dog and the puppy on leashes, under your control, during the first introduction.  Even as they begin to make friends, you have to be careful that a larger dog doesn’t play too rough or try to intimidate the puppy and cause harm or fear for the puppy.

Watch the Body Language: Watch your dog’s body language closely when introducing your new puppy. If your dog is showing signs of being uneasy, like cowering or tucking his tail between his legs, stay relaxed and have him focus on you, offering treats when he glances at the puppy. The distraction will help him to relax, and food/treats always turn a nervous situation into a positive one for dogs. Also watch for any aggressive behavior by your older dog.  I strongly suggest you read this article, How To Read Dog Body Language.

Don’t Leave the New Puppy Home Alone: For safety’s sake, and you should never leave your puppy home alone with other household dogs until it has been established that they get along well.  For the first few weeks at least, put your puppy in a safe place – possibly in a separate room with a baby gate.

Checklist for a New PuppyIf You Have Kids

It’s very sweet to watch children with puppies.  However, it’s important to take steps to make sure both the children and the puppy are safe while they play.

 

Get the Kids Involved!

Checklist for a New PuppyThere’s a website called TheFamilyDog.com that specializes in dog training for kids!  They have videos, fun activities, games, puzzles – all kids of fun ways for kids to learn to train the new puppy!  You can read my review and find out more information about it HERE, and check out this video to see how fun they make it for kids!

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Here are some ways to give instruction to small children regarding the new puppy:

“Stay quiet like a mouse – if you’re loud, it might scare the puppy.”

“Touch gently” – show them not to pull the puppy’s ears or tail and to touch softly.

“Leave the puppy alone” when he’s sleeping or eating.

Remind small children often of the “puppy rules,” as young children can easily forget!

Older Children

Instruction for older children might include:

“Sit quietly on the floor and let him come to you first (offer treats!)”

“Don’t chase or throw things at the puppy.”

“Don’t grab the puppy’s fur, face, ears or tail. Be gentle.”

“Don’t sit on, lie on or jump onto the puppy!”  I remember when i was a kid my mother would use this:  “How would you like t if I did that to YOU?!”

Supervise

As your puppy adjusts to your family, he’ll become more and more comfortable playing with the kids.  However, parents should ensure the children’s safety as well as the puppy’s safety by always supervising playtime to prevent injury or abuse from occurring.

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I found a website called, The Online Dog Trainer, run by professional dog trainer, Doggy Dan.  The website consists of more than 250 step-by-step videos covering every dog training issue you can think of.  But what I love most, is that Doggy Dan put together an entire puppy training section called Project Moses, featuring step-by-step videos of him training his puppy, Moses – from the time he picked him up at eight weeks old, all the way to one year old. Here’s what I’m talking about:

If you’re getting a new puppy, the smartest thing you can do is sign up for

Doggy’s Dan’s training website.

 

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How to Get Ready for a New Puppy – What to do Before Bringing Your Puppy Home

Bringing home the new puppy can be so fun and exciting, but just like when you’re welcoming a new baby, there are some important preparation steps to take before your new puppy arrives! Preparing for a puppy requires thought, and most certainly a to-do list, but it’s easy if you just plan ahead. Here’s how to get ready for a new puppy.

How to Get Ready for a New Puppy Checklist for a New Puppy

If you’re getting a new puppy, chances are you’ll bring him home when he’s between six and eight weeks old.  Up until then, he was with his mother and his litter mates, developing his senses of sight and smell, and also beginning to learn basic social skills.   Now he’s ready to venture out into the world and it’s your job to make sure his journey starts in a safe, healthy place with people (you and your family!) who know how to properly care for him.

A lot needs to be done before bringing your puppy home, but don’t get stressed out.  Use this article to make sure everything is in place before the big arrival day!

How to Get Ready for a New Puppy Puppy Proof the House

You should actually get down on all fours and crawl around your house, seeing things from the puppy’s eye view.  I know this sounds silly, but you’ll be surprised how many hazards you don’t realize are there!  Look for things like sharp edges that can cause injury, and things that your puppy could get ahold of and either chew/destroy or worse, choke on. Also look for things that your puppy could eat.  Puppies love to put absolutely everything in their mouths, so you need to make sure anything he can get in his mouth is out of reach.

You should also make sure things like bookshelves and televisions are secure so they won’t topple over.  Puppies have been injured and even killed by large items falling on them.

Also secure trash cans so the puppy cannot get into the garbage and make a mess, or eat something he shouldn’t. Remember there are several foods that are poisonous for dogs.  Make sure you and your family members are knowledgeable about this so you don’t feed your puppy anything that’s bad for him, and take steps to keep him out of the garbage so he doesn’t consume anything by accident.

How to Get Ready for a New Puppy Get Food and Water Bowls

Pick food and water bowls that are appropriate for your puppy’s size. You will need to upgrade as your puppy grows.  Make sure your puppy has enough water, but be careful not to fill the bowl to the top because puppies tend to step on the bowl and spill it, and they also tend to dunk their noses in a bit too far until they learn to drink from the bowl. Putting the puppy’s food and water bowls on a towel in the beginning will help reduce any messes.

Ceramic bowls are easily cleaned in the dishwasher, but are easily broken. Aluminum and hard plastic are more durable choices. I like bowls that have a rubber gripper-bottom so the puppy isn’t pushing the bowl all over the kitchen floor! You can get them cheap at Walmart.

How to Get Ready for a New Puppy Get a Crate

The crate will be your puppy’s den, so select one that will grow with your puppy. Size-wise, it should be just big enough for your puppy to turn around in, stretch out while lying down and stand up without bumping his head- but not so big that he can pee in one corner and then lie down in the other!

You can buy a dog crate at department stores such a Walmart, but I have found better prices for new-in-box crates on Ebay.

How to Get Ready for a New Puppy Do Crate Training

I like the dog training website, The Online Dog Trainer, for help regarding any sort of dog or puppy training.  The website is run by professional dog trainer, Doggy Dan, and there’s always a step-by-step video on whatever training issue you’re concerned about.  Here’s one of Doggy Dan’s videos on crate training.

 

I personally feel every dog owner should be a regular visitor to The Online Dog Trainer website.  The information found there is endless, and priceless!

How to Get Ready for a New Puppy Get a Baby Gate (or two or three…)

Make use of baby gates to keep your puppy out of off-limits or dangerous areas of your home, and most importantly away from the stairs.  You can purchase baby gates at department stores, or sometimes cheaper on Ebay.  Amazon also has a large selection of baby gates. You may not always need baby gates – once your dog grows older, you’ll probably need these less and less.

How to Get Ready for a New Puppy Get Some Toys

This is the fun part!  Offer your new puppy a variety of toys until you learn what he likes.  Some puppies prefer stuffed animals, others prefer hard rubber toys.  Some prefer rope toys, balls, or toys that squeak. Give him some choices and have fun seeing what his favorites turn out to be! Choose size-appropriate toys made for puppies.  Their teeth aren’t as strong as older dogs – puppy toys are safer for them.  And remember, there is no 100% safe toy, so always monitor puppy playtime to prevent ingestion or choking.

Providing the right toys for your puppy can help save your stuff from being destroyed by the puppy, and also help keep your puppy safe from things he shouldn’t be playing with.  The toys can also be useful tools in training your puppy.  For example, if your puppy goes for your coffee table leg, offer a chew toy instead and praise him for chewing on the appropriate option!  You can find a new selection of puppy toys at Amazon.

How to Get Ready for a New Puppy Get Some Puppy Training Skills

One of the biggest mistakes people make is getting a puppy without knowing the first thing about how to care for a puppy, or how to train a puppy.  It saddens me so much when I hear about someone getting a puppy, then returning it to the pet store, breeder, SPCA or shelter because the puppy got out of hand.  And worse, then I realize a puppy is being either abused (yelled at, hit), or stuck outside in a dog house because its owners didn’t know how to train it.

Puppies, just like babies, are hard work.  They’re little tiny babies brand new in the world, just like human babies.  They know nothing.  They have to be taught things just like everyone else.  My hope is that after reading this article, you’ll get the training you need to have a happy, healthy puppy.

How to Get Ready for a New Puppy A good place to start is a website called The Online Dog Trainer.  It’s run by professional dog trainer, Doggy Dan, and contains an entire section called “Project Moses” where Doggy Dan posts weekly videos giving step-by-step instruction on how to train a puppy – from eight weeks all the way up to a year.  Watch this video to see what I mean:

Isn’t Moses so freaking cute?  Honestly – I can barely stand it!  The Online Dog Trainer is really a fantastic tool for dog owners.  You can check it out HERE.

how to get ready for a new puppyGet the Kids Involved!

Getting the kids involved in training the new puppy will be an essential part of having a healthy, happy home and life for both the new puppy and your entire family.  TheFamilyDog.com makes it fun!  They have a complete dog training program for kids called, Peace.Love.Kids.Dogs. You can read my review and find out more details HERE.

How to Get Ready for a New Puppy Get Pet Health Insurance

A mistake I made was not getting pet health  insurance for my dogs and cats when they were babies.  I waited until they were older and starting to have health problems – and by then their issues were considered pre-existing conditions by pet health insurance companies and weren’t covered.  I suggest getting pet health insurance while your pet is young.  Not only will the premiums be way lower, but you’ll have coverage for the life of the animal.  You’ll save thousands (and thousands and thousands) of dollars over your pet’s lifetime by purchasing pet health insurance – not so much in the early years when they’re healthy – but when they get older and their vet expenses are out of this world!

I’ve compared pet insurance companies and the two I think offer the best insurance for the best price are Embrace Pet Insurance and PetPlan.  You can get more information about help with vet bills HERE. Trust me on this – getting pet insurance while they’re young is something you won’t regret.  For more information, read my article, Is Pet Insurance Worth it for Dogs?

Enjoy Your New Puppy!

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I hope this article has given you some help in preparing for your new puppy.  I personally feel dogs are a precious, priceless gift from God.  They’re all LOVE.  I’ve had dogs since I was a kid and they’ve provided me years and years of love, companionship, entertainment, laughter, joy – they are truly a wonderful addition to our lives.  And because of all they have to give to us, we owe it to them to educate ourselves so that we know how to provide the best life we can for them.

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Being Pack Leader of Your Dog – You DON’T Have to Be Aggressive!

In this article I want to explore two very important questions about dog training. First, is it really necessary for you to be the pack leader? And second, is a pack leader supposed to be aggressive?

Being Pack Leader of Your DogThe Answer to the First Question is YES

Dogs are pack animals.  They are leaders and followers.  It’s simply how dogs work! The pack leader makes the decisions, and the followers follow. Simple. Being the pack leader is the best, most loving, caring, thoughtful thing you’ll ever do for your dog.  They NEED this from you.  It’s what will allow them to be a calm, relaxed, happy dog for their entire lives. Is that reason enough? If you’re looking for easy ways to train a dog – this is truly the best way!

Being Pack Leader of Your DogThe Answer to the Second Question is NO.

Is it necessary to beat your chest, shout, and smack your dog in order to become the pack leader? Absolutely not. And what most people don’t realize is that even in your home, you form a pack.  The members of the pack are you, your significant other, maybe children, other dogs, or a cat.  Regardless of who makes up your family, make no mistake – your dog sees all of you as members of the pack.  And in his eyes, there is always a pack leader, and the pack leader is responsible to make all the decisions.

Is the Pack Leader Aggressive in Their Behavior?

The thing to realize is that the best pack leaders are calm and consistent. They are firm but fair, there is no screaming, no hurting, and no need for smacking. All those things that used to be associated with being the pack leader many years ago are old-school approaches. Old-school dog training used to teach that you needed to physically dominate your dog. It involved a lot of force and confrontation which would often turn ugly. The newest and best dog training focuses on teaching people how to actually win their dog’s mind in a calm and gentle way, so that their dog accepts them as the pack leader through choice, not fear.  By learning how our dogs see the world, we can communicate clearly to them in a way they understand.  There is no need for fear or aggression in training.  If you are struggling, then chances are what your dog needs is to see you as the pack leader.

So Why is This So Important to Know?

Because if your dog doesn’t see YOU as the pack leader, he’ll assume the role himself.  Do you know what a huge responsibility that is to lay on your poor dog? They’ll be aggressive, nervous, anxious, barking all the time, not socializing well with other dogs or people – the list of behavior problems is enormous when a dog thinks he has to be the pack leader.  He is convinced it’s HIS job to protect the pack.  And believe me, he’d much rather have YOU as the pack leader!

Now, in many homes there are dogs who are just too happy to please. They simply do as you ask without any questioning. They are easy to train and the owners are convinced that it is all due to how good they are as owners.  But the fact is, it usually has nothing to do with how good the owners are – some dogs are just easier to train than others.  However, if you have a difficult, very smart, driven dog, then you have to know what you are doing and the messages that you are giving your dog. The secret to training these types of dogs (and most dogs, really) is  to ensure that YOU are the pack leader in the home. Only then will they listen to you. If you are struggling, I can promise you that the best way to train your dog is to become the pack leader – it’s the first thing you need to do.

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I have discovered a fantastic resource which shows you how to become the pack leader in the most effective, gentle way. It is a dog training website run by professional dog trainer, Doggy Dan.

 

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If you want to discover the most amazing dog training website which explains how to become the pack leader,  then visit The Online Dog Trainer.  This site offers a 3 day trial for $1!  With over 250 videos, including live consultations in people’s homes, the site explains very clearly how to become the pack leader.  The simple steps are clearly laid out for you to follow. The site is quite fascinating.  It even has an entire section dedicated to puppy training, and another to stopping unwanted behaviors. I recently visited the site and was amazed at the content and things I learned. If you are serious about having a well trained dog that you can be proud of, then I fully recommend that you take a look at the site now.  And please, come back and comment below to let me know what you think of Doggy Dan!  Debra 🙂

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How to Train the Dog to Come When Called – Training Your Puppy To Come at the Park

Seems like it ought to be simple.  You call your puppy and they come to your feet, then you reward them with a treat and that should be it.  That happens, what, about 20% of the time?  The other 80% of the time we end up chasing our puppies all over the park, shouting their name as they run away from us. Sometimes it seems like the only way to get your dog to come running is to just sit and wait until they get tired and want to go home.

Actually, learning how to train the dog to come when called every time can be quite easy. Anyone can do it. Like anything though, you need to know the secrets to success.  The reason that it goes wrong is that there are some very simple and logical steps that have to be followed when training your puppy to come.

How to Train the Dog to Come When CalledSo Here is One of the Most Important Steps

Do not chase your puppy! That’s right. The last thing you should do is chase your puppy if they do not come.

Sounds simple, but so many people do it.  You call your puppy and they run the other way.  So you move closer, calling their name. And that’s the big mistake!  You are now chasing your puppy.  So what are your options? Well, the first option is to consider keeping your puppy on a leash until you’re sure he will come.  Pretty simple, right? If he is not going to come when you call him, then maybe you should not let him off the leash.   The second option is understanding how to turn, walk away from your puppy, then call THEM so that they then chase YOU!

This is perfectly demonstrated by Professional Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan in the following video:

Getting your puppy to chase you is easy when you know how.  As you can see in the video, it really works.  Unfortunately, very few people are shown these steps at dog obedience classes.

How to Train the Dog to Come When CalledDoggy Dan’s dog training website is called, The Online Dog Trainer.  This website has more than 250 videos, where Doggy Dan shows you step-by-step how to train your dog.  The website covers absolutely every dog training issue you can think of!  And the coolest thing is – Doggy Dan has a video series on the website where he adopts an 8-week old puppy, Moses – then films every single step of his training Moses right up until Moses is a year old!  And you get to see every step of the training. And what’s more, Dan gives you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days!

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If you are looking for help to train your puppy or to learn how to stop unwanted dog behaviors, then my recommendation is this: don’t waste any more time or money on other trainers or books. Get real value for your money and learn the dog training methods that WORK.

How to Train the Dog to Come When CalledIf you are interested in seeing these amazing training videos, then take a look inside Doggy Dan’s video website, The Online Dog Trainer with a $1 trial for 3 days, by CLICKING HERE.

And you can thank me later!  🙂  Debra

 

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How to Stop Your Puppy From Peeing in the House

Puppy toilet training problems:  Is there anything worse?

You take your puppy outside 75 times a day. Each time, he stands in the grass looking at you with a confused look on his face.  You give up and take him inside…and he pees on the rug.  UGH!  Is there anything more frustrating? Surely, puppy toilet training should not take this long or be this hard, right?  Yes, you’re right.

Here’s the Thing

There’s no magic potion, but there are a ton of tricks that will make housebreaking your puppy way easier and faster – and you probably aren’t using most of them. Most people don’t do these things because they don’t know about them – nobody ever explains how important these little things are when you’re learning how to stop your puppy from peeing in the house.

These toilet training tips are all simple and logical.  Here’s an idea of what I’m talking about:

1. Stay calm.

The first thing that you have to realize is that you are responsible. You can’t blame the puppy for not being toilet trained and take your frustrations out on them.  Getting angry, shouting at your puppy, being annoyed, will not encourage them to relax and follow your commands. Imagine trying to go pee with an angry, frustrated person standing over you. It’s just not a good situation – for the puppy, or for you.

And please forget all that crap (no pun intended!) about rubbing a dog’s nose in it to show them not to do it again.  Not only is this old-school and out of date, it’s just plain dumb.  All this does is teach your dog to eat poop.  Gross?  Yes.  So cut it out!  People who do this sort of thing have completely missed the point. Think about it…why do you think your puppy pooped in the house? Because they needed to go. They were holding on, probably bursting. And if the door was shut and there was no way for them to go outside, then what do you expect? When you rub your puppy’s nose in it, he’s still not sure where he’s supposed to go.  He poops again. You rub his nose in it.  And he’s still not sure where he’s supposed to go.  Get it?  You have to show them where to go.  You need to train him.  That’s why it’s called toilet training.

2. Stay focused on the goal.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when toilet training a puppy is they take their eye off the goal too soon and get mad at the puppy when he makes a mistake.  The secret is this – keep rewarding your puppy with amazing treats every time he goes in the right place.  That’s right – every single time.  With amazing treats.  For a long time!  Nothing will motivate him faster than rewarding him immediately after he has finished. Notice I said immediately.  Not 30 seconds later – it should be more like 2 seconds.  Otherwise, your puppy will not make the connection – if even 30 seconds pass, he won’t understand that receiving the treat has something to do with his peeing on that spot in the grass.  But if the two happen almost simultaneously – again and again and again – he’ll get it!  “Pee Pee Here and Get Treat!”  THAT’S PUPPY LOGIC! Unfortunately most of us will reward for a week or two and then stop. We forget, get bored, or can’t be bothered.  Try leaving a jar with treats outside by the area where you want your puppy to pee so you’ll always have them on hand.

3. It takes time.

Remember that puppies are very young. They are still learning and it will take time. Anyone with children will tell you that toilet training takes time and patience.  Sometimes it takes children up to three years to accomplish this.  Your puppy is what, 8 weeks old?  16 weeks? Children can’t even lift their own heads at that age, yet we get frustrated with our puppy that he hasn’t mastered toilet training by that age?   The fact is, your puppy is perfectly normal, just like you were when your mother was still changing your diaper and cleaning up after you 2+ years in.  Give the poor puppy a break!  Focus on the successes and learn to quickly forget the mistakes.  Keep going with the training techniques and you and your puppy will succeed…just like you and your mom did. 🙂

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When it comes to puppy toilet training, there are so many things to think about that you can’t know on your own. You need to be told the secrets before toilet training becomes a problem. The best place that I have found to learn about puppy toilet training AND ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ELSE HAVING TO DO WITH DOG TRAINING is a website called, The Online Dog Trainer.  It’s run by professional dog trainer “Doggy Dan,” and even offers a 3 Day $1 trial of the site.  Honestly – check it out.  If you have a puppy, it will make your life so much easier if you just get the training NOW so you can easily and quickly train the puppy and end up with a wonderful dog you can have a happy, calm life with.  Don’t makes things hard on yourself.  Go to this website and get the help you need!

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Here are a few tips to give you an idea of what’s available on this website.

– What to do during the night, and when you’re at work to prevent accidents.

– Setting your puppy up to win so that he can’t make mistakes.

– Why some older puppies regress at four months old and how to get them back on track immediately.

– Older dogs. Why dogs who are several years old can suddenly start peeing in the house and how to stop it.

– Crate training. Everything you need to know about crate training your puppy if you choose to use that approach.

– Plus tips and advice on everything having to do with toilet training such as cleaning up the mess, feeding, watering and toileting schedules.

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As you can see, learning how to housebreak a puppy is a big topic. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article, and I hope you’ll visit Doggy’s Dan’s website to get a handle on your puppy’s toilet training sooner rather than later. Remember, Dan gives you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days!

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And please, comment below to  let me know how you make out!

Debra

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