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!

If 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.

If 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.

If 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 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!

the family dog check out the programYounger Children

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?!”


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.

Checklist for a New PuppyGet Training

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.


Checklist for a New Puppy

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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. 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!

How to Get Ready for a New Puppy

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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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!

How to Train the Dog to Come When Called

How to Train the Dog to Come When CalledRaising a Puppy Isn’t Difficult When you Have the Right Advice.

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. 🙂

Online Dog Trainer LogoKnowledge is Everything.

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!

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.

Online Dog Trainer LogoGet the Help You Need.

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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How to Train a Puppy to Behave – Don’t Make This Huge, Costly Mistake!

The Biggest and Costliest Mistake Puppy Owners Make

Want to know how to train a puppy to behave? Don’t enroll your new puppy in puppy pre-school, puppy training classes, puppy obedience school…it’s the biggest and costliest mistake puppy owners can make!  Right now thousands of puppy owners around the world are enrolling their new puppies in these types of (expensive!) classes, in the hopes of ending up with good, well-behaved dogs who are safe and under control.

How to Train a Puppy to Behave Obedience Classes Aren’t the Answer

But what if I told you that attending all these classes and spending hundreds of dollars on puppy training techniques does NOT guarantee you’ll achieve this?  What people learn at puppy obedience school is how to get their puppies to follow commands in a controlled environment.  There is some socialization, which is great if it’s done right. But the really important information about training a puppy is usually completely overlooked.  Understanding, for example, that learning to be seen as the pack leader by your puppy is crucial in preventing serious issues from arising to begin with. What you need is a method of training that is effective when they are young and then continues to work as your dog grows into adulthood.

How to Train a Puppy to Behave One of the best sites where you can watch and learn about these really important topics is Doggy Dan’s video website,  The Online Dog Trainer. On this site, you can actually watch professional dog trainer, Doggy Dan, raising his (absolutely freaking adorable) puppy, Moses, from eight weeks of age right through to eight months and beyond. Check out this video:

How to Train a Puppy to Behave

Here is a Classic Example of a Lady Who Spent Hundreds of Dollars on Puppy Training and is Now Looking for Help:

Here is her email to The Online Dog Trainer website:

“Hi.  I got a little puppy for my 30th birthday last year who, for the most part, has been well behaved. I took her to two puppy schools and training classes.  She did very well and was a quick learner.  However, she’s about 15 months old now and over the last few months, her behavior has gotten worse. Here is a list of what I’m dealing with at the moment:

– Barking and growling.  She is constantly growling out the windows at nothing.  Anything can set her off – birds, the neighbors, trees moving, dogs, kids toys on the lawn next door, anything!  Once she starts barking, she gets fixated on it. This is her biggest problem and it is extremely frustrating not only to us also our neighbors. 

-When she wants attention, she will nip at me. It hurts!

– She doesn’t seem to know how to relax.  She seems unable to occupy herself and is constantly following me around.

– We can’t leave her outside by herself because her barking just won’t stop. 

Poppy has a sweet personality, but the barking and attention seeking is very frustrating and I would very much like it if she could relax and be happier.  Please, can you help us?

Thank you.

Christine Wakefield and Poppy”

How to Train a Puppy to Behave It Would’ve Been So Much Easier to Prevent This in the First Place

In following up with this lady, it was discovered that the total cost of training so far for this puppy was close to $500! Now she was wanting help to stop the following serious issues: BARKING, FIXATIONS, GROWLING, CAN’T RELAX,  NIPPING FOR ATTENTION, FOLLOWING EVERYWHERE. So…what was the point of puppy pre-school and puppy training?  Getting the dog to sit and stay? So much time, effort and money was spent on training this puppy to sit, lay down, and stay, yet look where the owner ended up. What was missing is that nobody taught this new puppy owner the importance of becoming the pack leader, and this is the real cause of ALL of these issues.  When a dog thinks that they are the pack leader, they will bark to protect the property, they will follow their owners around to protect them…it all links back to becoming the pack leader and relieving your puppy of that responsibility so they can relax and enjoy life knowing that you are in charge. Training your puppy to understand commands should be a part of puppy training, but it certainly shouldn’t be the main focus.

Don’t Wait Until Things Start to Go Wrong.  Prevention is Easier than Cure!

Doggy Dan’s website covers all dog training and dog behavioral problems.  Dan offers a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that YOU can take advantage of!  I suggest the next thing you do today is take a look at the site! It has everything you could ever need to know about raising a puppy – it’s a video diary of a puppy growing into a fantastic dog!

How to Train a Puppy to Behave So if you want to save hundreds of dollars,  want to get the training right first time round, and avoid all the hassle and stress, then I suggest you sign up now for Doggy Dan’s 3 Day $1 trial of The Online Dog Trainer, the complete dog and puppy training website.

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How to Get Puppies to Quit Biting – The Biggest Mistake You’re Making!

After reading this, you’ll probably never think about puppy training in the same way again. Hopefully you’ll start to look at training issues through your puppy’s eyes – and that’s when you’ll start to understand them.

Millions of puppies are taught by their owners to gently mouth their fingers and hands. This is the most common mistake people make with puppies when it comes to mouthing, chewing and biting. That’s right, we are training our puppies to do something that we don’t want them to do later on! How odd!

And yet, this is what we do – we teach our puppy to “gently” mouth, “gently” bite…when the fact is we shouldn’t be encouraging them to mouth or bite at all!  It’s not us (our hands, specifically) that our puppies should be chewing on!

How to Get Puppies to Quit BitingHow to Get Puppies to Quit Biting

• Always provide your puppy with chew toys, or other stuff to chew on (could be a piece of wood)

• From the very start, encourage your puppy to leave your fingers and clothes alone – OUT of their mouths!

• If your puppy mouths you, redirect them onto something else.  For example, replace the finger he’s chewing on with a chew toy!

• If they continue to mouth you, then place them on the floor and give a little yelp noise to let them know that their sharp teeth can hurt and move away

• If they continue to mouth you or your clothes, take them calmly and quietly and place them into timeout for a minute or so.

Now, There’s a Couple of Things to Remember

First:  When your puppy is only a few weeks old, you should give them several chances if they do accidentally mouth you. It’s really around the five-month-old mark that you must no longer tolerate any mouthing at all.

Second: When you call your puppy to you, make sure that you have something in your hand to put in their mouth. If you don’t, you are setting them up to fail. Humans give affection through our hands but puppies and dogs tend to use their mouths more so they need something to mouth when you are cuddling them!

Third:  The last tip is this:  When your puppy starts to mouth you and ignores the chew toy, stay calm and place them on the floor. Do not start saying “No!” or “No Bite!” in your most superior voice. (Another very old school training technique). This will only get them more excited… that’s the last thing you need!

Understanding your puppy is the key to developing an amazing relationship with them. When you’re able to see things through their eyes, you’ll start to see how your actions make them feel.

How to Get Puppies to Quit BitingWhere To Get More Puppy Training Techniques

I learned these tips from professional dog trainer, Doggy Dan’s video website The Online Dog Trainer. If you check out the site, you’ll see it includes a video and a section on mouthing.

Even more exciting is that Doggy Dan has a video series called, “Project Moses.”  Doggy Dan adopts a beagle puppy named Moses at 8 weeks, then does weekly training videos with Moses all the way up to 1 year old.  You get to see the entire training process!

Click HERE to see Doggy Dan’s puppy training program


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Best Puppy Training Videos- Turning Your Puppy into the Perfect Dog

There’s a lot of talk about how to train a puppy with the hope of ending up with the perfect dog. It’s what we all want, but is it really possible?  I think the possibility of there being a perfect dog is about the same as the possibility of there being a perfect person – zero chance!  But…there is hope!

How to Get Puppies to Quit BitingSo What’s the Trick?

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.

So 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.

Inside this website is an amazing collection of videos showing you exactly how to achieve this kind of ‘perfect’ dog.  Doggy Dan has filmed the training of his puppy, Moses, from when he got him at eight weeks old, to his growing up for an entire year.  In the videos, he presents a series of lessons for Moses each week that needed to be learned at that particular stage of the puppy’s life. So you get to watch a professional dog trainer train his puppy all along the way.

Once your puppy is fully grown, the site covers every type of dog problem that you may face later on. There are in-depth videos on health, food, behavior and training. Doggy Dan’s website is truly amazing with over 250 videos showing you exactly how to achieve those five important behaviors I mentioned earlier… and much, much more!

Check Out The Online Dog Trainer Here

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!

Online Dog Trainer LogoGo to The Online Dog Trainer website and check it out!  And please, let me know how you make out and what you think of Doggy Dan!  Debra

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How to Stop Your Puppy from Jumping Up – Correct This While They’re Young

Learning how to stop your puppy from jumping up is something you need to do early on.  Puppies jump when they are little to get attention, and also in the wild to lick their mother’s face to try to get food.  You need to show your puppy that he will not get attention, or food, by jumping up.  The puppy jumping up on you or your guests may not seem so bad, or possibly even seem cute, when they’re small.  But when the dog has grown to full size, it becomes a real problem!

Train Puppy to Not Jump On People

If your puppy is jumping up, simply turn and walk away. Ignore your puppy, no eye contact, no speaking and no touching (I know…it’s breaking your heart!) Continue to ignore, and then after your puppy has calmed down, wait for five minutes, then call your puppy to you.  If your puppy does not stop jumping, isolate him by either leaving the room or by putting the puppy in another room. I know it seems mean – like you’re hurting the puppy’s feelings – but you need to send a very clear message that jumping does not equal attention.  Jumping does not equal attention. Jumping does not equal attention – see what I mean?  Consider the puppy’s little brain – just a few weeks of life experience under his belt – believe me, the little guy needs you to be clear. He wants nothing more at his young age than to please you, and he can’t do that if he doesn’t understand what you want.    If you consistently refrain from giving attention of any kind when the puppy jumps up, he’ll understand what you want and he’ll stop doing it.

Puppy Jumping Up on Visitors

If your puppy is jumping on your visitors, then ask them to do the same thing – ignore the puppy – turn away from the puppy, walk away from the puppy. It may also help if you hold the puppy by his collar or leash until he calms down, then release him. Repeat this process – hold him back, have visitors ignore him – until he understands, again, that jumping does not equal attention.

Puppy Jumping Up When You Are Getting Ready for a Walk

If your puppy is too excited and is jumping up on you when he knows he’s going for a walk, try putting the leash down and wait for ten minutes or until your puppy is calm, then try again.  It is important, even though you may be ready to go for the walk, that you don’t rush it!

Important Points to Stop Your Puppy From Jumping Up

  • Do not speak.  Stay calm and do not say a word when your puppy jumps up. Remember your puppy is seeking attention.
  • Jumping up is not his way of saying I love you! Jumping up is attention-seeking behavior, nothing more.
  • Space is very important to dogs.  If you allow them to invade yours whenever they want, they will lose respect for you.
  • It’s ok to give attention only when the puppy is calm and not jumping up.
  • Teaching the puppy the “sit” command may also help. Getting him to sit, instead of jumping up, is an option.

Two Common Mistakes

Inconsistency.  Don’t slip and give attention while the puppy is jumping up.

Making Eye Contact.  Making eye contact invites your puppy to continue what he’s doing – in this case, jumping up. So don’t make eye contact – focus on something else.

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For more information on puppy training, visit The Online Dog Trainer.  This is a fantastic website, run by a world-famous dog trainer, that has step-by-step videos for every training issue you can think of!  Click here for more information.

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What is the Best Way to Potty Train a Puppy Fast? Here’s the EASY Way!

When a baby needs to go, they go. And so it is with puppies! You have to get them outside before they pee inside. That is your job! If you fail, then there’s nobody to blame but you. So what is the best way to potty train a puppy fast?  Follow these steps and you’ll be successful!

What is the Best Way to Potty Train a Puppy FastHow to Show Your Puppy Where to Pee

The best way to show your puppy where you want them to pee is to show them the correct place. The best way to do this is to take them out when they need to go and then praise them when they go. You will be amazed how quickly they will learn if you give them an amazing treat for going in the right place. Think of it like this: if the treat is a little piece of cheese, your puppy will start looking for the cheese after only a few pees in the correct place. He’ll remember – it’s true!

What is the Best Way to Potty Train a Puppy FastYou Have to Take Them Out Often – A Puppy’s Bladder is Very Small

At a very young age, eight weeks or so, a puppy’s bladder is very small and they can only hold on for sometimes 30 minutes or so before they may need to go again. So you must be vigilant.

After a meal, puppies will often need to go within 60 seconds so always take them straight outside. You should also take them outside as soon as they wake up, and also the last thing at night before bed.

What is the Best Way to Potty Train a Puppy FastBe Consistent with Commands

Associate a word that everyone in the house sticks to such as, “go pee-pee!” This way your puppy will start to hear the word and know what it means.

If your puppy does not go when you take him outside, then be aware that he may still need to relieve himself soon and restrict his movement to a smaller area that is easy to clean until he is taken outside and actually goes.

What is the Best Way to Potty Train a Puppy FastNever Rub His Nose in It!

You should never rub a puppy’s nose in it to teach it a lesson. A puppy’s nose is 1000 times more sensitive than a human’s and this will never teach them not to do it again. They will simply not know what they did wrong and do it out of sight the next time – such as behind the couch – to prevent getting the same punishment again.

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There are lots more tips and tricks that can assist you. These are the real basics. Take a look at The Online Dog Trainer for more fantastic advice about how to stop any puppy issue. The Online Dog Trainer teaches every aspect of dog training with simple, step-by-step videos. They give you a 3-day trial for only $1 so you can see everything before you decide to sign up.  Watch this video where professional dog trainer, Doggy Dan takes us on a personal tour of the site!

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