Tips for puppy dog health and training

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dog puppy breederThere are several ways to acquire a puppy. Choosing which way is often financially or even politically motivated. Below are some details that may prove useful to you in deciding where to get your new puppy.

Shelters/Rescue Groups

Adopting a puppy is perhaps the noblest way to acquire a puppy. It is also usually the least expensive. Most shelters and rescue groups do charge an adoption fee but after considering that vaccinations, de-worming and neutering/spaying is usually included, you will likely find it the most attractive option for your budget. In addition, most shelters and rescue groups want to find the best home for the individual puppy so they are motivated to find one that will fit perfectly into your circumstances. They even typically do behavioral analysis on their pups to help give you a good idea of what personality you are getting before you get it.


Buying from a breeder is a very good way to ensure you get a quality pup (although there are never any guarantees). It is often the most expensive option. Now, we aren’t talking about back yard breeders that will sell to anyone with cash in hand. We are talking about responsible breeders. What’s the difference and how can you know?

Well, you have to do your homework. You might want to start on the internet but ultimately you will probably want to ask for referrals by reputable veterinarians or trusted friends or by contacting local breeding clubs.

Pet Stores (brick and mortar or online)

Although pet stores are often the most convenient way to buy pets and are typically moderate in price range, most organizations that focus on the humane treatment of animals will advise against it. This is because pet stores often get their puppies from puppy mills, which are notorious for shady breeding practices and deplorable living environments. It may require a lot of research to find a pet store that does not buy from puppy mills as they usually go to extreme lengths to conceal this fact.

Buying or adopting a puppy is a big decision that you will have to live with for the next 10-20 years so it never hurts to put some extra time and thought into where you will get your next puppy.

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house training puppy dogHelping your puppy dog be house trained (a.k.a house broken) can be challenging. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Problem: My puppy goes potty in the house.

Solution: Most puppies have a tendency to think that the world is their toilet. If you don’t share their bohemian point of view on this then you might want to train them to signal you when they have to go. How?

First, install a little bell near the door (not on the door). Then, shortly after your pet has finished eating and drinking, lead them to the door, ring the bell, take them outside and tell them to “go potty.” If you do this consistently then soon they will associate food and water with bell – door – outside – potty. After a while, they will be ringing the bell themselves to indicate to you that they are ready to go outside for potty.

[NOTE: If your puppy continues to have accidents in the house, avoid the temptation to rub their nose in it and spank them. This is confusing to them since a dog will typically associate the smell of bowel movements with that location and possibly increase the likelihood of another undesired incident.]

Problem: My puppy is chewing up everything in sight.

Solution: Assuming your puppy isn’t “teething,” it is likely that they are just lonely, bored or experiencing some separation anxiety. Spending ample time with your puppy and taking them on frequent walks where they have freedom to do what they want can help release a lot of that pent up energy and anxiety. If a puppy feels fulfilled by the attention they already get from you they will be less likely to feel the need to demand your attention by chewing up all your stuff.

[NOTE: Of course, there will be times that the puppy will be alone no matter what. So, find an enchanting chew toy or bone that will keep them occupied/distracted.]

Bottom Line: Puppies will be puppies and they will make many mistakes but so will you. Be patient. Don’t resort to physical punishment. Always reinforce positive behavior.

Happy house training!

dog training trainer breederTraining your dog can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It can also be a very frustrating one. If you are not ready to put in the necessary time and effort then it may be best to consider using a professional dog trainer to teach them the basics. You know – come, sit, lay down, fetch, etc. But, if you want to do it your self then here are few things you will want to keep in mind.

The number one rule in do-it-yourself dog training is consistency.

For example, if you want your dog to sit before you give him his food or treat then you need to wait until he does that every time, before you give him the food or treat, until he learns the behavior. Easy right? The problem is, dog owners often forget or are too rushed to do this consistently and end up sabotaging their own training goals.

Another helpful hint is to have realistic expectations.

Even if your dog is as smart as Lassie, they still have limitations and so do you. Some training may require more time, effort and skill to learn than others and at the end of the day, not all tasks are realistic for your dog to learn or even for you to teach. Also, try to establish realistic training goals from the very beginning. This is much easier than waiting until your dog has bad habits and then trying un-train them. Finally, remember that not all dogs are created equal. If your dog is slow to train, it doesn’t mean he can’t be trained. Having realistic expectations will help you be patient and not give up.

The last and best advice we can give is to be very generous with love and affection!

There is no doubt that dogs always respond better to training when it is administered in a caring and loving manner rather than in harsh, bitter tones. If you train your dog in a loving way then at the very least they will learn to be loving in return– even if they can’t fetch Timmy from the well.

Maybe your dog won’t be on a talk show or get a million hits on YouTube. But, if they have learned to be happy, loving animals then you have done your job well! At the end of the day, isn’t that what all good dog owners want?