You’ve decided to get a dog … CONGRATS! When we brought home our Boo Boo we made plenty of mistakes. If I knew then what I know now, there are so many things I would do differently. Which is why I want to pass on my experience to hopefully help you avoid these common puppy mistakes with your little fur-ball!
When Steve first held Boo Boo at the adoption place, this small puppy curled up on his chest, and put his soft wet nose up to steve;’s chin and made sweet little snuffly noises. What a gem, we thought. The we got him home.
This was our first dog, so we had no idea what to expect, but we had read some puppy books and watched a lot of DOG Whisperer, so we thought we knew exactly what we were doing.
Plus, we thought, how hard could a puppy be? Luckily for use we had the help of a professional to teach us everything we needed to know. Check out the highlights of what we learned about using timeouts for training!
When it comes to training your dog there are a lot of different opinions about the best way to do it which can feel really overwhelming! Here are some thoughts on the benefits of using positive vs. negative reinforcement for dog training.
You’ve just brought your puppy or new dog home but they have little to no formal training. You know your pup needs to learn to sit, stay, got to mat, but you’re suddenly realizing they don’t just automatically do those things right off the bat!
Most of us have probably experienced it, that moment of absolute panic and helplessness when what seemed like harmless play or a perfectly regular doggie meeting suddenly turns into a full-on fight, teeth bared and fur flying. And then the big question: what do I do?!!How do I stop it without getting hurt myself?!