Getting a puppy for someone else? Good idea?

I just got off the phone with someone that called in a panic.

The three month old puppy that she got for her brother was not doing well. He is extremely busy and is having difficulty making the situation work. The woman that I spoke with was frantic because her brother was talking about finding another home for the puppy.

I told her sounded like the right decision.

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Is it bad if your puppy stops walking?

Your puppy will not turn into a lazy, adult dog if he stops and refuses to move when you try and take him for a walk. There are so many concerns about puppy development and I hear this one frequently.

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Should you say goodbye to your dog? No.

Separation anxiety is, in my opinion, the worst dog training issue. The most challenging aspect is the fact that dogs can get worse if they are left alone for a longer amount of time then they can currently handle. For instance, if a dog is only comfortable being alone for fifteen minutes is left alone for three hours, he might get anxious after only five minutes next time.

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Prioritize your training goals

Often it can seem overwhelming when working with a new dog. Whether you have a sweet 7-week old puppy or an older dog that you adopted from the shelter, each dog has his or her issues that need to be addressed.

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How to train a dog to stop stealing toys from other dogs

You are helpless as you watch your 2-year-old dog repeatedly steal a tennis ball from a Labrador Retriever and his person while they are trying to enjoy a nice day at the park.

You apologize, go through the social gestures of telling your dog that he is “being bad” and you sheepishly walk him to the other side of the park, only to see him race after the ball and do it again. You leave well before you planned on leaving, but you don’t want to face the wrath of the seemingly nice person, and would not blame him if he blew up after the tenth time of your dog’s thievery.

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How to treat dog aggression between siblings

I work with dogs periodically that do not get along with the dogs in their own house. Sometimes the first dog has been fine with every dog previously, and then there are issues with the new dog that comes home.

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Too busy for your dog with a new baby? I can help.

Over the years I have seen a few families get rid of their dog after having a baby. I was shocked in one case and the other times I wasn’t as surprised. The time I was shocked the family was REALLY into their dog. I met them before their little boy was even a glimmer. They took the dog everywhere, and they treated it like gold. After their baby was born they called me in a panic because they just did not realize how much time their little boy was going to take and they thought their dog might not be happy.

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How to teach your puppy to be patient

One of the most productive uses of your time with your new puppy is to work on patience exercises. The opposite of a calm, patient dog is a pushy, frustrated, barking dog that can’t be alone and has no impulse control.

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You know what your dog is thinking? Prove it.

As someone that thinks about dogs all the time, I am aware of collective gaps in dog trainer’s knowledge as a whole to prove “why” dogs perform a behavior.

There are numerous theories pertaining to dog behavior, but in reality many of them cannot be proven. There are deficiencies in understanding many dog topics that creates an inability to be able to definitively prove something in such a way that there can be no counter argument.

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How to get a break from your new puppy

  1. It is so easy to feel like your new puppy is taking over your life. In some ways this is true and unavoidable due to the fact that you now have a new little one that you have to take care of and keep safe.

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