Therapy Dog Training
I Just Got a Puppy … Now What?
How exciting! You’ve brought home your puppy and you are ready to start the journey with your new furry family member, but where to start? The modern canine is very much a part of today’s family: food, shelter, socialization, health care, playtime and protection are important part of the next 10-15+ years you’ll be spending together. Because of this, you want to get things started correctly. Good for you, excellent choice – understanding your dog, her needs and natural behaviors are an essential part of nurturing a successful foundation that will last a lifetime.
Behavior, Socializing & Training
When do I begin to take my puppy with me to public places? Most vets will say to keep your puppy at home until one week after his final vaccination as he won’t have full immunity against disease until that point. Don’t be tempted to bring your puppy out earlier, as some diseases are deadly, such asparvovirus. Once cleared by your vet, your puppy is now ready for introduction to his new neighborhood and now it’s time for training.
CAN You Teach An OLD Dog NEW Tricks?
Of Course You Can Teach An Older Dog New Tricks!
The amazing thing about older dogs is they are as eager to please their Humans as is a puppy, but in many cases without the chewing of furniture, accidents on the carpet, the shredding of shirts…towels…and toys. In fact, adult dogs and senior dogs (age 7+) are not only as smart as a puppies but in fact they have a longer attention span than puppies do many times often even easier to trainthan pups, simply because they have the ability to focus for a longer period of time. While older dogs may come with some bad habits, consistent training, redirection and exercise will help to eliminate those habits over time.
Remember, your new furry family member is a living being which will need to get to know you, understand you and learn to communicate with you and you will need to do the same! A wonderful bond takes time to form successfully whether it’s with a human or with your dog, so invest in learning about your new friend and you will have a fulfilling, loving friendship for years to come.
How to choose your breed
Airedoodle? Belgian Malinois? Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
The A, B, C’s of Choosing the Breed (or mixed breed) That’s Right For You
Animal Planet has a wonderful show called “Dogs 101”The Simple Dollar, I have watched this program for years because not only is it entertaining, the information provided is very useful. I highly recommend visiting the website to find when the show airs in your area. You can also research breeds you find interesting on their website. Here are a few things to consider before you bring home your Bundle of Wags and Wiggles:
- Energy Level
- Exercise Requirements
- Good with Children
- Good with Other Dogs
- Life Expectancy
- Health Issues
In addition to the points above, keep in mind the annual cost of properly and responsibly caring for your dog will include:
- Food: A Dachshund eats considerably less than a Great Pyrenees, for instance!
- Collars, leashes, beds
- Crate and/or containment for travel
- Medications: Monthly flea and tick, heart worm preventative and shots
- Vet Visits, spaying or neutering your dog (if you don’t intend to breed)
- Grooming Supplies
- For more information visit The Simple Dollar
I can not remember a day in my life without the constant love and companionship of a dog. I can’t imaginelife without a wet nose nudging my hand and affection of a dog each and every day! Needless to say the Joys of Companionship that come with your 4-legged family member and friend are countless and include better health, more active social life, reduced stress, ease loneliness, teach children empathy and responsibility and so much more.
May you cross the path of the dog that will bring you joy, laughter, comfort and companionship for days, weeks, and years to come.