Puppy Training Tips

Raising the Perfect Puppy, Part 3: Creating Rules & Boundaries

Puppy Sitting Down

Whether you live in the city of Charlottesville or farther out in the country in Staunton teaching your new puppy good manners and how you expect it to live in your home sets the stage for your relationship. It is so important to start teaching your puppy the rules and boundaries from day 1. This is probably the most challenging aspect of puppy raising for many families because they get a new puppy with the expectations that the puppy will be lots of fun, love to cuddle and be loved on, and will take only minimal effort to train. The phrase, “Love is not enough” is 100% accurate when it comes to raising a puppy. Raising the perfect puppy is all about setting yourself and your puppy up for success right from the beginning by being proactive, setting up good management systems, and being patient but persistent. In the final part of this blog series, I will lay out the last piece of the foundation on which you will build the perfect puppy. (more…)


Raising the Perfect Puppy, Part 2: Socialization

Puppy Going Down Slide

Raising a puppy is a lot of work! It takes time, effort, a little bit of skill, and lots of patience. If we can lay the foundations at an early age for good behavior to build on as our puppy matures, we will be infinitely more successful at having a wonderfully happy, well-rounded, balanced adult dog. This blog aims to give you a step-by-step guide to help you in your puppy-raising adventures with the hopes of helping you avoid some of the common mistakes and pitfalls dog owners usually end up paying for later on in their dog’s life.

What is Socialization? Socialization is exposing your puppy to new things in a way that teaches them to handle living in our modern, human world with confidence. It is introducing your puppy to a variety of people, animals, sights, smells, sounds, textures, environments and experiences. The experience should be enjoyable and fun for your puppy not scary or overly stressful.

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Raising the Perfect Puppy, Part 1: House Training

puppy looking up

Raising a puppy is a lot of work! It takes time, effort, a little bit of skill, and an abundance of patience. If we can lay the foundation at an early age for good behavior to build on as our puppy matures, we will be infinitely more successful at having a wonderfully happy, well-rounded, balanced adult dog. This blog aims to give you a step-by-step guide to help you in your puppy-raising adventures with the hopes of helping you avoid some of the common mistakes and pitfalls dog owners usually end up paying for later on in their dog’s life.

Let’s talk about house training! House training is more than just teaching your dog the ever important concept of where to go to the bathroom, but it also encompasses teaching your dog to respect your things and your house itself. Let’s break this oftentimes frustrating process down into smaller pieces.

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