Bringing home a new puppy is a fun and exciting time, but in order to avoid problems down the line and to ensure a lifetime of happiness and enrichment, you must do your research first! A puppy is a major responsibility and it is important to arm yourself with as much puppy knowledge as possible Read More
It's time we start talking seriously about puppy mills.
Preparation is key. Start by picking up any toys or chew items from common areas. Then decide where the puppy will be during rest times or times in which you cannot supervise. Depending on the size of the puppy, this can be a repurposed playpen or an ex-pen with a crate inside, or even a small room.
You’ve been planning for months, and at last your new puppy is here! Your expectations are enormous: this is going to be the perfect dog you’ve always wanted. And maybe that’s right, and your little puppy will become your Brilliant Family Dog. But for many of us - and for many of our puppies - Read More
Here’s why… Your puppy is a product of its parents’ genes. These provide the blueprint for appearance, temperament and behavior. This is why a Jack Russell looks and acts like a Jack Russell, and a Labrador looks and acts like a Labrador. If you want a dog that will look and act like a Labrador, you Read More
“I wonder if I’ve done the wrong thing … Perhaps I’m not capable of looking after a dog.” I don’t know exactly what had caused such a devastating loss of confidence in what 30was clearly a capable individual. But Gwen voiced a sentiment I come across from time to time. Her family had left home Read More
A puppy for Christmas is a gift that, as a professional trainer for over 10 years, I strongly encourage to be planned so that the entire family understands the commitment that gift comes with. Have no doubt: the pup will not be for the kids. The pup will be the responsibility of the adults in the family, and she will depend on them for her care.
Bringing a new puppy home is a very exciting experience from your family, and it's very important that from day one, you're armed with the best possible positive training information.
Cue the wistful music before starting the video rolling and many dog lovers just see what they want to see in a video making the internet rounds. When you accompany sweet music with an overlay of words meant to convey what you want people to see, as long as the opposite isn’t glaringly obvious to Read More
I find that new puppy-owners tend to fall into two camps - those who expect too much too soon, and those who expect too little for too long.
Is surprising a friend or family member with a puppy or dog really a good idea? Here are some alternative suggestions to ensure that you don't end up sticking them with a commitment they aren't ready for.
Radical it may be to grasp, if we accept the fact that people want to bring a dog into their lives, and the holiday season might be a good time for them to do so, we can educate them on finding their perfect one in rescue.
Like a child, your pup’s early experiences are the foundation of their future. You are literally BUILDING your puppy’s brain. Do it thoughtfully, but also patiently and lightheartedly.
Ultimately, what I’ve realized is that living with and training a deaf dog isn’t harder, it’s just different. Here are a few tips to help new deaf dog pet parents get started. I hope these help ease your anxiety and fears during this transition.
"I don't understand how in a country of animal lovers, puppy mills can be tolerated," says Chicago veterinarian Dr. Scott Rovner. "Now, we've finally begun to speak up and do something about it; we need to."
A puppy's heartbreaking start to life has left her unable to use her back legs. But thanks to a team of dedicated people, her sad story may have a happy ending.
I recently became the proud owner of a 10 week old Border Collie. Having had two previous Border Collies that passed away at the age of 14 I surmised I was savvy enough to do it again. The reality of my decision bit me pretty hard!
Imagine if pet stores had to "display" the parents of each litter next to the puppies they sold. Do you think people would be a little more outraged? Do you think they would think twice about buying a pet store puppy?
A while back I was reading a blog post (via My Two Pitties) about the moment she told her mother that she was getting a pit bull – and I couldn't help but notice how it was so very similar to our story. I will never forget the first time we met Lola. She was Read More
Socialization is something that is often preached about when you have a dog. In fact, it is something I cover with all of my clients regardless of why I am there. This is because of how important it really is.
Joy and Guerry Wise, the couple who owned and operated a massive puppy mill in Cherokee County, GA have now pled guilty to 25 counts of animal cruelty as part of a plea deal. They'll be on probation for the next 25 years, and were required to pay $1,305 each in court fines. The Wises must not Read More
Feeling overwhelmed after bringing home a new puppy? I'm going to call this phenomenon the "post-puppy panic."
Thinking about getting a puppy for Christmas? First, make sure you are ready for a 10-20 year commitment and can afford the money that it takes to raise a happy and secure dog. If all that is worked out, then you want to do your research to make sure you pick out the right breed for Read More
Ouch, My Puppy is Biting Me! The Importance of Attending Puppy Class to Teach Bite Inhibition and Play Skills
Kari Bastyr, Denver-based VSPDT and owner of Wag and Train, discusses puppy mouthing and the importance of attending a puppy class to ensure proper socialization and bite inhibition before your puppy grows into an adult.
The infamous Paris Hilton has made headlines again--this time because of her purchase of a $13,000 puppy. The puppy is claimed to be the smallest Pomeranian in the world. Should Paris be proud or ashamed of her decision to buy this pup?
Thankfully, many people know and understand that puppies need lots of training, socialization, and focus on creating good impulse control when they are younger. But many stop at a few puppy classes, and don’t continue through adolescence. This could have dire consequences later on, when the puppy becomes a teenager and starts developing bad habits Read More
Q. What are some of the benefits of training my dog? A. Training makes home life more manageable and fun for you and your dog. Next to basic health care, it’s the most important thing you can do for your pup. Best of all, training the dog you love is one of the best ways Read More
Victoria Stilwell was among the first to arrive at the scene of a massive puppy mill bust, helping liberate over 500 dogs and puppies from a lifetime of suffering and neglect.
Whether the older dog is actually having a nightmare or just a dream, this video will melt your heart. Check out what happens when a Golden Retriever puppy hears his older friend whimpering in his sleep. It's these types of videos that reminds me just how incredibly intuitive and emotional dogs of all ages are. Read More
Victoria was featured on the Weather Channel's morning show, America's Morning Headquarters (AMHQ), where she had the chance to spend time with adoptable puppies from the Atlanta Humane Society. Many families choose to bring home a new puppy over the summer since the kids are home from school and everyone has more time to integrate Read More
Puppies are highly vulnerable to disease and other health issues. Every puppy parent should be aware of the most common health problems to affect dogs in their infancy. Parvovirus Parvo is a highly contagious virus that is potentially fatal for puppies, especially if not caught and treated immediately. Symptoms include lethargy, depression, diarrhea, vomiting, and sudden Read More
In a huge animal rights victory, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that gives local municipalities the ability to enforce their own laws regarding puppy mills, and the power to crack down on commercial dog breeding facilities harder than they have ever been able to in the past. Previously, the state had sole Read More
People have an ethical responsibility to raise and treat animals with care and respect. The evidence is overwhelming – puppy mills (farms) are no better than factory farms for dogs. Apart from being cruel and abusive places there are many reasons why a consumer must stay away from purchasing a puppy from a pet store, flea Read More
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It is vital to habituate a puppy to human touch as soon as the puppy is born. A new pup relies on touch to find its mother, to stimulate milk flow for feeding, and as a source of comfort. Mothers in turn lick and nuzzle their puppies from birth, improving the puppies’ circulation and encouraging Read More
A puppy’s paws can be very sensitive so teaching him to walk on different pieces of equipment, surfaces and terrain will help him gain confidence when walking in all kinds of environments. This is something that people don’t often think about for their puppies, but becomes an issue when puppy decides to put on the Read More
Successful housetraining is one of the first things parents of a new puppy need to accomplish, and even though the process can be time-consuming, it does not have to be daunting. With a combination of consistency, common sense, and positive reinforcement protocols, you can quickly train any puppy to toilet appropriately. There are a number Read More
Puppies are likely to experience emotional changes as they grow, so providing them with a good learning foundation makes it easier to deal with any challenges they might encounter. Investing time at the beginning of a puppy’s life allows that puppy to become a confident and well-adjusted adult and while most dogs cope well living Read More
Getting your puppy vaccinated is a vital part of responsible pet ownership. A young puppy’s infant immune system is especially prone to illness and disease, so getting your puppy on a vaccination regimen is crucial to having a healthy, happy pet. What vaccines does your puppy need? A good veterinarian will be able to tell Read More