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Before You Bring Your Puppy Home

before you bring your puppy home

There will be plenty to do when a new puppy comes to live with you. But did you know there are some key things you can attend to before you bring your puppy home? Let’s look at three things to get organized ahead of time. The Bathroom Spot Before you bring your puppy home, give… View Article

Never Gonna Let You Go

To Have & To Hold Let that go! Leave it! Drop it! So much pressure! A puppy explores the world with his mouth. It is a built-in behavior. Show downs and tug-of-war matches will only serve to break down trust, create resource guarding and frustrate you and the puppy. There is a better way. How… View Article

5 Socialization Resources

Puppies Won’t Wait This pandemic has changed a lot of things, including how we approach our Socialization Strategy with young pups. But it hasn’t changed the fact that this stage of development ends early. The goal to introduce your puppy to a variety of people, places, surfaces and sounds before they are 16 weeks remains… View Article

What Now? Part 3

Kids & Puppy; Feeling Harangued? Right now most of us are feeling strange to say the least. Day to day changes and new routines at home can feel overwhelming. Adding kids and puppies to the mix makes it even more complex. To help with the flow of things at home as we all wade through… View Article

What Now? Part 2

Home Alone In Part 1 we looked at some of the ways to get creative with socializing our puppies during this health crisis. Now I want you to consider another important preventative measure. Preparing the pup to be comfortable with spending time alone. For obvious reasons, a puppy being raised right now, will not be… View Article

What Now?

It’s a whole new world for all of us right now and this includes our dogs. There are some specific ways that we will need to modify our puppy raising strategies in order to prevent fallout. Here’s What To help maintain our mental health and well being while apathy and/or panic reach out to grip… View Article

Don’t Touch My Stuff!

Our aim at Ultimate Puppy is to help you stay organized and focused on what matters in the early weeks and months. Since this can feel overwhelming it can be helpful to break down your puppy raising tasks into sub categories. A snapshot of priorities look like this. First an effective bathroom training plan. This… View Article

Are You Ready For This?

a woman and puppy connect, looking into each others eyes

Emotional Puppy Preparedness In my online puppy prep class, You’re Lucky You’re Cute, where I discuss three key pillars of puppy raising, I also spend some time talking about the emotional side of adding a puppy to your life. I think that taking a bit of time to consider all of the puppy energy that’s… View Article

Sit and Stay!

Fluffy SIT! SIT! SIT! STAY Fluffy! SIT, STAY! Do you ever have trouble getting your new puppy to sit still for a photo? Unless they are sleeping or chewing it seems like they are on the move. If you are feeling frustrated with your pup’s poor performance you may be too focused on static behaviors… View Article

When The Dog Bites

Sing it! When the dog bitesWhen the bee stingsWhen I’m feeling sadI simply remember my favorite thingsAnd then I don’t feel so bad I’ve been thinking a lot about the words Julie Andrews croons in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved song from the Sound of Music. Specifically, the line “when the dog bites“. Imagine if all… View Article