Just wait ’til I grow up

A thoughtful connection between you and your puppy will take time to cultivate and will require patience and consistency. Set an intention to create such a relationship, its worth should not be underestimated. You want to create a connection so that your dog is interested in you! As with anything worthwhile, when you put in… View Article

Take it up a Notch

This is a motivation checklist to keep handy while raising your puppy. Check back often to determine whether or not you are staying on track. UP’s Tips For Creating A Meaningful Relationship With Your Dog • The desire to meet the needs of your dog. • A quality education. If you don’t understand what your dog needs… View Article

A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action

A fun part of getting to know a new puppy is discovering his preferences. If we pay attention we can learn what kind of treats he loves and which toys and games are his favorites. In my experience there are few pups that don’t enjoy a great game of tug. Unfortunately this game has a… View Article

The “Push-Pull” of Tug

“Tug” was originally printed in the first press run of the Ultimate Puppy Toolkit. For “Throw-Back” Thursdays, here are the original retro photos and the still current “How-To” for this most excellent of games. “Tug” is a wonderful way to relieve puppy tension and excess energy. It also has two great benefits for you –… View Article

Finding the Balance on Leash

Four thousand three hundred and eighty hours. These are the number of hours you and your dog will spend together on leash if you were to spend approximately one hour a day on leash for twelve years, give or take a little. Of course I’m pulling these numbers out of a hat. Some dogs will… View Article