First Days At Home

The first days at home with your new dog will set the foundation for your future together. That day you spend moving a dog to a new home and introducing them to a whole new world will set the tone for what you expect, what’s going to be accepted, and what’s not going to be tolerated. With consistency and patience, we will help you shape your new dog’s behavior over the next few days… weeks… months… and years. See the things you absolutely MUST do within the first few days of bringing a new dog home.

The true cost of owning a dog - in hard dollars. Plus, how to save money on dog costs from the day you bring your new puppy home. Got a new dog? Start here!

How often do you feed a puppy? How often does a puppy need to go outside to potty? See how to create a puppy potty schedule & feeding schedule for your dog.

How do you help a scared or nervous dog? (2 ways!) Should you comfort a scared dog? (No, see why.) How can I make my nervous dog more confident? (3 easy things you can do!)

Do you have a frightened dog only at certain times? If so, should you pet your dog to calm him during storms & other scary situations? The answer is yes, petting your dog, giving him treats, and using other calming behaviors are excellent counter conditioning methods that work!

Bringing home a new puppy dog and not sure how to prepare? This video shows some of the first things you should do to prepare your new puppy dog for his first days at home. Plus tips on how to puppy-proof your home.

A well-socialized dog will be much more relaxed in the world and less likely to have unwanted behaviors. Socializing your dog -- as a puppy -- is definitely a win-win for both you and your dog!

Any time a guest inside our house physically moves (e.g. to get up after sitting down, to reach out to pet Tenor, or to give him a treat), Tenor immediately darts away... fast as lightning! When I mentioned this to our dog trainer, Suzy Godsey, here's what she suggested...

There are a handful of great websites devoted solely to pet sitting and overnight boarding for dogs. Through some of them, you can also find specific services like house sitting, walking your dog, grooming, dog training, and more. Here's the scoop...

Here's why we will only order dog tags from Tags For Pets - aka American Pet Classics...