July 28, 2014

Are you ready for the stress of a NEW puppy? Find out.

BEST DOG ON THE BLOCK Dog Tips

Are you ready for the stress of a NEW puppy? Find out.
by Mark Siebel – Owner – DOGGIE STEPS Dog Training

Some decisions in life are made with little to NO prior research or planning. You think to yourself, “I’ll roll with the punches and figure it out as I go along.” It’s nice when this philosophy works out and even more stressful when it does not. Bringing a new puppy into your home is comparable to the introduction and responsibilities of that of a new infant. Change in your daily routines, lack of sleep, added stress, and increased responsibilities just to name a few. To ensure you don’t make a BAD decision, follow the below simple tips:

1. Set realistic expectations. I often reassure my customers by telling them that puppies are not ADULT thinking/acting dogs until about the age of 3. Therefore, don’t expect your 10mo. old Golden Retriever or Beagle puppy to eliminate its desires to rip out your sprinkler drip lines. Good dog behavior will come with time and maturity. At puppy age, it is imperative to give your new puppy alternate “jobs” or “command work” to occupy its high-energy and chewing instincts when temptation occurs. Have solid chew bones every 10 feet in your home to give your puppy the foundation of the “right” objects on which to chew.

2. Have the right “puppy” supplies. Getting off on the right foot with your new puppy will involve having the right puppy supplies and preparing the appropriate living environment. Being prepared with the combination of these two ideals will LOWER your overall puppy stress dramatically. Some basic “new puppy” supplies to have BEFORE your new puppy arrives home are: a wire crate, gates to limit your puppy’s freedom in the home, durable “chew” toys, quality food, a reputable veterinarian, space in your yard free from tempting items on which to chew, and a sturdy leash and collar. Most of these items I discuss in more detail at: http://www.doggiestepsdogtraining.com/phoenix-puppy-training.html

With the addition of a new puppy in your home, there will always be some associated stress and the occasional question of “What have I done?” This is NORMAL! You are not alone. Be patient, and realize that your puppy is no different than a human newborn. So, the next time you find yourself asking the above question, give me a call. I can reassure you that with time, maturity, and training you will soon have the best dog on the block.

Mark Siebel has trained over 500+ Arizona Valley dogs, has dog training tips published monthly in various AZ magazines, appears on NBC Arizona Midday, ABC Sonoran Living, Channel 3-AZ FAMILY, FOX 10 News, speaks regularly with local schools youth groups about the importance of dog safety and ownership, and donates time to kids who want to learn more about dogs. He is a member of APPSA (Arizona Professional Pet Sitters Association) and ASC of Arizona (Australian Shepherd Club of Arizona). Mark owns (2) Australian Shepherds named Leinie and Kugel. Voted 2008 runner-up “Best Dog Trainer in Phoenix” by SonoranTails Pet Magazine. For more information or general dog questions, go to: http://www.doggiestepsdogtraining.com/index.html or call Mark @602.318.0122.

Mark Siebel has trained over 1700+ Arizona Valley dogs, has dog training tips published monthly in various AZ magazines, appears on NBC Arizona Midday, ABC Sonoran Living, Channel 3-AZ FAMILY, FOX 10 News, speaks regularly with local schools youth groups about the importance of dog safety and ownership, and donates time to kids who want to learn more about dogs. He is a member of APPSA (Arizona Professional Pet Sitters Association) and ASC of Arizona (Australian Shepherd Club of Arizona). Mark owns (2) Australian Shepherds named Leinie and Kugel.

Voted 2008 runner-up, and 2009 WINNER “Best Dog Trainer in Phoenix” by SonoranTails Pet Magazine. DOGGIE STEPS Dog Training has services in Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. For more information or general dog questions, go to: http://www.doggiestepsdogtraining.com/index.html or call Mark @602.318.0122.

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Comments

  1. WantingClarity says:

    Great hints! I didn’t realize that I should consider my pooch a puppy until age 3. Love it!

    Kristi
    http://www.HappyValleyPetSitting.com

  2. Ally Nordstrom says:

    I’m Ally. Moe’s kid. We were wondering how to take care of a papapoo. We saw one yesterday and fell in love. We want to know what kind of food is reccomended and if we should let him upstairs or keep him in the basemant. We also wanted to know what kind of brush and shampoo we should get him/her.

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