If puppyhood is the honeymoon, what the hell is adolescents?

While it may seem like that fluffy little puppy is a lot of work, you will look back on the first four months as the easy times, the calm before the storm of adolescents. It isn’t uncommon for my puppy clients to love puppy classes and training, and then get super mad or frustrated with…

The Inconvenient Puppy

From the day that puppy hits the ground, there is work to be done, schedules that need to be changed, and sleep becomes a thing of the past. The Mama Dog, whether she has one or thirteen puppies, she is the sole source of nutrition and comfort for what are basically – furry, nursing, pooping,…

puppy school of hard knocks

It isn’t that uncommon to hear people, especially at dog parks, express the feelings and/or sentiments of ‘letting older dogs’ put their puppy in it’s place. Usually it’s the high energy, performance, working line puppies that are often the brunt of this philosophy. Maybe, just maybe, if another dog really scares them enough, they will…

Top 10 tips for puppy owners

This article received a DWAA nomination, February 2013! There are more tips than this, but these are the Top 10 that have come up over the past nine years, working with almost 400 puppies each year. A helpful reminder to puppy owner’s who want to grow their puppy into a balanced and loving adult dog….