Get Your Puppy Off to a Great Start

Puppies, much like human babies, don’t typically have an instruction manual that comes home with them from the rescue or breeder. Most dog owners just muddle through, doing a mixture of what makes sense and what they’ve done in the past, either with their own pets or based on observations of other people who have dogs. Is this really the smart choice, though? It takes a lot of time to train your dog to be a great member of the family. By using the right approach to training, you can get there a lot faster, and the process will be more pleasant for both you and your furry companion.

One of the things you need to consider is that different breeds will often do best with different approaches. This isn’t intended to mean that every dog of a given breed is the same. There are a few lazy border collies out there, and it’s also possible to find some timid German Shepherds. When you’re just starting out with a new dog, though, it’s easiest to use an approach that’s intended to work well for his breed. Once you get a feel for how things are going, you can always make adjustments to suit the personality of your particular pet if that’s needed.

It’s worth investing in a good training system rather than just trying to figure it out for yourself. First, the sooner your dog has some basic training, the more pleasant he will be as a companion. There’s an inevitable period when you have to live with a certain amount of anxiety about what the puppy might manage to chew next. It’s only natural for them to be curious and to want to try to gnaw on every new thing they encounter. The faster you can effectively communicate what is acceptable and what is not, though, the sooner you’ll be able to move on to enjoying your time with the little pup.

Go to to learn more about how to teach your dog to be a great member of the family. You’ll have to devote some time and energy up front, but you’ll get years of loving companionship as your reward.