Day 11 – Getting Ready for a Puppy

Puppies grow slowly, and yet, they will be big and rambunctious before you know it. In just about no time, they will be dragging out items you forgot you had, shredding toilet paper off the roll, and dumping out the kitchen trash to see what smells so good!

Yes, we start each puppy out with the socialization that is appropriate to their age BUT it is an ongoing process through the first 9 months. Training is also a gradually increasing part of taking a puppy into earning its place as the best dog you ever had. Each puppy aspires to that title! They can’t get there though without your guidance and care.

It is often said that we get the dog we deserve. When training, knowledge gained by reading, time and love are spent on a puppy, you get a gem. When the puppy raises itself on the crumbs of time in your busy life that you throw away, then don’t be surprised by the unruly behavior that results!

So, homework at this stage is a good idea. I recommend “My Smart Puppy” with a DVD included in the book. It’s inexpensive and very very good!

My Smart Puppy: Fun, Effective, and Easy Puppy Training (Book & 60min DVD)


My Smart Puppy: Fun, Effective, and Easy Puppy Training (Book & 60min DVD) [Hardcover]

Brian Kilcommons

Brian Kilcommons (Author)
(Author), Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson (Author)

2 thoughts on “Day 11 – Getting Ready for a Puppy

  1. I took a look at the puppy book at Amazon and decided to get it. Its been a little over 12 years since we had a puppy in the house. We’ve probably forgotten a lot and I’m sure there are new practices we might use. Thanks for the tip. I’m probably jumping the gun a little but I took a look around for a local training school. They have something called a “Puppy Einstein” class. The trainer seems qualified, but I wonder if I could send information on the program to see what you think.. Would that be okay? Obviously, first we need to have a puppy and then the puppy has to grow up a for 4-6 months. So there is plenty of time. I just wondered if you knew anything about them since they claim to be well known.

    • Hey, Sharon, I’m glad that you will take a look at the book. It covers the stages of development so that you can start helping the puppy to be the best dog ever right away. I forgot to mention that tails and dewclaws were done on Day 5, right before I took the photo. They hardly noticed so no wincing really needed! If you would want a topic covered in the blog, please do let me kow.


      Nancy L. Secrist

      Seneca Airedales and Easdale: the best pet care Member ATCA since 1980 330-666-2004

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