THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO YOUR NEW DOG: PART ONE – THE FIRST HOUR

I’m not a dog expert–I’m a dog-parent who knows a lot more now about dogs than when I started learning (which was basically the day I adopted Chance). I didn’t intend it to be that way. I had done months of research leading up to actually getting the squirming little bundle of shedding hair and … Read more THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO YOUR NEW DOG: PART ONE – THE FIRST HOUR

THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO YOUR NEW DOG: PART TWO – THE FIRST DAY (AND NIGHT)

So you’ve gotten your starter supplies and you’re ready to bring Puppy home. Let’s go through the important steps to getting Puppy all settled in. I really believe that if you set up a good foundation with these things from the very beginning, you will save yourself a lot of trouble down the line. I’ve … Read more THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO YOUR NEW DOG: PART TWO – THE FIRST DAY (AND NIGHT)

The Quick-Start Guide To Your New Dog: Part Three – The First Week

Hopefully you and Puppy made it through your first night without any emergencies, and you have the essential routines established. You’ve gotten enough supplies for the first week-ish; you’ve introduced Puppy to his new home, and hopefully set up some rules/boundaries in regards to his crate, going to the bathroom, feeding time, and playing with … Read more The Quick-Start Guide To Your New Dog: Part Three – The First Week

The Quick-Start Guide To Your New Dog: Part Four – The First Vet Visit

So you’ve got Puppy settling in alright, and you’re realizing this is one of the most stressful and also most wonderful undertakings you’ve ever engaged in. Welcome to dog ownership! If you’re anything like me, you’re suddenly starting to understand–against your will–why people baby-talk to their dogs and dress them up in costumes (because it’s … Read more The Quick-Start Guide To Your New Dog: Part Four – The First Vet Visit