Train Your Puppy: 13 Mistakes That Create Bad Dogs – The Dog Training Secret

puppy training

While puppies bring immense joy into our homes, they also require a lot of work;


A puppy cannot raise himself, just like a child cannot raise himself. And just like a toddler, your puppy would choose “cake for breakfast” every day, too, if it was up to him. Just like sending our children to school for 12+ years is a necessity, puppy training is necessary if you want to have a well-behaved dog.

The problem is, when people get busy, they don’t make puppy training a priority. Puppies are wonderful balls of joy and curiosity; but, they can also be like destructive little tornadoes. Either you harness that energy and naughtiness into training your pup, or you end up questioning your sanity as to why you got a puppy in the first place…

And, if left long enough, that naughty or fearful puppy can turn into a full blown intimidating and aggressive nuisance. It is critical to devote the time it takes each day puppy training to ensure that your puppy grows up to be a good canine companion. No one gets a puppy intending to drop them off at a shelter to become just another sad statistic.

So let’s work together and make sure we do this puppy training thing, RIGHT!!! It isn’t difficult, it just takes some patience and consistent work.

Here Are 13 Puppy Training Mistakes That Create Bad Dogs:

  1. Dealing with Accidents in the House

The #1 reason puppies and dogs are dropped at the shelter is because of housebreaking issues. Many new dog owners do not realize just how important it is to potty-train a puppy. Dogs are not born knowing human expectations. Dogs do not spring from the womb knowing that having accidents “inside” the house is wrong.

After all, they are typically whelped in a box in someone’s house; so they are used to going potty inside. Also, the smaller the dog, the more difficult it is to potty train, especially in toy breeds. The majority of toy breeds have potty training issues. Yes, the majority!

If a Great Dane puppy poops in the house, he is going to have a hard time getting far enough away from it. However, if a Yorkie has an accident behind the couch he can just sit across the room and not be bothered by his accident. The problem is that having accidents continually forms a habit.

And, bad habits are sincerely hard to break. Luckily, we have created a game to help you train your puppy to tell you that he has to go potty. Click here for the Let Freedom Ring Game.

Let Freedom Ring game cover

Download This Game Here

Just because you have a small dog that is easy to clean up after, you are doing him a HUGE disservice by not actively housebreaking him and getting him outside each and every time he needs to go potty, just like that Great Dane puppy. I can’t tell you how many small dog owners tell me they aren’t “bothered” by their dogs using their house as a toilet… until they decide to get new flooring or their lifestyle changes and suddenly they expect the dog to just stop. And when he doesn’t, they drop him at the shelter.

If your circumstances make it hard for you to get your puppy outdoors, he can still be house trained using puppy pads. The idea behind using a puppy pad is to provide a visible, consistent area for your puppy to go potty. You’ll want to choose something that is absorbent, easy to clean up, and large enough for the messes that your specific puppy makes.

Allow your puppy to see and sniff the potty pads you chose. This will help it get used to the new item so it isn’t scared of it at potty time. Let your puppy walk on the potty pad while you repeat a consistent command that you plan to say at potty time, such as “go potty.”

Dogs will not automatically know how to use the puppy pad, so training is important-When he looks like he’s starting to think about relieving himself, quickly take him to the puppy pad and let him do his business. Success? Good! Praise & reward your pup for a job well done. Not so successful? Don’t yell, take him to the pad, instead.

The goal is to avoid instilling fear in your dog, which will make him think it’s OK to relieve himself in the wrong place—just as long as you’re not around. Here are a few tips to ensure you have a house trained pup in no time:
Stick to a schedule
Teach the difference between the floor and the pad
Take regular trips to the potty pad every few hours, and simply wait for him to go
Practice makes perfect!

Before you get a puppy, tell yourself that number one, you will potty train your puppy! And number two, he is going to have a few accidents until he learns to gain bladder control (after all we don’t expect babies to be potty trained straight out of the hospital). And, tell yourself that when you potty train a puppy, his house training success is about YOU.

That’s right, house training has very little to do with your puppy until he is much, much older and you have already solidified good habits. Thinking that it is up to your puppy to potty train himself is setting you both up for failure.

One of the most important things you will do for your dog is Potty train your puppy! Be diligent, get him out every 2 hours and keep him with you so that he doesn’t have accidents and form bad habits.

One day, you will thank me for it!

  1. Avoiding the Crate

Crates are soooooooooo important. Seriously, there aren’t enough “O’s” on the page to denote how critical I think crates are for the safety of dogs and their owners, and their owner’s things. Crates help puppies learn to hold their urine and feces.

If you have a small dog, get a small crate so that, again, he is learning that having an accident in close proximity is bothersome. If you have a large breed puppy, you can get a big crate and section it off so that he has a smaller space as a puppy; this will help you with potty training your pup. Nothing wants to sit in its own urine and feces, unless that is how it was raised (click here if you have a dirty puppy)

puppy trainingCrates keep your things safe!

Don’t want your puppy stealing dangerous food, getting in the trash or toilet when you are away?

Crate train him!

Don’t want your puppy to eat your Michael Kors purse or your computer?

Crate train him!

Eating drywall, sofas, and expensive items are another big reason that dogs end up in shelters. Shredding your things is fun for your dog, he is a different species and he entertains himself in inconvenient ways. Crates keep everything safe and everyone SANE!

It also ironically takes some stress away from your dog. Guarding the house and worrying about every single noise can create fearful and phobic dogs, especially puppies! I used to pet sit in a mansion and I was always a little terrified. The smaller the space, the more confident I am, and the same goes for your dog.

Won’t your puppy whine or cry? OF COURSE he will! But just because a baby cries in his crib, doesn’t mean we spend every waking moment with him. Is it difficult to hear them cry?


But they work through it IF YOU LET THEM.

If you take them out every time they cry or throw a fit, you will be teaching your puppy to throw bigger, hairier fits the next time. Instead, if you train a puppy that he gets out when he is quiet and he will learn that if he’s quiet, being let out of his crate is the reward. I only let my puppies out of their crate when they are quiet, even if it is only a fraction of a second that he is quiet.

I like to make sure that my puppy is exhausted when I scoop his sleepy body up and slide him into his crate. I want my puppy to be too exhausted to care where he is sleeping. Also, and this is a BIG one, I crate them while I am home. If every time you crate your dog is either at bed time or when you leave he begins to associate the crate with long periods of time and you’re leaving.

Why not get him used to being in his crate for 10 minutes so there is no panic.

  1. Dealing with Nipping

puppy trainingNipping is a lack of Impulse Control!

You might have noticed that your puppy doesn’t have hands. You might also have noticed that your puppy doesn’t speak English (or whatever your language is). The way that your puppy is used to playing is with his teeth. When he wrestled with his littermates… he used his teeth. So it is only natural that he comes home nipping and biting and trying to engage in play with you!

However, due to human rules and regulations, this kind of behavior is not appropriate and needs to be nipped in the bud IMMEDIATELY! Nothing infuriates me more than an adult dog that grabs people with their teeth. Just the other day at the vet clinic I work at, a dog came in for an exam and was biting everyone!

I mean he wasn’t drawing blood, but he definitely put his mouth on his owner, the vet, and me! This is a serious lack of impulse control and if not curbed early this dog could be reported for biting. All it takes is one harsh tooth on the hand of an infant or toddler and the dog can be deemed dangerous.

Mouthing and nipping isn’t cute. It shouldn’t be cute whether the puppies are 8 weeks or 8 months old! It should not be tolerated at all. My biggest rule at my house is that I NEVER feel teeth! Biting leads to euthanasia! Do you have a “Land Shark”? Then, click here for more help with biting.

  1. Handling Chewing

puppy trainingI remember several summers ago when I had step kids in the house. I can’t tell you how many of their things were lost that summer. One dog demolished two “Gameboys”.

I think he liked them because they smelled like the kids; I mean, they carried those things around with them like they were a part of their body. So, yes, my dogs were naughty… but so were the teenage kids that left them out to be chewed! There has to be some kind of culpability.

If I leave my computer or Michael Kors glasses sitting out on the living room end table, while the puppy plays and no one watches him… I am setting him up for failure. When I have puppies, I get really good at cleaning up after myself and putting my things away. It is crucial to limit the distractions and temptations in order to keep your puppy safe.

My computer smells like me; I use it all of the time so there is a high likelihood that a puppy that likes me would want to chew it. Chewing a plugged in computer could kill a puppy. It is up to me to put dangerous things and important things up and away from puppies. It flabbergasts me that people will “baby or toddler proof” their home… but somehow they think puppies should be hardwired not to chew or get into our things.

Nothing is farther from the truth. Actually, puppies eat and swallow things that kill them or require surgery, quite frequently. It is crucial to keep an eye on your puppy!

Watching your puppy will help you potty train him faster and it will keep him from chewing on things that he shouldn’t be putting his mouth on! I actually keep my puppies on a tether with me so that if they grab something they shouldn’t have, I can exchange it for a puppy appropriate item. It also prevents my puppy from forming bad habits.

Many puppies steal items and then dash around the house with them like they are luring you into play with a toy. Even if you are furious, your puppy is having the time of his life! That is why I refuse to chase a puppy.

  1. When Snatching Things Is a Problem

Who has ever had a bit of food dangling in their hand, only to have it snatched out by your dog or another dog? Almost nothing is more frustrating. Recently I wrote an article that has an important video: click here for more.

Dogs who snatch food and other things that don’t belong to them have a serious impulse control problem. I used to have a friend who would let his dog wander fairs, the dog was notorious for stealing food from people in the crowd. It was embarrassing at best. One of the FIRST and most important things we taught our Service Dogs in training was that you DO NOT steal food.

They could lie down in a pile of popcorn and have the control not to eat it. It is crucial when taking a dog out in public, that the dog not eat everything that his mouth is near. Anything else could mean a super sick dog and a one way ticket out of a business.

Service Dogs aren’t super hero dogs that wear capes…. Service Dogs are just dogs that have been taught impulse control and exceptional obedience. The basis of the behavior can be taught to any dog, it just takes some training. And we have created a game to help stop your puppy from snatching things from your hands.

stop snatching cover

Click here for the Stop Snatching Things from My Hand Game. But wouldn’t you rather have a dog that you can take to a family BBQ rather than a dog that has to be locked away every time someone has a toy or a bit of food the dog wants?

  1. Puppy Is Demanding

puppy trainingI hate being demanded to do something. I mean, I get it, when I am at work sometimes things are time sensitive. But, I still like to be asked nicely. And, the fun thing about work is that there is a handsome pay off when my check comes.

I DETEST when my dog demands something! Heck, I work for my paycheck so that I can afford dog food and veterinary care… I certainly don’t want my dog up in my face demanding that I do ANYTHING for him/her. I don’t want you barking when you want me to fill your bowl.

I don’t want you to bark when you want me to throw your ball. And, I don’t want you hiding your toys around the house and then barking to get my attention. I currently pet sit a lovely, although difficult, dog that can’t really be watched by anyone but me; he constantly drops his toys out of his reach so that he can constantly bark so that I will get up with him.

It drives me batty. Sometimes I just put him outside, because I can’t in good conscious throw it while he demands I spring into action. By allowing your dog to demand that you do anything for him, you are allowing him to be in charge.

And, allowing your dog to be in charge is a recipe for disaster. After all, you should have the higher mental aptitude and be capable of doing the things he needs when he needs them. If he demands something from you… give him the opposite. IMMEDIATELY!

If he learns that demanding = what he doesn’t want, he will stop demanding!

  1. Handling the Jumping Problem

Jumping is complicated. It is natural for a dog or a puppy to want to jump on his owner. Puppies, especially, jump because they are so low to the ground and they want to be closer to us. If we think this is cute and pick them up or pet them and reward them, we are conditioning them that the behavior is good.

You go from having a 10 pound jumper to a 150 pound jumper. And, unbeknownst to your dog, he doesn’t understand that he has put on 140 pounds. If you think about it, it is unfair to have different expectations as a puppy to adult, after you have trained him to do things that you later decide you don’t want!

The safe bet is to train a puppy to keep all 4 of his paws on the ground, if he wants to be petted and interacted with. So one of the first simple puppy training games you can teach is the Step Away Game. Here’s a little video that shows you the first steps for how to train a puppy this game.

The same goes with meeting new people, if the puppy is wild and jumping, he hasn’t earned the privilege of meeting people. Don’t let him get in the habit of jumping up! Nip that in the bud early.

And if you haven’t done so already, click here to download The Step Away Game Cheat Sheet, so you can start transforming your puppy’s ability to control his jumping impulses today.

  1. Not Controlling Barking

Make a choice, and make it early on. Either you will accept barking and think that it is cute, or you will curb it right away. So often, puppy owners laugh and carry on when their puppies bark at the door bell on TV or protect them from falling leaves in fall; and then, after a few months, they find this behavior they once thought was cute deplorable.

Now the dog barks at everything (of course) and the people are at their wits end. I suggest that you never show your dog that you think it is funny or reward the behavior. Again, the best thing to do is to nip this barking behavior in the bud, early.

And for a helpful video on how to train a puppy stop barking, check out this fun game we created. Honestly, I like being in charge of my dog’s voice. I like to train a puppy when to bark and when to be quiet. This allows him to use his instinct for barking but also gives me control when I don’t want to know when each leaf lets go of the tree out front.

Quiet Command Cover

We have created a game to help train a puppy to stop barking: Click here to download the “Quiet Command” Game Cheat Sheet, so you can start controlling your dog’s impulses to bark today.

  1. Dealing with Fearful Behaviors

All puppies go through fear stages, usually between 8-11 weeks and a second fear period between 6-14 months. It is critical to acknowledge and prepare for these. It is also crucial not to lock your puppy away or think you were blessed with the one puppy that will not have any issues. Most puppies have some struggles.

puppy trainingBut if you are prepared you can meet these stages with well-behaved humans and other dogs during your puppy training that you know and trust to help teach your puppy that life is full of wonderful things. DO NOT take your dog to a dog park or a daycare where they may be abused and that abuse may stick for life. Also do not coddle them.

If they show fear, don’t coo to them, NEVER say “it’s okay, it’s okay”; you are reinforcing and solidifying the feeling of fear. Instead, ignore it or laugh it off and show the dog he is silly. I like letting the dog conquer his fears so that he gains confidence on his own.

I don’t want him thinking that I condone or like his fears. So I provide back up, but I don’t force and I hope that he works through his stress. I am always available to click and reward when he moves toward overcoming his fears.

It sets them back when you pick them up, or coo to them or pet and try to reassure them like they were people. Dogs aren’t people, they need to figure things out on their own, so control the environment so they can’t get overly scared and hurt themselves, and help from a far to encourage confident behavior.

  1. Pulling on Leash

puppy trainingYour dog is going to spend the majority of his life on a leash (unless you live on a ranch, in which case you probably won’t be looking for dog training). Having a dog that doesn’t pull your arm out of its socket is critical to good dog ownership. After all, I want to walk my dogs, feel safe, let them be dogs, and enjoy themselves, but rely on fabulous obedience when I ask for it!

I have literally had clients who have had dogs that have broken their arms when they pulled them down. Leash pulling needs to be taken seriously. The problem is that leash walking respectfully is more complicated than teaching your puppy the average command like “sit” or “down”.

Leash manners should be taught in stages or chained behaviors. For instance, when I was teaching Service Dogs to perform specific behaviors we would have to chain behaviors together to achieve the final product. You can’t expect a dog to go across the room and turn on a light switch on the first command.

The dog is usually back-chained teaching the dog to first jump up on the wall, then address the light and finally sent across the room. Puppy training and manners should be tackled in the same type of way, by teaching the puppy eye contact and focus and that looking at you is rewarding. It is also important to train a puppy that he needs to be taught to respect the length of the leash (always using the same leash/leash length) so that they never get into the habit of pulling.

Just this week I was vacationing at the beach and it was so nice to be able to allow my dogs to wander and be dogs, but when I saw another dog, I asked for “heel” and “focus” as I moved past the distractions. Then I could allow my dogs to go out and continue to be dogs.

  1. Not Avoiding Reactivity

Reactivity is another behavior to avoid. The more confident the dog, typically the less reactive the dog, so fostering independence and socialization are crucial! Also, you must learn to be in control of your own emotions.

If every time you see another dog, you get nervous or pull or correct your puppy the feeling travels down the leash to your puppy. The puppy, then, begins to think that other dogs are a “bad” thing and he feels like he needs to protect you and “react” whenever he sees one.

This can go for any trigger that makes you uncomfortable. We have created a game to help with this:

Click here to download the Look Away Game.

And, remember – Calm yourself! The more obedient your puppy is, the more control you have, the more confident he is and the calmer you can be when you are out together. Even if you find yourself uncomfortable about something, try to hide it and remain calm while dealing with the problem.

I have rarely ever had a true emergency that I couldn’t deal with on my own. Even off leash dogs that rush my dogs can be dealt with swiftly, because it is my job to make sure MY dogs are well behaved no matter what, and then I can focus on dealing with the other dog!

Your emotions matter!

  1. Intolerance to Touch

puppy trainingHoweverPuppies need to be touched, uncomfortably.

I know that sounds terrible!

No one wants to train a puppy to be held past the point of pleasure or hurt him in any way. However, the odds that you are going to have to do something to your dog that your dog doesn’t like are probably over 90%. Dogs don’t like baths, nail trims, ears cleaned, medications given, brushed… the list goes on and on.

Get your puppy used to uncomfortable touch early so that he gets used to it! I recommend getting started nail trimming early. I ask my dogs to lie down on the ground and take one paw at a time for trimming and because I have started my puppies when they were young and let them work through their temper tantrums when they were 8 weeks old, they are a breeze to deal with now!

My dogs actually enjoy having their nails trimmed because they get treats for good behavior and when I am done. As puppies, I use more frequent and better rewards to help condition them that if they just endure, they will be rewarded. Don’t wait to train a puppy until he is full grown and over 100 pounds to realize that you can’t clean his ear that is infected!

  1. Feeding Your Puppy from a Bowl

puppy trainingThis is a tip from one of my favorite friends! He once told me that he NEVER feeds his puppy from a bowl. He takes the appropriate amount of bowl sized food and puts it in his training pouch and he makes his puppies work for their meal.

He often rewards with “jackpots” like a hand full of food, instead of one piece of kibble at a time but essentially he is teaching his puppy to work for his food. This helps to keep the puppy motivated when he trains, as the puppy is conditioned to focus on food and his owner for life (since food is critical). It also becomes a bonding activity!

Do you like to eat alone? Most of us like to meet friends and family for meals, because meals are social occasions. Puppies also like meal time to be social so even though it sounds “mean” to train a puppy to work for his food; nothing is further from the truth!

Your puppy wants to spend time with you, and he also will like learning and working for his meals. The other big bonus… is that you will have to TRAIN your puppy at least twice a day! People get busy and they forget that the cute puppy they brought home 2 weeks ago needs a lot of puppy training and socialization.

If you require yourself to use meal time to train a puppy, you will have a very well-behaved dog very quickly! Just this tip alone can change your entire relationship with your dog! It isn’t easy to carve time out sometimes, but this will help you remember how important it is to spend time teaching and bonding with your puppy every day!

Again, you don’t want to wait until your puppy is over 100 pounds and realize you have little to no control of him.

Bonus Tip

Socialization is critical! I know I mentioned it earlier, but I thought it deserved its own spot on this list.

Puppies aren’t puppies for long! They have a very short window to learn about all the things that will be in their life as they age. It is very important to get them used to all kinds of other dogs, people, children and environments. I can’t tell you how many people I know that get a puppy, bring it home, and even do some obedience training, but never take the puppy outside of the home until they are full grown.

They then end up with a fearful adult dog that is unsure in all kinds of new situations. Many of these dogs look seriously “abused” to the average person because they are so fearful of everything, when actually it is simply because the puppy was never given proper socialization and exposed to different things. If you want your dog to go hiking, go to the ball field, go to parks and other places, and be able to be around people of all shapes, sizes, colors and children, you need to take him to these places and teach him manners when he is young.

Socialization isn’t always about “playing with” something; often it is about learning to be obedient around certain things and situations. No one brings home a cute fuzzy puppy and considers that it will one day become a terrifying, dominant dog! No one wants to be in an abusive relationship with their dog either, (where the dog is in control of everything in his environment)!

These simple 13 puppy training mistakes will help you teach your puppy to grow into a loving canine companion!


Puppy Training Schedule: What to Teach Puppies, and When

We always anticipate the joys of all that’s good about owning a puppy.

But often it doesn’t work out as well as we’d hoped. Puppies are delightful bundles of energy and curiosity…. but they can also be exasperating and frustrating.

If you respond properly to the challenges of bringing a new puppy into your home, the adjustment period will be shorter and less stressful for both of you.

If you do not respond properly….. well, unfortunately that’s why so many teenage dogs are turned over to rescue groups and animal shelters.

What you must get right when raising a puppy

Training a puppy by teaching feeding routines

Routines are reassuring to puppies. For example, his food and water bowls should stay in one place.

First and foremost, teach your new puppy daily routines.

  • Where his food and water dishes are located.
  • What times of day he will eat.
  • Where his bed is.
  • What time he goes to bed.
  • What time he gets up.
  • Where he goes to the bathroom.
  • Where his toys are kept.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that it doesn’t matter HOW you teach each of these routines. It definitely does matter.

If you use the right teaching method, your puppy will be better-behaved and will be happy to let you decide what he can and can’t do in your family.

If you use the wrong teaching method, your puppy will begin making decisions about how he wants YOU to fit into HIS life. That’s a recipe for conflict and behavior problems.

Teach your puppy words

Which commands and words to teach a puppy

These words are taught AFTER your puppy has learned the two most important words: “No” and “Good.”

You must teach your puppy words as well as routines.

The most important words are “No” (which means “Stop whatever you’re doing”) and “Good” (which means “I like what you’re doing”).

These praise and correction words should be started at 2-3 months of age.

You must teach these words properly, with the right tone of voice and the right body language, or they won’t be of any help in teaching other words.

If your puppy is older than 2-3 months and hasn’t learned “No” and “Good” flawlessly, you must start with those words before you can expect success with other word training.

Avoid biscuit training

Training a puppy by teaching feeding routines

Most puppies love treats, but don’t RELY on them to teach good behavior.

It’s a big mistake to rely ONLY on food treats to train your puppy (or a dog of any age).

What’s wrong with “biscuit training”? It’s based on your puppy deciding when he’s hungry enough to do what you want.

Imagine your puppy running out the front door. You call him, waving a treat. But he’d rather chase a squirrel into the road than come back to munch on a treat. In addition to the obvious danger of Puppy getting hit by a car, he learns that he doesn’t have to listen to you. He learns that he’s in charge of what he decides to do and what he decides not to do.

Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t use food to train your puppy. Food is a great motivator and I definitely use it.

But if your training method consists ONLY of giving your puppy a treat to coax him to do what you say, you’re going to find yourself in trouble when you want him to do something and he’s not hungry…. or when you want him to STOP doing something and he’s having too much fun to stop, regardless of the treats you’re desperately flinging at him.

This sad scenario happens a lot with “biscuit training.” It doesn’t happen at all with Respect Training.

Respect training is the best way to train your puppy

Training a puppy to respect you

A puppy who is taught to respect you will pay close attention to you.

You should teach your puppy to respect you as the leader in your home.

Without proper respect, your puppy may learn words and routines but choose not to do them. I’m sure you know dog owners who say their dog “understands” them but doesn’t do what they say.

They might even try to laugh it off by saying, “He’s so smart he has ME trained!”

That isn’t intelligence – it’s disrespect. And it can be traced to improper training right from the time the puppy was first brought home.

Respectful dogs understand and do what you say

Chihuahua and Papillon, listening carefully for words they know

Respect training is not something you can get “almost” right. You must get it completely, consistently right – in a way that dogs understand. I can help you with this.

Dogs are capable of learning many words, and there is no better way to get your dog to understand what you want and what you don’t want than to teach him carefully chosen words and routines.

Of course, knowing which words to teach isn’t much help unless you also know HOW to teach them. I can help you with this, too. Keep reading.

First, I’ll give you a hint. The photo above is cute, but don’t expect your dog to want to listen to children’s stories!

But do expect him to listen carefully to your words, waiting for one he understands. Expect him to be eager to follow your directions.

Puppy training schedule… more training at 2-3 months

Crate training (2-3 months)

Crate training a puppy

A crate protects your puppy from household dangers and is an invaluable aid in housebreaking.

Your puppy’s crate is his safe and secure den.

Some people mistakenly refer to a crate as “doggie jail” but that is not the way Puppy will view his crate.

Oh, at first he might be unhappy to have his movements curtailed, but it won’t be long at all before he goes into the crate on his own, to take a nap or just to get away from household activity.

For a new puppy, a crate helps with housebreaking and provides a safe den for sleeping.

When your puppy is used to his crate, it will be easy to take him visiting, or for trips in the car, or to the vet.

When we watch TV, we sit in our favorite chairs and our dogs typically choose to lie down in their crates (doors open), watching the same shows we watch (well, sort of!).

Housebreaking (2-3 months)

At 2-3 months old, puppies are infants and won’t have reliable control of their bladder for several months. (Tiny breeds are notoriously difficult to housebreak and take even longer.)

Still, housebreaking begins the day you bring your puppy home.

Establish the right pattern from the very beginning and Puppy will be housebroken as soon as his internal organs can cooperate.

But if you do it wrong, housebreaking will become a nightmare. And sadly, many owners don’t realize they’re doing something wrong until Puppy’s “accidents” have become a bad habit…. and bad habits are hard to undo. So you want to establish the right pattern from the very beginning.

There are several methods of housebreaking, including using a crate, an exercise pen (“ex-pen”), a doggy door leading into a small potty yard, or a litter box (for tiny breeds).

You’ll find detailed housebreaking directions in my puppy training book (see bottom of page) – and yes, I cover each one of those housebreaking methods so you can choose which one works best for your pup and your lifestyle.

Acceptance of being handled (2-3 months)

Training a puppy by teaching him to accept handling

Start handling your puppy immediately so he learns to accept anything you need to do with him.

Your puppy must accept YOU as the leader in your family. Being the leader simply means you are the one who decides what is okay for Puppy to do and what isn’t okay.

For example…. brushing, bathing, clipping nails, cleaning teeth, giving a pill, putting on a collar or harness.

These are all times when YOU – not Puppy – have to be the one to decide what is necessary. Puppy should stand quietly for anything you need to do with him.

If you teach words and respect properly, acceptance of being handled will come naturally – they go “hand-in-hand”, so to speak!

Gentleness (2-3 months)

Training a puppy by teaching him gentleness

Teach your puppy to be gentle when interacting with people. He must not nip or chew on people’s hands.

Just like acceptance of being handled, gentleness is taught along with vocabulary and respect training.

Puppy’s mother (and siblings) began teaching gentleness by firmly correcting Puppy when he played too roughly.

Your job is to take over from where they left off and teach Puppy how to restrain himself when he plays with humans.

Remember, you must be the one who sets the limits of ALL good and bad behavior.

Household rules (2-3 months)

Training a puppy by teaching household rules

This particular behavior would be a “No.”

Teach Puppy which behaviors are allowed in your house and which behaviors aren’t.

Is he allowed to shred the toilet paper? (no)

Is he allowed to jump up on the furniture, or into the lap of a seated person? (that’s up to you, but everyone in your family must follow the same policy or Puppy will be hopelessly confused)

Can he take a toy away from another dog in the family? (absolutely not! it might look cute but it can lead to bullying and dominance battles later)

Can he take socks out of the laundry basket? Can he sleep on your bed at night? What about barking at strangers he sees through the window?

You need to choose the best household rules, then be completely consistent about enforcing those rules. “No!” and “Good!” will serve you well for these puppy lessons, but only if you have taught those words properly.

My puppy training book spends a lot of time showing you how to teach those words, and also tells you the best rules to establish with your puppy.

Is your puppy older than 2-3 months?

You might think a training schedule would be different for an older puppy…. but it isn’t.

Whether your puppy is 3 months old, 6 months old, or 9 months old, the order of training must start with the same words and respect training I’ve been talking about.

Namely…. daily routines, praise and correction words, crate training, housebreaking, acceptance of being handled, gentleness, and household rules.

So if your older puppy is still mouthing on your hands, or barking back at you when you tell him to do something, or if he doesn’t stop whatever he’s doing when you say, “No”, you need to double down on the basics.

Then you can move on to….

Training an older puppy

Sit, stay, heel….older puppies are ready to start learning more advanced words after they are obeying basics such as “No.” Don’t jump ahead!

  • Walk on the leash without pulling.
  • Come when called. Every time.
  • Go to his dog bed when told, and sleep on it while you’re reading or working on the computer.
  • Wait inside the door or gate, even when it’s open, until you tell him he can go through.
  • “Give” or “Drop” whatever is in his mouth when told.
  • and much, much more

All of these skills involve Puppy learning new words, but remember, simply knowing what a word “means” won’t automatically lead to Puppy DOING it.

You need to teach these new words in specific ways that encourage Puppy to view you as a worthy leader. Popping treats into his mouth won’t accomplish that.

Now, leadership doesn’t mean hitting Puppy! Just little things you need to say and do every time you interact with him. These little things are viewed as “leadership” by the canine mind.

All puppies misbehave from time to time. How you respond when Puppy misbehaves is very, very important.

  • If you respond the wrong way, he will keep misbehaving.
  • Respond the right way and he will view you as a leader and listen to you.

It’s best to get this right the first time around, because Puppy won’t ever be the same age again. You get only one chance to teach all the right habits to a “clean slate” puppy. If you try to train your puppy without help, you will probably have to re-do the lessons, only this time with an older puppy with bad habits.

You don’t need to sign up for an obedience class to get help training your puppy. I’ve taught hundreds of those classes and they can be overwhelming for a puppy. Timid puppies can get over-run by bullies, and excitable puppies just get more excitable.

You can teach your puppy at home and I’ll help you. My puppy training book is called Respect Training for Puppies: 30 Seconds to a Calm, Polite, Well-Behaved Puppy. I’ll show you my proven step-by-step training schedule for teaching your puppy all the words he needs to know, plus consistent household rules and routines, housebreaking, crate training, acceptance of being handled, calmness, gentleness, and general obedience training.

Most importantly, this book will show you how to teach your puppy to respect you so that he actually does what you say. Good puppy!

Michele Welton with BuffyAbout the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

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Dog training videos. Sometimes it’s easier to train your puppy (or adult dog) when you can see the correct training techniques in action.

The problem is that most dog training videos on the internet are worthless, because they use the wrong training method. I recommend these dog training videos that are based on respect and leadership.


How to House Train Puppies

Teaching your new puppy to potty at the right time and place is one of the most important first steps you can take for a long, happy life together. House soiling is among the top reasons why dogs lose their homes or end up in shelters. Few people are willing to put up with a dog who destroys rugs and flooring, or who leaves a stinky mess that you have to clean after a hard day at work.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you do some research in advance, decide what will work best for your situation, and make a plan.

There are three tried-and-true methods for training your puppy, says Mary Burch, Ph.D., director of the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy programs. These include:

Also, frequent walks outside help.

Dr. Burch says that there are pros and cons to each, but they all can be successful if you follow a few basic tips, including:

  • Controlling your dog’s diet.
  • Keeping a consistent schedule; this pertains to trips outside, feeding and exercise.
  • Providing regular exercise—it helps with motility.
  • Reinforcing your puppy for “going” outside

Let’s explore some of these concepts in depth.

RELATED: How to Housetrain an Adult Dog

Crates Rank High as a Potty Training Tool

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Many people new to dogs cringe at the idea of confining their puppies in a crate, but the reluctance to use this tool generally evaporates after a few days of living with a new pet. Crates make life easier. It’s a good idea to get your dog accustomed to one for many reasons, such as vet visits, travel, convalescence, and safety.

Dogs are den animals and will seek out a little canine cave for security whether you provide one or not. That makes it relatively easy to train your dog to love her crate.

The principle behind using a crate for housetraining is that dogs are very clean creatures and don’t like a urine-soaked rug in their living spaces any more than you do. It’s important that the crate is the right size—just large enough for the dog to lie down, stand up, and turn around. If it is too large, the dog will feel that it’s OK to use one corner for elimination and then happily settle down away from the mess. Many crates come with partitions so you can adjust the size as your puppy grows.

When she feels an urge, the puppy will usually let you know by whining and scratching. That’s her signal that she has to go and wants out of her little den. Now! Don’t delay because if you let your pup lose control in her crate, she’ll get the idea that it’s OK to mess up her living space. Then she’ll think nothing of leaving little packages around where you live, too.

Puppy Pads and Paper Training

Dr. Burch says the use of puppy pads and paper training can be “tricky because you’re reinforcing two different options for the puppy.” In an ideal situation, pups would learn to hold it indoors and only eliminate at specific spots outdoors. But some cases may require a bit of creative thought, such as a person who has a job that makes it impossible to get home several times a day, or for a tiny dog living where the winters are brutal. Puppy pads give a dog the option of relieving herself in an approved spot at home. After the dog matures, the owner can then work on having the dog do her business outdoors all the time.

Create a Housetraining Schedule for Your Puppy

It is vital to housetraining success. Puppies have tiny bladders, and water runs right through them. The same is true for solid matter. You have to make sure you are giving your puppy ample opportunity to do the right thing.

A good guide is that dogs can control their bladders for the number of hours corresponding to their age in months up to about nine months to a year. (Remember, though, that 10 to 12 hours is a long time for anyone to hold it!) A 6-month-old pup can reasonably be expected to hold it for about 6 hours. Never forget that all puppies are individuals and the timing will differ for each.

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Monitor daily events and your puppy’s habits when setting up a schedule. With very young puppies, you should expect to take the puppy out:

  • First thing in the morning.
  • Last thing at night.
  • After playing indoors.
  • After spending time in a crate.
  • Upon waking up from a nap.
  • After chewing a toy or bone.
  • After eating.
  • After drinking.

This could have you running for the piddle pad, backyard, or street a dozen times or more in a 24-hour period. If you work, make some kind of arrangement (bringing your pup to the office or hiring a dog walker) to keep that schedule. The quicker you convey the idea that there is an approved place to potty and that some places are off-limits, the quicker you’ll be able to put this messy chapter behind you.

Observation and Supervision

You have to watch your puppy carefully for individual signals and rhythms. Some puppies may be able to hold it longer than others. Some will have to go out every time they play or get excited. Some will stop in the middle of a play session, pee, and play on. As with human babies, canine potty habits are highly idiosyncratic.

Control the Diet

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Puppies have immature digestive systems, so they can’t really handle a lot of food. That’s why it is recommended that you break up the


into three small meals. Another thing to keep in mind is the food itself, which should be the highest quality. Whatever you choose, make sure it agrees with your puppy.

You might want to check out one of the four distinct Purina® Pro Plan® nutritional platforms. They have different formulas for your pup’s particular needs and preferences. Real meat is the first ingredient AND there are no added artificial colors or flavors.

Examining their stool is the best way for an owner to figure out whether it’s time for a change in diet. If your puppy is consistently producing stools that are bulky, loose, and stinky, it may be time to talk to your vet about switching to a new food. Overfeeding may also provoke a case of diarrhea, which will only make the task of housetraining that much more difficult.


Scolding a puppy for soiling your rug, especially after the fact, isn’t going to do anything except make her think you’re a nut. Likewise, some old methods of punishment, like rubbing a dog’s nose in her poop, are so bizarre that it’s hard to imagine how they came to be and if they ever worked for anyone. On the other hand, praising a puppy for doing the right thing works best for everything you will do in your life together. Make her think that she is a little canine Einstein every time she performs this simple, natural act. Be effusive in your praise—cheer, clap, throw cookies. Let her know that no other accomplishment, ever—not going to the moon, not splitting the atom, not inventing coffee—has been as important as this pee. Reward your pup with one of his favorite Purina® Pro Plan® treats. Make sure they’re nice and small, easy for your puppy to digest.

If your dog has an accident, says Dr. Burch, don’t make a fuss, just clean up the mess. A cleaner that also kills odors will remove the scent so the dog will not use it in the future. Blot up liquid on the carpet before cleaning the rug.

If you catch the dog starting to squat to urinate or defecate, pick her up and immediately rush outside. If she does the job outdoors, give her praise and attention. Remember that when it comes to housetraining, prevention is the key.

Housetraining Problems

Following these rules will usually result in a well house-trained puppy. But sometimes, it doesn’t go as planned.

Dr. Burch notes that sometimes house soiling is a sign of a physical issue. “Well before the several month mark, a dog who has seemed impossible to housetrain should have a good veterinary workup,” she says. If your vet finds that your dog is healthy, the next step is to find a trainer or behaviorist who has had experience with this issue.

Here are some common complaints that trainers say they have encountered:

  • “My lapdog is piddling all over the house!” This is common among people who own toy dogs. Some trainers recommend teaching little dogs to use indoor potty spots, in much the same way as a cat uses a litter box. In addition to piddle pads, there are actual potty boxes for indoor use. Other trainers say that with consistency, you can house train a little dog. It just may take a little additional time, attention, and effort.
  • “My dog keeps peeing in the same spot where she had an accident.” That’s probably because you didn’t clean up the mess efficiently and there is still some odor there, signaling that this is a prime potty spot. In your new puppy supply kit make sure you have plenty of enzymatic cleaners and carefully follow instructions on using them.
  • “I gave her the run of the apartment. When I came home, there was a mess.” This is a common mistake among dog owners. They see some early signs that the dog is getting the idea, and declare victory too soon. Even when the puppy is consistently doing what you want, keep to the schedule to make sure the good habits are ingrained.
  • “He’s soiling his crate!” Dr. Burch says dogs who come from pet stores, shelters, or other situations where they have been confined for long periods and have had no other choice but to eliminate in their kennels will often soil their crates. The best approach would be to go back to square one with crate and house training. Here are the steps to follow:
    • Assess how well your dog can control his bladder and bowels when not in the crate.
    • Carefully controlling diet and schedule.
    • Give frequent trips outside, including after every meal, first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
    • If you work, consider a dog walker.
    • Clean everything so there are no odors left.

How Long Does Puppy Potty Training Take?

That can vary considerably, says Dr. Burch. There are many factors to consider, such as age, learning history, and your methods and consistency. An 8-week-old puppy is very different developmentally than a 5-month-old puppy. Some puppies have perfect manners after just a few days. Others can take months, especially if the dog has had a less than ideal situation before coming to you. With patience and persistence, though, most dogs can learn.

For additional tips, here’s an AKC webinar on housetraining a puppy.

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Top Ten Dog Training Tips

  • Listen to Your Dog

    Learn to listen to your dog. If your dog appears to be uncomfortable meeting another dog, animal or person, don’t insist that he say hello. He’s telling you that he isn’t comfortable for a reason, and you should respect that. Forcing the issue can often result in bigger problems down the line.

  • Be Generous with Your Affection

    Most people don’t have a problem being very clear about when they are unhappy with their dogs, but, they often ignore the good stuff. Big mistake! Make sure you give your dog lots of attention when he’s doing the right thing. Let him know when he’s been a good boy. That’s the time to be extra generous with your attention and praise. It’s even okay to be a little over the top.

  • Does He Really Like It?

    Just because the bag says “a treat all dogs love” doesn’t mean your dog will automatically love it. Some dogs are very selective about what they like to eat. Soft and chewy treats are usually more exciting for your dog than hard and crunchy treats. Keep your eyes open for what he enjoys.

  • Tell Him What You Want Him to Do

    There is nothing inherently wrong with telling your dog “no,” except that it doesn’t give him enough information. Instead of telling your dog “no,” tell him what you want him to do. Dogs don’t generalize well, so if your dog jumps up on someone to say hello and you say no, he may jump higher or he may jump to the left side instead of the right. A better alternative would be to ask him to “sit.” Tell him what you want him to do in order to avoid confusion.

  • Be Consistent

    Whenever you’re training your dog, it’s important to get as many family members involved as possible so everyone’s on the same page. If you are telling your dog “off” when he jumps on the couch and someone else is saying “down,” while someone else is letting him hang out up there, how on earth is he ever going to learn what you want? Consistency will be the key to your success.

  • Have Realistic Expectations

    Changing behavior takes time. You need to have realistic expectations about changing your dog’s behavior as well as how long it will take to change behaviors that you don’t like. Often behaviors which are “normal” doggie behaviors will take the most time such as barking, digging and jumping. You also need to consider how long your dog has rehearsed the behavior. For example, if you didn’t mind that your dog jumped up on people to say hi for the last seven years and now you decide that you don’t want him to do that anymore, that behavior will take a much longer time to undo than if you had addressed it when he was a pup. Remember it’s never too late to change the behavior some will just take longer than others.

  • Don’t Underestimate the Benefits of Feeding a High Quality Food

    Feed your dog a high-quality diet with appropriate amounts of protein. If your dog spends most of his days lounging in your condo, don’t feed him food with a protein level that is ideal for dogs who herd sheep all day. The money that you will spend on feeding an appropriate quality food will often be money that you save in vet bills later on. I recommend you always check with your veterinarian for the right diet for your dog.

  • You Get What You Reinforce – Not Necessarily What You Want

    If your dog exhibits a behavior you don’t like, there is a strong likelihood that it’s something that has been reinforced before. A great example is when your dog brings you a toy and barks to entice you to throw it. You throw the toy. Your dog has just learned that barking gets you to do what he wants. You say “no,” and he barks even more. Heaven forbid you give in and throw the toy now! Why? Because you will have taught him persistence pays off. Before you know it you’ll have a dog that barks and barks every time he wants something. The solution? Ignore his barking or ask him to do something for you (like “sit”) before you throw his toy.

  • Bribery vs. Reward

    The idea of using treats to train is often equated with bribery. Truthfully, dogs do what works. If using treats gets them to do what you want, then why not? You can also use the world around you as a reinforcement. Every interaction you have with your dog is a learning opportunity, so when you think about it, you probably don’t use food very often except during active training sessions. So why does your dog continue to hang out? Because you reinforce him with praise, touch, games and walks. Just remember, the behavior should produce the treat; the treat should not produce the behavior.

  • Freedom

    Let your new dog gradually earn freedom throughout your home. A common error that many pet parents make is giving their new dog too much freedom too soon. This can easily lead to accidents relating to housetraining and destructive chewing. So, close off doors to unoccupied rooms and use baby gates to section off parts of the house, if necessary. One of the best ways to minimize incidents is to keep your dog tethered to you in the house and by using a crate or doggie safe area when you can’t actively supervise him.

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    10 Best Training Tips

    Ok, he’s finally home. Training needs to begin immediately, considering the new pattern on the rug, not to mention the dog’s breakfast he’s made of your new Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals. But where should you start?

    Whether you train your new puppy or dog yourself, take classes, or hire a private trainer, some basic training tips should be tackled right out of the gate. These top 10 tips from professional dog trainers at the top of their game will help get you going.

    Aside: When your puppy is old enough, think about getting him or her neutered or spayed, likewise if you adopt a dog. A neutered or spayed dog is more docile, less aggressive, and may be more open to successful training.

    Top 10 training tips

    1. Choose your dog’s name wisely and be respectful of it. Of course you’ll want to pick a name for your new puppy or dog that you love, but for the purposes of training it also helps to consider a short name ending with a strong consonant. This allows you to say his name so that he can always hear it clearly. A strong ending (i.e. Jasper, Jack, Ginger) perks up puppy ears—especially when you place a strong emphasize at the end. If he’s an older dog, he’s probably used to his name; however, changing it isn’t out of the question. If he’s from a shelter, they may neglect to tell you that he has a temporary name assigned to him by staff. If he’s from a breeder, he’ll come to you with a long name, which you may want to shorten, or change. And if he’s coming out of an abusive situation, a new name may represent a fresh start. But we’re lucky: dogs are extremely adaptable. And soon enough, if you use it consistently, he will respond to his new name.

      New name or old, as much as possible, associate it with pleasant, fun things, rather than negative. The goal is for him to think of his name the same way he thinks of other great stuff in his life, like “walk,” “cookie,” or “dinner!”

    2. Decide on the “house rules.” Before he comes home, decide what he can and can’t do. Is he allowed on the bed or the furniture? Are parts of the house off limits? Will he have his own chair at your dining table? If the rules are settled on early, you can avoid confusion for both of you.
    3. Set up his private den. He needs “a room of his own.” From the earliest possible moment give your pup or dog his own, private sleeping place that’s not used by anyone else in the family, or another pet. He’ll benefit from short periods left alone in the comfort and safety of his den. Reward him if he remains relaxed and quiet. His den, which is often a crate, will also be a valuable tool for housetraining.
    4. Help him relax when he comes home. When your puppy gets home, give him a warm hot water bottle and put a ticking clock near his sleeping area. This imitates the heat and heartbeat of his litter mates and will soothe him in his new environment. This may be even more important for a new dog from a busy, loud shelter who’s had a rough time early on. Whatever you can do to help him get comfortable in his new home will be good for both of you.
    5. Teach him to come when called. Come Jasper! Good boy! Teaching him to come is the command to be mastered first and foremost. And since he’ll be coming to you, your alpha status will be reinforced. Get on his level and tell him to come using his name. When he does, make a big deal using positive reinforcement. Then try it when he’s busy with something interesting. You’ll really see the benefits of perfecting this command early as he gets older.
    6. Reward his good behavior. Reward your puppy or dog’s good behavior with positive reinforcement. Use treats, toys, love, or heaps of praise. Let him know when’s he’s getting it right. Likewise, never reward bad behaviour; it’ll only confuse him.
    7. Take care of the jump up. Puppies love to jump up in greeting. Don’t reprimand him, just ignore his behavior and wait ’til he settles down before giving positive reinforcement. Never encourage jumping behavior by patting or praising your dog when he’s in a “jumping up” position. Turn your back on him and pay him no attention.
    8. Teach him on “dog time.” Puppies and dogs live in the moment. Two minutes after they’ve done something, it’s forgotten about. When he’s doing something bad, try your chosen training technique right away so he has a chance to make the association between the behavior and the correction. Consistent repetition will reinforce what’s he’s learned.
    9. Discourage him from biting or nipping. Instead of scolding him, a great way to put off your mouthy canine is to pretend that you’re in great pain when he’s biting or nipping you. He’ll be so surprised he’s likely to stop immediately. If this doesn’t work, try trading a chew toy for your hand or pant leg. The swap trick also works when he’s into your favorite shoes. He’ll prefer a toy or bone anyway. If all else fails, break up the biting behavior, and then just ignore him.
    10. End training sessions on a positive note. Excellent boy! Good job, Jasper! He’s worked hard to please you throughout the training. Leave him with lots of praise, a treat, some petting, or five minutes of play. This guarantees he’ll show up at his next class with his tail wagging—ready to work!


    Emotional Support Animal – What to Expect at The Airport-Guide To Flying With Your ESA Step By Step

    Flying with your emotional Support Animal (ESA) for the first time can feel stressful. In reality, the experience can be quite easy if the handler is well prepared and the ESA is well behaved and calm on the plane. This guide is a helpful resource for ESA Dog training for those who need it.

    Things to do before you go to the airport

    Contact the airlines or consult their website a few weeks or more before your flight. If you are unsure of the airline’s policy, you may even contact them prior to booking your tickets. They will let you know their specific requirements are for flying with an emotional support animal. Some airlines such as Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier, and Jetblue may require advanced notice.

    Some airlines have their own form or document that you need filled out in addition to your ESA letter. It is better to contact the airline ahead of time so you feel confident that you have all required documentation needed for your trip.

    When you are at the airport or on the airplane, it is recommended that your ESA wear an easily identifiable vest. Although this is not required by law, it may make your travels easier. The airlines encourage this because it makes identifying your dog as an emotional support animal much easier and may prevent unnecessary confrontations. You can contact for ESA vests and identification cards.

    How Can I Get an ESA Letter from ESA Doctors?

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    Three-easy-steps for emotional support animal

    What to do once you get to the airport

    Once you arrive at the check-in counter, you can inform the airline representative again that you are traveling with an ESA. Airline personnel will then be able to help assist you and help you travel through the airport with your ESA without any delays. You will be required to produce an ESA Letter from a licensed mental health professional. This is something that you should send to them ahead of time.

    A letter from your medical doctor may be accepted as well, though typically a letter from a licensed mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, counselor, social worker, LMFT, etc) is preferred. If you do not have access to a therapist, you can fill out the ESA Questionnaire here. A licensed mental health professional will be in touch with you shortly.

    Preferably, the airline will have verified your official ESA letter and should be aware that you will be traveling with an ESA. This is also why it is important for you to notify them ahead of time since some airlines have their own template that needs to be filled out as well.

    What to do once you get inside the airport

    When you get to your designated gate, we recommend that you notify the airline attendants there that you are traveling with an ESA. If your animal is larger and requires more room, they will help seat you in the bulkhead so you and your ESA can sit comfortably. If you require this help, we recommend getting to your gate 30 minutes before boarding. Once you have boarded the plane, the airline typically requires that your dog (or other animal) should be on the floor between your knees and the seat in front of you. If your animal is small in size, they may allow you to carry your ESA during the flight.

    We hope you can now see that flying with your ESA is not too intimidating! We hope this helps!


    Benefits of emotional support animal certification for your dog or pet 

    • Unfettered access to apartment housing even if they have a no-pet policy
    • Live in the apartment of your dreams even if they a specific no pet policy
    • Waive any dog or pet deposits for apartments
    • Waive any additional monthly dog fees
    • Free airline travel for your dog (domestic travel) – fly with your dog in cabin


    After 16-Year-Old Dog Passes Away, Elderly Dog Dad Dies Of Broken Heart

    Ken lived in a manufactured home network with his old dog, 16-year-old Zack. He practically minded his own business and carried on with a tranquil existence with his sweet elderly canine.

    “He Died of A Broken Heart, After Losing His Beloved Old Dog, In His Grief!”

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    Dogs owners comprehend the power of profound devotion that exists among individuals and their pets. We venerate our dogs so much that they are significantly nearer to us than people by and large. Dogs give so much and request so little consequence. A man named Ken who lived in Hemet, California, with his little pooch, Zack, is breaking hearts around the globe with his story.

    A neighbor went to visit Ken half a month back and when there was no answer, she started slamming into the entryway. At the point when the neighbor entered, the pooch was not so good. The dog’s proprietor, Ken, was in tears, realizing his canine required help yet he didn’t have the cash for vet care.

    The neighbor, named Burt, presented a request via web-based networking media requesting help. Inside the hour, Elaine Seamans of the At-Choo Foundation to help protect hounds connected with Burt.

    The pet was raced to the vet, however, unfortunately, he was excessively sick to endure. Ken cried such a great amount to the point he could barely stop. At the specific end, Burt snapped a picture and the image is catching and breaking hearts around the world.

    Cards came filling Ken, yet in a tragic bit of destiny, he surrendered to a heart assault. Such huge numbers of are stating he really kicked the bucket of a broken heart since losing his cherished canine. We can absolutely get it.

    We envision both of them are together at the Rainbow Bridge and never again enduring nor in torment. Our sympathies to all influenced by this grievous tragic story.

    Why Certain Dog Breeds Are Labeled “Dangerous”?

    Dangerous Dog Breeds: Husky
    Dangerous Dog Breeds: Husky

    Certain dog breeds are considered dangerous by the public. Some jurisdictions have even enacted breed bans (this practice is called Breed-Specific Legislation). In some cases, people have trouble getting homeowner’s insurance coverage if they have one of the “blacklisted” breeds.

    There are several reasons people develop opinions about certain dog breeds. In part, the media shapes the way certain dog breeds are perceived. People who have personally had frightening encounters with certain breeds will share their stories, thus spreading a breed’s reputation by word-of-mouth. That being said, it is often the facts that have the most impact.

    What Facts?

    There are many sources that have compiled dog bite statistics, but one of the more commonly cited sources is the CDC. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published a CDC study on fatal dog bites lists the breeds involved in fatal attacks over 20 years. At the top of the list are “pit bull-type” dogs. However, the study does not discuss the criteria that were used to categorize those dogs as pit bull-types. These so-called “pit bull-types” could be a combination of several different dog breeds that could not be recognized at the time of the attack. It is, unfortunately, common that people want to ban “pit bulls” without determining what makes a dog a pit bull.

    Pit Bulls

    Why are “pit bulls” targeted? Certain dog breeds have ancestral roots in fighting, protection and other areas that would have once made breeding for aggression necessary. Historically, these traits we accepted. Undesirable traits may come from irresponsible breeding. Bad breeding practices may or may not pass on a genetic tendency towards aggression, but many irresponsible breeders looking to produce “tough” dogs will specifically breed for aggressive traits. Sadly, they are often breeding the dogs for fighting, guarding or to project a certain image.

    Pit bull-type dogs are stereotypical popular with the kinds of irresponsible owners who might handle their dogs improperly, neglect them, chain them up, breed them for the wrong reasons or allow them to roam free and terrorize the neighborhood. Despite the fact that so many of these mistreated dogs resemble pit bull-type dogs, it does not mean that all of the pit bull-type dogs out there is a product of this irresponsible breeding. There are responsible breeders out there producing dogs with good temperaments. There are also mixed-breed dogs that have a certain “look” that has no bearing on personality.

    Dog Breeds Labelled Dangerous

    While pit-bull type dogs are the most common to be labeled as dangerous, there are many other breeds that have been labeled as most dangerous dog breeds. Some have also been affected by Breed-Specific Legislation. The following dog breeds are sometimes labeled as dangerous:

    • Alaskan Malamute
    • American Bulldog
    • American Pit Bull Terrier
    • American Staffordshire Terrier
    • Boxer
    • Bull Terrier
    • Cane Corso
    • Chow Chow
    • Dalmatian
    • Doberman Pinscher
    • German Shepherd Dog
    • Great Dane
    • Presa Canario
    • Rottweiler
    • Saint Bernard
    • Siberian Husky
    • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
    • Wolf Hybrids

    This list does not include all dogs with “bad” reputations. Conversely, all of the dogs on the list have supporters who disagree with the stereotypes. The truth is, any breed of dog (or mix) can be aggressive. Labeling a breed as dangerous may even give people a false sense of security around other breeds. Instead, the public should be educated about dog bite prevention and responsible dog ownership.

    Individual dogs may be determined dangerous by their local jurisdiction based upon past behavior. If a dog has been reported for aggressive behavior, restrictions may be placed on that dog and owner (such as wearing a muzzle in public or not being allowed in public). This is considered by many to be a better way to manage the problem of aggressive dogs. There is little evidence that shows Breed-specific legislation to be effective.