Category: Puppies

Puppy Start Right book cover

There is so much information out there on raising a puppy right and let me tell you…so much of it is bogus! I’ve put together a list of recommended books that are specific to puppies, plus a few extras about dogs in general.

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puppy looking away

So you’re bringing home a new puppy! This is such an exciting time and there is so much to prepare.

I want to make it easier for you to be ready for anything, so here is my shopping list for you. It’s long; beware… But you know that you’ve got lots of prep to do to set you puppy up for success!

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A puppy wearing a red safety hat and goggles holding up a safety first sign.

Puppies – such delicate little creatures! We speak often in our Primary School classes about just how delicate they are. Between 6 and 16 weeks (approximately), puppies go through a critical period where learning is optimal. I like to imagine their skulls wide open and their brains are beautiful sponges encased in a thin layer of webbed glass. They’re open to learning and absorbing an incredible amount of information, but any kind of trauma can easily cause damage.

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A German Shepherd rescue dog, Salinger.

Salinger has been with me for one week and so far I have taught him to sit. That’s it. I’m not worried about “obedience” at this stage. He’s just a puppy! What I’m worried about are positive experiences. We explore the neighbourhood, we try a different route every day, we visit local businesses (paramedics, police station, long-term care facility, construction sites, etc) and even if it’s just stepping in the door and experiencing a different kind of flooring and having a few treats and a little dance party, that’s a great experience. I don’t expect anything of him!

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german shepherd puppy on a playground

Week Two and this little guy is starting to really settle. He makes me laugh out loud on a regular basis and I’m consistently blown away by his resilience. Walks are a lot of fun in this gorgeous weather as we explore the neighbourhood and meet some of the friendly dogs who live near us. There’s a lot of exploring and grasshopper-hunting.

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