Feeding your dog Life’s Abundance Premium Dog Food is a great step in the right direction of providing him with the bond and safety he craves and needs.  In addition, obedience and behavior training is very important in assuring that you have a great dog for life and the proper companion for the entire family.

We would like to share some of the articles we have written over the years and continue to write regarding dog safety, obedience, and behavior.  We hope you enjoy them.

What Are Potty Training Tips for my Puppy?

Probably the two happiest moments for you in your new puppy’s life are when you bring him home and when he finally stops pottying on your carpet. The first moment is pretty easy to create.  All you need to do is go to the breeder or shelter and bring him home.  The second moment is one that often baffles many puppy owners for weeks and sometimes months.

The simple question that we all must ask is “Why is potty training so hard?”.  We all believe that we are pretty smart people.  We can normally figure things out.  If we can’t, we can always Google a Youtube video.  So why are we stumped when it comes to potty training our new puppy?

The secret is that we need to understand when and why our puppy is going to the bathroom.  We need to figure out how we can discover when he needs to get outside and if we can modify the situation or at least make it consistent.  We need to learn more that we must teach.

The process focuses on our puppy’s natural instincts regarding his environment as well as the unique interaction of his metabolism, our schedule, and proper nutrition.  It is much more than simply saying “Good Puppy” every time he potties.

Robin and I have a really great article that provides some simple steps that will get you a long way in having a potty-free house.  Please take a moment to read our dog training blog titled “What Are Potty Training Tips for my Puppy”.

Potty Training your Puppy

How Do I Deal with My Puppy’s Bad Behavior?

Puppies are so much fun and playing with puppies is the absolute best part of puppies.  We want them to be excited, jump on us, give us kisses, run around and hide from us, tug on our old socks, and so much more.

These activities are really fun when they are small and cute. Then they start chewing on our expensive shoes that we left on the carpet or barking and jumping on everyone coming in the house.  Now the fun starts to disappear. It becomes really annoying when they start to get big and the jumping and nipping start to hurt us and scare our guests.

We often ignore these bad behaviors for longer than we should because we still remember all the fun times we had when we engaged in these “bad behaviors” with our puppies.  We even inexplicably hope that our puppies (now dogs) will find some way to still have these “bad behaviors”, but in a good way.

The bottom line is that when our puppy is acting bad towards us, it is the same thing as a spoiled kid having a tantrum in the middle of a public restaurant.  It is bad.

We need to understand how we went from that cute puppy that first came into our home to  this spoiled brat that is barking at us and nipping at our hands.  It didn’t happen over night and we are the ones that need to take most of the blame.

Robin and I have a great article that will explain what really happened and help you get that great puppy back.  Please check out our training blog titled “How Do I Deal with My Puppy’s Bad Behavior”.

Correct your Puppy's Bad Behavior

What Are Some Good New Year’s Resolutions for Me and My Dog?

New Year’s resolutions are always difficult to keep.  That is why we always make the same ones every year.  If it were not for New Year’s resolutions, most Health Clubs and gyms would be out of business.  They make their money with all the members who join, lock into a year or two-year membership plan, and (somehow) never come back.

It is easy to “make a promise” if you don’t make it with someone.  You need someone to keep you accountable.  It is also important that your promise, or resolution, is something that is important. Things like your health, friends, and lifestyle are normally at the top of the list.

So, how can we accomplish these self-imposed goals and why are we talking about this in a dog training blog?  The answer is simple.

When it gets right down to it, you probably talk with and spend more time with your dog than most of your friends and even many family members.  Your dog has needs and lifestyle requirements just as you.  Why not include your dog as your “gatekeeper” for you to achieve your goals?

In the same way as your dog watches you, you can watch your dog. It is a two-way street. Everybody watches everybody.  You may be thinking that this is really a hair-brained idea.  But it you think about it a minute, don’t you pay attention to your dog more than most of your friends and (again) many of your family members?

Your dog is always there and fun to be with.  How could you pick a better “keep me on the right path” partnership?

Now, what kind of New Year’s Resolutions would be best for you and your dog to make?  They have to be things that are beneficial to both of you and something that can fit into both of your daily routines.  Robin and I have some really great suggestions in our dog training article titled “What Are Some Good New Year’s Resolutions for Me and My Dog”.

New Year's Resolutions with You and Your Dog

How Do I Make Christmas Day Special for my Dog?

Christmas Day is probably the best day of the year.  It is great because we are in the middle of the Holiday Season with all the shopping, parties, friends, and trips.  It is also great because, even when it is over, we still have the run up to New Year’s Day.  With all this said, it is a unique day in many ways.

We do things on Christmas Day that we normally don’t do any other day of the year.  We all get up really, really early.  We have actually brought a big and smelly tree into the house and plopped it down right in the middle of the living room.  We run around, ripping boxes open and getting all excited about what is inside.  There are so much more things we do, but I will stop her.

As we are having all this fun, it is important that we pause and turn to our dog.  What is he thinking?  First of all, he is wondering why you didn’t take him outside to potty this morning.  You do that first thing every other day of the year.  Where is his breakfast?  Why are you doing all those crazy things that normally mean “play with me” and you don’t pay attention to him.  If he tries to engage you, you get mad and push him away.  This is not a happy time for your dog.

Just as in “Home Alone”, you went off to celebrate Christmas and you left your dog alone and forgotten.

The great news is that Christmas Day is fun, and it would be even better with the engagement of your very best four-legged, naked, furry friend.  You simply need to understand how to maintain his schedule and include him in the fun.  We have a great dog training article that explains all this. Please read our blog article titled “How Do I Make Christmas Day Special for My Dog”.

Make Christmas Day special for my dog

Should I Buy a Puppy as a Christmas Present?

Many people get puppies on the spur of the moment.  It could be Christmas Season, they are walking by the pet store in the mall, see all the people fawning over the cute little bundles of fur, and decide that a puppy will be perfect for a family member or friend.  It will be a surprise.  It will be wonderful.  It will be the best gift ever.

No.  And, if you don’t understand what I am saying, I will try to make it a little clearer; NO!

Let me rewind a second and back up to you doing some shopping in the mall for a Christmas present for a family member or friend.  You were probably looking for a toaster oven, scarf, shirt, electronic device, or something similar.

A scarf is not a puppy.  If you are given a scarf, you can take it back.  A puppy is for life.  Well, there is a way to take the puppy back.  It is normally taking the puppy to a humane society location or a dog shelter.  These are not good places and the only reason that they end up at these places is because they are cute, and you are not thinking.

I am not saying that you can’t get a puppy at Christmas time.  You simply need to make sure that getting a puppy is right for the person or family that is going to receive it.  This involves a great deal of thought, planning, preparation, commitment, and understanding of costs.

When you get a puppy, you are changing your life forever.  You are no longer free to go and do what you want whenever you want.  There are places you might not be able to go anymore.  Everything down to your normal work habits will probably change because you have the responsibility of a living, breathing thing at home.

It sounds overwhelming. But, why do so many people have puppies and dogs. They planned for it. You can plan for it too.  In fact, you can plan for it as a get your new puppy or dog at Christmas.

Robin and I have a great dog training blog that will walk you through the planning and execution process of getting your puppy or dog. Please check out our dog training blog titled “Should I Buy a Puppy as a Christmas Present”.

Giving a puppy as a Christmas present

How Do I Keep My Dog in Control with Christmas House and Party Guests?

We all love Christmas and the Holiday Season because it allows us to live life a little differently than we do for the rest of the year.  There are parties, trips, guests, presents, and a whole lot of unique things that normally don’t happen the rest of the year.  We call this “fun, unique, and special”.  Our dogs often call this “scary and weird”.

Why would our dogs think “scary and weird” when we think “fun, unique, and special”?  The answer is very simple.  They don’t know what the heck is going on.  They spend the rest of the year watching and learning every little sound, smell, and sight going on in and around the house.  They have just been dropped into the realization of Monty Python’s “…And now something completely different”.

If we could plan and teach our dogs about everything that could happen during The Holidays, they would understand, know how to act, and feel safe in the moment. The problem is that we have no idea how our party guests are going to act the moment they walk through the door.

Our home is our dog’s safe place.  It is like their den in the wild.  They should always feel safe at home and it is our job to make that happen.  If we can’t manage the environment and keep them safe at home, they will react in adrenalized ways that will, at the minimum, be annoying.  At the extreme, their reactions could become dangerous.

So, the question is, how do we prepare for something that is unclear to us?  How do we plan for the unknown?  The answer is simple.  We must create a consistency within the craziness of Christmas parties and out-of-town holiday family members.  That will allow us to provide the safety our dog needs.

Luckily, Robin and I have a great dog training article that provides you the answer. Please take a moment and read our dog training article titled “How Do I Keep My Dog in Control with Christmas House and Party Guests”.

Christmas parties and out-of-town family members for the holidays

Feeding your dog Life’s Abundance Premium Dog Food is a great step in the right direction of providing him with the bond and safety he craves and needs.  In addition, obedience and behavior training is very important in assuring that you have a great dog for life and the proper companion for the entire family.

We would like to share some of the articles we have written over the years and continue to write regarding dog safety, obedience, and behavior.  We hope you enjoy them.

What Are Potty Training Tips for my Puppy?

Probably the two happiest moments for you in your new puppy’s life are when you bring him home and when he finally stops pottying on your carpet. The first moment is pretty easy to create.  All you need to do is go to the breeder or shelter and bring him home.  The second moment is one that often baffles many puppy owners for weeks and sometimes months.

The simple question that we all must ask is “Why is potty training so hard?”.  We all believe that we are pretty smart people.  We can normally figure things out.  If we can’t, we can always Google a Youtube video.  So why are we stumped when it comes to potty training our new puppy?

The secret is that we need to understand when and why our puppy is going to the bathroom.  We need to figure out how we can discover when he needs to get outside and if we can modify the situation or at least make it consistent.  We need to learn more that we must teach.

The process focuses on our puppy’s natural instincts regarding his environment as well as the unique interaction of his metabolism, our schedule, and proper nutrition.  It is much more than simply saying “Good Puppy” every time he potties.

Robin and I have a really great article that provides some simple steps that will get you a long way in having a potty-free house.  Please take a moment to read our dog training blog titled “What Are Potty Training Tips for my Puppy”.

Potty Training your Puppy

How Do I Deal with My Puppy’s Bad Behavior?

Puppies are so much fun and playing with puppies is the absolute best part of puppies.  We want them to be excited, jump on us, give us kisses, run around and hide from us, tug on our old socks, and so much more.

These activities are really fun when they are small and cute. Then they start chewing on our expensive shoes that we left on the carpet or barking and jumping on everyone coming in the house.  Now the fun starts to disappear. It becomes really annoying when they start to get big and the jumping and nipping start to hurt us and scare our guests.

We often ignore these bad behaviors for longer than we should because we still remember all the fun times we had when we engaged in these “bad behaviors” with our puppies.  We even inexplicably hope that our puppies (now dogs) will find some way to still have these “bad behaviors”, but in a good way.

The bottom line is that when our puppy is acting bad towards us, it is the same thing as a spoiled kid having a tantrum in the middle of a public restaurant.  It is bad.

We need to understand how we went from that cute puppy that first came into our home to  this spoiled brat that is barking at us and nipping at our hands.  It didn’t happen over night and we are the ones that need to take most of the blame.

Robin and I have a great article that will explain what really happened and help you get that great puppy back.  Please check out our training blog titled “How Do I Deal with My Puppy’s Bad Behavior”.

Correct your Puppy's Bad Behavior

What Are Some Good New Year’s Resolutions for Me and My Dog?

New Year’s resolutions are always difficult to keep.  That is why we always make the same ones every year.  If it were not for New Year’s resolutions, most Health Clubs and gyms would be out of business.  They make their money with all the members who join, lock into a year or two-year membership plan, and (somehow) never come back.

It is easy to “make a promise” if you don’t make it with someone.  You need someone to keep you accountable.  It is also important that your promise, or resolution, is something that is important. Things like your health, friends, and lifestyle are normally at the top of the list.

So, how can we accomplish these self-imposed goals and why are we talking about this in a dog training blog?  The answer is simple.

When it gets right down to it, you probably talk with and spend more time with your dog than most of your friends and even many family members.  Your dog has needs and lifestyle requirements just as you.  Why not include your dog as your “gatekeeper” for you to achieve your goals?

In the same way as your dog watches you, you can watch your dog. It is a two-way street. Everybody watches everybody.  You may be thinking that this is really a hair-brained idea.  But it you think about it a minute, don’t you pay attention to your dog more than most of your friends and (again) many of your family members?

Your dog is always there and fun to be with.  How could you pick a better “keep me on the right path” partnership?

Now, what kind of New Year’s Resolutions would be best for you and your dog to make?  They have to be things that are beneficial to both of you and something that can fit into both of your daily routines.  Robin and I have some really great suggestions in our dog training article titled “What Are Some Good New Year’s Resolutions for Me and My Dog”.

New Year's Resolutions with You and Your Dog

How Do I Make Christmas Day Special for my Dog?

Christmas Day is probably the best day of the year.  It is great because we are in the middle of the Holiday Season with all the shopping, parties, friends, and trips.  It is also great because, even when it is over, we still have the run up to New Year’s Day.  With all this said, it is a unique day in many ways.

We do things on Christmas Day that we normally don’t do any other day of the year.  We all get up really, really early.  We have actually brought a big and smelly tree into the house and plopped it down right in the middle of the living room.  We run around, ripping boxes open and getting all excited about what is inside.  There are so much more things we do, but I will stop her.

As we are having all this fun, it is important that we pause and turn to our dog.  What is he thinking?  First of all, he is wondering why you didn’t take him outside to potty this morning.  You do that first thing every other day of the year.  Where is his breakfast?  Why are you doing all those crazy things that normally mean “play with me” and you don’t pay attention to him.  If he tries to engage you, you get mad and push him away.  This is not a happy time for your dog.

Just as in “Home Alone”, you went off to celebrate Christmas and you left your dog alone and forgotten.

The great news is that Christmas Day is fun, and it would be even better with the engagement of your very best four-legged, naked, furry friend.  You simply need to understand how to maintain his schedule and include him in the fun.  We have a great dog training article that explains all this. Please read our blog article titled “How Do I Make Christmas Day Special for My Dog”.

Make Christmas Day special for my dog

Should I Buy a Puppy as a Christmas Present?

Many people get puppies on the spur of the moment.  It could be Christmas Season, they are walking by the pet store in the mall, see all the people fawning over the cute little bundles of fur, and decide that a puppy will be perfect for a family member or friend.  It will be a surprise.  It will be wonderful.  It will be the best gift ever.

No.  And, if you don’t understand what I am saying, I will try to make it a little clearer; NO!

Let me rewind a second and back up to you doing some shopping in the mall for a Christmas present for a family member or friend.  You were probably looking for a toaster oven, scarf, shirt, electronic device, or something similar.

A scarf is not a puppy.  If you are given a scarf, you can take it back.  A puppy is for life.  Well, there is a way to take the puppy back.  It is normally taking the puppy to a humane society location or a dog shelter.  These are not good places and the only reason that they end up at these places is because they are cute, and you are not thinking.

I am not saying that you can’t get a puppy at Christmas time.  You simply need to make sure that getting a puppy is right for the person or family that is going to receive it.  This involves a great deal of thought, planning, preparation, commitment, and understanding of costs.

When you get a puppy, you are changing your life forever.  You are no longer free to go and do what you want whenever you want.  There are places you might not be able to go anymore.  Everything down to your normal work habits will probably change because you have the responsibility of a living, breathing thing at home.

It sounds overwhelming. But, why do so many people have puppies and dogs. They planned for it. You can plan for it too.  In fact, you can plan for it as a get your new puppy or dog at Christmas.

Robin and I have a great dog training blog that will walk you through the planning and execution process of getting your puppy or dog. Please check out our dog training blog titled “Should I Buy a Puppy as a Christmas Present”.

Giving a puppy as a Christmas present

How Do I Keep My Dog in Control with Christmas House and Party Guests?

We all love Christmas and the Holiday Season because it allows us to live life a little differently than we do for the rest of the year.  There are parties, trips, guests, presents, and a whole lot of unique things that normally don’t happen the rest of the year.  We call this “fun, unique, and special”.  Our dogs often call this “scary and weird”.

Why would our dogs think “scary and weird” when we think “fun, unique, and special”?  The answer is very simple.  They don’t know what the heck is going on.  They spend the rest of the year watching and learning every little sound, smell, and sight going on in and around the house.  They have just been dropped into the realization of Monty Python’s “…And now something completely different”.

If we could plan and teach our dogs about everything that could happen during The Holidays, they would understand, know how to act, and feel safe in the moment. The problem is that we have no idea how our party guests are going to act the moment they walk through the door.

Our home is our dog’s safe place.  It is like their den in the wild.  They should always feel safe at home and it is our job to make that happen.  If we can’t manage the environment and keep them safe at home, they will react in adrenalized ways that will, at the minimum, be annoying.  At the extreme, their reactions could become dangerous.

So, the question is, how do we prepare for something that is unclear to us?  How do we plan for the unknown?  The answer is simple.  We must create a consistency within the craziness of Christmas parties and out-of-town holiday family members.  That will allow us to provide the safety our dog needs.

Luckily, Robin and I have a great dog training article that provides you the answer. Please take a moment and read our dog training article titled “How Do I Keep My Dog in Control with Christmas House and Party Guests”.

Christmas parties and out-of-town family members for the holidays