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How to train a puppy to be left alone

One of the first things that people worry about when getting a brand-new dog is how to train a puppy to be left alone. With our busy schedules, it’s important that a puppy learns to be alone pretty quickly.  Unfortunately for us, puppies also often have a hard time being left alone. They’ve spent most of their lives with their moms and littermates, and their life has completely changed in a short amount of time. Preventing separation anxiety in puppies and teaching them puppies to be calm while alone are important goals for your new puppy to ensure that they…

Tips for Training a Puppy Not to Chew

Getting a puppy is exciting and rewarding, but it can come with a few sacrifices, one of which might be your favorite pair of shoes if you’re not careful. Puppy chewing is so common, but you don’t have to resign yourself to years of gnawed-on furniture and lost footwear. Why Do Puppies Chew? They do it for the same reasons human babies chew: teething and exploration. Chewing helps the teeth come through and makes their gums feel better; meanwhile, putting things in their mouths is how they get to know the world. Of course, your dog will continue to chew…

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad When Crate Training Your Puppy

Puppies are little forces of nature…chewing wires and knocking trash cans over just so they can shred the tissue paper inside of it. At some point, you have to leave the house, and you’ll be faced with the thought of leaving them alone in a room. For those of us who don’t want their shoes chewed up, choosing to crate train your puppy while you’re away seems to be a reasonable option. If you’re like me, the first time you hear your puppy whimper in their crate an overwhelming guilt will come over you. We know – it’s the hardest part…