Video: How I Survived the First Three Months With A New Puppy (And You Can, Too!)

Have I got a whopper of a resource post for you today! Three months ago, I adopted a four-month-old Belgian Malinois. I named her River. It has been the longest three months of my life. And I don’t mean that in a negative sense. I just mean that it feels LONG. So much has happened.Continue Reading

How to Stop Your Dog’s Destructive Chewing in 9 Easy(-ish?) Steps

Does your puppy destroy everything in her path? Is coming home from work a time of suspense and trepidation because you never know what expensive item your shepherd/husky mix has eaten? I’ve got ya covered. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to get the destruction to stop. Chewing is important for dogs. It’s their primaryContinue Reading

A Simple Daily Routine to Help Calm Hyper Dogs and Solve Behavior Problems

This one’s for you if: Your dog chews up your valuables, digs up your garden or has some other irritating habit Exercise somehow only makes your dog MORE hyperactive You want to deal with your dog’s issues but don’t know where to start If any of these apply to you, let me show you theContinue Reading

A Browncoat’s Guide to Training and Living With Dogs

You know you’re a hopeless Firefly fan when: You suddenly realize that your entire dog training philosophy can be summed up in quotes from your favorite canceled space western. So here ya go, a change of pace from the usual dog training tutorial. This is probably the geekiest thing I’ve ever written (though the endContinue Reading

The Ultimate Guide to Training Your Dog to Sit

At last: everything you could ever want to know about getting a dog to put his butt on the ground. Exciting stuff. Seriously though. “Sit” can be hard to get right. A common problem is when the dog sits perfectly well in the living room when he knows there are treats coming, but he totallyContinue Reading

Ask 3LD: My “Old” Dog is Jealous of My New Dog

Hello 3 Lost Dogs, I have a huge dilemma that has left me wracked with guilt and wondering if I have to re-home my new dog. [My 12-year-old silky terrier] “Sophie” and I have an extraordinarily strong bond. When others are around her she’s always looking for me, and if someone else holds her she’sContinue Reading

Ask 3LD: Help! My Puppy Has Taken Over My Life

And now for something different. This is the first of what will be a weekly Q and A column, where I answer real questions from real humans. Today’s column will be useful reading for any puppy owners struggling with their new bundle of joy, or any puppy owners-to-be who want to be as prepared asContinue Reading

How to Train Your Puppy to Stop Biting the Leash

The problem: When you take your puppy for a walk, he constantly chomps on the leash, treating it like a tug toy. You’d prefer it if he’d just walk along nicely, sniffing bushes and peeing on fire hydrants like a civilized dog. Walking “nicely” on leash can be a huge challenge for a puppy. YouContinue Reading

What to do With a New Puppy: A Guide to the First Week

You may have dreamed about this occasion for years. Now the day has arrived: you finally have a puppy of your very own. It can be fun, exciting, and as you quickly discover, really overwhelming. You’ve got this little ball of fuzz and sharp teeth wandering around your living room and it’s like, what now?Continue Reading

14 Ways to Get Your New Dog to Trust, Love, and Respect You

1. Slow your roll “I’ve had my dog for three whole days, but I don’t love him and he doesn’t love me. What am I doing wrong?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this sentiment from discouraged new puppy parents. You’re not doing anything wrong. This is just how it goes. MuchContinue Reading