Category Archives: New Dog? New Owner?

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

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

Is Your New Dog Making You Miserable? You’re Not Alone

You got a puppy – and it’s turning out to be a lot more challenging than you expected. I mean, you knew getting a dog would be hard work, but holy crap, you were not prepared for THIS. Sound about right? A few years ago, I wrote a blog post called “Thinking of Returning YourContinue Reading

Puzzle Toys: A Beginner’s Guide to The Most Useful Dog Toys Ever

In order to not go crazy, your dog needs a way to exercise his brain. As we’ve already discussed, dogs are mostly working animals. Even your spoiled mutt, currently lying on the floor sniffing his own toes, is descended from a long line of wily, problem-solving critters who spent their days earning every meal. PutContinue Reading

Tips for Successfully Adding a Second Dog to Your Family

I don’t know what it is about us crazy dog people, man. One dog is never enough. At some point, we all get the itch to add to our collection. Two dogs can be fun. A couple of goofballs who get along will keep you entertained. They can keep each other company when you’re notContinue Reading

A Guide to Choosing the Right Dog from a Shelter

It can be hard to know exactly what you’re getting when you adopt a shelter dog. See, being stuck in a shelter is a shitty thing for a dog to go through. They were taken from whatever life they knew and thrown into a scary place, surrounded by strange people and dogs. Understandably, their behaviorContinue Reading

5 More Things You Should Know Before You Adopt a Dog

Raising a dog might be one of the coolest things you’ll ever do. It will definitely be one of the WEIRDEST things you’ll ever do. I mean, really. What makes us decide, “you know what I need? A 12 year commitment to a toddler-brained predator beast who will eat up immeasurable quantities of my timeContinue Reading

Whatever Tomorrow Brings: Important Things to Know Before (and After) You Adopt a Dog

It’s May 1st, 2001. Incubus’s ridiculously overplayed new song “Drive” is on the radio. My dad is chauffeuring me to the humane society, and I’m in the backseat trying not to hyperventilate. Three days ago, I adopted my first puppy. Okay, technically, my dad adopted her. Something about me being a minor. Whatevs. I paidContinue Reading

Why You Can’t Get Your Dog to Listen to You

“Pit bull. One year old,” the adoption card read. “Still has that puppy energy!” Jane looked down at the wiggly dog licking her fingers through the kennel bars. She figured she could use some puppy energy in her life. She took him home and named him Watson. The shelter staff warned he’d be a handful,Continue Reading