Category Archives: Puppies

Ask 3LD, Puppy Edition: Chewing, Housetraining, Resource Guarding, and More

Answering real questions from real puppy owners. 1. Puzzled about puzzle toys (lol sorry) “Hey, Jake! My family and I are future dog owners. We’re doing our homework. Our questions have to do with feeding: How is a dog receiving dinner from chew toys not free feeding? Will a puppy be able to get allContinue Reading

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

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

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

How to Get Your Puppy to Stop Harassing Your Cat, Older Dog, and Other Pets

So you got a puppy… but your other pets are not real enthusiastic about it. Puppies are super adorable, yes. But as you’ve probably figured out by now, they can also be super annoying. Puppies play by jumping, biting, and tackling relentlessly. It’s normal, but it can be too much for your resident pets toContinue 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