I Got a Dog - What Was I Thinking?

A Guide to Surviving Life with Your New Dog or Puppy


This ebook will help you deal with challenges like housetraining, puppy biting, and bonding. It will also help you deal with the monsters in your head. It’s about what to do when sleep-deprivation and self-doubt make you want to throw in the towel and put the puppy up for sale on Craigslist.

You’ll learn:
  • How to housetrain your dog even if she’s had a lot of accidents
  • How to stop your puppy from biting (with a training plan that actually works!)
  • How to teach your dog not to freak out when he’s alone
  • How to survive bedtime with a puppy who whines all night
  • How to stop being stressed and overwhelmed all the time
  • And more - scroll down for a detailed list of what’s included

  • This guide will help you solve behavior problems, teach your dog good habits, and build that beautiful bond you were dreaming about before you brought your dog home.

    Since this is an ebook, you’ll get instant access. No waiting for a physical book to take its sweet time to ship to you. It’s in PDF format, viewable on your computer and most mobile devices.

    Note: this book contains a light sprinkling of foul language.

    Price: $10

    Automatically upon purchase, you'll receive an email with a link to download your copy.

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    Or click here to bundle this with our other ebook, "Give Your Dog a Brain"

    When caring for your new dog turns out to be a lot harder than you expected

    Sometimes when you get a dog, everything goes swell. You pick up your new Man’s Best Friend from the shelter or the breeder and ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after.

    But sometimes it does not go swell.

    Sometimes, despite your best efforts, everything seems to go wrong. Some problem comes up that makes you doubt whether you can actually handle this.

    You may encounter problems like:

    • Your puppy never stops biting
    • Your puppy plays too rough with the kids, and now the kids are afraid of the puppy
    • Your dog pees all over the house
    • You can’t leave the dog alone for five minutes without her getting into trouble or whining her head off
    • Your adorable puppy doesn’t seem to like you… and you don’t like him
    • The thought of sustaining this puppy-care workload makes you want to curl up in a ball and die

    Maybe you’ve tried teaching your dog manners, but it hasn’t worked. There’s so much dog training information and so many conflicting opinions out there, where do you even START?

    Maybe you feel bad for putting your family through this stress. You wanted your dog to be a buddy for your kids. Instead, the kids are upset and tensions between your family members have skyrocketed.

    You might think you’re in over your head. Like maybe you should just return the puppy and be done with it – and you feel pretty crappy for even considering such an option.

    No matter what you’re experiencing, one thing is for sure:

    You knew getting a dog would be a challenge, but holy crap, you were not prepared for THIS.

    It’s probably making you wonder: “dog ownership is supposed to be fun! What gives? Do I have a horrible puppy? Am I a horrible person?”

    No, you’re not a horrible person. And you don’t have a horrible puppy.

    What you’re experiencing is actually pretty common. Allow me to explain.


    Why this is so freakin’ hard

    Getting a dog disrupts every part of your life. A new dog, especially a puppy, requires a ton of attention. You don’t get much sleep, all your daily routines get screwed up, and your free time evaporates.

    You want to make sure you do this right, but information overload has you second-guessing your every move.

    Add your dog’s obnoxious behavior to this mix of self-doubt and sleep-deprivation, and you have a recipe for something I like to call:


    The “What The #*^& Was I Thinking?!” phase of dog ownership (WTFWIT, for short)

    This phase can begin a few hours, days, or weeks after you bring your dog home.

    5 Signs You’re Experiencing a Case of WTFWIT
    • I’m a prisoner in my own home
    • I’m pretty sure I adopted the worst dog in the world
    • My old dog was so much better
    • I resent this dog and I feel guilty for resenting the dog
    • I had dogs growing up and/or I did a ton of research, but I was not prepared for THIS

    If you can relate to these statements (or anything else we’ve talked about so far) you’re smack in the middle of the WTFWIT phase. Your brain has hit the panic button. “I’ve made a terrible mistake! Abort mission!”

    This is why you’ve found yourself tempted to get rid of the dog, even though you never thought you’d be the kind of person who would get rid of their dog.

    You don’t hear about it much, but this phase happens to many new puppy parents. It’s normal. It’s temporary. But judging by all the dogs who get returned within weeks of being adopted, not everyone makes it through. The WTFWIT phase breaks a lot of good people.


    The good news: it’s not too late

    You don’t have to get rid of your dog.

    You can still have that glorious interspecies friendship you’ve always dreamed of.

    You can still live happily ever after. It’s just gonna take some work.

    Just like pretty much everything else that’s worth doing, right?



    What’s included in the book

    This guide is designed to get you through the What The **** Was I Thinking phase and create a great relationship with your dog.


    This ebook will help you:

    Get your puppy to stop biting and play gently with you and your kids

    You’ll learn:

    • A training plan that actually works
    • What to do if you’ve tried the “yelping” thing and it didn’t work
    • How to tell if your puppy is playing or being aggressive
    • Why most people have trouble getting their puppies to stop biting
    • Why a zero-tolerance training plan is actually a bad idea
    • How to stop your puppy from harassing your children
    • How even little kids can teach the puppy not to bite


    Housetrain your dog even if he’s had a lot of accidents

    You’ll learn:

    • An easy-to-remember strategy you can use no matter what your situation is like
    • How to housetrain your puppy when you work all day
    • What to do when your dog refuses to go to the bathroom outside, or when you’re watching
    • What to do if your dog pees as soon as you bring him inside
    • How to create a daily routine that will speed up housetraining and make everyone’s lives easier
    • How dogs instinctively “potty train” themselves and how you can take advantage of those instincts
    • How to handle accidents so they don’t happen again
    • Two very common yet surprising ways you might be making potty-training problems worse


    Stop your dog’s bad habits in their tracks

    You’ll learn:

    • The number one reason people have trouble with their new dogs, and how to easily fix it
    • How to handle behavior problems so you don’t develop an ulcer
    • Dog-friendly tools to immediately stop bad habits from getting worse (no harsh training collars necessary)
    • How a dog crate can be your best friend… if you use it correctly
    • How to teach your dog to love her crate
    • The big mistakes that make dogs hate their crates
    • The reverse-psychology crate training game
    • Exactly how long you can keep a dog crated
    • How to choose and set up your crate for best results
    • An alternative for when crate-training doesn’t work
    • The best chew toys to keep your dog occupied and out of trouble
    • How to teach your dog not to freak out when she’s alone


    Create good habits and build a strong bond with your dog

    You’ll learn:

    • Training methods that don’t just teach your dog manners, they teach him that you are a trustworthy person who’s worth listening to
    • How to use “leveling up” to improve your dog training results
    • Five fun, easy training games the whole family can play
    • How to teach your dog to sit: the only formal obedience cue you need right now
    • The best dog treat for training (hint: it’s not a “dog treat”)
    • How to train a dog who won’t work for food
    • How to use anything your dog likes as a training reward
    • The four absolutely critical dog training rules that ALMOST NO ONE PAYS ATTENTION TO (follow these rules and you’ll be ahead of the game)


    Stop being stressed and overwhelmed, and get your life back

    You’ll learn:

    • How to survive bedtime with a puppy who whines all night
    • How to handle the Gremlins of Self-Doubt and crush WTFWIT-phase panic
    • Exactly what to expect from a new dog – what’s normal and what’s not
    • Which discouraging new-dog behaviors are actually totally fine, so you can stop worrying
    • How to safely keep your dog contained, so you can take a break from constantly supervising him



    This is not a comprehensive dog training guide. It’s a quick-and-dirty dog training guide. Because I’m operating under the assumption that you are tired and don’t have a lot of time to sit around reading. It’s just the stuff you need to get through this trying time, and not much else.

    The training methods are positive and effective, based on a modern understanding of how dogs learn. These training methods will help you and your new buddy start to love and trust each other. And most importantly, they’ll get your puppy to FINALLY STOP BITING.

    This book is part pep talk, part step-by-step instructions. I’ll walk you through the crazy process of incorporating a dog into your life. Sometimes I’ll hold your hand and murmur comforting things in your ear, and sometimes I’ll kick you in the ass.

    In a motivational, loving way, of course.

    Don’t you worry. We got this.

    Language disclaimer: This is the only dog training guide I’ve ever seen that uses the word “s**t.” Not excessively, but still. If that’s your thing, awesome. If that’s not your thing, no problem. If you’d like a recommendation for some good dogs books with less-salty language, drop me a line.

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    Price: $10

    What you'll get: an instant download of the 123-page ebook. Automatically upon purchase, you'll receive an email with a link to download your copy. It’s in PDF format, viewable on your computer and most mobile devices.

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    About the Author

    Jake Buvala is a dog trainer and writer from Arizona. His background is in animal sheltering and dog sports. He spent ten years volunteering in animal shelters: over the years, he held the roles of litter box scrubber, dog walker, dog trainer, people trainer, and adoption counselor.

    He trained and competed in agility for several years with his dogs Jonas and Merlin, who are now retired. He once trained a dog to play Toto in a high school production of the Wizard of Oz. That was... interesting.

    To continue his professional education, Jake takes classes and keeps up-to-date on the current scientifical understanding of dog behavior. Sifting through the endless sea of information so you don't have to.

    Jake enjoys playing Frisbee with his border collie, putting Doctor Who references in everything he writes, and talking about himself in the third person.