A guide to navigating the challenge and adventure of life with your dogs.

Getting a new dog

Getting a puppy? Make sure to check out the puppy care and training page, too.

Before you get a dog

How to Adopt the Perfect Shelter Dog – An animal shelter is a great place to find a new pet. But walking into a shelter full of “lost dogs” isn’t easy – you’ll want to take them all home! This 21-page guide will walk you through the decision-making process that will help ensure you go home with the best pet possible. Get it for free when you join the 3 Lost Dogs email list.

Preparing for dog ownership
Choosing and adopting your new dog


Caring for your new dog

Good habits from the beginning

One of the most important parts of training a new dog is preventing bad habits from forming. These two articles can help with that:

Housetraining your dog

If there is one thing that strikes fear into the hearts of almost all new dog owners, it’s potty training. But housebreaking doesn’t have to be difficult.

Dog Crates: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Crate training is by far the easiest way to housebreak a dog. Just be careful – dog crates are easy to misuse.


Need more help than this? Check out the new-dog survival guide

I Got a Dog – What Was I Thinking? A Guide to Surviving Life with Your New Dog or Puppy – This guide focuses heavily on the most common challenges faced by new dog owners, like housetraining, puppy biting, and bonding.

But it also deals with the more complicated matter of fighting off the monsters in your head. It’s about what to do when sleep-deprivation and self-doubt makes 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

It’ll help you overcome self-doubt and frustration, solve behavior problems, teach your dog good habits, and build that beautiful bond you were dreaming about before you brought your dog home.

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