Category Archives: Housetraining

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

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

Dog Crates: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It is my humble opinion that the dog crate is one of the most awesome inventions to hit the world of Dog Stuff since the tennis ball. They’re a great tool for keeping mischievous canines out of trouble, and for traveling. Crates make the dreaded house training process so much faster and easier, since dogsContinue Reading

Housetraining 101: 9 Steps to a Potty-Trained Pup

Note: This post is part two of a housetraining series. Check out part one, Housetraining 101: The Basics Here it is: your simple, magic-secret-free guide to housetraining your dog. How long this process will take depends on how consistent you are with it and what experiences, or lack thereof, your dog has already had withContinue Reading

Housetraining 101: The Basics

Housetraining is not all that complex. But do a search on Google and you’ll find all kinds of sites proclaiming they have the “secret to housetraining,” or “ten potty training secrets!” All this complicates things way more than they need to be. If there is a secret to housetraining, it’s that there isn’t a secretContinue Reading

Mischief Management: a Key to Solving Dog Behavior Problems

When I adopted my dog Merlin, I made a couple of rookie mistakes. One: he was kind of a spur-of-the-moment decision; my life and home were not prepared to handle a six-month-old border collie. And two: I let him have free run of the house and yard way before he was ready- before he understoodContinue Reading