We at Awesome Paws know that purchasing a new pet is a big responsibility.  We offer the following general tips in hopes of making your pet's transition into your new home a smooth one.  Even though many of these ideas seem familiar, there are very good reasons to perform them in a particular order and a step-by-step. 

Regarding training tips, you may not realize I teach obedience classes as well and that you have just invested in your puppy's first several training classes!  By the time they come to your home, they can sit, down, stay, no jumping, no excessive barking, 90% housebroken crate, and socialized and many can sleep though the night in the crate.  Before you peruse the data below, which will share what has been done with your puppy through now, (i.e.,  when he eats, when he goes potty, when he goes out to play, where he gets his socialization, how to set up his crate to be successful, etc.), please understand that if you do not follow up the training, your puppy will try you to see how much they can get away with and will start acting out to get your attention. 

Think of a two year old.  They have rules at Mom and Dad's house.  Then they go to grandmas' house for a week while Mom and Dad are on vacation....and grandma has no rules, so they do what they want. Wait until Mom and Dad take them back home and they're barking all night, counter surfing, pooping on the floor, etc.  There was no follow up at Grandmas' house, so they reverted back to behavior that they exhibited before they were trained.  Make sense?

Unfortunately because they come to you trained and calm, new owners oftentimes feel that they don't need to do anything further.  That could be further from the truth. 

And now, let's discuss crate training as a whole.  I know that there are some people that feel this is cruel.  Let me assure you it is not as long as you have the following:

  • A crate large enough  to stand in and lay down in
  • Food/Water available in trays while traveling

It is a calm place for the animal to go, to sleep and to have quiet time.  It is their calm place.  I hope that you will at least reconsider it because your puppy will be much happier and much more successful when trained this way.    It is such a regular thing in my house, my daughter wanted in on the action!  I had to explain that it was only for the kittens/cats, puppies/cats.... but not babies!  (Fortunately, this was a clean one I had just assembled and she climbed into, but so wanted to be like everyone else.)