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Bringing Home a New Dog – 5 Tips from Olive’s first week

Bringing Home a New Dog – 5 Tips from Olive’s first week

A dog’s first week at home can set the tone that’ll make or break you. My top 5 things you should work on first are coming up. Ian here with Simpawtico dog training and before we dive into that first week at home please make sure you’re subscribe so you never miss any of our videos. Also follow us on all the big social networks so we can you get better acquainted. And don’t forget to check that YouTube description for notes, links, and resources about the stuff we talked about. Now, bringing home a new dog creates a lot of challenges. Whether you’re getting a new puppy or you’re adopting an older dog from a shelter or a rescue, that first week is a crucial period that sets the tone, in some cases, for the rest of their lives. As some of you know, we just adopted a new dog ourselves, and I thought documenting how we approach this process would be helpful to all of you. This is Olive. She’s a two-year-old Boston Terrier. She was first picked up as a stray by Animal Control in the next city over. When her original owner was located he was kind of like, “Meh, whatever, I don’t really have time for her anyways,” and signed her over to the city. Soon she was put up for adoption. My wife saw her on the shelter’s Facebook page and we went down to take a look. Well that was pretty much it. We took her home that same day. Olive was underweight and undernourished. She’d had puppies at some point. She was not spayed, but thanks to the shelter she was up-to-date on her shots. We changed her name to Olive so we knew that she wouldn’t know her new name right away, which is just as well because she didn’t seem to respond to her original name either. In fact, she didn’t seem to know much of anything, which tells me that she probably had very little support or training at home. One of the first things we did with olive was to put our main focus on the routines and procedures in our home. Management in that first week is the most important thing you can do for any new dog. Most people want to start off by teaching behaviors or even tricks to their new dog, or to do fun things together. Please believe me that is a waste of valuable time right now. For a new dog, focusing on structure and procedures, and practicing those until they become routines is essential to your dog’s long-term success. Otherwise chronic bad behavior causes people to send them back into the shelter system, or return puppies to the breeder, and it’s not their fault. If a dog misbehaves in your home, it’s your fault. You cannot reasonably expect a dog to enter your home and magically know what your expectations are. And if your plan is to simply punish them until they figure it out, that is the worst thing you could do. Home must be a safe and protected environment where a dog can come to learn without fear. And I’m telling you right now that the number one problem with dog behavior is not discipline, it is management. It is a lack of procedures and routines. It stands to reason then that you before you try to teach them what you want, you had better know what you want. So to start off you need to sit down with the family and think about all of the procedures and routines you’ll need to make the house run smoothly with the dog, and then come up with a management plan to make it happen. The golden rules here are: the more structure there is the more successful your dog will be. And the clearer the instructions the higher the achievement rate will be. With Olive we picked five big goals to focus on in her first week: potty, food, nighttime, home alone, and around the house. Let’s take a look at each of these. Going Potty. For a new dog of any age potty training is absolutely paramount. It’s one of the most common problems people complain about. Imagine if you walked into a building in a foreign country and none of the bathrooms were marked. You wouldn’t know where to go, you wouldn’t be able to ask anyone where to go, and the longer you had to wait the more desperate you’d get. You might even get to where you did some radical things to relieve yourself. We must communicate to the dog where they go potty, and we have to engineer the space and their life so that it’s almost impossible to mess it up. Then, we reinforce the heck out of it. The best way to approach this with a newly adopted dog is similar to how we do it with a puppy: use confinement strategically and take them out at regular intervals to the same place every time. Take them out when they get up in the morning, when you come home, and within 15 to 20 minutes after mealtimes. Praise and reward lavishly when they do their business outside. Keep them supervised and do your best not to let there be mistakes, as this will compromise your training. But if there are mistakes realize that they’re still learning and don’t get too worked up. Clean it up and move on. For Olive, we made a concerted effort between the two of us to make the first week as error free as possible. That meant that Olive was under constant supervision. She was not allowed to go out of sight and rooms were closed when we weren’t in there with her. She was also confined when we were not at home. We took her out many times during the day, always to the same spot, and waited with her. Being two years old the job was admittedly easier than it would have been with a puppy, but that doesn’t mean that we didn’t have to stay vigilant and try to read her signs. Our other dogs helped in this process too. Even though they were both potty pros already we praised them in front of her when they went, and you could really see her paying attention. Soon, this meant when we called everybody for potty time it didn’t take long until she was running right out with them and even asking to go out in the morning if she was the first one up. Food: where when and how do we get meals? As you’ve no doubt heard me say before, I am a huge advocate of routine, timed feedings. Free feeding is just shooting yourself in the foot in so many ways, especially with a new dog. So for Olive, just as with the other dogs, she was fed twice a day, at approximately the same times, in the same place, in the same order, in the same way, every single time. Because of the consistency of the routine it only took a couple of days for her to figure it out completely. Whereas on the first few times, she’d dive into Dexter’s food and try to get in there. With some gentle but consistent feedback and positive reinforcement she quickly learned to hang out and wait for her bowl. She knew it was coming, she knew where to wait for it, and there was no need to get silly. Now in our home we don’t expect Sit Stays or anything like that. We do expect it to be mannerly and we don’t tolerate stupid hijinks. But it’s overall pretty laid back and relaxed. We do, however, fill the food bowls on the table and place them on the floor in the same order, as I said, every morning and every night. Food bowls always go down Dexte,r Darwin, Olive, always. Those of you who enjoy a more rigid routine with more steps and higher expectations, great! Knock yourselves out. And honestly there are dogs out there who need that level of detail in their routines due to their high energy and drive. These are dogs that will need Sit Stays, for example, before they can eat, and so on. The point I’m trying to make here is that however you do it, it needs to be outlined, it needs to be shared with everyone in the house, and it needs to be executed that way every time. Routines are the backbone of good behavior. Night time. You’ve got to spend some time thinking about night time too. Does your dog sleep in the crate, or in a doggy bed? Where is that located? Do they sleep in your room? Do they sleep on your bed? With one of your kids? What time is bedtime? And if they’re on the bed, what are the rules? Do they move if you ask them to? They should. By asking these questions we would know, for example, that if your dog is going to sleep in a crate, then you know you’d better make sure that crate training is squared away too, and devote some time to that. Don’t just stuff the dog in there and hope for the best. Be proactive to make every part of the process as successful as possible. In our home, the dogs sleep on the bed with us. This actually went pretty smoothly, despite a little problem with chewing on the blankets I’ll address in the next video. However if Olive had been a new puppy, I would have opted to have her sleep in a crate for the first few months so we could work on other important puppy skills. Puppies always need way more structure in their lives than an adult dog does. Here’s a side note tip for you along those lines: most people screw up their puppy because they do the structuring backwards. They start with very little structure, then they run into potty training and behavior problems, so then they try to gradually introduce more structure to patch the problems. This is totally ass-backwards! Puppies should start with a hyper-structured life and graduate to increasing autonomy as they get older and better. Home alone. Where is your dog kept while you’re gone? In a crate? In a pen? In a specific room? Do they have free range of the house? Do they have sufficient things to do to keep them busy? Have you trained them to occupy themselves? In our case, all the dogs are crated in the basement while we’re away. Dexter and Darwin just cruise right in without any trouble. Olive needed a little coaxing but seemed to accept it. This was also helpful to make sure her potty training was on target. If we’d left her alone loose, the probability of a mistake would have been very high. Honestly, her biggest hurdle was the basement stairs. She was initially very timid on them. Now she’s comfortable enough that she flies down them into the basement with the other dogs. Around the house. How do we enter and exit the house? Is the dog allowed on the furniture? Are there certain pieces of furniture that the dog is allowed on? Do they have a bed in certain rooms? Where the toys kept? What toys are free access and what toys are restricted access? How do we interact with different family members, including other pets? What provisions have you made to help your other pets adjust? This extends to outside the home as well. How does the dog enter and exit the property? How does the dog enter and exit the car? Where does the dog ride in the car? Are they in a crate, or are they seat belted in with a harness? What parts of the yard are they allowed in? How should they behave while the kids are outside playing? What are the boundaries of their property? One example that my wife and I are ironclad on is which door we go in and out of. We have a front door and a back door. Dogs are very location specific and do not generalize well, so a routine can program them to look at things a certain way. My dogs have never ever, even one time entered or exited through the front door. I don’t want them to consider it a viable exit because there’s a road just 10 yards away. Consequently Dexter and Darwin just won’t go through it. I can come and go and I’m sure under the right circumstances they’d go through it if I asked. But that five seconds or so of hesitation as they contemplate and then check in with me could be the instant I need to interrupt with a life-saving command. In this vein Olive will learn this too. Being as how her original owner mentioned that she had a habit of getting out, I want to teach her to forget about that front door. Okay, so you may notice in this first week that we didn’t really focus on individual behaviors much like Sit or Come or Stay. These are still important, but in my mind it’s much more important that first week to really focus primarily on the management. Focusing on the management also helps you identify what behaviors are the most important to teach first. Many people do what they think are the first ones they should teach. They spend tons of time on Sit and Down and Stay and Come because “every dog should know those” and then the dog runs wild around the house. They also waste much of that first time doing fun tricks like Shake and Rollover which, while entertaining, are both completely useless. You know how many shelter dogs can shake? All of them! But maybe if the’d been properly taught how to coexist in a human household they’d still be there. By putting your emphasis on the management you can swiftly identify the weak points and get these down first. For example, I’d mentioned before that some people expect a Sit-Stay before the food goes down. For a high energy and high drive dog, that’s great. Then teaching Sit and a Stay in the spot where the food goes down is one of the first things you teach. That’s much more impactful than just doing random Sits and Stays in the living room just because. Put it to work immediately so you can enjoy a functioning and happy household as soon as possible. As I also mentioned, in Olive’s case, working on getting comfortable with the stairs was something we needed to square away soon. This was more important to our management plan than a Stay or even a Sit for right now. Knowing what our end goals were allowed us to prioritize the training pieces we needed and use time as efficiently as possible. Please understand that you will not get perfection the first week. But you will be laying a solid foundation to grow on. And as you move on to teaching more and more things to your dog you’ll have established a practical framework for them to make sense of those things. Sits and Stays and things like that will take on a greater meaning because they’re being used in a real-world context. Don’t teach Sit and Down and Stay so that you can use them at random times to try and control the dog; use them as steps to complete in sensible routines that keep your home running smoothly. Little Olive still has plenty to learn but she’s already figuring out her place, and bonding with our little family. We’ll keep you in the loop with more videos as we progress with her. So here’s my questions for you: I’ve suggested five big areas to consider. Did I forget anything? Do you have suggestions or questions about certain routines and procedures in your home? Let’s connect in those YouTube comments. Don’t forget to give us a thumbs up if you learned something. And as always: keep learning, keep practicing, and we’ll see you next time. Thanks for watching!

100 comments found

  1. Thanks for the video Ian.
    Any advice if you have the time- I have a crate & play den… but is it too early to get him into the crate for the first night? I’m thinking of putting the crate into my room first and we get him at 4pm. Thanks so much.

  2. I've never had a dog so maybe someone can answer me. It looked like Olive went potty in their back yard – do you pick it up or does it disintegrate? I know if it happened on a street it should be picked up but when it's in your yard?

  3. My pup is 11 weeks. I’ve had him 3 weeks. I really want to crate train him or at least restrict him to 1 room but he isn’t having any of it. He howls and howls. Throws himself at the barrier and doesn’t stop. We’ve given in and left him with free range of downstairs. Ours is only a small house (12×15 feet rooms). I didn’t see these videos and followed the rule of bond bond bond, never leave, sleep at side of puppy and it made him so we can’t leave him for a second. Can I fix this? How do I fix this without making his anxiety worse or causing problems with my neighbours because of the noise. I’m desperate

  4. Poor little girl do you blame her for not responding to a name that uncaring owners gave her she would have had no idea what the name ment it would have been just a noise people made amongst a whole lot of noises that all ment nothing

  5. I had a Labrador retriever that I bred sleep with my son my son had for many years suffered from night terrors where he would awaken screaming and be in consolable although on waking in the morning he would have no memory of the incident and from that first night with the puppy sleeping on his bed he never again had a night terror episode I think what happened was as he began to whimper and toss and turning he would crawl up the bed from his feet to his face and would lick and nuzzle my son until he awoke enough to break the grip of the dream and he could settle back into a more normal sleep I thanked that lovely roll poly lab puppy every single day for the peace he gave my son he would have been a great assistance dog when he grew much older and my son because of school comitments found he was unable to give him the time he deserved he rehoused him to a older couple who were raising their orphaned grand daughter who suffered from night mares about the motor vehicle accident tha t she and her parents had been in and low and behold fen knew exactly what to do and did it for her as he had done it for my son so he really found his calling he stayed with that family until his death at sixteen years of age

  6. Ive got a 13 nearly 14 year old dog and need to get a new assistance dog this year – I've been so nervous about getting a new puppy and the training process its been a while since my pooch was a lil puppy!

  7. i adopted a dog a couple of days ago and so far so good no accidents in the house. my only concern is his eating habits he wont eat the dry kibble ive even mixed in a can of wet food and still the same result. he goes and eats when he wants to. should i schedule the meals and if he dosent eat take the food away?

  8. I adopted a small dog but he’s afraid to go out. I try and he’s a nervous reck. He also has separation anxiety help!

  9. Oh my gosh, we’re brand new to this whole dog thing and will be bringing our new babies home tomorrow! Yay! We went to rescue one and couldn’t leave his kennel mate… 🙂 I can’t thank you enough for such clear and awesome information in your videos. I feel like we’ve got just the right information from you to be awesome parents, with well behaved, well trained and therefore very loved dogs. Thank you!

  10. Great video! How's Olive doing these days?
    Someone commented, and I liked, that you should be made to watch this video before owning a dog. Yes have a test before issuing a "dog license".

  11. For puppies, and I’d think you’d agree, socialization is important. (With dogs, loud noises, and people.) Also, if you have a puppy you should train them not to bite. (You/simpatwico has a video on that.)

  12. Have a wonderful dog that does everything we like and expect from her. She’s perfect. We just brought a new rescue home and all this is coming back… this video was a great visit to everything I need to implement again.

  13. My 8 week pup tends to get distracted when I bring him out for potty because there's a bunch of planters in the yard and he likes to climb into them. He also tries to pull on the leash and exit the "potty area". Any times to try and help him focus in an otherwise distracting yard?

  14. One of the most underrated things he stated in this video is the procedure of which dog gets their dog bowl first. The first resident dog should ALWAYS get everything first (i.e. food, love, play, everything). There have been so much behavioral issues resulting from the owner coddling the new puppy or dog because they empathize that the new resident "didn't get enough love in the past and this is to show how special they truly are." No matter what, even if the new resident begs and cries to be first for hugs, this only causes 1. spoiling 2. animosity between the older resident dog 3, breakdown in household structure. This should also pertain to those with cats. Your cat should always come first before the new resident NO MATTER WHAT!

  15. Hello! I’m looking to get a dog at the end of the year, so I’m doing the groundwork now. I see that you have your dogs in crates when you’re gone; how long are they typically left? Just as I am away for work from 0700-1630 and I don’t know if being in a crate for that long would be healthy for them? As a kid our dogs were always outside during the day but I don’t have much of a backyard

  16. This is the first time that i am going to own a dog and we are bring a him home in the next 2 months. Any tips? thx

  17. I am getting a Shorkie puppy in 2 weeks. She'll be 7 weeks old and my main concern is that my job schedule is always so different! I am worried that it could interfere with potty training her, any suggestions?

  18. My dog name is Pepper. Now watching your video i think i am bad at management. but can you help me with the potty training advice. She is almost 6 months and she does her potty mostly at the terrace. I take her outside in the morning and evening but very rare she does the potty. but if she does i praise her but that is very rare. Any suggestion.

  19. Hello! I'm new to this channel, I got a Malinois pup, last week and it scares me to think I might not be doing a good job, thank goodness I found you today 🙂 I want him to be my companion to work or wherever I go. Any recommendations? Thanks, keep up the good job!

  20. What if I want to adopt a rescue, and because it would be a rescue who might not behave the way you think they would I would want to let them sleep in the crate for the first week or two and then let them on my bed.

  21. 3 days ago I adopted a stray 7 months old Labrador puppy, and I'm so glad to know that I followed these steps even before watching!
    I have a very specific schedule with the new dog, and I can definitely see why a routine is important! A dog needs it, especially a new one

    Thank you!!

  22. Good morning! So I’m looking for an appropriate video which I haven’t found yet which can address my new eight week old Boston terrier puppy. When she’s biting something or latches onto me for example and I scream ouch not only does she not release or respond but she seems to grip tighter until I feel her teeth puncture into my skin and then I don’t know the proper way to handle this situation. I tried to grab her by the scruff of her neck like the mother would do and all it does is Further agitate her she gets more vicious angry growls snarls and she even sounds very mean. I pray to God I do not have a vicious dog but I want to change and curb this behavior immediately could you please direct me to a video or provide me with some tools and suggestions?! Thank you so much

  23. I’m in the process of adopting a dog, I will be a first time dog owner, and the information out there is overwhelming. I appreciate how you presented all of this like you were talking to an idiot n0ob like myself. Now I feel way less anxious going into it.

  24. I just adopted an adult rescue dog.Hes' been with me three days. Today I came across your channel and subscribed. My management of Brat ( a Boston Terrier/Rat Terrier mix)so far is just what you've explained in this video. He's well behaved, quiet ,attentive and very friendly. i've left him alone for up to an hour and neighbors say they've not heard a peep from himI hope he'll continue this behavior. i'm going out to get him a crate and some toys tomorrow.Thanks for all the good advice!

  25. So glad I found this channel just as we got a puppy! Had no idea about half this stuff everyone needs to watch this when they get a new dog.

  26. Another great video! Finding your channel so useful as I prepare to welcome home my rescue dog, Simba!

  27. I've just adopted a 5 year old labrador mutt from a shelther and this video has been so helpful.
    My dog is very well behaved but sometimes pees inside, and now I realized that it's due to lack of supervision and adequate potty training. Dogs actually learn so fast, that I'm really impressed, but I relly need to step up my game and keep a sharper look on him while he is in the house.

  28. I want a highland westie and have for 11 years. I know somone who has had chikens he gave up on them when they died. He then got a male westie puppie. He was the next to go. I feel we need a license in the UK for pet owners. far too many have romantic ideas of owning a pet and then invest no time or effort in training.

    Pets have the same needs as children. They need training support love and plenty of time from you.

  29. I like your no nonsense approach to training the humans. I am saving this to my dog playlist as I will be getting a rescue in the near future and I want to make the transition is as smooth as possible. I'll need more training more than the dog apparently. Tfs 🙂

  30. We adopted a 3 y/o Staffordshire Terrier 3 days ago. He was undernourished, so is overly interested in food, even though he's being fed extra at this point. We also have another small rescue dog who is 12 y/o. The Staffy wants to go after the smaller dog's food initially and also after he gulps his down and the smaller dog is still eating. How do we correct this behavior?

  31. im getting my first dog today, and although i had read a lot about how to first introduce your new puppy to the house, nothing comes close to this. thank you so much for making this video, it was very well explained and as a first time owner, it was easy to understand! i literally cannot say thank you enough

  32. I wish I had found this video a month ago. My new puppy doesn't really have any structure, is it too late to teach him? Have I ruined him?

  33. I have a question, there's this stray dog that I'm already in love with but he had another "owner" in which he doesn't go to his place anymore (we're neighbors) & I'm going to leave out of state next month & I really want to take him bc I think the dog is already used to my place & when I leave he will be wanting outside all sad waiting for me to come back when in reality I won't, & my question is he is used to the streets if I take him will he be able to get used to the whole new environment & a whole new life? Will he become depressed because he won't be in his old place? He's 8. :'/

  34. I'm getting a tiny Shorkie puppy. How do you recommend that I introduce her to my 11yr old (gentle/sweet) Rottweiler mix, that has been raised with little dogs and gets along all my friends dogs.

  35. So i got a question: I have other pets in my household and how do i handle the situation when i get a pup in my home soon? (hoping a pup be friendly to my other pets,(guinea pigs), like a bond!!) 🙂

  36. The first week with my puppy I just taught her ticks and played with her. Have had her for over 2 months and am now really looking for tips on training because my dog doesn't know how to have a calm state of mind and has a hard time being left alone. I will starting TODAY set a routine and schedule so my puppy knows what to expect so she doesn't get too out of control.

  37. Does anyone have any advice about leaving puppies home alone. I got my puppy a week ago& we are crate training him, he is comfortable enough now to go in and out the crate by himself and goes inside for naps and also sleeps through the night in his crate without any issues, the only problem is when he’s in his crate and he can’t see us. I’ve been trying to get him used to the idea of him being by himself by going out of the room for short amounts of time however yesterday whilst he was napping in his crate I decided that would be a good time to get a bath, but as soon as he realised I was gone he barked and cried none stop for about 40 minutes until I finally gave in. I want him to get to a point that he is not phased by us coming in and out of the room and where he is okay being alone for short amounts of time without braking and crying. Does anyone have any advice & is it a good idea to ignore his barking and crying until he gets used to it by himself? Any advice is appreciated

  38. Your videos are great dude! After 6 years of having my Australian Shepherd (from pup) I needed a refresher course. With a new Australian Cattle Dog pup I'm Currently working on potty/crate training first thing. Glad I'm on the right track. I've already picked up some really great tips and and tricks I didn't know watching some of your other videos. I'm looking forward to the training of this little dude and more of your videos, Keep it up!

  39. I have a little problem. So my dog is 1 y.o. and he cant stay alone at home. We bought a cave just like one in your video and I left her there one time for 15 min. The dog has barked all the time and even potty in cave. Whenever I gave him a toy he doesnt play with it, he just bark and cry all the time…. What should I do? 😏

  40. Love your videos!!! My daughter just adopted a rescue dog estimated to be between one and two years old. In some places, the records list him as a rescue and in other places a stray. She takes him out regularly to the same spot for potty breaks and she waits for half hour or more. Often he doesn't go, but often will go within the hour back in the house. He is often holding his pee for long hours despite being taken out regularly. Was considering using a crate when he comes back inside without going and then taking him out again an hour or so later. When he does his business outside, he gets loads of praise and multiple treats. Any suggestions?

  41. I'm watching a lot of your videos because I'm bringing home my new dog home in a week. These tips were amazing! But I do have one question about the routine. I work at a doggy daycare and am planning on taking my new dog to work with me. Should I include her coming to work with me in this crucial routine time or should I let her settle in first?

  42. I can speak first hand to dogs being very location specific! I confused the HELL out of my 10 yr old rotty by buying and moving into the house right nextdoor to our old one, which has a shared driveway with the old one. Suddenly we were going right upon arriving home instead of left. It took a good 2 weeks for him to start automatically going in the right direction. For a while he'd sit right in the middle of the driveway while I unloaded the groceries or what have you… looking back and forth between both porches wondering which way I was gonna go.

  43. I have a 6 month old puppy who was keep mostly in crate and caged lined crib…….I did get him from a pet store that would let you hold and pet them. I don’t know what he was left to sleep in when the store but the crib wasn’t lined with anything they would only have a blanket. He was the last of the littler and by himself for a week, he’s only been in my house 4 days so I know that he’s not gonna know how to good potty right off the bat, but I was wondering if u could give me some tips to help him to adjust to doing potty’s outside or on pad. And also if u have any tips on how I can help my older dog (he’s 6 years old and a silky terrier_my puppy is 6 months old and is Teddy Bear breed)

    And it’s lame but as I watched your videos I noticed our dogs have the same name!! Dexter!,!!!

  44. We're out of state on vacation now, but adopting a dog two days from now (getting back tomorrow). We're picking the dog up in the morning from the shelter, but still need to get some essentials. Should we go home to show where the dog where the potty spot outside is before we go back to get the essentials, or should we get the essentials right after picking up the dog? Unfortunately, there isn't time to get the essentials ahead of time…

  45. my 13 week old border collie is doing great but one of the new problems were having is that he loves to splash the water out of his water bowl. how do i stop that?

  46. My parents have been taking care of my puppy (5 months) while I was moving. How do i get her used to me when she’s already used to them?

  47. I've never had a puppy before, always rescue dogs. I'm going to get a pure bread puppy and talking with my wife, were wondering how to manage the puppy while were at work. Crating the pup seems to long. Should we confine the puppy to a room during our work hours? Any advice would be appreciated?

  48. we just got a new dog that came frome the streets and just had a puppies, she is really scared and sit on the couch all day and don't want to gets down.
    We own a poppy about 9 months and she is very energetic. and they seems to like each other but how can we make the new dog to feel save and not to stay on the couch all day.
    thank you for the for answering and for the helpful videos.

  49. I have raised 5 dogs, 4 were German Shepherds, one Golden. They came from 10 week to 10 months. Potty training is number one and I like crates. I dont obey the no front door rule because we have a perfect empty lot right across our quiet street and use leashes. We have a big house so we have to be really careful about using the same routine. We also live in heavy winter snow. Dogs are allowed to potty on the snowy decks but not in summer. That gets tricky. Using an older dog is great. Next dog will. Come in spring after snowmelt. No dog gets on furniture or beds. Cats get on beds. Cats rule in our house. GSDs are so easy to train, they learn Cats Rule very fast. I agree with most of this video. The best thing I did for all dogs was socialization with humans, children and other dogs. I used a trainer for dog #1. She came to the home and we met at public places as time went by. I will do the same next dog except I want to go to group classes, to get the dog socialization. The dogs that got the most training early were the best, but even my Golden, who is 11 now, all became dogs I could take anywhere. I learned over time to keep dogs down to 2 dogs max. I get another dog pretty quickly after I loose a dog. I know my younger dog is going to miss my old dog a lot, so she gets a puppy to train right away. Or maybe an older rescue. It will be up to her to choose.

  50. I’m convincing my mom to get me a dog and we settled on that I need to prove myself responsible and pay for it myself saving up currently, but I’m still watching these videos because I want to know for the future with my new doggo 🐶

  51. LOL. In case you aren't sure what a dog going poop looks like, heres a little snippet… 4:05

    Also, where are these "tips"? Shaming people and saying what not to do, isn't very helpful or much of a tip.

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