Puppies!

10 Jan

Blogs are tempting! Facebook shares sometimes even more! And, we tempt too…we like to share puppies that need homes! Although pups are delicious and adorable, we all know that they are a ton of work, so we thought we would post some good resources for new puppy parents, in case anyone indulges!

First step would be to check out Dr. Ian Dunbar’s free digital training book, Raising a Puppy. Dr. Dunbar is the grandfather of positive-reinforcement dog training and is really the first trainer to offer puppy training classes. Can you believe 20-30 years ago trainers said puppies couldn’t learn until they were almost adolescents?  Want more? Check out Andrea Arden’s  series of articles on Dogtime, Project Puppy.

We would then encourage you to buy anything else by Dr. Dunbar on Dogwise and then hop over to Amazon and pick up a copy of Andrea Arden’s Barron’s Dog Training Bible. This a great book for any new dog owner and will cover everything from housebreaking, impulse control and manners.

After you get a puppy, it’s important to socialize the H*ll out of it! Literally. You want to expose it to everything possible – people, vetted dogs, new environments, people with canes, big men in hats – you name it, your dog should meet it.  Your vet might think differently. Most vets caution about a puppy never leaving the house until it is fully vaccinated. Well, I did that with my miniature pinschers and I still regret it. Especially every time my girl, Rosie, sees a bike or bus! Research local trainers that use pet-friendly, positive-reinforcement training for regular puppy playgroups that are safe and trainer-supervised. It’s a great opportunity for dogs and parents to see what is appropriate and not when pups interact. Also, its a great way to tire out a pup! Still not sure? Read Dr. R.K Anderson’s statement on this sometimes controversial topic.

You can’t do it alone. Most likely you will be looking for dog trainers to for socialization, manners and maybe more specialized training like agility or tricks. APDT has a great handout on how to pick a dog trainer. And, for those that will be needing dog walking services or boarding, the San Francisco SPCA has a great list of questions to ask when searching for your pup’s part-time caretaker.

And, lastly, here is a great list of important phone numbers compiled by APDT:

Important Phone Numbers Every Dog Owner Should Have

dog on phone

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center
1-888-426-4435

If your pet ingests something you suspect is poisonous, you can call this 24-hour service and pay a $65.00 fee for a consultation with a veterinarian. (In fact, Josh’s Lucy got a hold of something that made him nervous recently so he called them to check. They were incredibly helpful, patient, and efficient. This is an invaluable resource if you have a curious pup who likes to sniff around and nibble things!)

Emergency Disaster Hotline
1-800-227-4645

Sponsored by the American Humane Association, this number is the first place to call in the event of an earthquake or other disaster. They will provide information on what to do and where to go, and provide support and relief information.

Pet Loss Support Hotline
1-888-478-7574

This hotline, run by the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, provides a source of emotional support for people who have lost a pet, or who are about to lose a pet. This 24-hour line allows you to leave a message and your call will be returned seven days a week between the hours of 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm, CST and May through August, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, CST. This is a free service.

Spay Helpline
1-800-248-SPAY

SPAY USA provides free or low cost spay and neuter services and referrals to local services.

Stolen Pet Hotline Information
1-800-STOLEN-PET

This service can assist you if you think your pet has been stolen.

AKC Companion Animal Recovery
1-800-252-7894

The American Kennel Club provides resources for lost dogs that are part of their registry.

Animal and Pet Travel Resources – Airplanes/Airline Regulation:
1-800-545-USDA

Before traveling with your pet by taking it on a flight, call this number first with all your questions about transporting your pet, what you’ll need to provide or bring with you, etc.

Lyme Disease National Hotline
1-800-886-5963

Provides information on how to prevent your pet from getting this deadly tick-borne disease.

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3 Responses to “Puppies!”

  1. TwoKittiesOnePittie January 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM #

    What a great resource! Thank you for sharing all these numbers; I’ll make sure to bookmark this page. (And you tempt me with those puppies…!). 🙂

  2. barbara Kennedy January 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM #

    This is such great information to have. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  3. Two Grads January 13, 2012 at 11:14 AM #

    Such a great list, thanks for compiling!

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