It was only three years ago that we brought a new puppy into our home. Believe it or not, Tully was actually my first young puppy, as all our other dogs were older when they came into my life. So Arnica and I had to make all those “parenting” decisions together for the first time, including how we were going to train him.
Now we have a devotedly, loving, and pretty darn well-behaved giant (although he still does occasionally surf the countertops! But that’s a Wolfhound thing.) Investing in positive training that helped Tully learn to make good decisions, and frankly, gave us people some good strategies, was so worthwhile. I don’t buy those old school dominance approaches to training... that would never get us to enjoy family life with Tully.
We love it that we can take him to the coffee shop, on vacation to hotels, and even do pet therapy work. The time and effort we put in certainly has paid off, because we have a dog that’s a positive force in our family (except when he steals my bagels in the morning.)
Over the last year, we’ve been developing our own Puppygarten and Puppy Preschool programs at Pandosy Village Vet, with the help of some wonderful trainers. Check out our January 2018 classes!
If you have a puppy, I highly recommend positive reinforcement puppy school. It’s a great investment for your family.
Yours in holistic pet health,