What You Should Know Before Taking Your Puppy to the Dog Park


Dog parks can provide excellent exercise and social interaction for most dogs, and even their owners! But not all dog parks are created equal. Certain parks aren’t safe (or fun) for every dog, and situations within the park can change quickly... even drastically. Depending on the type of dog and the type of person, the experience can vary wildly. Some dogs take to the new environment with ease, while others take longer to adjust. And some just aren’t going to take to it at all — not now, or ever.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Behavior & Training, Puppy Training, Puppy, Socialization, Dog, Vaccines, Vaccination, Dog Leash

Puppy Shots—What Vaccines Your New Pup Needs (and When)


Is it time to go to the dog park, or take a puppy class?

The places your new puppy is allowed to go and the other pups and people they can meet along the way is influenced, in part, by what vaccines they’ve had. So we've put together this overview of the "shots" (vaccinations) that puppies should have during their first several months of life, as well as the "why" and "when." Take a peek and discuss with your veterinarian to ensure that your new pup is as protected as they can be from the conditions that can sicken or otherwise cause them (or even you) harm. 

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Topics: Dog Health, Puppies, Socialization, Vaccines, Vaccination, Vet Exam

When To Start Socializing Your New Puppy


Many people ask when to start socializing their new puppy – and receive many different answers!

It’s possible that you’ve received a different answer from your breeder or shelter than you have from your trainer, and it’s equally as likely that you’ve even received an answer from your vet that’s different from both of those. So who’s right? When exactly should you start socializing your new pup?


There’s no doubt that puppy socialization is an important topic.  We’ve all seen the sad results of dogs who weren’t properly socialized, and many of those dogs end up abandoned or in shelters.  The need for proper socialization for dogs just makes sense inherently, doesn’t it? And now a building mountain of scientific evidence is helping to prove it, too.

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Topics: Dog Training, Safety, Puppy Training, Puppy, Socialization, Dog, Vaccines, Vaccination, Puppy classes

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