What You Need To Know
When Getting a New Puppy

Luzelle & Puppy Sage of HausTralis Malinois at Starbucks Botany Auckland

By Luzelle Cockburn

Bringing a new puppy home, opens up a new world of hopes and dreams and expectations. You imagine living life with your new bundle of fluff always by your side. Your dog. Your side-kick. Your best friend.

It doesn’t take long for problems to start. Night one and your puppy keeps the whole house awake with their incessant crying. You finally cave in at 1am and take puppy to bed with you.

Stumbling out of bed in a slumber you step in a cold puddle of wet. You immediately know what it is and the frustration and adrenaline kicks in. You briefly consider ignoring it till after you’ve had your coffee. But you know better than to let it soak into the carpet any longer than absolutely necessary.

You want to enjoy your puppy more. It’s not even been a week and you’re already over the puddles and presents and chewed up shoes and puppy screaming!

You duly take your puppy to puppy class where your puppy plays with the other puppies. Oh your puppy is just so cute. But then the instructor tells you to put your puppy on leash and all of a sudden your puppy starts screaming the place down trying to get back to their friends to continue the game of chase.

It’s embarrassing. It’s exhausting. You’re over it. 

“You imagine living life with your new bundle of fluff always by your side. Your dog. Your side-kick. Your best friend.”

There is hope!

Your puppy can be a good puppy, you do not need to go through all that frustration.

But what can you do?

There are a few simple ways that you can improve your life with your puppy. Some of them will require a bit of work mostly what you need is skill and knowledge and a good dog trainer can equip you with that!

Having the right equipment is a step in the right direction. As is understanding why your puppy is biting. Another way to get on top of your puppy’s bad behaviour is by understanding socialising and choosing the right puppy class!

Raising a puppy is not that difficult. 

Dog trainers have it down to a fine art. They raise many puppies, and they can offer many tips and shortcuts to help you take most of the frustration out of raising your pup!


So what do you need to do?

First things first, head down to the bottom of the page and fill in your deets to grab our New Puppy Survival Guide. It has checklists to help you with socialisation, choosing a puppy class, helping you choose the right equipment as well as helping you understand why your puppy is biting you!

Next, get in touch with a good dog trainer. A dog trainer can save you a lot of heartache and prevent many problems from even starting before you notice them.

Once you have the support of a good dog trainer and understand why your puppy appears to be ruining your life (not really, but I know, it feels that way). you will have the confidence to deal with the challenges that are arising.

Your puppy is a canvas. You create the masterpiece. Good dogs are made, not born. These are the mantras I live by when it comes to raising puppies and applies to 99.9% of puppies. 

Your puppy really wants to be good. And they want you to show them how!

Grab your guide below!

Did you find these tips helpful?

Did you find this blog post helpful? Leave me a comment below and tell me what you plan to change or something that you learned that you are going to try with your pup!

Need Some Help with Your Dog?

The whole reason I’m a dog trainer is to keep dog out of shelters and rescues and off death row. The best way to do that is to keep dogs with their families! So, I’ve put together some resources to help you with your dog! It’s all kept in The Dog Training Lab – you’ll find heaps of free resources, just pop your email address in The Free Resources Hub to get access and you’re set! 

What information is in there? Tips to help you with walking your dog on lead, toilet training, problem barking and so much more!

Hey, I’m Luzelle!

If it has to do with transforming your naughty, embarrassing, frustrating or worrying dog into an obedient, well behaved member of the canine society that you can actually enjoy spending your life with, I can help.

Wanna know more? Check out the SolutionK9 About page!

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