These articles focus on your new puppy

Picking a Puppy

Little puppy at the shelter looks with hope.  Take me, I'm the best!

How to choose the right puppy for you! Bringing home a puppy is an incredible and exciting event! My goal is to help you choose the right dog for you. Believe it or not, there are a lot of potential pitfalls when choosing a dog. As a professional dog trainer, I often see clients that choose either the wrong breed or the wrong dog for their lifestyle and I want to steer you in the right direction. While this article …
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I just got a puppy! Now What?

Scarlett the GSD

Getting a new puppy is always an exciting moment for a family. Once you get the new bundle of joy home, you might be wondering, “What did I just get myself into?” Don’t worry, this is a common sentiment and there are a few simple things you can do from day one to make sure you get off on the right foot. Our training style at Suburban K9 is similar to the way that many people raise their children. We …
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House Breaking and Nipping

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As the proud owner of a new puppy you are probably dealing with two very common “issues” that are typical of young dogs. Cute little puppies can easily test your patience as you are trying to potty train them and teach them not to bite everything in sight, including you! Raising a puppy takes work, but with a little knowledge and some specific rules it can be much easier than anticipated. Potty Training When bringing a new puppy into the …
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How to Socialize Your Dog

Mother and daughters in park with dog smiling

Socializing your dog is one of the most important things you can do for them. Socializing is simply the process of teaching your puppy what is normal in the human world. The good news is that this is not hard and will be a fun and positive experience for both of you! Unfortunately many people wait too long to socialize their dog and set them up for a difficult life. A dog that is not socialized properly has a drastically …
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All About Dog Toys

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Household dogs are frequently bored in their daily life and a large selection of toys and bones can certainly help. The more things your dog has to play with the less of your things he will feel the need to chew on. Having one or two dog toys is not enough for the average dog. I typically suggest to clients to find around ten toys or bones that their dog enjoys. This ensures that when the dog becomes bored with …
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Picking the right dog

Germany Shepherd laying on the stone

When looking to buy or adopt a dog it is very important to research the breed and evaluate the specific dog that you are looking at. Many times people become focused on a breed because they like the typical qualities of the breed but the specific dog they find might be a little different than the breed standard. The first thing to figure out is what type of dog you want. Not what breed, what type. Do you want a …
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