These articles focus on your new puppy

Ticks!

Many people only worry about their dog getting a tick when in a wooded area, but most ticks actually live on tall grasses, just waiting to latch on to your pet. There might even be ticks in the bushes and ornamental grasses in your own yard.  Another common misconception is that ticks are only present during the warm months, but they actually live all year round. Ticks are arachnids like spiders or scorpions. They have a mouth that allows them …
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Starting Right with your Puppy

When you bring a puppy home the first thought on your mind is probably having fun!  Afterall, the reason we get dogs is that we love them so much and they bring untold joy to our lives.  Our goal as dog trainers is to ensure that clients and their dogs have the best possible lives together.  To achieve this goal we focus on helping people raise a puppy correctly from the start so that they never develop problems that can …
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Kenneling/Crating a Young Puppy

I will save you the suspense.  We are 100% in favor of kenneling all puppies when they are unattended.  A puppy generally does not have enough impulse control to resist chewing things they shouldn’t and this can lead to big trouble!  Many puppies consume things such as medicine, carpet and clothing when they are left unattended and this leads to a lot of unnecessary surgeries and even deaths. When someone tells me that they won’t cage a puppy because they …
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LITTERMATE SYNDROME

As mentioned in our “Picking a Puppy” article, littermate syndrome is a serious behavioral condition. The condition develops when two young dogs end up bonding too tightly with each other. It may sound ideal when dogs are such close friends, but major issues can arise down the road. The problem is that their relationship with each other can stop them from creating proper bonds with humans and hinder their social development. As the name suggests, littermate syndrome generally exists in …
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A PUPPY’S GOTCHA DAY!

Today is the day! It’s the day you and your family have been waiting for! You finally get to bring your new puppy home! Puppies are oh so cute, and oh so little! They trip and fall over their feet which they still aren’t sure how to control. Don’t forget about the puppy breath that is always accompanied by those razor sharp teeth. Often times we have wanted our new puppy’s “gotcha day” to come sooner than it has, sooner …
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PICKING A PUPPY

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?

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

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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