At five months pregnant, I got a puppy.
I know. As several concerned friends, strangers, and even my doctor told me, I’m very brave. And sure, it’s great practice. And yes, the pictures are going to be really cute.
Still, we knew we had to get serious about training, so our new dog Dolly could be calm and happy when her little sister arrived.
For Dolly, certain things came easily. It took about a week to teach her to walk on a leash as well as basic commands like sit, leave it, drop it, touch, and wait. But when she was four months old, we had to focus on more urgent behavior issues, like crate training, nipping, and jumping/slobbering on every stranger she meets, given we were soon going to have a small human she could easily knock over. As such, other basic commands fell to the back-burner, including down and stay. Read more…