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On this episode of TDIF, Courtney Green breaks down the ten things she wishes every new dog parent knew. By the end of this episode, you'll feel confident to take on this new adventure with your dog.

10 Things I Wish I Could Tell Every New Dog Parent

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Courtney Green breaks down the ten things she wishes every new dog parent knew. By the end of the episode, you'll feel confident to take on this new adventure with your dog. Are you ready?

1. Don't spend so much money in your first month of unnecessary toys blankets and goodies. I wish you would spend that money on training, supplies, courses and things that are going to build your confidence and expertise.

2. Prioritize burning mental energy before introducing your dog to your house. It's really important that you don't just get your new dog, take them shopping and then come home and let them loose. You want to provide structure by burning mental and physical energy before starting your journey together. How you set the tone for your relationship in the beginning is how your dog is going to see you.

 3. Don't just set aside a few days to get your dog adjusted in your new house. Give it at least a week or two and spend time finding a reliable source of help within that time instead of waiting or relying on friends and family.

4. Make your house safe and understand how new everything is for your dog. Don't leave your dog out and about in the first few weeks until you know their habits. Take advantage of baby gates, playpens or crates so they can stay safe when you're away. If you don't know how they're going to react to trash or anything that sparks curiosity then opt to keep them safe and secure just in case. That also means don't let them roam in the backyard unsupervised, like with a doggy door, for the first month of getting them.

5. Don't use collars or harnesses in a crate since it's unsafe. Also, every time you use a collar make sure you use the two-finger rule. For more information on how to choose the right collar for your dog check out my online program, the Dog Parent Experience.

6.  Don't introduce your new dog to dogs on the street or in your neighborhood. Leash aggression is a real thing and you don't want to give your dog a start on the wrong foot when it comes to socialization.

7. Don't give in to cute things like chewing stuff and don't give in to crying or barking especially overnight or when they are acting up.

8. Do your research for everything. If this was your child you would be very careful on who you get your opinions from. You have the same responsibility to keep this being alive as you do any other being so do what you have to do to make the best decisions for this little one.

9. Have a solid plan on how your house as a whole is going to reward and punish your dog. Also consider what commands you are going to use and what the house rules are going to be. It's really important that everyone in the household gets on board with the same plan.

10. Don't let guilt make decisions for you. Let go of your idea of being too rough or too strict. Try not to think like a human and think like a dog instead. See how dogs react with other dogs and try and re-enact that when you're working with your dog. You have to use their language and if you think that something is mean or you're using guilt to make decisions for you, you're not going to get the result you want with your dog. 

 

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10 Things I Wish I Could Tell Every New Dog Parent !

Get your hands on my FREE cheat sheet so you know exactly what to focus on when you first get a dog. With these 10 tactical tips, you'll be radiating confidence like you've been doing this for years!