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Training Your Pandemic Puppy

Posted 06/09/21 by Lauren D

Like many people last year, my family welcomed a pandemic puppy into our home. And by puppy I mean a 2-year-old husky named Zelda. I prepped our house to be more dog friendly—toys got new bins, shoes got new racks, any small knickknacks that I thought might be too tempting were moved to higher areas. Bringing our new dog home opened my eyes to things I had missed and raised a few questions. 

  • Is the leg of our play table meant to look like a chew toy?
  • How many dog toys is too many?
  • While at the park, how do I maintain control of the leash, so I’m not physically dragged through the park?
  • Is the point of a squeaky toy to tear it open and find the squeaker?
  • Where is she going to sleep at night?
  • Will taking care of her be shared and hopefully teach the kids more responsibility?
  • IS the floor lava? Why is she jumping from rug to rug like the floor will get her?

Bringing Zelda into our lives has taught me many things.

  • Dog training is an on-going process for all of us.
  • Exploring our Metroparks is an exercise in stopping to appreciate all the smells and sounds.
  • There is a war on squirrels and the squirrels are winning.
  • Life is infinitely more fun with a furry friend to go on adventures with.
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Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days
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Fetch!: A How to Speak Dog Training Guide
By Aubre Andrus

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