Puppy fever was going around last year while everyone was quarantined and had time to put into raising a new pup. Only thing is – it’s so much work [I tried warning you it’s too much work… seems no different than a newborn…]. Good thing is there are a lot of people out there ready and willing to help. Here are some of the resources I used, and would highly recommend looking into if you need some pup support in the NYC area!
For when you want to do it all
If you’ve been around here for a while you’ve heard me talk about Baxter & Bella before. If you’re new, this literally saved my life when I got my little guy. This online puppy school has a ton of resources to help you prepare and prioritize your new BFF’s arrival.
They have printable guides, videos and live classes for you to pick and choose what you need help with [I was the millennial with a printer who she used for these guides…]. Best part – it’s VERY affordable. For a one time payment you get a lifetime membership. I still send chats to them to this day when I need help working through a behavioral issue. They’re quick to respond and a great resource if you want to be more hands on with your training.
For when you need a little extra help
If in person training is more your thing, Shelby Semel Dog Training is a great dog trainer right here in the city that many of my fellow dog parents have used. They offer courses for pups of all ages, sizes, and even specific behavioral issues. They take a train the trainer approach by coaching you through the techniques so that you can continue the training at home [really it’s for how to behave around my kids who rile him up… oops]. It’s also a great option to tire out your pup during class so they nap when you get home – new dog moms… iykyk.
For when you need to outsource
I have to be honest, when I brought my guy home I had a BAD case of the puppy blues the first few months. I was constantly wondering if this phase was ever going to end… and I needed a LOT of help and, honestly, a break [I know this feeling… it’s the worst].
Instinct Dog Training & Behavior is a local training facility that offers everything from private lessons, to day school, to camps. I went the camp route, and my puppy LOVED IT. He came home a brand new dog – so engaged and motivated to learn and it was so beneficial for me to have that head start and be equipped with the tools to keep the momentum going. I loved it so much that I sometimes use them if I’m out of town for the weekend and he literally runs away from me the second we walk in the door because he is THAT excited. They are super professional and communicative and do a wonderful job.
How do you all train your pups? Would love any help I can get!