Bringing Home a New Dog – 5 Tips from Olive’s first week

A dog’s first week at home can set the tone that’ll make or break you. My top 5 things you should work on first are coming up. Ian here with Simpawtico dog training and before we dive into that first week at home please make sure you’re subscribe so you never miss any of our videos. Also follow us on all the big social networks so we can you get better acquainted. And don’t forget to check that YouTube description for notes, links, and resources about the stuff we talked about. Now, bringing home a new dog creates a lot of challenges. Whether you’re getting a new puppy or you’re adopting an older dog from a shelter or a rescue, that first week is a crucial period that sets the tone, in some cases, for the rest of their lives. As some of you know, we just adopted a new dog ourselves, and I thought documenting how we approach this process would be helpful to all of you. This is Olive. She’s a two-year-old Boston Terrier. She was first picked up as a stray by Animal Control in the next city over. When her original owner was located he was kind of like, “Meh, whatever, I don’t really have time for her anyways,” and signed her over to the city. Soon she was put up for adoption. My wife saw her on the shelter’s Facebook page and we went down to take a look. Well that was pretty much it. We took her home that same day. Olive was underweight and undernourished. She’d had puppies at some point. She was not spayed, but thanks to the shelter she was up-to-date on her shots. We changed her name to Olive so we knew that she wouldn’t know her new name right away, which is just as well because she didn’t seem to respond to her original name either. In fact, she didn’t seem to know much of anything, which tells me that she probably had very little support or training at home. One of the first things we did with olive was to put our main focus on the routines and procedures in our home. Management in that first week is the most important thing you can do for any new dog. Most people want to start off by teaching behaviors or even tricks to their new dog, or to do fun things together. Please believe me that is a waste of valuable time right now. For a new dog, focusing on structure and procedures, and practicing those until they become routines is essential to your dog’s long-term success. Otherwise chronic bad behavior causes people to send them back into the shelter system, or return puppies to the breeder, and it’s not their fault. If a dog misbehaves in your home, it’s your fault. You cannot reasonably expect a dog to enter your home and magically know what your expectations are. And if your plan is to simply punish them until they figure it out, that is the worst thing you could do. Home must be a safe and protected environment where a dog can come to learn without fear. And I’m telling you right now that the number one problem with dog behavior is not discipline, it is management. It is a lack of procedures and routines. It stands to reason then that you before you try to teach them what you want, you had better know what you want. So to start off you need to sit down with the family and think about all of the procedures and routines you’ll need to make the house run smoothly with the dog, and then come up with a management plan to make it happen. The golden rules here are: the more structure there is the more successful your dog will be. And the clearer the instructions the higher the achievement rate will be. With Olive we picked five big goals to focus on in her first week: potty, food, nighttime, home alone, and around the house. Let’s take a look at each of these. Going Potty. For a new dog of any age potty training is absolutely paramount. It’s one of the most common problems people complain about. Imagine if you walked into a building in a foreign country and none of the bathrooms were marked. You wouldn’t know where to go, you wouldn’t be able to ask anyone where to go, and the longer you had to wait the more desperate you’d get. You might even get to where you did some radical things to relieve yourself. We must communicate to the dog where they go potty, and we have to engineer the space and their life so that it’s almost impossible to mess it up. Then, we reinforce the heck out of it. The best way to approach this with a newly adopted dog is similar to how we do it with a puppy: use confinement strategically and take them out at regular intervals to the same place every time. Take them out when they get up in the morning, when you come home, and within 15 to 20 minutes after mealtimes. Praise and reward lavishly when they do their business outside. Keep them supervised and do your best not to let there be mistakes, as this will compromise your training. But if there are mistakes realize that they’re still learning and don’t get too worked up. Clean it up and move on. For Olive, we made a concerted effort between the two of us to make the first week as error free as possible. That meant that Olive was under constant supervision. She was not allowed to go out of sight and rooms were closed when we weren’t in there with her. She was also confined when we were not at home. We took her out many times during the day, always to the same spot, and waited with her. Being two years old the job was admittedly easier than it would have been with a puppy, but that doesn’t mean that we didn’t have to stay vigilant and try to read her signs. Our other dogs helped in this process too. Even though they were both potty pros already we praised them in front of her when they went, and you could really see her paying attention. Soon, this meant when we called everybody for potty time it didn’t take long until she was running right out with them and even asking to go out in the morning if she was the first one up. Food: where when and how do we get meals? As you’ve no doubt heard me say before, I am a huge advocate of routine, timed feedings. Free feeding is just shooting yourself in the foot in so many ways, especially with a new dog. So for Olive, just as with the other dogs, she was fed twice a day, at approximately the same times, in the same place, in the same order, in the same way, every single time. Because of the consistency of the routine it only took a couple of days for her to figure it out completely. Whereas on the first few times, she’d dive into Dexter’s food and try to get in there. With some gentle but consistent feedback and positive reinforcement she quickly learned to hang out and wait for her bowl. She knew it was coming, she knew where to wait for it, and there was no need to get silly. Now in our home we don’t expect Sit Stays or anything like that. We do expect it to be mannerly and we don’t tolerate stupid hijinks. But it’s overall pretty laid back and relaxed. We do, however, fill the food bowls on the table and place them on the floor in the same order, as I said, every morning and every night. Food bowls always go down Dexte,r Darwin, Olive, always. Those of you who enjoy a more rigid routine with more steps and higher expectations, great! Knock yourselves out. And honestly there are dogs out there who need that level of detail in their routines due to their high energy and drive. These are dogs that will need Sit Stays, for example, before they can eat, and so on. The point I’m trying to make here is that however you do it, it needs to be outlined, it needs to be shared with everyone in the house, and it needs to be executed that way every time. Routines are the backbone of good behavior. Night time. You’ve got to spend some time thinking about night time too. Does your dog sleep in the crate, or in a doggy bed? Where is that located? Do they sleep in your room? Do they sleep on your bed? With one of your kids? What time is bedtime? And if they’re on the bed, what are the rules? Do they move if you ask them to? They should. By asking these questions we would know, for example, that if your dog is going to sleep in a crate, then you know you’d better make sure that crate training is squared away too, and devote some time to that. Don’t just stuff the dog in there and hope for the best. Be proactive to make every part of the process as successful as possible. In our home, the dogs sleep on the bed with us. This actually went pretty smoothly, despite a little problem with chewing on the blankets I’ll address in the next video. However if Olive had been a new puppy, I would have opted to have her sleep in a crate for the first few months so we could work on other important puppy skills. Puppies always need way more structure in their lives than an adult dog does. Here’s a side note tip for you along those lines: most people screw up their puppy because they do the structuring backwards. They start with very little structure, then they run into potty training and behavior problems, so then they try to gradually introduce more structure to patch the problems. This is totally ass-backwards! Puppies should start with a hyper-structured life and graduate to increasing autonomy as they get older and better. Home alone. Where is your dog kept while you’re gone? In a crate? In a pen? In a specific room? Do they have free range of the house? Do they have sufficient things to do to keep them busy? Have you trained them to occupy themselves? In our case, all the dogs are crated in the basement while we’re away. Dexter and Darwin just cruise right in without any trouble. Olive needed a little coaxing but seemed to accept it. This was also helpful to make sure her potty training was on target. If we’d left her alone loose, the probability of a mistake would have been very high. Honestly, her biggest hurdle was the basement stairs. She was initially very timid on them. Now she’s comfortable enough that she flies down them into the basement with the other dogs. Around the house. How do we enter and exit the house? Is the dog allowed on the furniture? Are there certain pieces of furniture that the dog is allowed on? Do they have a bed in certain rooms? Where the toys kept? What toys are free access and what toys are restricted access? How do we interact with different family members, including other pets? What provisions have you made to help your other pets adjust? This extends to outside the home as well. How does the dog enter and exit the property? How does the dog enter and exit the car? Where does the dog ride in the car? Are they in a crate, or are they seat belted in with a harness? What parts of the yard are they allowed in? How should they behave while the kids are outside playing? What are the boundaries of their property? One example that my wife and I are ironclad on is which door we go in and out of. We have a front door and a back door. Dogs are very location specific and do not generalize well, so a routine can program them to look at things a certain way. My dogs have never ever, even one time entered or exited through the front door. I don’t want them to consider it a viable exit because there’s a road just 10 yards away. Consequently Dexter and Darwin just won’t go through it. I can come and go and I’m sure under the right circumstances they’d go through it if I asked. But that five seconds or so of hesitation as they contemplate and then check in with me could be the instant I need to interrupt with a life-saving command. In this vein Olive will learn this too. Being as how her original owner mentioned that she had a habit of getting out, I want to teach her to forget about that front door. Okay, so you may notice in this first week that we didn’t really focus on individual behaviors much like Sit or Come or Stay. These are still important, but in my mind it’s much more important that first week to really focus primarily on the management. Focusing on the management also helps you identify what behaviors are the most important to teach first. Many people do what they think are the first ones they should teach. They spend tons of time on Sit and Down and Stay and Come because “every dog should know those” and then the dog runs wild around the house. They also waste much of that first time doing fun tricks like Shake and Rollover which, while entertaining, are both completely useless. You know how many shelter dogs can shake? All of them! But maybe if the’d been properly taught how to coexist in a human household they’d still be there. By putting your emphasis on the management you can swiftly identify the weak points and get these down first. For example, I’d mentioned before that some people expect a Sit-Stay before the food goes down. For a high energy and high drive dog, that’s great. Then teaching Sit and a Stay in the spot where the food goes down is one of the first things you teach. That’s much more impactful than just doing random Sits and Stays in the living room just because. Put it to work immediately so you can enjoy a functioning and happy household as soon as possible. As I also mentioned, in Olive’s case, working on getting comfortable with the stairs was something we needed to square away soon. This was more important to our management plan than a Stay or even a Sit for right now. Knowing what our end goals were allowed us to prioritize the training pieces we needed and use time as efficiently as possible. Please understand that you will not get perfection the first week. But you will be laying a solid foundation to grow on. And as you move on to teaching more and more things to your dog you’ll have established a practical framework for them to make sense of those things. Sits and Stays and things like that will take on a greater meaning because they’re being used in a real-world context. Don’t teach Sit and Down and Stay so that you can use them at random times to try and control the dog; use them as steps to complete in sensible routines that keep your home running smoothly. Little Olive still has plenty to learn but she’s already figuring out her place, and bonding with our little family. We’ll keep you in the loop with more videos as we progress with her. So here’s my questions for you: I’ve suggested five big areas to consider. Did I forget anything? Do you have suggestions or questions about certain routines and procedures in your home? Let’s connect in those YouTube comments. Don’t forget to give us a thumbs up if you learned something. And as always: keep learning, keep practicing, and we’ll see you next time. Thanks for watching!

100 thoughts on “Bringing Home a New Dog – 5 Tips from Olive’s first week

  1. Eek!!! Last night I just started fostering a dog for a friend of mine who can’t have dogs in her apartment. She rescued him, his previous owners moved away and didn’t want him anymore (similar to your little Olive).
    This my first time fostering a dog, but I know that structure is a huge part of training. How can I provide the structure he needs now until we find him a forever home?
    Another issue is my schedule. I’m a bartender at a brewery so I work long hours, sometimes during the lunch shifts, sometimes until late at night. Will my randomness be a problem?
    I’m thinking about keeping him in a puppy pen in my room while I’m at work (rather than outside because it gets cold at night), or is that cruel? I’m usually gone between 8-10 hours at a time, 5 days a week. I know my situation isn’t ideal but we refuse to take him to a shelter.

  2. Hello just discovered your amazing videos. I’m just wondering, on the part about house breaking, when you said when a dog has an accident just clean it up and move on. When you do clean up an accident I was told by someone at petsmart that you should take the poo outside where they’ve gone before and take the paper towels you’ve clean up the pee and rub that outside all over where they’ve gone before. Does anyone else do this routine and is it the correct way of handling accidents in the house? I really don’t know, I’m on day five with an eight week old puppy. Any responses are greatly appreciated.

  3. I want to stop free feeding my puppy but when I put her food down, she doesn't eat it all in one go, instead she sniffs it, has a bite then walks away. What do you recommend I do to stop this?

  4. I need some HELP PLEASE I have cats and we need help getting the puppy to calm down around them so we can have peace between them.

  5. Your explanations are so sensible and useful. I was making so many mistakes with my 11 wk old GSD– and I'm a psychiatrist, I should know better. Thanks to your instruction I hope I can do things right while we still have this window of opportunity.

  6. Yay i found a golden retriever pup yesterday! She is cream, 7 weeks old, super chubby and adorable, name WAS bella but you can change it. Mom and i are super excited but dad isnt so excited. This vid could help me and mom.

  7. Hi there. My partner and I won’t be able to get a dog in the near future due to the hectic nature of our lives, even though we really want to. But I thought I could educate myself well before we can get our forever buddy-the earlier, the better! As a teacher, I am mostly struck by how similar this is to effective classroom management. The biggest struggle for rookie teachers (and even for some long timers) has always been communicating the rules and the management rules to a class from the very beginning. In this sense, I have found this video very informative. Thank you so much for the insight you’ve provided me!

  8. Awesome and informative video, we can all have healthy happy pups if we take the time to get it right from the start. These tips are pawsome!!! ?

  9. Well as a transwoman, I can tell you that understanding which bathroom the government wants me to use creates a lot of confusion. I should take the dog approach and just start pissing on government building carpets; seems the only option at this point

  10. I keeping watching this…not for the tips but for Olive I’m in love with her, love the name too. I plan to get maltese/matlipoo now. Maybe I’ll get a Boston terrier one day.

  11. For the feeding, my working dogs growing up loved the rigid "sit and stay" routine. We'd even play a game where they were only allowed to eat their food if I did the proper hand gesture and command. Not to say that they were not hungry, but they loved the ritual the routine of it all.

  12. I've always referred top this video! We recently adopted a 9 month old terrier mix from our local shelter. He seems to be a very energetic yet anxious dog. This video has been a guide into understanding his behavior! I'm so happy we stumbled to your channel!

  13. You keep me grounded! I’m getting a three month old toy poodle next week. I have had many other dogs before, but hw will be my only dog now. I am in my sixties and live in a condominium complex north of Boston that insists on dogs always being on a leash. Any tips for this particular breed? In my life I have had a corgi, springer spaniel and a cockatoo; all wonderful dogs!

  14. Today is the day we pick up our first baby, he is a 8 month old Pitbull Terrier and we are very excited yet every afternoon while we eat dinner, we put this video on and watch it from start to end to remind ourselves what we should do to promote good behavioral skills. Awesome video, we enjoyed. ??

  15. Hey Ian,
    I’ve been watching as many of your videos as I can since my wife and I recently got 2 dogs from animal services here in Texas. Our first dog, Dobby (a shepherd mix) we got approximately 1 month before we got our husky, Lily. Dobby did very well with his potty training after awhile but Lily has proven to be much more difficult. Since we’ve had Lily for around 2 weeks, my questions would be 1.) is it too late to “start over” with their training and 2.) how could I best structure their training? I’ve been feeling sort of disorganized and very lost in where I should even start. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much.

  16. Hey regarding the routine timed feeding,
    Should the dog finish all the food at that time? What if there's left over? Could we help in feeding it like after a while? Newbie here

  17. We just adopted a young dog (1-2 yo) from a shelter in MIssissippi. He travelled to Maine on a transport with other dogs and now that we have him home, he is not eating. We got the food he was accustomed to eating so as not to make too many new introductions. We put the food out and he is not touching it so we have left it on the floor hoping he? would get hungry and eat. Should we leave the food out or put his meal down again at dinner time? Any advice about how to get him to eat is appreciated. We don't want him to get into the human food habit although he has seemed interested in our meals. Thanks!

  18. Thanks for the video. I’m getting a shiba in May. 8 weeks old. I have a lot to learn. Also not to be creepy, you are so beautiful! 🙂 have a nice day?

  19. This video is so helpful! I have a question though; I am taking my brothers 2 dogs and they have zero structure. They free feed, sleep on the bed and only one dog knows sit. They are small dogs and are fairly well good dogs, some fear in the smaller dog but they both aren’t terrible given that they have free range. I definitely want structure for them for our home. How do you suggest I do this? Get them used to a kennel then train one at a time? Tie one to a leash to the table while I train the other? I just know I can’t do them at the same time. Any help or a video would be greatly appreciated!

  20. Simpático please help.
    I need a way to help my 15 month old German Shepherd get use to seeing my new 6 month old GSD.
    Any suggestions?

  21. Guess I'm a dog whisperer…Literally have done all of this, watching these Youtube videos has helped me tremendously with my 8 week old puppy. She's learning to Pee/Potty outside and knows when I come home it's potty time lol

  22. Thanks for the video Ian.
    Any advice if you have the time- I have a crate & play den… but is it too early to get him into the crate for the first night? I’m thinking of putting the crate into my room first and we get him at 4pm. Thanks so much.

  23. I've never had a dog so maybe someone can answer me. It looked like Olive went potty in their back yard – do you pick it up or does it disintegrate? I know if it happened on a street it should be picked up but when it's in your yard?

  24. My pup is 11 weeks. I’ve had him 3 weeks. I really want to crate train him or at least restrict him to 1 room but he isn’t having any of it. He howls and howls. Throws himself at the barrier and doesn’t stop. We’ve given in and left him with free range of downstairs. Ours is only a small house (12×15 feet rooms). I didn’t see these videos and followed the rule of bond bond bond, never leave, sleep at side of puppy and it made him so we can’t leave him for a second. Can I fix this? How do I fix this without making his anxiety worse or causing problems with my neighbours because of the noise. I’m desperate

  25. Poor little girl do you blame her for not responding to a name that uncaring owners gave her she would have had no idea what the name ment it would have been just a noise people made amongst a whole lot of noises that all ment nothing

  26. I had a Labrador retriever that I bred sleep with my son my son had for many years suffered from night terrors where he would awaken screaming and be in consolable although on waking in the morning he would have no memory of the incident and from that first night with the puppy sleeping on his bed he never again had a night terror episode I think what happened was as he began to whimper and toss and turning he would crawl up the bed from his feet to his face and would lick and nuzzle my son until he awoke enough to break the grip of the dream and he could settle back into a more normal sleep I thanked that lovely roll poly lab puppy every single day for the peace he gave my son he would have been a great assistance dog when he grew much older and my son because of school comitments found he was unable to give him the time he deserved he rehoused him to a older couple who were raising their orphaned grand daughter who suffered from night mares about the motor vehicle accident tha t she and her parents had been in and low and behold fen knew exactly what to do and did it for her as he had done it for my son so he really found his calling he stayed with that family until his death at sixteen years of age

  27. Ive got a 13 nearly 14 year old dog and need to get a new assistance dog this year – I've been so nervous about getting a new puppy and the training process its been a while since my pooch was a lil puppy!

  28. i adopted a dog a couple of days ago and so far so good no accidents in the house. my only concern is his eating habits he wont eat the dry kibble ive even mixed in a can of wet food and still the same result. he goes and eats when he wants to. should i schedule the meals and if he dosent eat take the food away?

  29. I adopted a small dog but he’s afraid to go out. I try and he’s a nervous reck. He also has separation anxiety help!

  30. Oh my gosh, we’re brand new to this whole dog thing and will be bringing our new babies home tomorrow! Yay! We went to rescue one and couldn’t leave his kennel mate… 🙂 I can’t thank you enough for such clear and awesome information in your videos. I feel like we’ve got just the right information from you to be awesome parents, with well behaved, well trained and therefore very loved dogs. Thank you!

  31. Great video! How's Olive doing these days?
    Someone commented, and I liked, that you should be made to watch this video before owning a dog. Yes have a test before issuing a "dog license".

  32. For puppies, and I’d think you’d agree, socialization is important. (With dogs, loud noises, and people.) Also, if you have a puppy you should train them not to bite. (You/simpatwico has a video on that.)

  33. Have a wonderful dog that does everything we like and expect from her. She’s perfect. We just brought a new rescue home and all this is coming back… this video was a great visit to everything I need to implement again.

  34. My 8 week pup tends to get distracted when I bring him out for potty because there's a bunch of planters in the yard and he likes to climb into them. He also tries to pull on the leash and exit the "potty area". Any times to try and help him focus in an otherwise distracting yard?

  35. One of the most underrated things he stated in this video is the procedure of which dog gets their dog bowl first. The first resident dog should ALWAYS get everything first (i.e. food, love, play, everything). There have been so much behavioral issues resulting from the owner coddling the new puppy or dog because they empathize that the new resident "didn't get enough love in the past and this is to show how special they truly are." No matter what, even if the new resident begs and cries to be first for hugs, this only causes 1. spoiling 2. animosity between the older resident dog 3, breakdown in household structure. This should also pertain to those with cats. Your cat should always come first before the new resident NO MATTER WHAT!

  36. Hello! I’m looking to get a dog at the end of the year, so I’m doing the groundwork now. I see that you have your dogs in crates when you’re gone; how long are they typically left? Just as I am away for work from 0700-1630 and I don’t know if being in a crate for that long would be healthy for them? As a kid our dogs were always outside during the day but I don’t have much of a backyard

  37. This is the first time that i am going to own a dog and we are bring a him home in the next 2 months. Any tips? thx

  38. I am getting a Shorkie puppy in 2 weeks. She'll be 7 weeks old and my main concern is that my job schedule is always so different! I am worried that it could interfere with potty training her, any suggestions?

  39. My dog name is Pepper. Now watching your video i think i am bad at management. but can you help me with the potty training advice. She is almost 6 months and she does her potty mostly at the terrace. I take her outside in the morning and evening but very rare she does the potty. but if she does i praise her but that is very rare. Any suggestion.

  40. Hello! I'm new to this channel, I got a Malinois pup, last week and it scares me to think I might not be doing a good job, thank goodness I found you today 🙂 I want him to be my companion to work or wherever I go. Any recommendations? Thanks, keep up the good job!

  41. What if I want to adopt a rescue, and because it would be a rescue who might not behave the way you think they would I would want to let them sleep in the crate for the first week or two and then let them on my bed.

  42. 3 days ago I adopted a stray 7 months old Labrador puppy, and I'm so glad to know that I followed these steps even before watching!
    I have a very specific schedule with the new dog, and I can definitely see why a routine is important! A dog needs it, especially a new one

    Thank you!!

  43. Good morning! So I’m looking for an appropriate video which I haven’t found yet which can address my new eight week old Boston terrier puppy. When she’s biting something or latches onto me for example and I scream ouch not only does she not release or respond but she seems to grip tighter until I feel her teeth puncture into my skin and then I don’t know the proper way to handle this situation. I tried to grab her by the scruff of her neck like the mother would do and all it does is Further agitate her she gets more vicious angry growls snarls and she even sounds very mean. I pray to God I do not have a vicious dog but I want to change and curb this behavior immediately could you please direct me to a video or provide me with some tools and suggestions?! Thank you so much

  44. I’m in the process of adopting a dog, I will be a first time dog owner, and the information out there is overwhelming. I appreciate how you presented all of this like you were talking to an idiot n0ob like myself. Now I feel way less anxious going into it.

  45. I just adopted an adult rescue dog.Hes' been with me three days. Today I came across your channel and subscribed. My management of Brat ( a Boston Terrier/Rat Terrier mix)so far is just what you've explained in this video. He's well behaved, quiet ,attentive and very friendly. i've left him alone for up to an hour and neighbors say they've not heard a peep from himI hope he'll continue this behavior. i'm going out to get him a crate and some toys tomorrow.Thanks for all the good advice!

  46. So glad I found this channel just as we got a puppy! Had no idea about half this stuff everyone needs to watch this when they get a new dog.

  47. Another great video! Finding your channel so useful as I prepare to welcome home my rescue dog, Simba!

  48. I've just adopted a 5 year old labrador mutt from a shelther and this video has been so helpful.
    My dog is very well behaved but sometimes pees inside, and now I realized that it's due to lack of supervision and adequate potty training. Dogs actually learn so fast, that I'm really impressed, but I relly need to step up my game and keep a sharper look on him while he is in the house.

  49. I want a highland westie and have for 11 years. I know somone who has had chikens he gave up on them when they died. He then got a male westie puppie. He was the next to go. I feel we need a license in the UK for pet owners. far too many have romantic ideas of owning a pet and then invest no time or effort in training.

    Pets have the same needs as children. They need training support love and plenty of time from you.

  50. I like your no nonsense approach to training the humans. I am saving this to my dog playlist as I will be getting a rescue in the near future and I want to make the transition is as smooth as possible. I'll need more training more than the dog apparently. Tfs 🙂

  51. We adopted a 3 y/o Staffordshire Terrier 3 days ago. He was undernourished, so is overly interested in food, even though he's being fed extra at this point. We also have another small rescue dog who is 12 y/o. The Staffy wants to go after the smaller dog's food initially and also after he gulps his down and the smaller dog is still eating. How do we correct this behavior?

  52. im getting my first dog today, and although i had read a lot about how to first introduce your new puppy to the house, nothing comes close to this. thank you so much for making this video, it was very well explained and as a first time owner, it was easy to understand! i literally cannot say thank you enough

  53. I wish I had found this video a month ago. My new puppy doesn't really have any structure, is it too late to teach him? Have I ruined him?

  54. I have a question, there's this stray dog that I'm already in love with but he had another "owner" in which he doesn't go to his place anymore (we're neighbors) & I'm going to leave out of state next month & I really want to take him bc I think the dog is already used to my place & when I leave he will be wanting outside all sad waiting for me to come back when in reality I won't, & my question is he is used to the streets if I take him will he be able to get used to the whole new environment & a whole new life? Will he become depressed because he won't be in his old place? He's 8. :'/

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