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I really thought I knew what I was getting in to when we got Dot, but I quickly learned how long it’s been since we had a puppy or a baby in the house. Many of the rules of having a baby in the house apply to having a puppy in the house too. Recently, I was invited to the website “Raising Your Puppy: The Ultimate Video Guide To Your Puppy’s First 6 Months” by Robin Bennett™. I quickly learned new tips and tricks as well as reinforcing old tips and tricks I had learned over a decade ago. Dot is sweet, loving AND A SHARK! Her nickname is Shark, because of her horrid teething. When we got Dot she was 10 weeks old and had all of 4 teeth. She has been chewing and biting constantly for the 5 weeks we’ve had her. I love and adore her but I don’t like her little needling teeth going through my toes. Give her something to chew they said…well, I’ve bought almost every chew toy that exists, but simply handing it to her doesn’t work. Watching Robin Bennett’s videos reminded me, when you’re pup is biting, exchange what their biting with something they can have. We had been removing her mouth and making her sit, but now when I see her looking for something to chew she’s been grabbing a Bully Stick or toy. That alone has been a huge help. Now at 15 weeks though I’m seeing a huge difference. She’s grown a lot. All of her baby teeth have popped in and she’s a much better Bully Baby! I was also reminded that having a puppy creates a mess. I have as many toys and bully sticks laying around as I had toys with my kids. When Dot was smaller she kept her toys in her bed and slept on them. Now she has them all over the house, but I leave them because they tend to help her “Squirrel” attention span. She will walk by a toy and drop what she has to experience something different. Another great help with the Raising Your Puppy videos was about crating your pet. While we were keeping Dot in the crate at night, for every waking moment during the day we let her out. Crating her when I’m showering, eating dinner, or when I just can’t keep a close eye on her has been a God send. At first I was torn with confining her but I think she needs a break just as much as we do. When she’s getting shark-ish we’ve been crating her too, and found she falls asleep instantly, leading us to believe she’s like a baby that gets naughty when they need a nap. The tools provided with the Raising Your Puppy website are valuable. Not just the puppy training videos but the Facebook group support and the printables. One of the printables is for socializing your puppy. This weekend my husband and I really dug in and took Dot with the Scavenger Hunt list for socialization to town to meet new people and other dogs. We had a great time and Dot learned to be friendly with people and other pets. It’s important to note that training a puppy is NOT a one day, or one week lesson. It’s a daily job and takes constant positive reinforcement. There are days we have set backs but we keep trudging forward and reminding Dot of lessons she’s already learned. Robin’s videos cover puppy training on your time. She will help you work through house training and socialization and with the Facebook group, help is only a keystroke away. My goal is to have a happy, healthy, well socialized dog that loves everyone. Her job in our family? To be loved and give love back! Do you have a puppy or are you thinking of getting a puppy? The best place to start is “Raising Your Puppy: The Ultimate Video Guide To Your Puppy’s First 6 Months” by Robin Bennett. About Robing Bennett: Robin Bennett is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, author, consultant and expert on dogs. She founded one of the largest dog training companies in Virginia. She has been “reading dogs,” teaching families how to train dogs, and working in the pet care industry helping others keep dogs safe for over 20 years. Robin is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the premier dog training association with over 5000 members Join The Program! Join Robin Bennett and her puppy, Ranger, in their online puppy .raising course and get the instant help you need! Sign up in the next week and you’ll get several free bonus items to help you with handling loose dogs in your neighborhood, keeping your dog safe at a dog park and more!