Getting a dog? Plan for success.
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Getting a dog? Plan for success.

Prevent impulse decisions with discussion and proper planning before you bring your new dog home.
4.8 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
229 students enrolled
Last updated 4/2014
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn how to determine where you should get a dog that would best suit your circumstances.
  • You will learn how to analyze your own circumstances to decide what type of dog fits your lifestyle.
  • You will learn what to look for in puppies and adult dogs to increase your chances of a successful match.
  • You will learn some warning signs of puppy mills.
  • You will learn some warning signs of unethical rescues and shelters.
  • You will have an action plan for your dog's first month home.
  • You will learn how to screen potential shelters, rescues and breeders.
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Requirements
  • A desire to get a dog.
  • Time to complete the course and do the worksheets.
Description

This course has over two and a half hours of content about adding a dog to your home. Whether you are a first time dog owner or long time dog owner, it is important to take personal inventory of your abilities and circumstances before you get or add a dog. Although we cannot see into the future, we can make a thorough assessment and have a discussion with others in our home to prevent any of the problems that come with adding a dog to the family. This course contains worksheets and other resources to help you and those who live with you figure out if you are ready for a dog, what kind of dog to get, where to get the dog and how to structure your first month home.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone thinking about getting a dog.
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
02:45:51
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Course Introduction
1 Lecture 05:16
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Analyzing your circumstances
5 Lectures 29:40


Your Immediate Future
02:45

Preparing for the Family Discussion
01:44

Sitting down with your family
14:57
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Considerations based on your circumstances
4 Lectures 14:17
Considerations for couples
02:39

Considerations for renters
04:33

Considerations for families with children
05:05

How will my life change?
02:00
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Researching breeds and breed mixes
2 Lectures 10:54
Breed Groups
06:53

Common Breed Descriptions- Words of caution
04:01
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Where to get your dog from?
4 Lectures 26:52
Shelters and Rescues
08:13

Breeders
08:06

Private Owners
08:58

Pet Stores
01:35
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Moving forward
3 Lectures 26:35
What type of dog? Age and temperament.
10:38

Meeting the dog for the first time
12:56

Final Discussion
03:01
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Your dog's first month home
7 Lectures 51:28
What will you need?
13:33

Housetraining
08:10

Chewing
04:55

Have an exercise plan
04:17

Training to implement immediately
05:16

How to find a good trainer or training class.
07:29

Your first day home
07:48
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Quick Review
1 Lecture 00:49
Course Review
00:49
About the Instructor
Elizabeth Mattei-Miller
4.5 Average rating
6 Reviews
261 Students
2 Courses
Premium Instructor

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA) with fifteen years experience working with animals. I am the author of two books First Class Puppy: A Guide to Your Puppy's First Year and Canine Life And Social Skills: A Guide For Teaching Skills Necessary For Your Dog's K9-BA. I am the member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the Pet Professional Guild and a licensed presenter for Family Paws Parent Education. I am the owner

of First Class Canine, a canine behavior consulting and training buisness in Pittston, Pennsylvania.