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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.
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|Section 1: Course Introduction|
Why do we need to think this through?Preview
|Section 2: Analyzing your circumstances|
Your idea of your perfect dogPreview
Looking at your life nowPreview
Your Immediate Future
Preparing for the Family Discussion
Sitting down with your family
|Section 3: Considerations based on your circumstances|
Considerations for couples
Considerations for renters
Considerations for families with children
How will my life change?
|Section 4: Researching breeds and breed mixes|
Common Breed Descriptions- Words of caution
|Section 5: Where to get your dog from?|
Shelters and Rescues
|Section 6: Moving forward|
What type of dog? Age and temperament.
Meeting the dog for the first time
|Section 7: Your dog's first month home|
What will you need?
Have an exercise plan
Training to implement immediately
How to find a good trainer or training class.
Your first day home
|Section 8: Quick Review|
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.