Getting a dog? Plan for success.

Prevent impulse decisions with discussion and proper planning before you bring your new dog home.
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2014 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • A desire to get a dog.
  • Time to complete the course and do the worksheets.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone thinking about getting a dog.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course Introduction
Why do we need to think this through?
Section 2: Analyzing your circumstances
Your idea of your perfect dog
Looking at your life now
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
Breed Groups
Common Breed Descriptions- Words of caution
Section 5: Where to get your dog from?
Shelters and Rescues
Private Owners
Pet Stores
Section 6: Moving forward
What type of dog? Age and temperament.
Meeting the dog for the first time
Final Discussion
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
Course Review

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Instructor Biography

Elizabeth Mattei-Miller, 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.

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