Dec 15

Common Struggles After Getting a Puppy

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The other day, I had the pleasure of chatting with a potential new client during a Discovery Call. It was one of those conversations where the experiences and feelings she shared resonated deeply, and I realised many others might be feeling the same.

So, here's a friendly chat about a few things, particularly for those of you who have recently welcomed a second dog into your home or are navigating the puppy journey after saying goodbye to an older companion.

Embrace the Uniqueness of Every Dog

First things first, every dog is a unique individual. No matter how well you raised your previous pup, your next one will be an entirely different story. They come with distinct personalities, communication styles, strengths, and weaknesses.

For instance, our older dog, EB, is an absolute angel in the house - she’s never chewed anything she shouldn’t and we’ve been able to leave her in the living room unsupervised since she was little. On the flip side, Mango, our younger one, has a penchant for sock theft and plant pruning!

Recognising and celebrating these differences is the key to a harmonious canine household.

Avoid the Comparison Trap

It's easy to fall into the comparison trap, especially when you're used to the habits of your older dog. Maybe the new one is a bit more mischievous, and that's perfectly okay!

Comparing them can lead to feelings of annoyance or self-doubt. Each dog has its unique journey, and it's okay if they don't follow the same path.

Navigating Well-Meaning Advice

Another common challenge is dealing with well-meaning family members who comment on your new puppy's behaviour. Everyone has an opinion, right? The truth is, you know your puppy best.

Trying different methods suggested by others might not be the right fit for you and your furry friend. Trust your instincts and stay true to what works for both of you.

Choosing the Right Trainer

Finding the right trainer can be a bit like dating – compatibility is crucial. The techniques that worked wonders for someone else might not be the right fit for you and your pup.

This lovely lady I chatted with had followed a local trainer who achieved great success, but realised that their methods weren't aligning with her own. The takeaway here is, choose a trainer whose methods resonate with you, and don't be afraid to explore until you find the right match.

Discovery Calls: Building a Connection

This conversation underscored the significance of our Discovery Calls. Just as you can't expect your dog to get along with every pup in the park, you won't click with every trainer. These calls are our chance to chat, understand each other, and decide if we're a good fit.

Sometimes, it might mean we aren't the right match, and that's perfectly fine. The ultimate goal is to ensure a positive and successful journey for both you and your furry friend.

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Whether you're navigating the challenges of a new puppy or have questions about your furry companion, let's chat! Book your Discovery Call today to start a journey of understanding, growth, and tail-wagging success.

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