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When to Start Training Your Puppy

It's important to start training your puppy as soon as possible. If you wait, you'll end up with a fearful, difficult to train young dog.
Due to concerns about vaccinations, it used to be that socialization and behavioral training for dogs didn’t start until a puppy was around six months old. However, this route oft… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/when-start-training-your-puppy/

The Rules of Bringing a Puppy Into the Family

Before you bring a dog or puppy into the family, it's important to go over a few simple rules.
Part 1 - Rules for Parents For a lot of people, their vision of the perfect idyllic home life involves having their children running around playing in the front yard, and a dog o… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/rules-bringing-puppy-family/

How to Trim Your Dog's Nails

Trimming your dog's nails is a skill that takes practice, both for you and your dog! However, by taking it slow and allowing your dog to gradually become familiar with the process of having his claws cut, both you and he or she can become nail trimming ex…
Just like you, your dog has nails that grow continuously. And just like your nails, your dog’s nails can cause problems if not properly maintained. Regular nail trimming is an imp… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/how-trim-your-dogs-nails/

Getting Ready for Boarding Your Dog

Boarding your dog while your family is on vacation can be a stressful situation, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips on how to get your pup ready for a stress-free stay at Local Bark!
With summer coming up, we’re getting ourselves ready for the surge of customers who are heading out on the open road or getting on a plane, and need to board the furry members of … https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/getting-ready-boarding-your-dog/

Cleaning Your Canine's Canines

Cleaning your dog's teeth regularly is just as important as proper training or providing it with the best diet.
 Doggy dentistry isn’t much cheaper than its human counterpart. Therefore, it’s absolutely worth your while to make sure that your pup’s teeth stay pearly white. The best way to m… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/cleaning-your-canines-canines/

Get Puppy S.M.A.R.T: Training

During the first few months puppy is in your home, it’s easy to get into problem-solving mode and forget about actually training puppy. Most training at this stage is focused on prevention so that normal-but-annoying puppy behaviors don’t become habits. …
During the first few months puppy is in your home, it’s easy to get into problem-solving mode (as discussed in the previous articles of the Get Puppy S.M.A.R.T. series and for… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/get-puppy-smrt-training/

Get Puppy S.M.A.R.T.: Red Flags

Even when we’re doing everything we can to be Puppy SMART, sometimes we see red flags in our puppy’s behavior that should immediately be addressed. As trainers and behavior professionals, we spend a lot of time dealing with issues in adolescent and adult …
Behaviors that require help NOW Even when we’re doing everything we can to be Puppy SMART, sometimes we see red flags in our puppy’s behavior that should immediately be address… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/get-puppy-smart-red-flags/

Get Puppy S.M.A.R.T.: Activity

Activity - Every puppy owner wants to know what activities they can do with puppy to burn off some of that puppy energy. The key is to play in a way that doesn’t encourage behaviors that, although normal for dog play, are unsafe for play with humans, like…
Practice Proper Play Every puppy owner wants to know what activities they can do with puppy to burn off some of that puppy energy. The key is to play in a way that doesn’t enco… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/get-puppy-smart-activity/

Get Puppy S.M.A.R.T.: Management

Getting Puppy SMART means during the first few months puppy is in your home you should be focused on Socialization, Management, Activity, spotting Red flags, and Training. Today we discuss management and its importance in puppy training.
Getting Puppy SMART means that during the first few months puppy is in your home, you should be focused on Socialization, Management, Activity, spotting Red flags, and Trainin… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/get-puppy-smart-management/

Get Puppy S.M.A.R.T.: Socialization

If you're bringing home a new puppy, you're probably focusing on things like potty-training and home breaking. But don't forget one of the most essential needs in a puppy's early life: socialization.
We know people don’t bring home a happy puppy aiming to turn it into a hyperactive, uncontrollable dog. We know that new puppy owners are focused on essential – not to mention… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/how-avoid-messing-perfectly-good-puppy/

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