Your New Puppy – Beyond Puppyhood: Adolescent Dogs and a Lifetime Commitment

We are wrapping up our Your New Puppy series by giving some consideration to your dog’s ‘teenage’ years… and beyond. After all, adopting a puppy means having and caring for a dog for around ten years or more! So, here are some key points to keep in mind as you prepare to navigate these next life stages: Dogs hit adolescence around six months old; … Read More

Your New Puppy – How Do Puppies Learn?

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, a time to “…take a close look at how you meet your animal friend’s needs.” (, 2022). For new puppy parents, training Your New Puppy, using rewards-based training methods, is a fun way to strengthen your bond through collaborative understanding. With that in mind, it helps to understand a little more about how puppies learn. Living with Inquisitive Canines … Read More

Your New Puppy – Harnessing the Joy of Loose Leash Walking

By now, you might be sensing a trend in this Inquisitive Canine series of Your New Puppy blog posts. When it comes to teaching basic cues, house-training, or any skill, pet guardians can start by taking the time to lovingly teach your puppy what you want him or her to do. If that means cooperating while getting dressed in a harness and walking nicely … Read More

Your New Puppy – Unleashing Adventures in Potty Training

Next up in this Inquisitive Canine series for new puppy parents, we’d like to help get you and your new buddy started off on the right paw with some tips for house-training, so you can move on to harnessing the really fun stuff – romping, playing and enjoying life together! Potty Training Your Puppy: A Step-by-Step Summary: If you’re house-training a young puppy, recognize … Read More

Your New Puppy – How to Enjoy Fun and Success While Training the Basics

Greetings new puppy parents! Did you know that January is Train Your Dog Month? What excellent timing! Because for you and your new puppy, now is the ideal time to create a lifetime of good habits for everything, including eliminating outside and walking calmly on a leash. Since puppies are active, like to play, have lots of energy, and still need to learn what … Read More

Your New Puppy: The First Night at Home – Starting Out on the Right Paw from Day One

Congratulations on your new puppy! As an inquisitive pet parent, you know that the first six months of a dog’s life are of critical importance. Right away, you might be wondering how you can help your sweet new family addition feel more relaxed and at ease.  Rightfully so. Change can be stressful, and puppies might be especially stressed when they’re first brought home. All … Read More

Your New Puppy: Planning Ahead Eases Stress for People and Pets

Kids and pets – just the thought can pull at your heartstrings, especially this time of year. But when kids ask for a dog as a holiday gift, do you hear alarm bells instead of jingle bells? In this installment of the “Your New Puppy” series, we start at the beginning – is a puppy the right choice for your family right now? And … Read More

Your New Puppy – A Resource for Pet Parents and Puppy Parents-To-Be

The Inquisitive Canine team is rolling out a series of blog posts dedicated to new puppy parents.  If you’re expecting a bundle of (inquisitive) canine joy, read on to get started on the right paw. Of course, opening your heart and home to a new puppy involves more than purchasing everything on the checklist and going through a few days of house training. So, … Read More

Real-World Solutions to Dog Training Challenges

Here at the Inquisitive Canine, we love and appreciate inquisitive people! You inspire us to explore practical, fun solutions to everyday challenges faced by pets and the people who love them. So, this month, we’re launching a new series of posts featuring easy-to-replicate techniques and skills that are sure to bring out the best in your best friend, whether at home or out in … Read More

Before You Foster or Adopt a Dog, Read This

Did you know that June is National Foster a Pet Month? If you’re considering opening your heart and home to an inquisitive canine, we’re here for you! Whether your new foster – or furever – family member will be a puppy or adolescent, an adult or a senior, we want to take a minute to walk you through some of the initial planning and … Read More

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