How to Start Potty Training a Litter of Puppies

For the first two to three weeks of their lives, newborn puppies are unable to eliminate on their own and have to be stimulated to go potty by their mom or human caretaker. As soon as you notice your newborn puppy starting to go potty on their own, you can introduce the concept of potty […]

Building the Foundation for Manners and Training in Young Puppies

During the Transitional Stage and for part of the Socialization Stage, anyone working with puppies under eight weeks should work on building a foundation for basic manners for their puppies and setting expectations for proper interactions with their world. Note, this is not formal obedience training where behaviors are paired with commands. Building this foundation […]

What is Puppy Socialization?

You may have heard the term “socialization,” and many people think that socialization is puppies interacting with lots of people or being friendly with humans and dogs, but it is much deeper than that! Socialization is really socialization AND familiarization, which means learning how to interact with others (animals and people) AND how to interact […]

Puppy Fear Periods: Developing Fear and Handling Fear Responses

There are two fear periods that puppies go through, one during the Socialization Stage and another during the Adolescent Stage. The onset of the fear period depends on the individual dog, and it can be influenced by breed.1 Studies have shown that German Shepherds can experience an onset of fear at five weeks old; Cavalier […]

About Christine

Christine Mielke has fostered over 100 dogs and puppies and assisted with countless more through volunteering at local rescues and shelters. She is an experienced medical foster who has worked with cleft palate puppies, dying and premature newborns, and critically ill and injured puppies.