074“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.”  ~Unknown


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“Your Puppy’s First Year” by Sue Lee Ringwelski, is the perfect guide book for new puppy owners. It is easy to read and understand, with chapters on some of the most frequently asked questions about puppy behaviors and training. Get it now for free!


Sue Lee with her three Decker Terriers

Hi there!
My name is Sue Lee Ringwelski…and this site has been developed specifically to help you train your new puppy and to deal with any ‘puppy problems’ in positive ways. I’ve had my own ‘puppy training problems’ in the past that I’ve overcome and I’ve helped others deal with their puppy and dog training and behavior issues over the years.
In the year 2010 I raised three puppies into wonderful canine companions. A puppy is a wonderful addition to a household. I want to help you in any way I can so that you can have the relationship you want with your new puppy.
With this website, the goal is to expand that help to include people all over the world, who are desperately looking for ways to deal with their new puppy and the problems that sometimes come up while raising and training puppies.
<—-Read the “short tips”, the articles and the puppy tips for lots of info and check out the reviews that are here for your benefit. There are reviews on training systems, toys and more. You will be getting more information as the site grows…so check back often. This site is designed to help as many people as possible to have a GREAT relationship and wonderful full life with their puppy or dog.
Take good care,
Sue Lee Ringwelski

Short Tips:

Do your research! If at all possible, do your research before you buy your puppy. Take the time to research what breed is a good fit for you and/or your family. Then find a reputable breeder of the breed you have chosen. Ask questions, visit, talk on the phone, ask more questions, find out all you can so you will be prepared for the next 2 years of puppy antics and the next 10 to 16 years of dog ownership. Please, DO NOT buy from a pet store or from someone who has a dog that just “got pregnant.” Without knowing the breeder or the puppy’s parents you are setting yourself up for a lot of possible problems…pet stores buy their puppies from puppy brokers who get them from puppy mills. You can avoid many health issues and temperament problems by getting you new puppy from someone who really LOVES the breed you are interested in.

Train for success… When training your puppy you will want to break the training sessions up into many small 3 to 8 minute trainings. Puppies learn very fast by repetition but they also get distracted very easily. Instead of trying to train your pup by giving one long lesson a day, make it many short lessons and you will be happy to see how fast she learns her commands!

Leash walk every day… Take your puppy out for a leash walk every day. Walking with your puppy on a leash is the best way for you to establish a wonderful relationship with your puppy. You must be in control of where you go, how fast and when to stop, so your puppy will get in the habit of following your lead. As you walk more often with your puppy he will start to look to you for direction and security.

Puppy Training…. One of the most important aspects of training a new puppy is that you reward and praise her every time she does the right thing. Praise her when she chews her own toys instead of the couch. Praise her when she comes to you when you call. Praise her when she eliminates outside instead of in the house. The more time you spend with your puppy the quicker and easier it will be to train her to behave the way you want her to.

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Your puppy WANTS you to teach him how to be a good dog. Take the time to help him learn acceptable behaviors and he will reward you by being the dog of your dreams!

Potty Training… One of the keys to house training is to establish a routine. A routine will increase the chances that your dog will eliminate in the right place, where you want her to. Eliminating in the right place, in your presence, allows you to praised and reward her for correct behavior. Rewarding her for going where you want and when you want, decreases the chances that your dog will eliminate in the house.

Accidents… If your puppy makes a mistake, don’t make a big deal out of it, just clean it up. Do not punish your puppy. If she does have an accident, it means that you have given her unsupervised access to your house too soon. Until she knows the rules, don’t give her unsupervised free run of your house. If a mistake or accident occurs, it’s best to go back to the crate training for awhile. You need to learn the signs your puppy uses when she needs to eliminate and she needs to develop more bladder and bowel control so she can hold it until she goes out to her spot.

Night Time Help… For young puppies it is a good idea to feed the last meal a few hours before bedtime. That way they can eliminate before bedtime and have less problems for both of you during the night. It is also a good idea to take away the water bowl an hour or so before bed. The sooner your puppy sleeps through the night, the better for all concerned.

What Turns Your Puppy ‘On’? One of the first steps in training your puppy is to develop a little insight as to how your dog is motivated. To ‘train’ your puppy using a rewards system, you need to determine how your dog is motivated so you can offer him something in exchange for correct behavior. What you are doing is developing habits with a reward system for puppy doing what you want, when you want it. The key is to use what really turns your puppy on while training. Puppies will learn very fast when they are motivated by an item that they love to have.

Care For Your Puppy’s Feet… An important thing to do for puppies and dogs is to keep their toenails trimmed. Trimming can be started when the puppy is very young by using a fingernail clipper. If you start trimming the toenails early in the puppy’s life, your puppy will learn to have his feet handled and that will help in all aspects of grooming and first aid care. When your puppy is older, get a good quality toenail trimmer to use. Start when she is young by touching and handling her  feet every day. Reward her for allowing you to to handle her feet.

What Is Crate Training? Crate training is an efficient and effective way to house train a puppy. Puppies normally don’t like to soil their sleeping quarters. If given an opportunity to eliminate elsewhere, they will learn very fast NOT to ‘go’ where they sleep, play and live. Temporarily confining your puppy to a small area, a crate for example, strongly inhibits the tendency to urinate and defecate. As you gradually lengthen the time your puppy stays in the crate, this teaches your puppy to ‘hold it’.

Train for what you want… Your new puppy will only know ‘what you want’ if you teach him. He does not know what is appropriate to chew and what is not until you teach him. When he chews something of yours tell him “No” and give him one of his toys to chew. If you are consistent he will learn what toys are his and what things in the house are yours/off limits.

‘Mix up’ the treats… When you are training your new puppy use some treats that are really good mixed in with the everyday training treats. That way, every once in awhile, your puppy gets something REALLY good for his work. You will keep him guessing and always looking for that great treat and you will keep his interest longer. Remember, keep your training sessions short and always end them on a positive note with something that he knows and can do well.

Take your puppy to school! One of the very best things you can do for yourself and your puppy is to find a good puppy class to attend. In most cases your puppy needs the socializing aspects of puppy class. A good puppy class will include socializing with the other puppies and the other people who attend the class. It’s fun and rewarding to be with other people who are having the same fun times as you are raising your new puppy!

The best puppy tip EVER! Exercise, exercise, exercise! Is your puppy digging? Exercise! Is your puppy jumping up on you or your guests? Exercise! Is your puppy chewing on inappropriate objects? Exercise! In most cases when a dog or puppy is misbehaving; she either doesn’t know what the correct behavior is…or…she needs more exercise. If you are spending the time to train your puppy, you will also want to give him the best possible chance to do the right thing. So get out there and play with your puppy! Take him for a long walk, play ball, Frisbee, or fetch or go swimming…whatever it takes to give him the appropriate type and amount of exercise he needs to be a calm and collected little guy in the evening when you are ready to kick back and relax.

Socialize your puppy! Gentle, proper social interactions as a young puppy can make a huge difference in how your dog reacts to things later in life. While still young, introduce your pup to all sorts of people, animals and situations in a safe, low key manner. Take your pup to the feed store, to the park, to see a farm and to visit new places. Take him for a ride in the car whenever you can so he enjoys traveling.

Visit your vet… A good thing to do while your puppy is still young is to visit your veterinarian. Right after you get your pup take him to the vet for a thorough exam. Your vet will get to meet your new puppy and give you a clean bill of health.  If any problems are found during the exam he can give you advice on how to proceed or options for you to consider at that time. Take any paperwork on shots or worming your pup has already had with you so they can put them in their records.

Play with your puppy! Play with your puppy every day to keep him happy. Playing with your puppy is an important part of his upbringing. Training is important but we need to incorporate play into our lives together as well. The best of all scenarios is to find a way to combine your pups training with his play so he has lots of fun and stays engaged in what you are trying to teach him.


Review of: “The Hands Off Dog Training Formula” “If you are looking for a good solid training system to use with your new puppy…I highly recommend this one!” “Sept. 2016…I am still receiving emails about training blog posts and training offers from these guys and I LOVE them!” “The Hands Off Dog Training Formula” By Chet Womach, reveals the *exact* step-by-step formula anyone can use to train their new puppy by using ‘positive’ training techniques…no yelling, hitting, shocking or jerking on leashes. The system includes 3 hours of audio lessons, 2 hours of live puppy training footage and over 55+ pages of step-by-step guides, plus much more! I’ve used Chet’s techniques with my puppies successfully and I really like the way it works. *Read Full review*


Review of: Karen Pryor Clicker Training This training method uses what is still cutting edge information in dog and puppy training! The on-line courses, books, videos and equipment that is available on Karen’s websites are state of the art and WILL help you train that new puppy of yours in no time. The Karen Pryor Academy has helped thousands of people train their puppies and dogs using the most up to date methods available. You can have that perfect companion, agility, show or the hunting dog that you have dreamed of…now….with this new puppy of yours! *Read Full review*


Review of: Your Puppy’s First Year  ~ NOW GET IT FOR FREE! ~ This book was written with the brand new puppy owner in mind. The book includes information on some of the most frequently asked questions about puppy behavior, training and equipment as well as what to expect when you first bring your puppy home. Also included is a section that lists items you will need for your new puppy, crate training, what your puppy has gone through before you got him and information on veterinary visits, shots and feeding. If you want to learn the basics about your  new puppy and what you can do to help him grow into the dog you want him to be…this is the book for you! *Read Full Review*


Review of: ‘Kong’ Brand Dog Toys Today I though I’d write a short review on Kong toys for dogs. I have been using the Kong brand toys for my dogs for many years because they are fun for the dogs and they last for a long time. I’ve had some very heavy chewers in the past and even now one of my young pups can really chew through toys and rawhide. If you leave a strong chewer with a toy, it had better be a good one or you’ll be picking up shreds of it everywhere or worse yet, you might have to take an unplanned trip to the vet. *Read Full review*


Review of: Brilliant K9 Harness We LOVE our Brilliant K9 harnesses! I have one of these harnesses for each of our dogs and they work great! We even have an escape artist that has NOT been able to slip this harness yet! They are easy to put on and take off and they fit the dogs body well. Read more about it on the review page. *Read Full review*


Review of: Nylabone Brand Chews
***UPDATE! Please see full review for an important review update!
My dogs LOVE Nylabones! Nylabones ROCK! I have two Decker Rat Terriers and they love to chew so I am always on the look-out for good healthy products for them. I use raw bones on occasion, and the Kong toys and teeth ropes…but for straight out chewing, they love the Nylabones.  The Nylabones come in a lot of different sizes and shapes and in a few different flavors. My dogs mostly use the rings to play with and the bones & shapes to chew on. The bones last a long time and the little ridges that appear as they chew on the bones help to keep the dogs teeth clean. *Read Full review*


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