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When caring for your new puppy turns out to be a lot harder than you expected

Sometimes when you get a puppy, everything goes swell. You pick up your new Man’s Best Friend from the shelter or the breeder and ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after.  

But sometimes it does not go swell.  

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, everything seems to go wrong. Some problem comes up that makes you doubt whether you can actually handle this.  

You may encounter problems like:  

  • Your puppy never stops biting. Like, NEVER EVER
  • Your puppy plays too rough with the kids, and now the kids are afraid of the puppy  
  • The puppy has started barking at strangers or other dogs
  • You can’t leave the room for 30 seconds without the puppy screaming her head off  
  • Your precious baby dog doesn’t seem to like you… and you don’t like him  
  • The thought of sustaining this pet care workload makes you want to curl up in a ball and die  

Maybe you’ve tried teaching your dog manners, but it hasn’t worked. There’s so much dog training information and so many conflicting opinions out there, where do you even START?  

Maybe you feel bad for putting your family through this stress. You wanted your dog to be a buddy for your kids. Instead, the kids are upset and tensions between your family members have skyrocketed.  

You might think you’re in over your head. Like maybe you should just return the puppy and be done with it – and you feel pretty awful for even considering such an option.  

No matter what you’re experiencing, one thing is for sure:  

You knew getting a dog would be a challenge, but holy crap, you were not prepared for THIS.  

It’s probably making you wonder: “this is supposed to be fun! What gives? Do I have a horrible puppy? Am I a horrible person?”  

No, you’re not a horrible person. And you don’t have a horrible puppy.  

What you’re experiencing is actually pretty common. Allow me to explain.  

Why this is so freakin’ hard:  

Getting a dog disrupts every part of your life. A new dog, especially a puppy, requires a ton of attention. You don’t get much sleep, all your daily routines get screwed up, and your free time evaporates.  

You want to make sure you do this right, but information overload has you second-guessing your every move.  

Add your dog’s obnoxious behavior to this mix of self-doubt and sleep-deprivation, and you have a recipe for something I like to call:  

The “What The **** Was I Thinking?!” phase of dog ownership (WTFWIT, for short)  

This phase can begin a few hours, days, or weeks after you bring your dog home.  

5 Signs You’re Experiencing a Case of WTFWIT:  

  • I’m a prisoner in my own home  
  • I’m pretty sure I adopted the worst dog in the world  
  • My old dog was so much better  
  • I resent this dog and I feel guilty for resenting the dog  
  • I had dogs growing up and/or I did a ton of research, but I was not prepared for THIS  

If you can relate to these statements (or anything else we’ve talked about so far) you’re smack in the middle of the WTFWIT phase. Your brain has hit the panic button. “I’ve made a terrible mistake! Abort mission!”  

This is why you’ve found yourself tempted to get rid of the dog, even though you NEVER thought you’d be the kind of person who would get rid of their dog.  

You don’t hear about it much, but this phase happens to many new puppy parents. It’s normal. It’s temporary. But judging by all the dogs who get returned within weeks of being adopted, not everyone makes it through. The WTFWIT phase breaks a lot of good people.  

The good news: it’s not too late. You don’t have to get rid of your puppy.  

You can still have that glorious canine/human friendship you’ve always dreamed of.  

You can still live happily ever after. It’s just gonna take some work. Just like pretty much everything else that's worth doing, right?

Don't you worry. We got this.

You'll learn how to:

  • Get your puppy to be calm and polite, instead of bitey and jumpy and tantrum-y
  • Teach your puppy to pay attention to you
  • Easily potty train your puppy and get them to stop destroying the house

  • Stop the puppy from barking at people or other dogs  
  • Help your puppy get along with your older dog or cat 
  • Clearly communicate and bond with your new dog
  • And more! Scroll down for a detailed list of what's included

Training designed for real life, developed in real life, filmed in real life

A while back, I adopted River, a four-month-old Belgian malinois, from a shelter (what was a purebred malinois doing in a shelter? No clue! But there was a whole litter of them! It’s a MYSTERY).  

Starting on day one, I filmed nearly everything I did with River. House training, obedience training, problem solving, socializing, playing, cuddling, adventuring, etc.  

A few months later, I decided that River needed a friend, so I went back to the shelter and adopted Hazel, a three-month-old lab/pit bull mix.  

I filmed everything I did with her, too.  

All this footage became the Puppy Survival School.

As real-life as it gets

This is no fancy studio production. These videos were recorded in my messy house, with my noisy housemates, with a resident cat who liked to wander into the shot.  

You’ll see these puppies learning, making progress, and growing. I’ll even point out my mistakes.  

You won’t have to use your imagination to figure out how all these lessons fit into real life – you’ll get to watch them happen in real life.


Puppy Survival School includes eight courses, with 64 videos:

Get obnoxious behavior under control and prevent bad habits from developing

With the Foundation course

If you have a puppy who’s driving you crazy: this course will help you immediately get problems under control. If you don’t have your puppy yet: this course will help prevent behavior problems and establish good habits from the beginning. 

  • The core strategy for successfully raising a puppy 
  • How to exercise your puppy in a way that actually wears them out, instead of making them MORE hyper
  • How to feed your puppy in a way that teaches good behavior
  • How to train your puppy to love their crate 
  • A training game that quickly gets puppies to calm down and stop being obnoxious
  • How to teach your puppy to politely "say please" when they need something


Learn how to understand your puppy, so you can communicate clearly and reduce frustration (yours AND the dog's!)

With the Understanding Your Puppy course

All about puppy body language and behavior. 

  • What to expect from your puppy 
  • How to tell when a puppy is stressed 
  • What behavior is okay when dogs interact with each other, and when you should intervene 
  • Everything you need to know about how puppies play
  • How to tell if your pup is more fearful than normal - and what to do about it

Get your demon puppy to FINALLY stop biting you (even if you've tried everything!)

With the Biting course

An updated and improved plan for getting puppies to stop biting.

  • Video demos of the training tactics, filmed in real life with my puppies
  • How to control the three factors that make biting worse 
  • What to do when your puppy goes into "hyper attack mode"
  • The difference between play biting and aggression 
  • How to get the puppy to stop attacking your kids 

Teach your puppy important "life skills" that will save you time and help you get your freedom back

With the Puppy Life Skills course

The things that are important for all puppies to know, but that often end up being problem areas if they’re done incorrectly.  

  • How to get your puppy to stop whining when you leave the room
  • How to get the puppy to sleep through the night
  • How to prevent separation anxiety 
  • How to prevent food aggression 
  • How to trim your puppy's nails with no drama
  • How to introduce the new pup to your resident pets
  • How to help your older dog accept the puppy 
  • How to get the puppy to be calm around the cat

Potty train your pup with a simple plan that actually works, even if he's had a lot of accidents

With the House Training course

Make the potty training process as simple and drama-free as possible.  

  • A flexible, step-by-step plan that works for all work schedules and all living situations 
  • What to do if you’re at work or school longer than the puppy can “hold it” 
  • What to do about accidents 
  • And more

Train your puppy to listen to you and follow cues, even when there are distractions

With the Baby Obedience Training course

Video tutorials for teaching your puppy all the important commands and manners she needs to know, using fun games and puppy-friendly methods. Learn how to teach your puppy: 

  • To focus on you 
  • To walk on a leash 
  • To not steal food
  • To have impulse control
  • To sit, lie down, leave it, and come when called 
  • Plus: footage of my puppies practicing their skils in real-life situations, so you can see how it all comes together in the real world

Teach your puppy about the world in a way that's fun, builds your bond, and turns her into the best dog she can be

With the Socialization course

You know your puppy needs to “be socialized,” but what does that even mean? And how do you do it without becoming a giant ball of stress? 

  • A chilled-out socialization program 
  • How to help a shy puppy overcome their fears
  • What to do about a puppy who barks at strangers or other dogs
  • How to avoid making common socialization mistakes that teach puppies bad habits
  • How to teach your puppy to love car rides and thunderstorms
  • What to do if something goes wrong
  • Plus: River's "socialization adventure vlogs" that show you how to put all this theory into practice

Make it through the hard parts where the self-doubt starts eating you alive

With the "What The **** Was I Thinking?" mini-course

Like I said earlier, the What Was I Thinking phase (WTFWIT, for short) is part of the new-puppy-adjustment period that happens to many people. It’s the part where everything is terrible, and you think you made a huge mistake by adopting this puppy. 

I'll talk about my own personal experience with this phase, and teach you how to survive it.

So. Sound good? Good. Here are your options:

Get Puppy Survival School all by itself, or bundle it with the Focus & Come When Called course:

Puppy Survival School


  • All eight Puppy Survival School courses
  • Lifetime membership (this isn't a subscription, there are no recurring fees)
  • All future updates and improvements to Puppy Survival School

Price: $59


The Perfect Puppy Bundle



Bundle price: $89

The One-Year Money-Back Guarantee 

I'm confident that if you follow the advice in this puppy school, you'll get great results. 

But you don't have to take my word for it: you have a full year (pretty much your puppy's entire puppyhood!) to use the program. 

If you decide it isn't for you, send me an email within 365 days of purchase and I'll refund 100% of your payment. Seriously - I want this program to make a real difference in your life, and if it doesn't, I don't want to keep your money.


"What puppy age is this program designed for?"

Up to seven months of age, meaning your puppy can be up to seven months old when you start the program.

"I adopted an adult dog who needs training. Will this help?"

While the program is designed for puppies, it can also help an older dog with things like house training, crate training, basic obedience and manners, and getting settled into their new home. The program is not designed to help adult or adolescent dogs with problems relating to: fear, aggression, reactivity, resource guarding, or predatory behavior toward other pets.

"I won't be getting my new puppy for a few months yet. Should I get the program now?"

I mean, if you want to wait to buy it, you can - we're not going anywhere! But it would be a good idea to get it now. That way, you'll be prepared to prevent problems and teach good behavior starting on day one with your puppy. And since you get a lifetime membership to Puppy Survival School for one payment, it doesn't matter if you adopt a puppy tomorrow or in two years, you'll still have access to the program.

“Is this an ebook?”  

Nope! This is an online course with lots of videos, as well as written lessons. Access it with your username and password from anywhere, on any device.  

“Is this mobile-friendly?”  

Yep! The design is fully responsive, for a great experience on any device. Take the courses on your computer, phone, and/or tablet.

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