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:
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:
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.
Puppy Survival School is a comprehensive self-study online program. It’ll walk you through pretty much every aspect of training, socializing, and caring for a puppy. No more spending hours scouring the internet for bits and pieces, it's all here.
When you register, you get lifetime access. There are no deadlines, no expiration dates. So you can refer back to the lessons in the program as often as you need to, as long as you need to.
Puppy Survival School is designed for puppies up to seven months of age (meaning your puppy can be up to seven months old at the time of starting the program).
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.
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.
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.
With the Understanding Your Puppy course
All about puppy body language and behavior.
With the Biting course
An updated and improved plan for getting puppies to stop biting.
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.
With the House Training course
Make the potty training process as simple and drama-free as possible.
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:
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?
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.
Get Puppy Survival School all by itself, or bundle it with the Focus & Come When Called course:
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.