Single Working Pup Parent Posts

March 20, 2018 / Puppy Proofing

At six months old, I decided it was time to drop Ayla down to one walk a day. The twice-a-day dog walks were killing my ability to save any money outside of my 401(k) because it all went towards dog walking, vet bills, or training…

October 2, 2018 / Obedience Training

Dogs with behavioral issues are not fun. However, I learned from the mistakes of my past and began laying down a firm groundwork of rules within my first week of puppy ownership for what was permissible. In my household, these are rules for my dog:…

October 10, 2018 / Puppy Proofing

But before I got a library card, I read what we had on the shelves. We happened to have two volumes of Native American folktales, so I read those early on and many of the tales featured coyote, the trickster. I often think of Ayla in the same vein. She is clever, sneaky, and motivated by her own interests, so in essence, a trickster. Recall how I had been teaching Ayla not to jump on the furniture?

October 22, 2018 / Puppy Life

Maybe it’s different if you work from home full-time and have a puppy, but as someone who normally works in an office and occasionally works from home for severe weather, puppy, or contractor related things, I wouldn’t say I was especially productive the days that…

October 22, 2018 / Crate Training

My house is on a slab. That is, there is no basement. Combine this with some 30-year-old windows, a pretty strong breeze coming out the bottom of the gas fireplace poorly installed into the wood fireplace, and a lack of insulation in the walls (evident…