Don't just survive puppyhood. Thrive in it.
"A tired dog is a happy dog."
Here's what happens in Doggie Indoor Recess:
"I didn't know it would be this hard."
You puppy-proofed the house, bought tons of toys, treats, and food.
You scheduled vet appointments, and found a puppy training class.
You read books, got a certified seatbelt and prepared everything down to a tee for your new little arrival.
Yet...why is everything so hard?
The barking at noises, the crying in the crate and peeing on the rug.
The zoomies, tugging on the leash, and oh my gosh the bruises on your body from all the nipping.
It never ends, and you are exhausted.
I've been there.
My first puppy was addicted to nicotine, had severe allergies, and was as rambunctious as could be. To add to that, I had her littermate for a short time too, all while living in a little apartment.
We almost got kicked out. What should've been a joyful time was so difficult.
I hired a trainer to help me manage the chaos, and although I learned some really helpful strategies, I still felt stranded on an island with puppies taking over my sanity. My friends didn't understand the struggles I was going through.
My second puppy was an anxious mess.
She was a rural dog living a city life. We couldn't make it down the street without freaking out. Every noise was terrifying.
She was a barky, growly mess, taking out her anxiety through serious nipping, constant zoomies, and never slept. A trainer taught me how to address her behaviors and I'm happy to say that she is a pretty happy dog now.
But, there was no one to turn to when I was overwhelmed, bruised, and wondering if I had made a huge mistake bringing this dog home.
Both times, I knew what I needed to do. I had the skills to teach a puppy anything it needed. Over the years, I've worked with a bunch of puppies with quite an array of behaviors, no problem.
But the personal, emotional struggle and management of day-to-day activities with my own dog, the patience required of me and the overwhelm of the new life...it's real.
Looking back, all those negative thoughts were just that - thoughts. My dogs live exceptional lives because I'm a dedicated dog mom who guided herself through puppyhood.
It's time for me to guide you.
"I don't know what to do."
Puppy training classes are about teaching your little one basic skills. That's good. And necessary.
But, who teaches you how to manage your day when your puppy won't stop barking, or is getting into mischief, regardless of your stellar (or so you thought) puppy-proofing?
What do you do when your pup has nipped at your hand for the 100th time and you're oozing blood?
How in the world do you tire out this pup?
Are you doing a good job if your heart is breaking at the whimpering cry from the crate?
Let's tackle this one step at a time. You need some dog mom perspective.
Here's what I've learned:
1) You need someone to turn to who can relate to your struggle.
Not someone who is going through the struggle with you, not a friend who has the perfect dog, not a trainer who teaches you skills. Someone who understands how a puppy can drive you to overwhelm, and be there for you to lift you back up. You don't need to be told what to do.
You need encouragement and support that everything will be fine, and you're doing great.
2) You need a plan that works for your life.
A trainer can give you skills to teach your dog whatever you want. But how do you incorporate that into your busy life? You're supposed to train your dog on the walk, but you can't find the treat pouch and you forgot to go to the store to pick up the only treat your dog will work for. Now the walk has turned into a disaster and you're yelling at your puppy who isn't even listening. It happens.
You need to get organized, make a plan, and have someone to make sure you get it done, in order to avoid the meltdowns.
Tell me your lifestyle, and I'll give you the roadmap to getting things in order.
3) You need to celebrate the joys.
Puppies are actually just a bundle of fun on 4 legs.
Enjoy the moments, and repeat the really successful outings or activities that bring a smile to your face. Does your dog love to play fetch, work for cheese sticks, or go sniffing through the woods?
Great, take pictures, print them out, and post them on the fridge, by the door, or wherever you want.
You need visual reminders of all the joy your pup is bringing you. Because just seeing that picture - it's enough to remind you to take a breath, think about what you need to do, and make more happy memories.
I'm a coach, a teacher, an advocate, but above all, a dog mom. It's my greatest joy and I've devoted my life to giving dogs a really good life. I'll bring all that experience into helping you.
Puppyhood is adorable, messy, and soooo rewarding. Let's do this together.
Puppy Parenting is as simple as 123.
Get the guidance you need.
Whether you're a first time dog mom or your puppy skills are a little rusty, help is here.
Dog parenting is messy. It will challenge you, test your limits, and drive you to your wits end. But on the other hand, raising a puppy will bring you the most amazing bond you'll ever experience.
A 4-legged fur ball who becomes your best friend and showers you with unconditional love.
Puppyhood can be beautiful, and only you, a proud new dog parent, can uncover the uniqueness of your dog.
The radiant personality is in there! Watching your puppy grow can be so rewarding.
Just don't go at it on your own if you're struggling. It doesn't have to be this hard.
Get help from a dog mom who's been there a time or two.
Pawsitive Puppy Parenting Coaching Program
With the help of the Positive Puppy Parenting coaching program, you're going to have such a great puppyhood experience.
You're going to learn how to anticipate the zoomies, so you can prevent it from ever happening.
You'll learn about the best enrichment toys and different ways to keep your pup mentally busy, because a busy dog is a good dog.
You'll have your dog potty trained and running into the crate instead of away from it.
Putting on a harness will be a piece of cake, your walks will be fun, and your dog will actually look forward to getting teeth brushed.
Sound like a dream? It can definitely be your reality!
Here's the specifics of this program that you need to know: Dog parenting is a 24-7 job. So coaching keeps that in mind to give you maximum support.
This is a 3 month program.
Get 2, one hour coaching calls each month to chat about progress and plan out next steps. You'll receive a weekly check-in text message to make sure you're doing okay.
In between, get unlimited email access for questions that pop up along the way.
There are weekly, themed video lessons and handouts to cover all aspects of puppy parenting. All the stuff you didn't know you needed to know, and how to deal with it from a dog mom perspective.
Pawsitive Puppy Parenting Coaching Program
$500 at start of program or 3 monthly payments of $175
Don't stumble your way through puppyhood.
Puppy parenting should be happy, fun, and something to enjoy.
Have you heard someone say, "I'm never doing puppyhood ever again?"
The Pawsitive Puppy Parenting coaching program is here to guide you through puppyhood, so you can not just say you survived puppyhood, but that you thrived in it.
Space is limited, so sign up and get started today!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up?
Click on the red button that says "Sign me up" anywhere on this page. Or, click here to go to a page where you'll fill out the coaching application. I'll send you an invoice with a link to pay online. Once that's handled, we'll set up a time to get started!
When does the coaching program run?
Pawsitive Puppy Parenting accepts clients on a rolling basis. As long as there is space, you can begin the program at any time. The program lasts for 3 months. If you find that you need additional support after the program is over, we can discuss additional coaching opportunities.
Is this a dog training class?
No, this is not a substitute for puppy classes. In fact, taking a Puppy Kindergarten course is highly encouraged (Your Dog's Friend is a great choice).
Pawsitive Puppy Parenting is a supplement to training classes. Coaching is here to guide you through the everyday realities of raising a puppy, beyond teaching your dog sit and stay. You need to be able to manage your daily routine, adapt things as necessary for your new family, and stay sane. How are you handling it? Think of this as life coaching for new puppy parents.
What's the difference between dog training class and coaching?
In a dog training class, you learn how to teach your dog basic skills. Puppy classes address typical puppy behaviors and gives you a foundation for good puppy manners.
Coaching focuses on you. Your management of your new reality, how to address the overwhelm, tackling dog mom guilt when you hear your puppy crying in the crate or when you leave the house. If you have a challenging pup, or just want a little guidance, this is for you.
Plus, coaching brings you an overview of puppy parenting topics and helps you adjust it for your lifestyle. Learn about tips that aren't written in the books or taught in a class, but are learned through real life. One size does not fit all, and if you're staying a strategy doesn't work for you, then let's find one that does.
Note - There are many techniques for dealing with dogs, but Piper's Walk embodies a positive, rewards-based, force-free training mindset. If you're down with that, we're on the same wavelength and let's get going! But if not, this program isn't for you, and that's okay.
I signed up. Now what?
Welcome! You'll receive an email to schedule your first coaching session, along with the first coaching video and handouts.
$500 is a lot right now. Do you take payment plans?
Totally understandable. You've got vet bills, food, toys, and all sorts of other things going on. You can choose $500 at the start of the program, or 3 payments of $175 for 3 months.
What if I want to cancel?
I hope this helps you thrive! But if you aren't satisfied with the program for any reason, no worries. You'll get a full refund.
I'm so busy. Can I fit this in?
If you're busy to the point of overwhelm, that's precisely why you need this. You can't handle your puppy's behaviors properly when you're stressed to the core. If you make this a priority - set aside 30 minutes a week to do the worksheets, and take advantage of the coaching calls to help you plan out your next 2 weeks...think of the time you'll save. Because I'll help take the guesswork out of how to handle your pup's feisty behaviors!
What if I have a question before the next coaching call?
Have a question not listed here? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.