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I am blogging on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network and the AKC. I received compensation for my time from the AKC for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine.

One thing that our recent loss of Blue taught us is that we’re a 3 dog household and we need that happy energy to balance us all out.  Blue was the Ying to everyone’s Yang.  But having a 3 dog pack requires us to be current on our dog training and I’m brushing up by reading books on dog behavior and taking advantage of our lifetime membership with AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM.

Australian Shepherd Mix Puppies

There’s something about herding dogs that we love and the Australian Shepherd mix dogs have won our heart thanks to Blue.  We don’t want to replace Blue, but we do want to honor him and our other dogs by opening our home to a new dog and giving them an amazing life, which includes consistent dog training.

The AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM is going to be useful as we help our dogs adjust to a new family member and get tips on helping our pack gel with one another.  Just like they were able to quickly help us with training tips for Blue and our littermates, they will be on hand to jog our memories about potty training, crate training, and bite inhibition training.

A discount for YOU!

The AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM will be with us from puppyhood through adulthood, partnering with us to raise happy, healthy dogs.  You can join us too at a discounted rate of $29.99 for the life of your dog.  This is an amazing deal, because the lifetime membership is $79.99.

Dog training for our littermates

We’re all mourning, including our littermates.  A local dog trainer advised me to find a new normal quickly for our dogs’ sakes, because they’re looking to us for leadership and, right now, we’re pretty crappy leaders.  Our weakness can lead to behavioral problems with our dogs – poor recall, not listening, destructive behavior, and more.  I’m happy that we have the use of the AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM and their dog training tips that will help us through this difficult time.

Finding our next forever dog

The American Kennel Club (AKC) will also be on hand to help us find our next perfect dog.  We’re looking to rescue again, but we’re not adverse to working with a reputable breed.  I happen to know one in Washington who breeds Australian Shepherd puppies.  I agree that with the number of homeless dogs in the system, we need to adopt – but I also believe that we need to adopt the right dog for our family and because we have two dogs (littermates) we need to take care of the new personality we bring into our family if we want this to be a successful new addition.

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Our dog training list for the AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM

  • sit, down, stay – I know that some people say that if you have a good “sit,” you shouldn’t have to teach “stay,” but this hasn’t been our experience with our dogs.
  • jumping – when our dogs get excited, they like to jump; as they get older, the jumping calms down, but I’d like our new family member to sit instead of treating our clothing with muddy paws.
  • kennel training – we’ve never had to kennel train a dog and this will be new to us.  Rodrigo and Sydney only slept in a kennel until they were 5 months old.  They transitioned to the Puppy Condo when they were too big to fit in one kennel together (they wouldn’t sleep separately).  Blue was easy, I just got in the kennel with him and laid down and he was sold – he was the perfect dog!

The one thing that I do well is potty training.  I can’t take all the credit.  A few dog training books and Johan helped me come to a system that quickly trains our dogs.  I take them out after feedings, after naps, and after pay sessions; announcing “let’s go potty” and “go potty for mommy,” so that they’ll make the association.  Our smart dogs start going to the door quickly and now that we have 2 well trained adult dog, dog training has become a group effort.

What’s something I should add to our dog training list?

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