With Open Arms and a Level Head:  How to Bring a Puppy Into Your Life


This four-week video course focuses on the tools needed to be successful during the first weeks with your new puppy.

Follow along as we walk you through those important first few days and weeks with your new puppy. From how to transport your puppy home, to household set up, to training, this course will make you confident and prepared for life with your new baby!

(This is a recording of a live course that was originally broadcast March-April 2020)

With Open Arms and a Level Head:  How to Bring a Puppy Into Your Life

Free access is no longer available. We will be launching the new expanded puppy course in the coming weeks.

Instructor: Jane Messineo Lindquist

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  • About This Course

    You’re excited about getting a puppy, and we’re excited to be part of welcoming your new baby into your life!

    You might be feeling a touch of jitters along with your excitement, but we’re here to tell you that everything’s going to be OK. We’ve raised scores of puppies and it’s fun, easy, and sometimes even inspiring. All you need is a little more knowledge along with a solid plan, and that’s exactly what you’ll take away from this course.

    In this course, you’ll follow along at home as Jane and her crack team of demo puppies lay out a complete puppy plan for you!

    Here’s a peek at what you’ll be learning:

    • Class One: Bringing Baby Home

      In this class, we cover all the nuts and bolts of bringing your puppy home and help you set priorities for those first few days and weeks with your new baby.

      Topics include:

      • Transporting your puppy home
      • Crate and playpen set up ideas
      • Your first few nights with your puppy
      • Training priorities and “must dos”

      Then you can train along as Jane demonstrates your homework, which will be your very first lessons with your puppy:

      • Eye contact
      • Walking on (off) leash
      • Playing with toys
    • Class Two: Establishing a Routine

      There’s a lot of advice flying around about what you should be doing with your puppy, but it can be overwhelming to fit it all together in your daily life. In this class, we take you through a model day with your puppy and show you how easy it is to customize it to fit your lifestyle.

      Topics include:

      • Structuring your eight to ten-week-old puppy’s day.
      • Treat ideas and suggestions
      • Teaching alone time
      • Car rides

      Next, our demo puppies share the recordings of their homework and Jane analyzes the footage, sharing her insight and instruction.

      • Review of basic skills
        • How to train behaviors
        • Treat ideas and handling
        • Clicker timing tips
      • Meet our demo puppies
        • Clark the Labrador
        • Zelda the Samoyed
        • Peggy the Mastiff
        • George the Labradoodle
        • Toby the Toy Fox Terrier
    • Class Three: Control Yourself, Please!

      Why are puppies so impulsive? Why do they bite, chew, and play too rough? Why can’t they just control themselves? We answer these questions and show you how to teach your puppy to self-regulate their emotions when they are in exciting situations.

      The result is a puppy who bites less, destroys less, and might even calm down for a cuddle once in a while.

      • Improving self-control in puppies by teaching self-regulation
      • Everything you need to know about puppy biting and how to stop it

      After the talk portion of the class, Jane reviews our demo students’ homework. We think you’ll agree that they made amazing progress!

    • Class Four: Puppy Culture’s House and Crate Training System

      Soiling in the house, vocal puppies and destructiveness are like the unholy trinity of puppy owner problems. But did you know that these problems are actually closely related, spring from the same well, and are ridiculously easy to avoid?

      The trick is to stop following everyone’s advice about what to do and when to do it, and ask your puppy, instead.

      Your puppy has all the answers, and we’ll teach you how to listen to him.

      • Overview of house-training techniques
      • How to know when your puppy is asking to be graduated to the next level of house and crate training (behavioral markers)
      • Our four-phase house training system
        • Phase One: Getting the Feeling
        • Phase Two: Puppy’s First Kegels
        • Phase Three: Overnights
        • Phase Four: Moving Out (of the baby set up)
      • Normal stuff you might have to deal with
      • What if I catch my puppy in the act?

      The course ends with some amazing real-life footage of the demo puppies that shows the principles we teach in action.

      The proof really is in the puppies!

  • We are making this 4-week course available to the public for free for a short time because of the prevailing social isolation conditions, so there are no prerequisites for you to watch or follow along at home.

    There is a lot you will learn, even if you have never seen or read any of our other educational materials.

    However, we will be referencing three things in this course that enable you to get the most out of the training portions of the course. These three things are:

    1. Puppy Culture. The original film, available in streaming or DVD formats.

    2. When Pigs Fly – Training Success With Impossible Dogs Book, available in paperback or Kindle

    3. Attention is the Mother of All Behaviors video, available in streaming or DVD formats. 

    We also have these three things available in a bundle with some really nice free gifts included.

    So watch, learn, and enjoy. If you'd like more guidance or to take the next steps with your puppy, these products and bundle will be there for you!