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What to Expect When You’re Expecting…a Puppy. Family Dog Clinics at Well Bred in Chester, NJ.

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It’s been just about a year since I reported to our loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers that we had added our first cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter, to our family. And just like I had my two girls 13 months apart, we’re expecting again…a Cockapoo sister for Peanut Butter, 8-week-old Honey…is due next weekend.  Right now, it feels like I’m taking care of an energetic toddler while being nine months pregnant, getting ready for the new baby and working hard to finish things up at the office ahead of maternity leave in less than a week. Last year, Maddie planned for months, doing research and learning how to take some of the responsibility for training and grooming our new arrival. Getting ready for Peanut Butter, I read and studied “Puppies For Dummies as well as the Dog Whisperer’s “How to Raise the Perfect Dog” by Cesar Millan and ordered his six DVD Boxed Set as “a present for Maddie.” This time around, with Honey on the way, I’m skimming through the books this weekend as if I were cramming for an exam.  Off to Petco for a second set of food and water bowls, more bully sticks, find where we stored PB’s old puppy-size bed when she outgrew it.  Plan on sleep deprivation and puppy-proofing the house.
Next weekend, we have a big weekend planned.  London and Maddie have the annual Lemon Ball at Mendham Township Elementary School on Friday night, followed by their softball championship game on Saturday morning, hopefullly followed by an ice cream celebration at Penguin in Bernardsville.  Then it’s off to Pleasant Valley, New York with the whole family, including Peanut Butter, to pick up our new cockapoo puppy at Mulberry Farm.
We need Puppy Nanny 911 (again!)… stat!
Lucky for Roxy, we have just such a service right here in Mendham, NJ… Justine Schuurmans and The Family Dog to the rescue!! Justine is a kinder, gentler local dog whisperer (better, safer, positive — consequences and kindness — training techniques) right here in Morris County, NJ. She’s also a fellow Mendham Township Elementary School mother who came to our rescue when Peanut Butter arrived on the scene last year.
The Family Dog is a local Morris and Somerset County service just like Super Nanny or Nanny 911, only for dogs! What I’ve learned from my Dog Whisperer books and videos so far is that while it’s great to take your new puppy to obedience school, it’s the people who really need the training, and most families need help where it counts - at home. That’s where The Family Dog comes in…. two fun-loving, long-time professional dog trainers who are juggling a full schedule, with four dogs and four children under six between them. They both teach classes at St. Huberts, but realize that families need a different kind of help.
The Family Dog is the only dog training company in the area that is specifically designed for FAMILIES! When I first spoke with Justine, I realized that their approach is really designed to fit in with my busy schedule…and, as I remind both my loyal readers and my mother, I’m not really a housewife, nor do I play one on TV… I’m a full-time investment banker and mother of two. Clearly I need to make time for our new puppy, but it is great to know that Justine understands and can help me to develop a schedule that enables the whole family to share the responsibility for Peanut Butter. No matter how long you’ve had your dog, The Family Dog has a program that will ensure the best possible future for him or her. Justine and/or her partner, Leah Hatley (who is based out of Morristown, NJ), can help prepare you and your family for a new dog, give your puppy the best start in life, create good habits for your adolescent dog, and help your children learn the best ways to respect and nurture your four-legged friend. Each of your training sessions will be conveniently held in your own home.
That means NO traveling, NO scheduling conflicts and you will be practicing in the place you need it most!
Maddie and London adore Justine, who met with me pre-Peanut Butter to do some puppy-proofing and gave the girls a private session before our puppy arrived to give all of us the info and training we need to set off on the right foot. She brought one of her own dogs to coach us and let the girls practice on, so they felt like experts when Peanut Butter came home with us. Justine helped us through all of the early puppy (and family) training, and now PB sits, lies down, waits for food, and fetches when asked.  More importantly, Maddie and London know how to respond to calm Peanut Butter down when she’s over-excited…and now it’s time to put those skills to good use when Honey arrives.  So much is in the preparation, and now, with another one on the way, we’re back to writing the term paper on the night before it’s due!
The Family Dog, serving Morris and Somerset Counties with DogNanny 911 services from Mendham and Morristown, NJ.

Phone: (973) 910-0364. Be sure to let Justine know that Roxy sent you!!

And now for something new and different from Justine and The Family Dog…Clinics at Well Bred in Chester, NJ.  Your new puppy:  What to do.  What to buy.  And what you can safely ignore.  Learn the dog trainer’s secrets (what the training books won’t tell you) for $25/person or $40/couple on Wednesday, June 8th from 7:00pm-8:30pm.  Thinking about it? Getting one?  Just got one?  Don’t miss your chance to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about owning a new puppy:

  • How to choose the right puppy for your family
  • Preparing your house and your family
  • Buying the right equipment.  What you need and what you don’t.
  • What is “socialization” and why is it so important?
  • House training 101
  • What type of training is best? Group or private in-home classes?

Sign up online at The Family Dog.

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