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For episode one, Kayla speaks to Rebecca Hintz of Wintegrity K9 in Vacaville CA about deciding if you’re ready for a puppy.
Discussed in this episode:
- What are some of the most common reasons that someone might not be ready for a puppy?
- What factors do you think some people neglect to consider?
- Long term commitment
- Current pets
- Alone time
- Common behavior issues
- Travel or other life changes
- Time and money for training
- Is there ever a perfect time to bring home a puppy?
- Is it reasonable to start looking or getting on a waitlist before you’re 100% ready?
- Kayla goes over how she made her decision
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Over the next few episodes, we’ll cover how to decide between a shelter and a breeder, then how to pick a puppy once you’ve decided where to go! Not all puppy sources OR puppies are created equal, so be sure to tune in.
For Further Reading:
- Guide to Dog Adoption Part 1: What Are You Looking For In a Dog?
- The “Before You Get Your Puppy” free e-book from Ian Dunbar
- Am I Ready for a Puppy?
- Pandemic Puppy Raising Support Group on Facebook
Kayla grew up in northern Wisconsin and studied ecology and animal behavior at Colorado College. She founded Journey Dog Training in 2013 to provide high-quality and affordable dog behavior advice. She’s an avid adventurer and has driven much of the Pan-American Highway with her border collie Barley. She now travels the US in a 2006 Sprinter with her two border collies, Barley and Niffler. Aside from running Journey Dog Training, Kayla also runs the nonprofit K9 Conservationists, where she and the dogs work as conservation detection dog teams.