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Avoiding New Puppy Burnout

How to keep your enthusiasm up after the novelty of having a young gun dog wears off.

Avoiding New Puppy Burnout

Your best bet for avoiding puppy burnout is to develop a long-term training plan and stick to it. (Tony J. Peterson photo)

There’s a curious thing that happens when most of us buy a gun dog pup. In the days leading to pick up and then in the first few weeks after the youngster enters our home, the enthusiasm usually red lines. But when the novelty of a new puppy wears off just a little bit and the reality of daily training and caring for a new dog settles in, it’s harder to keep your foot on the gas. This is one of the reasons I encourage all of our clients to set up a game plan before they ever bring their puppy home. Committing to structure, not only for the primary trainer in the family, but for everyone who will interact with the puppy, is a big deal. It puts everyone on the same page and...

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