Puppy Checklist – Things to Get

Puppy Checklist – Things to Get

Getting a puppy or a dog can often be the fulfillment of one’s childhood dreams. I was lucky to experience this in autumn 2020. I couldn’t wait for the day when our German Shepherd Orson would arrive. At the same time, I remember feeling quite stressed, as there seemed to be so many things to prepare before his arrival, and I didn’t really know where to start. I was just randomly searching for things in Pet shops and online, but only when we finally brought Orson home, I started realising what was needed or what would be useful to have.

Now, more than a year later, I have a much better idea about the kind of equipment needed for a puppy’s smooth acclimatisation. So I have compiled a list of essential and handy things to get prior to your puppy’s arrival. My wish is that this page would help you get everything ready in time, so you can fully enjoy the incredibly sweet event of welcoming your new family member to your home.

Orson on a raised bed

How to Prepare for the Big Day

I recommend concentrating on these two things:

‘Puppy-proofing’ Your Place

To prevent your puppy from injury as well as unwillingly causing damage to your place, it is a good idea to have a thorough check of any hazards, such as electricity cables, poisonous plants, sharp objects etc. You may want to get everything you don’t want to be chewed out of the puppy’s reach.

Having the Right Equipment

I wish I had had some sort of ‘puppy checklist’ before getting Orson. Instead, I was trying to find out what to get from paging through ‘puppy books’ in Waterstones or by asking random dog walkers. It certainly took some time to compile the list of all the necessities. In fact, it took me several months – by learning from our growing puppy what sort of things was good to have.

Below is a recommended list of items that you might want to get before your puppy arrives. You can use the List of Contents to get to a specific item more quickly.

You may notice that with certain items, such as beds, for example, I am presenting several variations (e.g. ‘bed’, ‘raised bed’, ‘chew-proof raised bed’, etc.). Obviously, you do not have to get everything I have listed here! Just choose what works best for your individual situation, the type of your dog, his size, age etc. Above all, I hope you’ll enjoy the process of preparing for the arrival your new best friend!

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BASIC EQUIPMENT

Collar

There are so many nice options when it comes to a collar. Below is a selection of comfortable collars that you may get for your puppy. Little Orson used to wear the Ancol collars, (the first two from the left). Please make sure you get an adequate size for your puppy’s neck.

Ancol collar
Ancol collar blue
Rosewood luxury collar
Rosewood luxury collar
Collar Boho
Collar Boho

Harness

Having a comfortable harness for your puppy is highly recommended. Unlike a collar, it exerts no stress on the puppy’s neck, and prevents choking when the puppy pulls. This harness has 2 metal rings; the chest ring to stop your dog from pulling on walks and the back ring is good for casual walks, where the dog is allowed to pull (or ever required to pull, such as during scent work.)

Harness
Harness
Harness
Harness
Harness

Lead

A lead is obviously one of the first parts of puppy equipment to get. A good idea is to look for a lead that is not too short (I’d go for a lead at least 120 – 150 cm (4 – 5ft long), and it should have a comfortable handle.

Comforrtable Lead
Orange-Balack Lead
Dog Lead by Halti

The third picture with the labrador shows the multifunctional lead by Halti, which I have been using for my walks with Orson, and which I can highly recommend. You can use it as a standard lead as in the first picture, but it is also possible to clip both ends of the lead to a harness (see the last picture). Moreover, the lead is adjustable to three different lengths, and you can even clip it around your waist (using the middle ring) and walk your dog ‘hands-free’!

Dog Lead by Halti
Dog Lead by Halti
Dog Lead by Halti

High Visibility Collar

Although this type of collar does not have to be on the high-priority list of your puppy’s equipment, as you’re not likely to use it in the first days (or even weeks) of his life with you, a shine-in-the-dark collar is a really useful gadget to have for your walks in the dark, so you can come back to this page once your puppy is ready for longer evening walks. 

Orson really likes this collar because he associates it with night walks – something he finds extremely exciting – and when he sees me bringing the collar, he rushes to me and sticks his head in it!

High Visibility Collar
High Visibility Collar
High Visibility Collar
High Visibility Collar

Here is a short video of Orson wearing this collar during a night walk:

Tag

In the UK, it is a legal requirement for a dog to wear a collar and dog identification tag when in a public place. The minimum requirement to be compliant with the law (U.K Control of Dogs Order 1992) is the name and address of the owner inscribed on a tag attached to the collar.

As addresses can take up a lot of space on small tags, it is enough to just have your surname and postcode on the tag. Whilst not legally required, it is strongly recommended to have a contact telephone number on the tag, as this could considerably speed up the return of your lost dog.

Choosing to have your dog’s name on your pet id tag is a matter of personal choice. Some owners choose to do so, while others prefer not to in case their dog is stolen. We decided to include Orson’s name on the tag, as we trust that there are more good people than bad, and should he ever get lost, we like the thought of him being reassured by hearing his name.

We had his tag done online by ‘Padding Paws’, for only £3.49. It is easy to customise the tag, and if you run out of space, you can have text on both sides of the tag for the same price.

Dog tag
Dog tag
Dog tag
Dog tag

The tag that Orson is wearing in the picture is size S, colour ‘Champagne Gold Round’. We also added an emergency vet phone number. Again, that’s completely optional, but could be useful.

SLEEP, REST, AND SAFETY

Dog Bed

Every dog deserves a nice, comfortable bed, a welcoming place where he will feel safe and will retreat to when he is tired.

If your puppy likes sleeping in a crate, then it’s probably better to have just a mat or a blanket that fits in the crate. However, as your puppy grows, it will start resting in various places in your room(s), so getting a dog bed is definitely a good idea – especially because it will help your puppy resist the temptation to find a permanent chill zone on your sofa (unless you don’t mind).

A Few Dog Bed Tips

Here are a few ideas for your puppy’s bed. All the beds shown here are comfortable and easy to clean. If your dog tends to chew on softs things, make sure he’s got plenty of toys so he won’t get tempted to ‘sample’ his bed. In Orson’s case, he had a go at all his soft beds, so now he sleeps on a chew-proof raised bed, but fortunately, not all dogs are like that. I still recommend getting your puppy a nice soft bed where it will get a good rest.

One of my recommended, good-quality beds is Bunty. Comfortable, easy to clean, and the choice of several colours is a nice option too.

Bunty Dog Bed
High Visibility Collar
Bunty Dog Bed
Bunty Dog Bed

When Orson became too huge for his previous bed, we wanted to give him an extra large bed, and were lucky to find a great bed by Bedsure. Orson fell in love with it instantly, as was able to stretch fully and rest his head on the soft, fluffy sides. The bed had a really inviting, comforting vibe about it.

Pity we gave it to him still in his wildly adolescent phase; the lovely fur did not last too long… If you also have a shark like Orson, then perhaps get a more chew-proof bed, or make sure it’s well covered by blankets; however, this is definitely a bed to return to when the dog is a bit older and more mature.

Bedsure Dog Bed

Here are several more beds I would consider, based on their look and good reviews:

OnPaws Dog bed
The Dogs Bed
Friends Forever Dogs Bed

Raised Bed

Dogs tend to love raised beds. They are excellent for training as well as resting on.  They keep your pet warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They can be used outside as well, and are very easy to clean.

This elevated bed shown below is what Orson was using for more than a year since he was a puppy, and it was one of his favourite places to sleep on. We have also been using it to train him ‘impulse control’ – i.e. to stay on this bed despite distractions.

At about 13 months of age, Orson suddenly developed an annoying habit of chewing the inner corners of this bed, so we decided to move it in the garden for training purposes, and get him a ‘chew-proof’ bed.

High Visibility Collar
High Visibility Collar
High Visibility Collar

Below are a few pictures of Orson enjoying his raised bed. As you’ll see in the first picture, he hardly let us put the bed together before he claimed it!

Chew-proof Raised Bed

This is a good alternative to the raised bed above, if you find out you need it, as in our case. At about 13 months of age, Orson suddenly developed an annoying habit of chewing the fabric in the inner corners of his raised bed (see above), so we decided to move it in the garden for training & chilling purposes, and get him a proper  ‘chew-proof’ bed.

This new bed has no gaps in the corners and the frame is made of metal, which makes it virtually indestructible. You may want to consider this bed if your dog, like Orson, delights in consuming furniture. However, you may be just fine with the previous version – Orson had only decided to chew on it after almost a year of consistent use.

Chew-proof raised bed
Chew-proof raised bed
Chew-proof raised bed

I’ve documented Orson’s first encounter with his chew-proof bed. He took to it at once! He had a good go at it with his fangs and claws, and when he discovered the bed was not to give in to his attack, he acknowledged it as a place of rest and non-destructive play. 

Mat

Having a mat is practical for several reasons: It can be simply placed on the floor wherever you like. It’s easy to take it to another room if your puppy follows you there, which will make it easier for the puppy to settle. You can take it in your car to make your puppy feel more comfortable and less scared of travelling in the car. Last but not least, it is the perfect bedding for your dog’s crate.

Here is Orson’s favourite mat by Ellie-Bo, which he uses on our sofa, floor, car, or even in the pub! It is super-soft and it has a nice feature of being double-sided.

High Visibility Collar
High Visibility Collar
High Visibility Collar

Pen (Enclosed Area)

A dog pen can be a sanity saver, as you won’t have to monitor your puppy 24/7. The pup will have his own play and feeding area, and if he has an ‘accident’, it will be much easier to clean, especially if you line the floor under the pen with waterproof material such as heavy duty polythene or tarpaulin.

We had this setting in our living room for about 3 to 4 weeks, then Orson learned to ask to go in the garden and never soiled our floor once the sheets were removed. We also cleaned every little puddle with an odour-neutralising enzymatic cleaner, which helped Orson to refrain from weeing in the same spot.

Dog Pen
Dog Pen
Dog Pen
Tuff Pets Dog Waste Bags
Tarpaulin

Crate

You may also consider getting a crate. Especially when the crate has a cover, your puppy can find this space very soothing and will get much better sleep in his own ‘den’. A crate is very useful when you need to travel with the puppy, or confine him for some time – e.g. when your gas safety check guy arrives with a toolbox full of temptations..!

Crate
Crate
Crate

Crate training can take some time – keep the doors open at the first stages, so the puppy can learn to feel safe in the crate and not perceive it as a punishment. The best way to make him want to go to the crate is to feed him there, drop or hide treats, or give him his Snuffle Mat or Licki Mat in the crate.

I also recommend a comfortable mat that will fit in the crate. (See the ‘Mat’ section.)

Crate Cover

A crate cover makes such a difference, turning a cold iron cage into a cosy home. You could just use a blanket to cover the crate, but the puppy is likely to pull it and  chew it. We have been using this crate cover with zippers and handy hooks on top, which make it easy to roll the fabric up and keep it in place.

Crate cover
Crate
Crate cover

FEEDING AND TREATS

Water Bowl

Our favourite is this stainless steel bowl with a non-slip rubber ring. You can choose from different sizes and several colours. You can also use it for feeding, but I would advise to get a slow-feeding bowl, (see further down) which is much better for your dog’s digestion, makes feeding time more interesting for your dog, and gives you some extra time for yourself! 

Water bowl
Water bowl
Water bowl

Food Bowl

Instead of getting a conventional bowl which causes the dog to gulp the food too quickly, I highly recommned getting one of the following bowls, the so-called slow-feeders. These make the dog ‘work’ for his food by getting the food out from narrower spaces. This makes the feeding process lasts considerably longer, making the dog chew much more, which is beneficial for the dog’s digestion.

Feeding Bowl - Slow Feeder
Feeding Bowl - Slow Feeder
Feeding Bowl - Slow Feeder
Feeding Bowl - Slow Feeder
Feeding Bowl - Slow Feeder
Feeding Bowl - Slow Feeder

Or you can try this honeycomb-shaped slow feeder bowl made of softer material. We have this as well (together with the orange spiral bowl above) and it’s lovely seeing Orson eating from this so much more slowly than he would from a conventional bowl.

Honeycomb feeding bowl
Honeycomb feeding bowl
Honeycomb Feeding Bowl

Food

You can find out which dog food is suitable for your puppy by using the search option at the following website, which I’ve found extremely helpful:

https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk

Just add your dog’s age and weight and you can start comparing the results and choose what you think may suit your dog most. Or search for a particular brand to find out about the nutritional rating.

Food can have a huge impact on your dog’s health and behaviour. It is advisable to choose food that has 70% or higher nutritional rating, but you can also get a lot of information from customer reviews.

Below are a few examples of trusted brands with high-quality puppy food. Please note that the first example in the pictures, ‘Forthglade’, is wet food. The rest is all dry food. You may want to consider adding a bit of wet food into the dry food to make feeding more exciting for your puppy (or do this occasionally).

High Quality Puppy Food
High Quality Puppy Food
High Quality Puppy Food
High Quality Puppy Food
High Quality Puppy Food
High Quality Puppy Food

Treats

Treats are a very important part of puppy training and behaviour shaping. Dogs are strongly motivated by food, so if you use it as a reward, your puppy’s training will be much faster and easier. (Note: For my recommended training platforms, check the section ‘Training and Advice’.)

Below are several types of treats that I have been recommended by various trainers, and which we have been using successfully with Orson.

Pure Training Treats
Training Treats
Training Treats
Training Treats

Treat Pouches

This section shows two types of practical treat pouches. The first one is made of silicon and it’s great for ‘messier’ treats such as JR Pate, cheese, or cooked meat. You can clip it onto your belt or the rim of your trousers. It’s easy to get your hand into it to grab a treat, and it closes automatically due to magnetic closing.

The second one, made of fabric, is perfect for dry treats (although you can still use it for wet treats, if you place them in a plastic bag). You can also fit poo-bags in the front pocket of the fabric pouch.

Treat pouches
High Visibility Collar
High Visibility Collar
Treat Pouch
Treat Pouch

Long-lasting Chews

If you want to have a content puppy, long lasting chews are essential. They’ll occupy the puppy for a good while and decrease his excitement levels. It’s a perfect treat for the evening when you need a bit of peace and quiet, rather then constantly monitoring the zooming little rocket, who will try to get his teeth on just about anything. Once you offer him a good quality chew, everyone can relax! Here are a few suggestions…

Long Lasting Chew - Yak Milk
Split Antler - Dogs' Chew
Ostrich Bone
Bufallo Horn Dog Chew
Coffee stick dog chew
Camel scalp dog chew
Braided Lamb
Dogs Chews Vegetarian
Beef tails Dogs Chew

FEEDING PUZZLES AND TOYS

Feeding puzzles and toys are great for keeping your puppy busy, entertained, and calming them down. Every time we see Orson getting bored and ready for all sorts of mischief, such as gnawing furniture or stealing things, we get him one of the following puzzles or toys which make him occupied, happy, and much more chilled.

I highly recommend trying some of these out – you might appreciate them especially when sitting down to dinner or a movie while your pup decides to have his ‘zoomies’ hour..!

Snuffle Mat

Intensive sniffing gets the dog’s respiratory system working hard, so it can easily be compared to running. You’ll see your puppy much more relaxed and naturally tired after a sniffing session. So, getting a Snuffle Mat is a wise move for sure.

One of our favourite games with Orson is to start hiding small pieces of dried sausage into the creases of his snuffle mat. He starts sniffing frantically, trying to keep up with me hiding more and more pieces. After a while, I can leave him to his deep explorations of the snuffle mat. He’ll be entertained for a good while and this activity will both satisfy him and tire him out, thanks to all the intense sniffing.

Snuffle Mat
Snuffle Mat
Snuffle Mat
Snuffle Mat for Dogs Tropical Design
Snuffle Mat for Dogs Tropical Design
Snuffle Mat for Dogs Tropical Design

Licki Mat

The Licki Mat is our next favourite. You can spread food over the mat which will settle in the mat’s surface; this will slow the feeding process and get your puppy entertained for longer. It is a very relaxing activity, great for relieving anxiety (which is particularly important during your puppy’s first days in the new home).

You can spread yogurt, peanut butter, purées, spreads, wet food etc. I have two of these mats and often freeze them (I fold the mat in half and stick it in a plastic bag before putting it in the freezer). With frozen food, your puppy’s Licki Mat session will last several times longer.

Licki Mat
Licki Mat
Licki Mat

Tasty Tips for the Licki Mat

If you are short of time and cannot prepare your own pastes or spreads for the Licki Mat, here are a few ideas. For example, you can spread peanut butter for dogs or the Kong Easy Treat paste over the Licki Mat, and then sprinkle it with the Licki Mat sprinkles.

Peanut butter for dogs
Kong Paste
Lickimat Sprinkles

Other Feeding Puzzles and Toys

Here are some more suggested toys that will make your puppy’s feeding experience more fun. You can fill the Dog Tornado (the yellow and blue rotating bone) with any kind of treats, dry or wet, and see how fast he will uncover all the compartments.

You could also try the ‘Twister’ puzzle (blue and purple). Although it’s marked as ‘advanced skill level’, you can set it up so it’s easy for the puppy to find the treats, and when he’s figured out how to get them out, you can increase the difficulty level.

One of the most popular treat dispensers is Kong (the red hollow ‘bell’). You can fill it with dry food or wet food (or the tasty tips in the section above), and you can also freeze it to make the fun last longer. I have several Kongs for Orson in the freezer, so the next one is always ready when he finishes the first one!

The Tomato Pouch is great for hiding dry treats, such as kibble or pieces of dried sausage.

Unroll it, hide the treats in the small pockets, roll it back again (it will hold together with Velcro) and then enjoy watching your doggie having fun with it.

Dog tornado feeding toy
The Dog Tornado
Twister Puzzle
Twister Puzzle
Kong - functions
Kong
Fun feeding pouch
Tomato pouch puzzle

TOYS

This section is about toys, so here are Orson’s favourites!

Soft Toys

Puppies love soft toys – just as babies, they need their comfort toy. The following soft toys have been Orson’s favourites. All of them are squeaky, which is a big plus. It is a good idea to monitor the puppy so he doesn’t destroy them. On several occasions, we caught Orson during his ‘surgeon’ game – ripping the toy in the middle and taking the squeaking part out!

Squaky Toys
Duck
No stuffing squeaky toys

Durable Toys

Here are several more long-lasting toys. The good thing about a non-fluffy toy is that is much easier to clean, so the puppy can play with it outside in all weathers. Also, these toys don’t have to be replaced as often as the soft toys.

Banana
Pineapple
Crocodile Toy

Tug and Fetch toys

It’s good to have a number of toys for tugging as well as retrieving games. Below is a selection of toys that have worked well for Orson.

The bungee sheepskin tug toy (with a rather luxurious feel) has been fantastic for awakening his prey drive. He loves chasing it and playing tug with it. The rope toys are very good for tugging games too, as well as chewing. They are made of strong cotton and easy to wash, so you can take them out in your garden for some tug or fetch games, in all weathers.

The ball on a rope is a brilliant toy to take with you on your walks and play fetch games. The ball is highly visible and you can throw it quite far thanks to the rope. The dumbbell is suitable for retrieving games and training, and the red rubber toy is a fun, classic tug-of-war toy.

Agility Tunnel

An agility tunnel is obviosuly not essential, but it is an incredibly fun thing to have, as you might notice in the video of little Orson. (And if you have kids, it’s a no-brainer! 🙂

Agility tunnel
Agility tunnel

HYGIENE

Below are a few tried-and-tested essentials from the field of cleanliness.

Dog Waste Bags

A lot of dog waste bags are either non-biodegradable, or they are way too thin. These bags by Tuff Pets are made from corn starch, thus 100% biodegradable, but they’re also quite sturdy, leak-proof, and easy to close and carry thanks to the handles.

Tuff Pets Dog Waste Bags
Tuff Pets Dog Waste Bags
Tuff Pets Dog Waste Bags
Tuff Pets Dog Waste Bags

Enzymatic Cleaner

Enzymatic cleaner eliminates the smell of urine/faeces, thus preventing the puppy from repeated soiling in the same spot. I highly recommend this cleaner by Simple Solutions, as it not only works, but also has a pleasant scent, and it’s safe to use around pets and children (if used as directed).

Enzymatic Cleaner
Enzymatic Cleaner
Enzymatic Cleaner
Enzymatic Cleaner
Enzymatic Cleaner

TRAINING AND ADVICE

I highly recommend joining a good online training platform that will help you with training and behavioural development of your puppy. Here are my two recommendations. Both of these platforms are excellent, offer plenty of training videos, live support, and private Facebook groups where you can share your journey and ask for advice.

Adolescent Dogs Online Academy

Adolescent Dogs Training Academy

https://www.adolescentdogsacademy.co.uk

These are UK-based trainers and dog behaviourists. I have learned so much from them, especially the right approach to little Orson in the first crucial months of Orson’s life. Thanks to them Orson has grown into a kind, non-reactive dog, very friendly towards both people and dogs! (Not always the case with German Shepherds who, if not brought up correctly, can become anxious, nervous or even aggressive.)

You can find out more about them in my article Do You Need Help with our Dog?

Dunbar Academy

Dunbar Academy

https://www.dunbaracademy.com/

A US-based online training platform with positive training approach and reward-based method (the same approach as Adolescent Dogs). The founder, Ian Dunbar, is a renowned vet and dog trainer/behaviourist. I have watched many of their highly informative, helpful videos and I believe that many of the things I learned through them helped Orson become the easy-going, happy and loving dog.

To sum up, both of these platforms are excellent, offer tons of training videos, live support, and private Facebook groups where you can share your journey with other dog owners and ask for advice 24/7.

I strongly recommend signing up with one of these platforms for at least the first few months of your puppy’s life, as this is the crucial formative period that can determine the behaviour of your dog for the rest of his life. It is easy and fun to train a puppy following a good training program, but it is extremely difficult to start correcting a dog’s nervous, anxious, over-reactive or aggressive behaviour when it is too late in his developmental phase – which can be as early as four months!

Share Your Thoughts

I hope you have found this post useful. Or perhaps you know of someone who is thinking about getting a puppy and might benefit from reading this. If you have any comments or questions, just let me know in the comments section below and I’ll look forward to getting back to you. Meanwhile, you can check our section ‘Pet’s Corner’, which includes a page dedicated exclusively to Orson.

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Are you thinking about getting a dog? Or do you have one (or more) already, and may be looking for a trainer or just need some advice? To me, getting a dog is not dissimilar to moving a house. You need weeks to plan and prepare in order to enjoy a good beginning. The first weeks of the puppy are absolutely crucial for his future behaviour, and it needs thorough preparation.

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Before I got my German Shepherd Orson, I spent ages online, researching various programmes, training platforms and forums. Then I came across an online training platform and community called Adolescent Dogs Academy, and I cannot express how lucky I feel I signed up with them. They provided me with the best advice for those crucial early days with my new puppy, and tons of training videos to follow.

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I stopped panicking as the days of picking Orson up were approaching, because thanks to the guidance from Adolescent Dogs, I managed to get all the essential things before the arrival of the puppy.

They also advised me on the most suitable food for Orson, as well as toilet training, thanks to which Orson never had any ‘serious’ accident at home, apart from a few tiny puddles.

I also started working with him from day one by teaching his fun puppy tricks that I watched on the Adolescent Dogs platform. Orson really enjoyed it and we bonded twice as fast thanks to these games.

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Orson as a three-weeks old puppy

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Send Your Training Videos for Feedback

Not only will the trainers from Adolescent Dogs give you expert advice about just anything, you can also send them your videos for feedback and advice, by posting them in their Facebook community group. I regularly send them my training videos with Orson, and always get useful feedback from them. Here is an example of a video that I sent them:

I made this video after watching one of Adolescent Dogs‘ training videos on how to improve impulse control and make your dog calmer. The training video was a part of their 30-day video series called Calm Canine Challenge, which you can watch as a part of your 7-day free trial, or you can access it anytime if you’re a member already.

A Big Selection of Courses

As a part of your free trial, you can instantly access all Adolescent Dogs‘ video courses. One of them, possibly amongst the most important, is the Lead Walking course. You’ll be able to view the whole course straight away and start teaching your dog to walk nicely on the lead within minutes. 

Lead Walking Course

How to Make the Best Out of the Courses

To make the best out of the courses on the Adolescent Dogs platform, simply follow the videos in each course, do the exercises with your dog, film them if you want, and send your videos to Mike and Jenny for feedback. They‘ll always show you what to do if you get stuck. And if you don’t like shooting videos, you can just ask them questions or describe your dogs’ current training or behavioural issue, and get expert help 24/7.

Other Courses to Check During Your Free Trial

Apart from the Lead Walking course, you can take other courses on Adolescent Dogs’ platform, such as:

Ultimate Puppy Course
Calm Canine
Impulse Control Course
Foundation Skills Course
Calm Canine Challenge
Nosework Challenge Course
Unleashed
Reactive Rehab Course
Kids Club

Live Training Demos

Every weekend Mike and Jenny do Live Training Demos with new dogs, so you can see how they work through common training struggles with dogs that are still learning. You can watch these live demos on the Facebook support group, and join the live chat, or replay them later.  

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Let’s Meet in the VIP Club Facebook Group

It would be lovely to meet you and your dog(s) in Adolescent Dogs’ private Facebook group, which you can join as soon as you sign up. If you do, please look me up, I’d be delighted. You’ll find me under my maiden name Lucie Rejchrtova.

Below is an example of how I get feedback from the trainers. Remember that you can also reach out to them with any question as a part of your free trial.

Adolwescent Dogs Facebook Support Page
Adolescent Dogs Facebook Support Page

Shares and Comments

I hope that you have found this post helpful. Feel free to share it with anyone you know that may find it useful. And, if you’d like to leave a comment or ask me a question, scroll further down to the comments form.

More Puppy Videos?

If you’d like to see some fun videos of my German Shepherd Orson, including some of him as a tiny puppy, visit his page called Orson’s Page.

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Orson’s Page

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WELCOME TO ORSON’S PAGE !

On this page, you will find a selection of photos and videos featuring my special friend Orson. He is a working-line German Shepherd who came to live with us in November 2020. Update – Orson now has his own Instagram page – @orson_2020

Here you’ll see Orson as a tiny puppy, including photos of him in the actual advert when he was just a few days old, and when I came to view him at 6 weeks of age.

This is a collage of photos from that irresistible and often hilarious phase between two and three months of age. They grow so incredibly fast, so I am glad I captured some of the moments. 

Orson’s frolickings in a dog agility tunnel. 

This video is a result of me giving in to an over-enthusiastic puppy who insisted on joining in every time I rolled out the yoga mat..! 😉

Orson’s foraging in the wild – from his perspective. Watch out for the ominous end..!

Orson’s first attempt at swimming! Just a few days before his first birthday.

My favourite collar for night walks with Orson:

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I hope you’ve enjoyed Orson’s page. You can also visit his Instagram page for more!

Note: I train Orson with Adolescent Dogs Online Training Academy, both online and live, and I can highly recommend this training platform to any dog owner, regardless of the dog’s age. If you have any questions, just scroll down the page to the comment form and I’ll get back to you soon. 

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My Music – Recordings and Releases

My Music – Recordings and Releases

LuRay Hit the House

Hit the House (2021) Released with Ditto Music

Listen to my tune if you’d like to get moving.

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Sugarhill High (2022) Released with Ditto Music

A joyful and wacky tune!

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A collaboration with the poet Aidan Andrew Dun, this album could be described as a cross-genre venture in electronica where nu-jazz and two-step collide with dub, hip-hop and ambient. 

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Impressionistic settings of Aidan Andrew Dun’s poems to piano, with early 20th century influences.

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A limited-edition of ‘Colours & Lights’ by Instant Flight, (2004) the best of UK New Psychedelics wave, featuring a very special guest Arthur Brown. He sings on the tracks ‘Kites’ and ‘Freeway’, which he ends with his ominous ‘God-of-hell-fire’ shrieks! There’s also ‘Will You Think of Me’, sang by me (see the ‘Video’ section).

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A well-received album by the psychedelic legends Instant Flight. It includes the track ‘Celebrate‘ (see the Video section) and an upbeat ‘Get Away‘ where I play harmonica, or the divine Gentle Waves of Sound, which makes one wonder whether Marco Magnani is really from this planet.

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The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s album ‘Zim Zam Zim’, (2014) (inc. some of my keyboards and backing vocals) is full of intriguing textures and rhythms, and, of course, staggering vocal range of the one and only Arthur Brown. Most of the keyboards on the recording are by the amazing Sam Walker, but I took over those parts when playing live.

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Live recording from ‘High Voltage’ festival in London, 2011, including the version of ‘Spontaneous Apple Creation’ (see the Video section). 

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‘Blue Skies Opening’, a classic by ‘Mark and the Clouds’ (former Instant Flight), where I played the keyboards. It also features the wonderful Fabio Serrone (bass), who’s very sadly no longer with us. Listen to my favourites Blue Skies Opening, or For All Diamonds to Shine. This song ‘sends shiver down my spine’, to quote the great Nikki Sudden who described Instant Flight’s music with these words.

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Cumulus, a 2017 by ‘Mark & the Clouds’ (former Instant Flight), where I played keyboards. Check out Marco Magnani’s Bert Jansch-esque guitar playing and beautiful vocals on I’m Stopping Here, The Endless Road, Take My Sky, and more.

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A multi-genre album by the Prague supergroup Eggnoise, where I made a guest appearance playing keyboards on the track ‘Leaving’, together with ‘Big Daddy Blues’ Cleanhead Phil.

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