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For many families throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth region, the magic of Christmas is made complete by the gift of a gorgeous new puppy. If you’re one of the lucky people who received a puppy for Christmas, our advice on welcoming him home will cover supplies, establishing a routine, and the best time to schedule training sessions here at All Dogs Unleashed.

Everything You Need for the Care and Keeping of Your New Puppy

  • Food formulated specifically for puppies
  • Toys to satisfy the urge to chew and tear up items
  • A soft bed in a cozy crate
  • Stainless steel or ceramic food and water dishes
  • A collar with your contact information
  • A prompt appointment with your veterinarian
  • A dog walker or pet sitter

The First Few Days: Establishing your Relationship Dynamic and Routine

Receiving a puppy on Christmas morning may mean that your new friend’s first day is a whirlwind of activity in a new environment packed with your relatives. This will be overwhelming to your puppy, so as quickly as possible, establish a calm, predictable routine to facilitate the healthy development of your dog’s personality and ability to follow your lead.

While fresh water must be made available at all times, free-feeding your puppy should be avoided. Feed your puppy at the same times each day, followed by a gentle walk or time in the backyard to allow your puppy to eliminate. Additionally, you will need to take your puppy out to eliminate at least every two hours.

When your puppy eliminates outdoors, respond with praise and a small, high-value treat. If your puppy has an accident, make no reaction other than moving him outdoors. Scolding, speaking loudly, or any form of physical correction will harm your dynamic with your puppy.

For further help with elimination training, contact All Dogs Unleashed. Our expert staff will work to ensure your dog has flawless adherence to elimination boundaries.

The Perfect Time to Schedule Training Sessions

We have great news on this front! If your puppy is old enough to be separated from his mother, he’s ready to begin attending puppy obedience classes. At All Dogs Unleashed in Dallas, we will teach your puppy to be the ideal canine good citizen. You will be able to take your dog with you anywhere he’s allowed with full confidence that he will be obedient, well-mannered, and friendly to people of all ages.

While companion dogs of all types require training, it’s especially important if your puppy is a working breed. His training must be specific to his innate desire for tasks, high activity levels, and structure.

The trainers at All Dogs Unleashed are fully qualified to train working dogs of all breeds from the first puppy stages all the way into full adulthood.

The Takeaway

Puppies are adorable, comforting, and ultimately rewarding companions, but they also require plenty of dedication and hard work.  You’re up to the challenge, of course, and we’re here to support your efforts with professional training sessions and evidence-based advice on the best way to interact with your dog, no matter their age or stage.




puppy training in dallas

There is more to being a puppy parent than snuggles and love. You have to put in the hard work of raising your puppy to be a member of your family and a functioning member of society. If you are looking for puppy training in Dallas, look no further than All Dogs Unleashed.

Just as you wouldn’t sign a baby up for kindergarten, you also should not start a puppy in obedience school until they are developmentally ready. Generally, a puppy can start obedience school at 6 months of age, but don’t worry… there is plenty you can do to start your pup on the training path before then.

Start with simple commands

You can expect your puppy to be able to learn simple tasks such as ‘stay,’ ‘sit,’ and ‘down’ as young as 2 months old. Starting early helps your dog get prepared for his official puppy training. Your at home training will create a foundation for the animal’s behavior that he will be able to build on during obedience training.

Puppy Day Care

Take advantage of the puppy day care program offered by All Dogs Unleashed, especially if you have to leave your puppy alone for long periods of time during the day. Our day care offering allows your pup to meet and socialize with other dogs and people, while getting to know the facility where they will potentially begin their training in a few short weeks or months. Allowing them to become acclimated to the location before their training begins sets your dog up for success in the training program. Your dog will learn behavioral expectations by interacting with people and other dogs that have already been through the training.

The benefits of puppy day care are wide-ranging. Along with socialization, your dog will get abundant exercise, playtime and walks in both our indoor and outdoor areas. Doggy day care is a great way to treat your dog while you’re training him at the same time.


Taking your puppy for regular grooming early on helps get him used to being handled by someone other than you. It also becomes just another trip to All Dogs Unleashed and your dog will look forward to the trip. Plus you will get the bonus of having a soft, clean, huggable puppy without having to put in all the work involved in grooming.


If you’re planning a getaway to a location that doesn’t allow you to bring your furry friend along, don’t risk leaving him with people he’s not used to. By taking advantage of our affordable boarding program you will get the added bonus of helping to teach your dog how he is expected to behave when you’re away for more than a few hours.

Keep up with vaccinations and spaying/neutering

After 7 months of age, dogs will not be accepted at our facility (and most others) without these credentials, so be sure to take your dog for regular checkups and keep up with the veterinarian’s prescribed vaccination schedule.

By following all of these practices, you will help prepare your pooch for his eventual enrollment in the All Dogs Unleashed obedience school. If you choose to take advantage of our Board and Train offering, you can rest assured that your puppy will be well taken care of during the two-week program. Everything you could wish for in an obedience school will be covered including house training, chewing, jumping, digging, biting, barking, and much more! Best of all is our follow-through; when it comes time to take your puppy home, we will spend ample quality time teaching you how to successfully continue with the training methods at home.

It may be difficult to know when your puppy is ready to leave the nest for obedience school, but with a little help along the way you can make sure that when the time comes, he’s a star pupil.