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What is Puppy Scents and Why is it Important?

December 2012 1204

December 2012 1204

What is Puppy Scents and Why is it Important?

I was writing a parent’s guide, entitled Surviving the Puppy Stage to be published as primarily a digital e-book based on my notes and lesson plans from my years of having my own pet dog training center.  My husband Don was kind enough to give me some editing time.

As he was editing, I saw him writing some notes to himself.  I asked, “What are you writing?”  And he replied, “I’m writing a book for the kids based on your book to the parents, cuz the kids won’t understand this.”  I reminded him that my book was not geared to children, but he did have a great idea that I hadn’t thought of.

He explained that it should be for younger kids say ages 4-12 and it should be written from the pup’s point of view. And since we are advocates for rescue, it should be from a shelter pup and his ideas about coming to live with his new family, getting settled in, training and much more!  And thus Puppy Scents was born!


Our Mission

Puppy Scents, The Kids’ Guide to Puppy Care (written by Don Kaleta) was written to help children learn to help out with the family dog so as to take some of the sole burden off the parents. If kids took responsibility, created a lasting friendship with their pup, then it would be less of a chance that the dog would be returned to the shelter or rescue due to behavioral problems.  Not only do kids learn to provide proper pet care, they also start to see their pup as their forever pal so they don’t give up when puppy issues arise.

Kids learn responsibility, patience, kindness and a healthy respect for another point of view. Roc Weiler, based on our own dog Roc, is an adorable and feisty Rottweiler mix puppy whose love for treats goes unmatched.  We adopted Roc from a shelter in VA when he was ten weeks old and he is our pride and joy. CLICK HERE to read his story!

My book, Surviving the Puppy Stage, How to Get Inside Your Dog’s Mind Without Losing Your Own!, did become an e-book and is available online everywhere and Don continued to work on his book. It was a little more involved, because it was to become a hardcopy book, needed an illustrator, a publishing assistance firm and printer to get it out there.  We decided to become our own publishing company and outsource what we needed to publish it ourselves.


Surviving the Puppy Stage and Puppy Scents were a joint effort in our mission

to help homeless pets and to lessen the chaos in the family home.

Puppy Scents and Roc’s mission is this:

December 2012 1204Post-it-blueNote - roc's Mission

 It’s been a wild and wonderful ride writing and getting Roc’s Message out to the world! From long hours of writing, editing and publishing to school visits, dog and kid events!  It’s been a real joy bringing The Parent’s Guide and  Puppy Scents to life.  We hope you enjoy them too!

What’s coming next?

Don and Roc are cooking up plans to include all his animal friends.  A new book is on the horizon….a true story about one cat’s big adventure in her quest to find her forever home!

We invite you to stop by our Facebook page

and website for more great stuff about Puppy Scents!

See you there!

After Holiday - Puppy Adoption Blues

New Puppy

After Holiday – Puppy Adoption Blues


If you were one of those families who just couldn’t resist that sweet little bundle of joy and wanted to get the kids a puppy for the holidays…you just might be sitting there mumbling to yourself saying, “What in the world were we thinking!”  Well, don’t be too hard on yourself!  I hope that I can help you feel a whole lot better about your situation, so hear me out!

Now, I don’t usually recommend that families adopt during the holidays…I mean, if you’ve got a busy family and things are  hectic normally, a busy schedule during the holidays…is not the BEST time to adopt.  HOWEVER…

There is no such thing as a bad time to save a life.

So, if I were in your shoes at the local shelter or rescue…there would be no way that I would try to talk you out of adopting a dog, but I would lovingly remind you that it is not going to be an easy road in the next few weeks.  And in some areas of the country, when the weather is getting colder and threatening snow and ice…it’s not the best time to potty train.  It’s not impossible, but like I said, it’s not going to be as easy as being able to start housetraining in warmer parts of the country.

Families who chose an older dog have a better chance of adopting a dog who is already potty trained and possibly is already socialized and has some rather nice house manners altogether. But if you’ve gotten a puppy, you may be experiencing the After Holiday – Puppy Adoption Blues!  You may be having difficulties with not only potty training, but chewing, schedules, crate training and a number of other puppy issues.  Try to relax, it will get better, you’ll see!  Here are several tips to help you get back on track.

#1 – Begin now to set up a consistent potty training schedule

Puppies need to go out…A LOT…as you probably already know by now! And someone has to make sure that the puppy gets outside often.  This seems to be where the breakdown happens in families. One person (usually the Mom) ends up taking the full responsibility for the new puppy. But Moms have got a lot to do and sometimes in the chaos, cannot always remember to keep the potty training schedule.  No one is to blame…neither Mom or the puppy.  It just is what it is!  But we still need to get the puppy outside on a consistent basis and make sure someone is responsible for watching Fido!

A simple schedule on the refrigerator door that designates who is responsible and when, can certainly help.  As part of the bonding process, we encourage parents to include the kids in caring for their new puppy.

#2 – See your puppy as a part of the family and include him in daily activities

Watching him, playing with him and feeding the pup all helps to create that bond that we are looking for. It also helps the kids to understand their little pup and to start to become best friends, which is why we wanted to add a dog to the family in the first place. Nothing is sweeter than to see kids and pups as best pals; hanging out together, going places together, snuggling together and each knowing that they will be best pals forever.

#3 – Have the kids help out in the various puppy training games

There are many games you can use to help little Fido learn to understand that your shoes are NOT his chew toys, that certain things are NOT for his amusement and that certain behaviors cannot be displayed in your home.  But Fido won’t understand these things unless he is taught.  As Roc says, “And if I chew on something that’s not mine, I’m going to get into trouble. And hey, that’s not fair. I don’t know. You need to show me.  I’m just a pup.”

Surviving the Puppy Stage, How to Get Inside Your Dog’s Mind Without Losing Your Own includes many games that are suitable for kids to help with and follow through.  It makes learning fun and helps Fido to catch on quickly! Here are a few of the Chapters you will see in this book:

  • You Will Survive
  • Learning & Speaking Doggy Talk
  • Calming the Energized Puppy
  • Puppy Meet Up
  • Who’s the Boss?
  • Good Puppy Manners
  • Learning to Sit, Wait & Okay (this is one you REALLY want to teach!)
  • Problem Puppy Behaviors
  • And many more!!!

In Puppy Scents, The Kids’ Guide to Puppy Care, as one parent put it, “…it teaches kids not only how to provide proper pet care, but also to learn responsibility by understanding their role in successfully bonding and teaching their new puppy how to become a well-behaved member of the family.”  Eliza, Mother of two

Jack Hanna of the Columbus Zoo calls Puppy Scents, “Delightful”!

“This is certainly a delightful book filled with lots of great lessons –

it will really inspire young people to grow up as responsible pet owners!”

So, don’t give up…it really will get better, you’ll see! I have worked with many families through the puppy stage and I really do feel your pain.  I’ve been where you are and it can be exasperating at times, believe me I know!  But there is help!  All it takes is a little understanding of what your puppy is going through and thinking, a little time and effort, some patience and a whole lot of love!  But it will be so worth it!

Get Help Today!


To order Surviving the Puppy Stage, The Parent’s Guide – click here!

FREE softcover copy of Puppy Scents, The Kids' Guide to Puppy Care

To order Puppy Scents, The Kids’ Guide – click here!


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