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How Soon Can I Start Training My Puppy?



Different training methods can be used to train puppies depending on their age. Most often, puppies can begin training at 8 weeks old.

How Soon Can I Start Training a Puppy?

 Becoming a new pet parent can be exciting. When you first bring your puppy home, you are likely eager to start training, so that you and your puppy can live a happier life together. Puppies can begin learning skills when they are very young. Many breeders or rescues will begin some training as soon as puppies start to eat solid food. By the time your puppy comes home, your puppy is old enough to start learning life skills and what to expect each day.

Begin Training at Home

Puppies usually have their first vaccinations around 8 weeks old then continue to receive vaccinations until around 16-18 weeks. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommends that puppies start group classes as soon as 7 days after their first set of vaccinations, provided only health puppies are coming to class and appropriate sanitation procedures are in place. Unfortunately this type of class is not available in all areas. In some places, there is a higher risk for infectious disease. For puppies who have not finished their vaccinated series, especially in some areas, it may be safer to begin training in your home rather than at a facility.  Virtual dog training programs provide a safe way for you to start training your puppy without bringing them to a facility around other dogs and puppies. These programs typically involve one-on-one training through live sessions with a trainer,  decreasing the risk of your puppy being exposed to disease.

Puppy Development Stages

Puppy training may need to be adjusted depending on how old your puppy is. Having one-on-one sessions with a trainer is the best way to ensure that you are tailoring the training to your pup’s specific behavior.

Here are some different categories for training your puppy:

  • Socialization: Puppy socialization typically occurs around 3 weeks old and can continue until around 12 weeks when puppies finish this developmental milestone. Specific behavioral markers indicate the start and end of this stage when positive exposure can have lifelong impacts for a puppy.
  • Leash Training: While we may not want to walk in your neighborhood or at parks until vaccinations are complete, your puppy can begin learning how to walk next to you and on a leash in your home or in your backyard. This can start when your puppy comes home.
  • Crate Training: Confinement can make pet parenting easier. It can be very helpful to give your puppy a safe space while you are away or occupied. Many breeders and rescues will begin crate training before puppies go home to make travel and the transition easier. Your puppy can start learning about this when he comes home.
  • House Training: This is another area where puppies can begin training before coming home. Many breeders and rescues raising litters of puppies will start the process when the puppies are only a few weeks old and are learning to stay clean. House training should start or continue when your puppy comes home, though it may take a few weeks or longer until he is reliable when not supervised.

The timeline of when training should happen can be adjusted depending on your puppy’s behavior.

When to Start House Training

As a new pet parent, you may be eager to start house training your puppy. When puppies are young, their bladder is much smaller, making them incapable of holding their bathroom breaks for long periods of time. As they grow, these bathroom breaks can be spread much farther apart.

Consistency and patience is key to successfully house training your puppy. Maintaining consistent training and a continuous bathroom schedule can help your dog learn what type of potty behavior is encouraged, and what isn’t.

Is It Always Best to Train a Puppy at Home?

Training a puppy from home comes with a multitude of benefits. For one, home is likely where you want your puppy to exhibit the most desired behavior. It is also likely where they will spend most of their time. When you train at a facility, you lose the benefit of encouraging your dog’s desired behavior in an area that they are familiar with. After continuous training, your dog may begin to associate your home with being a place in which certain desired behavior is most expected.

Another reason to train your dog at home is to eliminate the distractions that could come with group puppy training sessions. Not all dogs are ready to focus when surrounded by other furry friends. One-on-one training at home removes those distractions, allowing your puppy to focus on the goals at hand.


Georgina Bloomberg, Rita Cosby, Jeanine Pirro and Lara Trump For Rescue Dogs Rock NYC



Approximately 7.2 million cats and dogs enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Each year, approximately 2.6 dogs and cats are euthanized in U.S. shelters annually.

Jackie O’Sullivan Laura Trump and Stacey Silverstein

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC wants to make a difference and T2C attended their “Cocktails for Canines” this week. This not-for-profit  raised funds and awareness to help animals in need and was co-chaired by Georgina Bloomberg and Lara Trump.

The money raised is for a development of the center is a project which has been 3 years in the making. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC is excited to have come this far. Despite raising $150,000 at the Gala, the charity still anticipates requiring approximately $150,000 to get the rescue center ready, to open it and start taking in dogs.

Notable Attendees included:

Jackie O’Sullivan Laura Trump and Stacey Silverstein

Jackie O’Sullivan, Stacey Silverstein,

Georgina Bloomberg

Georgina Bloomberg,

Rita Crosby, Lara Trump

Lara Trump,

Jeanine Pirro

Jeanine Pirro,

Jackie O’Sullivan, Marin Gellar, Georgina Bloomberg, Stacey Silverstein and Lara Trump

Marin Gellar, Olga Ferrara, Tijana Ibrahimovic,

Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff,

Rita Cosby and her husband Tomaczek Bednarek

Rita Cosby,

Judy Gilbert

Judy Gilbert

Judy Gilbert,

Randi Schatz

Randi Schatz, S Jennifer Martucci, Nicole Tufano, Mrs. Moadelovddian, Mrs. Shanoz, Margaret Luce, Leesa Rowland, Cagri Kanver, Nadja Sayej, Marcy Warren, Brigitte Segura.

Jeanine Pirro, Laura Trump, Rita Crosby

Rita Crosby, Laura Trump

Giving out goodies and treats were:

Music at the Gala was donated by Allen Dalton Entertainment Group, and spinning was World Renowned DJ Superdave.

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The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog: “Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar”



The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is excited to announce its newest exhibit, “Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar”, open April 5th through September 4th, 2023. This innovative traveling exhibition was developed in partnership between the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) and The AKC Museum of the Dog.

Errol Rappaport and
Alan Fausel, AKC Museum of the Dog’s Adjunct Curator

“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to display this beautiful and extensive collection of dog collars understanding of the collar as both art and object and how its design changed in relation to different dog breeds and their uses.,” said Alan Fausel, AKC Museum of the Dog’s Adjunct Curator. “It is especially exceptional when displayed alongside one of the greatest collections of dog art.”

This unique show presents an array of dog collars from the NSLM’s collection. Perhaps the largest collection of its kind, 187 dog collars were generously donated in 2014 by Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Greenan, of which 63 will be on display. Fine art from the AKC Museum of the Dog and American Kennel Club Collections will help develop an understanding of the collar as both art and object and how its design changed in relation to different dog breeds and their uses.

The exhibition is curated by NSLM’s George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Deputy Director & Head Curator Claudia Pfeiffer. A comprehensive essay on the history of the dog collar by Dr. Greenan, former NSLM Board Member, will be featured in the accompanying catalogue. This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Greenan, Garth Greenan Gallery, and Mark Anstine and Marianna Lancaster.

For more information on the exhibit or the Museum, please visit

Founded in 1982, The AKC Museum of the Dog is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts, and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship. The museum is home to over 1700 original paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines, a variety of decorative arts objects and interactive displays depicting man’s best friend throughout the ages. The AKC Museum of the Dog is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization funded mainly by private and corporate gift donations.

Get social! Follow the AKC Museum of the Dog on Facebook at @akcmuseumofthedog, Twitter at @akcMOD and Instagram at @museumofthedog.

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Tips for Finding the Right-Sized Dog Door for Your Furry Friend




As pet ownership continues to rise, many pet owners strive to provide their furry friends with the best possible care and convenience.

According to the 2023-2024 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, Americans are estimated to spend a whopping $143.6 billion on pets in 2023. A portion of this amount, $11.8 billion, is expected to be spent on other pet-related services such as grooming, pet sitting/walking, and all services outside of vet care. The figures indicate a growing willingness of pet parents to openly spend to care for their pets. 

Among these services, one that stands out is the installation of dog doors. A dog door can be a great addition to any home, allowing your furry friend to come and go as they please. However, finding the right-sized dog door can be difficult.

In this article, we’ll provide you with some tips to ensure you get the right dog door for your furry friend.                            

Importance of Choosing the Right Size

Choosing the right size dog door is crucial for ensuring your pet’s safety and comfort. A door that is too small can cause your furry friend to struggle when trying to pass through, leading to potential injuries. Similarly, a door that is too large can make your pet feel vulnerable and exposed, leading to fear and avoidance of using the door.

It’s essential to measure your pet accurately to determine the correct dog door size. Measure your pet’s shoulder height and chest width and ensure that the door is at least two inches wider and taller. 

Choosing the appropriate size of dog door can bring down your energy bills. A door that is too big can cause air leaks, leading to increased energy consumption and higher bills. Additionally, an improperly sized door can cause damage to the door and frame, leading to costly repairs or replacements.

When it comes to dog doors for small dogs, it’s crucial to choose a door that is appropriate for their size. Small dogs may struggle with larger doors, causing them to become stuck or injured. Fortunately, many dog doors are specifically designed for small dogs, providing a safe and comfortable option for your furry friend.

Hale Pet Door suggests that their “small-medium” size is suitable for most small dog breeds like Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Papillons, and Yorkshire Terriers, as well as slightly larger small dogs like Toy Fox Terrier and Miniature Pinschers. For breeds with longer legs such as Pekingese, Pug, and Miniature Poodle, the “tall small medium” size may be more appropriate. 

Depending on the width of your small dog, you may consider a medium-sized dog door to ensure a comfortable fit. The “small” size is not recommended for any dog breeds, except the smallest cats.

Measuring Your Furry Friend

To find a suitable dog door size, it’s essential to measure your pet accurately. Begin by measuring your furry friend’s shoulder height. Then, measure the chest width at its broadest point. It’s advisable to measure your pet in a standing position for greater accuracy.

Ensure that the dog door is at least two inches wider and taller than your pet’s shoulder height and chest width. This will provide enough space for your furry friend to pass through comfortably without getting stuck or injured. If your pet is still growing, you should consider and choose a slightly larger size to accommodate its future size.

If you have multiple pets of different sizes, it’s vital to choose a door that can accommodate your largest pet comfortably. This will prevent any potential injuries or frustration for your furry friends.

According to a recent survey conducted for the period 2023-2024, 66% of households in the United States own a pet, equating to approximately 86.9 million households. Out of those households, an estimated 65.1 million have at least one dog. With such a high number of dogs in households, ensuring that your furry friends can access the outdoors comfortably and safely through the right-sized dog door is essential.

Avoiding Common Mistakes

Avoiding common mistakes is key to finding the right-sized dog door for your furry friend. Firstly, don’t assume that a small dog door is suitable for all small dogs. Different breeds have different body types, and it’s essential to measure your dog accurately before purchasing a dog door. 

Another common mistake is overlooking the placement of the dog door. If you intend to install the dog door in an environment with harsh weather conditions, opt for a door that possesses insulating characteristics. This will prevent heat or cold from seeping into your home and keep your pet comfortable.

One mistake frequently made is overlooking the placement of the dog door. If you intend to install the dog door in an environment with harsh weather conditions, opt for a door that possesses insulating characteristics. 

Additionally, failing to choose a durable and secure dog door can lead to safety concerns. Make sure to choose a door made of sturdy materials that can withstand any attempts of break-ins or accidental collisions. Also, ensure that the door is securely locked when not in use to prevent any unauthorized access.

Lastly, failing to train your pet to use the dog door can result in them avoiding it altogether. With time and patience, your pet will become accustomed to using the dog door, making it easier for them to access the outdoors whenever they please.

Ensuring Comfort and Convenience

When finding the right-sized dog door, you should consider not only your dog’s size but also its comfort and convenience. If the door is too small, your furry friend may have difficulty getting through, causing discomfort and inconvenience. On the other hand, a door that is too large may allow unwanted animals or pests to enter your home.

One common mistake is assuming that a larger door is always better. While it may seem like a good idea to give your dog plenty of room to move in and out, an oversized door can be just as inconvenient as a too-small one. Additionally, larger doors may be more expensive and more difficult to install.

Take into account the door’s design and material while selecting a dog door. Some doors may be easier to open and close than others, and some materials may be more durable and weather-resistant. Take the time to research different options and choose a door that meets both your dog’s needs and your household’s needs.

According to a recent study by Future Market Insights, the global Dog Gates, Doors, & Pens Market was estimated to be worth $4.9 billion in 2021, with a projected growth rate of 6.6% between 2021 and 2031. As more and more pet owners prioritize their pets’ comfort and convenience, investing in a dog door that fits your furry friend perfectly is becoming increasingly important.

Finding the right-sized dog door for your furry friend requires careful consideration of your dog’s breed, size, and behavior. Taking accurate measurements and choosing a door with the appropriate size and features can provide your pet with comfortable and safe access to the outdoors while also ensuring your home’s security and energy efficiency.

By following these tips and consulting with professionals when needed, you can select the best dog door for your pet’s needs and enjoy the convenience and benefits it provides.

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Countdown to Christmas: Feed a Kitty



Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions. is excited to announce that your purchases now help provide food to shelters across the United States! With each purchase of a product on our website, you’ll be providing a certain number of daily meals to shelter cats through our partnership with Rescue Bank®.

Rescue Bank® supports freight-paid deliveries to smaller, less visible non-profits that have limited access to resources. They operate on the national food bank model, accepting food donations from many manufacturers, distributors or retailers. Rescue Bank® then schedules and pays for the freight to deliver the donation to a regional distribution center where it is picked up by pre-qualified non-profit groups.

For each product you purchase in the store, your purchase will fund the delivery of food for shelter cats! The following table shows how each product makes an impact.

Here are some of the great gifts.

Higgins $9.99  

Rescue Report ID: 21449631
Age: 6 Years, 3 Months
Likes: Literature   Dislikes: Dogs—Utterly Barbaric
  Naughty     Nice

Hi, My name is Higgins! I used to have a home. I thought it was a forever home, but sadly, my mum passed away. Shortly thereafter, some nice chaps came and took me to a new home. Hardly a home, I should say. Cats and dogs. All in cages…all so lonely. It was dreadful. But I have never given up hope that one day I would again find a cozy place to call my furever home.

New for the 2021 holiday season, the A ‘Christmas Miracle’ Cat Artisan Tree Topper $24.99 will warm your heart and brighten your home with the glow of her golden angel wings! Plus, this kitty angel helps shelter cats know the joy of a holiday feast and the comfort of a full belly.  

New for the 2021 holiday season, the  A ‘Christmas Miracle’ Golden Angel Dog Artisan Tree Topper $29.99 will warm your heart and brighten your home with the glow of her golden angel wings! Plus, this sweet angel helps shelter cats & dogs know the joy of a holiday feast and the comfort of a full belly.  

Check out there other gifts. This is one cool animal lover site.

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17 Fun Things You and Your Dog Can Do Together




If you’re like most dog owners, your furry friend is more than just a pet, they’re a member of the family. And just like any other family member, you want to find ways to spend quality time together. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 17 fun things you and your dog can do together.

  1. Go for a walk or run. This one is pretty obvious, but it’s worth mentioning because it’s such a great way to bond with your pup while getting some exercise at the same time. Plus, it’s an activity that can be done no matter what the weather is like outside.

  1. Play fetch. A classic game of fetch is the perfect way to keep your dog entertained and it doesn’t require much effort on your part either.

  1. Have a picnic in the park. Swap out your usual lunch spot for a picnic blanket in the park instead. Most parks have designated areas where dogs are allowed off-leash, so your pup can explore while you enjoy your meal in peace. Just be sure to clean up after yourself when you’re done.

  1. Go swimming. Dogs love water just as much as humans do, so hit the pool or beach with your pup on a hot day for some fun in the sun. Just be sure to keep an eye on them at all times and never leave them unsupervised around water.

  1. Take a trip to the dog park. The dog park is the perfect place to socialize shy pups or tire out hyperactive ones. And bonus, you might even make some new friends yourself.

  1. Bath your dog. This one might not sound like fun, but your dog will love getting clean (and you’ll love the ensuing cuddles). Just be sure to use dog-specific shampoo and avoid getting any water in their ears.

  1. Go hiking. If you and your dog are the outdoor types, consider going for a hike together. There are plenty of trails across the country that are dog-friendly, so you can explore to your heart’s content. Just be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for both of you.

  1. Have a movie night. Curl up on the couch with your furry friend and enjoy a movie night. Pop some popcorn, grab some blankets, and snuggle up for a cozy evening.

  1. Make homemade dog treats. Dogs love treats, so why not make your own? There are tons of easy recipes online that use healthy ingredients so you can feel good about giving them to your pup. Plus, they’ll love the extra attention.

  1. Go on a road trip. Road trips are even more fun when you have a furry friend along for the ride. Plan out some dog-friendly stops along the way and enjoy quality time together in the car. For long adventures remember to utilize a dog carrier for added comfort during transport.

  1. Visit a dog-friendly brewery or winery. More and more breweries and wineries are becoming pet-friendly, so take advantage of it and bring your pup along for a taste test. Just be sure to keep them well-behaved and on a leash at all times.

  1. Attend a dog show or other pet-friendly event. There are all sorts of events that welcome dogs, from agility competitions to obedience trials. And even if you’re not interested in participating, it’s still fun to watch.

  1. Go camping. Camping is a great way to bond with your dog and connect with nature. Just be sure to do your research beforehand to find a dog-friendly campground and pack everything you need for a comfortable trip.

  1. Have a photo shoot. Dress up your pup in their favorite outfit and have a mini photo shoot right in your backyard. You can even turn it into a fun game of fetch by using their favorite toy as bait. They’ll love the attention and you’ll end up with some adorable pictures.

  1. Enroll in a dog training class. Learning new tricks is a great way to bond with your dog and keep its mind active. It’s also a good way to socialize shy pups or those who need to work on their obedience.

  1. Go geocaching. Geocaching is like a real-life treasure hunt, and it’s a great way to explore your city with your dog by your side. There are even dog-specific geocaches that are designed to be easy for them to find.

  1. Visit a petting zoo. Petting zoos are a fun and unique way to spend time with your dog. They’ll get to meet all sorts of different animals as well as smells to experience. Just be sure to wash your hands afterward (and maybe your dog too).

From exploring new trails to attending dog-friendly events, there’s something for every pup (and their owner) on this list. No matter what you choose to do, spending time with your dog is guaranteed to be fun. So get out there and enjoy quality time together. Your pup will love you for it.

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