New Puppy/Kitten/Adopted

***Update for new pet parents during COVID-19***

We have compiled some links (in addition to the already helpful information on this page) to great training and socialization information for your new puppies.  During these times of social distancing, it can be very difficult to get your puppy off to the right start.  Below are some very helpful tips, tricks and training methods to guide you and your puppy to a wonderful life together.

You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram for training tips and updates!

Puppy Socialization Resources (Preventive Vet)

Puppy socialization while Social Distancing

Raising a Puppy during COVID-19

Getting started with your new puppy-Ultimate Puppy ToolKit- For at home training, socialization and more!!!

Look for Virtual Certified Trainers in your area:

Pupdogs Training Owner and operator:  Susan Ward, CPDT-KSA

*Group Classes held at Wag N Woofs Daycare in Eden Prairie


Fresh Air Training


The Canine Coach


Do you have a new pet or looking to get one?  You have come to the right place for quality information, from trusted sources, to help you start off on the right foot with your pet!

For new puppies/kittens:

Puppies and kittens need a lot from day one!  

Have you researched the breed you want to get?  

Do you know their exercise requirements, intelligence level, temperament etc?

 Make sure you do research on your breeder.  There are many "breeders" out there.  You want to make sure your puppy/kitten is coming from a reputable source, who takes steps to better the breed and abides by  high standards of  veterinary care, sanitation, nutrition and socialization.  You should always ask questions of your breeder. 

See the link for How to choose a Good Breeder

The golden rule for puppies and kittens... Train your new fur baby NOW to be the pet you want in the FUTURE. 

For example:  Do you want your dog to be around a lot of people and children?  Then make an effort to socialize with other people of variety of ages, races, and in different environments.  

Do you want your cat to be...awesome?!? Proper,  positive experiences with different humans and proper environmental enrichment can help!

Do you want to have an outdoorsy dog that loves adventure and the open road?  Start early with car rides, water time, and exposed to different outdoor equipment.  

Always make sure you start proper veterinary care for your pets' lifestyle.  We can help with that, if you are feeling overwhelmed, please call our office and one of our technicians will take time to answer questions and plan for your first visit.  

Our technicians schedule your first, fur baby appointment with education in mind.  They will walk you through our "puppy/kitten packet", answer behavioral, training and some medical questions, along with our doctors who will complete a full physical exam, discuss vaccination schedules, discuss neuter options, etc.  Your first visit is full of information!

At Anderson Lakes Animal Hospital, we strive to help build long lasting bonds between animals and their humans through positive interactions and a wealth of knowledge.

For newly adopted Pets:

The same applies for new dogs and cats as does for new puppies or kitties.  We need to acclimate them to the lifestyle we have in mind for them.  Classes can help build bonds and increase trust with new dogs and cats.  You may find behavioral quirks that require specialized training.   Your new buddy will change and adapt, as will you.  It's an exciting journey and we are here to help you with all aspects, from wellness care to behavior.  Just call our office!

See these links to help with acclimating your new furry friend:

For new cats

For new dogs

Some helpful links:

Ultimate Puppy- For at home training, socialization and more!!!

Sophia Yin Socialization Checklist for Puppies

Minnesota Purebred Dog Association

Other Training options:

Unleashed Behavior and Training 

*Multiple locations; Chanhassen, Chaska, Excelsior, Shakopee, Prior Lake, Waconia, Victoria, Mound



*Multiple locations including Eden Prairie at Paws Doggy Daycare


You can always visit our Facebook page for tips/tricks and how-to's for training your pets.

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