Welcome to the Staying Alive course. Since you're here, you either have a puppy or are thinking about one. Congratulations are in order.

The first hours and days with a new puppy can be intimidating. There's a lot to accomplish but it's important to keep first things first. All training and play starts with a healthy, thriving pup so we begin with the basics.

We're going to walk you through preventing accidents in the house, introducing your pup to its crate for the first time, and how to think about the ticking clock of socialization.

Completing this will give us our first dog training win together. And getting these things right will free up your attention (and patience) to begin your progression through Puppy Camp.

Let's get started.