Puppies are so darn cute that it’s hard to resist over-coddling them. But I hope that by now you appreciate the many dangers of doing this. Nurturing and training your pup for success starts and ends with you. You are that dog’s caregiver, so it’s imperative that you check your human baggage before you even think about getting a pup. Once that wonderful bundle of energy comes home with you, your number one training assignment is to make sure your human emotions don’t stand in the way of bringing up an emotionally and physically healthy dog.