While we are chatting, a 10 week old Bernese Mountain Dog puppy comes running over. Cooper is great, he is tolerant with this rambunctious, playful pup.
“Immediately start the training process. Obviously I am a bit biased, but I highly recommend positive reinforcement. Because having a dog, particularly when you get it as a puppy, is a very long term commitment. One of the things I always say is that if Cooper lives until his full life expectancy, and knock-on-wood that he does, then I will be 40!
“If you think of everything that happens between your late 20s and the time your 40 that’s a key time period of your life and you need to make the investment early on so that you have a happy, healthy, well behaved dog.”