Archive For The “Training” Category

How To Succeed At Housetraining a Dog Where Others Have Failed

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How To Succeed At Housetraining a Dog Where Others Have Failed

by Healey Lockett   House training, or house manners are critically important. Soiling the house is the number one reason people surrender pets to shelters. No one wants a dog that constantly makes a mess in the house.   If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard a dog owner say:  “He’s doing it…

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Do You Communicate With Your Dog? How Speaking Dog Helps in Training

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Do You Communicate With Your Dog? How Speaking Dog Helps in Training

by Healey Lockette   Do I have to be psychic?   Animal training is animal communication.  While I have known gifted psychic animal communicators, psychic skills are not necessary to communicate with your dog. You may not have thought of training in these terms before, but I want you to consider this concept.   Animal…

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Walk This Way: Transforming Walking Your Dog into Training Opportunity

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Walk This Way: Transforming Walking Your Dog into Training Opportunity

*sponsored post by Dr. Daltons Dr. Dalton’s Tips for a Rewarding an Effective Walking Experience That Provides Behavior Enhancement   SANTA BARBARA, CA (September, 2016) – Any loving dog owner understands that walking their furry friend is both beneficial for the dog’s health and for the strength of the bond with their owner. Unfortunately for…

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To Crate or Not To Crate?

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To Crate or Not To Crate?

by Healey Lockett   I recently read a post by a trainer who said crates were completely unnecessary. That in 38 years of training she had never once used them…except for that one time when it was absolutely necessary. In addition to being contradictory, this trainer used inflammatory language, calling it a cage and cruel. I…

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Food Fights! Replacing Food Lures with Praise

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Food Fights! Replacing Food Lures with Praise

by Catherine Steinke, CPDT-KA Last week I broached the topic of motivating your dog by using a food reward, and when your dog knows you have treats in your hand, it is basically luring your dog to do a behavior. Many trainers begin teaching a dog new behavior by showing him a treat and then letting the…

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How to Be the Best Possible Pet Parent

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How to Be the Best Possible Pet Parent

By Christina Russell, President of Camp Bow Wow   Educate children on how to interact with your dog properly – If you have children, teach them the proper way to interact with your dog. Most bites occur with kids under 12 years old, but education is the best form of prevention. Educating yourself, as well…

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Making The Best Of Playtime With Your Dog

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Making The Best Of Playtime With Your Dog

By Aly DelaCoeur Playtime with your dog is very important for many reasons.  It is a time for exercise, bonding and just plain fun.  Below are all of my tips for you to keep in mind about playing with your dog. 1. First tip is to remember that all dogs have different play styles. Some dogs…

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Teaching Good, Better, Best

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Teaching Good, Better, Best

by Catherine Steinke, CPDT-KA Last week I used the example of motivating with food to get your dog to look at you, move toward you and finally seek you when hidden. You’ll want to practice that game many times, so that your dog is highly inspired to find you. It’s pretty important that those early…

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Are you Unintentionally Creating Anxiety in Your Dog?

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Are you Unintentionally Creating Anxiety in Your Dog?

by Peggy Swager Does your dog whine a lot? Does he or she chew excessively, even though the puppy years are over? Your dog may be suffering from anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. It often is a result of stress gone awry. Unfortunately, as dog owners, we can unintentionally become…

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2 Better Ways to Teach “Sit”

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2 Better Ways to Teach “Sit”

by Danielle Haywood Your dog sitting nicely can be immensely helpful for you when you are getting ready to leash them up to go for a walk, when you’re filling up their food-dispensing toy, or when you need them to sit still so you can towel off the rain. It’s also safer for your dog…

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