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How To Train a Dog Not to Bark

It’s no secret that people love their dogs. According to the ASPCA, about 44% of households in the United States have a dog. Our furry friends are such an integral part of our household, they start to become more than just a pet. They become our family. So when our “family” is talking to us, we listen. A dog’s primary form of communication is their bark. Dogs bark for multiple reasons, to warn of strangers, to show excitement, fear, discomfort, or boredom, as well as to defend their territory. This is completely natural and it’s good your dog is letting you know how they’re feeling. But what…

Can Dog Aggression Be Fixed?

Dealing with dog aggression is one of the parts of being a dog owner that most of us would rather avoid. But as a dog behavior consultant, dealing with dog aggression is one of my daily tasks.  The majority of dog aggression comes from fear or discomfort. Undersocialized dogs and dogs who live in chaotic environments are at the highest risk. Many of the dog bites that I see can be traced back to an unfortunate combination of environment, genetics, training and a specific trigger. When people ask me if dog aggression can be fixed, my answer is always that…

How to train a puppy to be left alone

One of the first things that people worry about when getting a brand-new dog is how to train a puppy to be left alone. With our busy schedules, it’s important that a puppy learns to be alone pretty quickly.  Unfortunately for us, puppies also often have a hard time being left alone. They’ve spent most of their lives with their moms and littermates, and their life has completely changed in a short amount of time. Preventing separation anxiety in puppies and teaching them puppies to be calm while alone are important goals for your new puppy to ensure that they…

How To Choose Training Treats For Your Dog

Treats are a training tool for a dog owner, just like a leash is a training tool. This means that many dog owners want to weigh the pros and cons of offering their dog treats when they are training them to do a new command or learn a new skill. Owners will wonder if offering a treat means that their dog will be better trained to remember commands and behave themselves. It all depends on who you talk to as to if you should use treats to train your dog. Even trainers are divided on the opinion as to whether…

Things To Remember When Hiking With Your Dog Off Leash

Hiking through mountain trails with your dog can be a leisurely, relaxing trek or a complete nightmare, especially if your dog is off leash. Without knowing the proper etiquette, your dog could become hurt or lost simply by not practicing the right techniques to keep him close by. In order to maintain a well-trained pet, you need to recognize and integrate a few important steps into your daily routine before you begin your first off-leash hike.     Train Your Dog Beforehand Training your dog to be obedient is critical if you want to go hiking with him off leash. Backpacker recommends ensuring that…

How to train your dog out of separation anxiety

Dogs can experience separation anxiety for a number of reasons, but it is most common in young puppies or rescue dogs.  It is defined as: symptoms of anxiety or excessive distress when they are left alone. This can lead to destructive behavior, excessive barking, house soiling, etc. Dogs may show these behaviors when their owners leave the house or even, in extreme cases, when the owner goes into another room and locks them out. In part, this is a natural instinct. The pack has gone somewhere, and the young dog is making sure they can find him again. Wild dogs…

4 Tricks for Teaching Your Dog to Enjoy Being Brushed

Every dog needs to be brushed at some point in their life. If you have a long, thick haired dog like me, you may need to do it every single day. Getting those snarls out isn’t an easy process, and if your pup is like mine, they HATE being brushed at home. I’ve been on a year’s journey to find a way to help my dog enjoy being brushed and I’m going to share 4 tips and tricks to teach your dog to enjoy being brushed that have significantly helped me. If your dog is one of those special breeds…

Are Shock Collars Harmful?

If you have a new puppy, chances are you’ve considered or been approached about using a shock collar. These devices are typically used while training a dog to discontinue an unwanted behavior. This can include: leaving the yard, barking or jumping on people or furniture. Although shock collars have proven effective, there is controversy surrounding the method. People wonder, does it hurt my dog? Are shock collars harmful? I’ve asked these same questions, so I decided to look into it further.  Will it hurt them? According to Off Leash K9 Training, old shock collars had very high settings and were…

DIY Salmon Dog Treats for Training

Our dogs show us love with sweet kisses, and we often show it back by giving them one of their favorite treats. In the case of training, however, our dog does something good and we reward with a treat to enforce the behavior. In recent studies, using food as a motivator has been proven to increase response time in dogs. This particular study found that food shortened the length of time taken to complete the response to the command. However, this difference occurred only in the early training phase and not later in the process. So, once your dog learns…

Tips for Training Your Dog For Recall

Training your dog for recall is the most important command a dog can learn. The ability to listen and react to your voice is important for their safety and well-being. The two commands, “come” and “stay” are difficult to teach but with practice every dog can learn recall. The command “come” is to recall the dog to your side. Recall is the action you want the dog to do and “come” is the easiest word for the dog to understand. If you’re in the process of training your dog for recall, these tips will help your dog come every time…