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Top 5 pet training accounts

Who to Follow and Why It’s easy – and fun – to fill your Instagram feed with gorgeous dogs romping along mountain ridges or through the forest. What could be better than that? As a matter of fact, if you truly love dogs and want to use your social media scrolling as a way to learn, there are great Instagram accounts for learning more about dog training and dog behavior. Check out these top 5 pet training accounts that are some of our favorites to follow and why. All of these offer sound training advice using science-backed positive reinforcement training…

Puppy Behaviors to Look Out For

Bringing home a puppy is a time of joy and apprehension! When I brought my new puppy home a few weeks ago, I spent a lot of time and energy scrutinizing his every move. Was this behavior normal? Would he grow up to be a happy, confident dog? Did I need to worry about anything? What are the behaviors to look out for in a new puppy? It was exhausting. There are certain problem behaviors that are incredibly common and normal puppy behavior: chewing, crying when alone, having potty accidents, and biting at hands, to name a few. But there…

Why You Should Use a Dog Trainer

Even when there are no behavioral issues. Most Americans don’t hire a dog trainer until things have gotten out of hand with their dogs. Unfortunately, this makes things harder in the long run because it’s far easier to prevent a problem than it is to fix one. @stormtheaussheperd In fact, studies show that using a dog trainer and/or attending puppy classes can help puppies stay in their homes and are more trainable as adults. Why you should use a dog trainer when your dog is just a puppy or a newly adopted adult? Because it can help you with the…

Easy Potty Training for a Puppy

Phew. Easy potty training for a puppy. Is there such a thing? It can be an enormous task, one that seasoned dog-owners often seem to forget from their own early days. But it’s actually surprising how many adult dogs still struggle with the issue. To make your life easier now and in the future – and your puppy’s life, too – there are some key principles to stick with that can make potty training a puppy easier. I’ll emphasize an approach to easy potty training that will (hopefully) keep you from going crazy and troubleshoot some common issues. Consistency This is…

Puppy Training Basics: Easy Things to Teach a Puppy

There’s no doubt about it. Getting a new puppy is overwhelmingly exciting. Whether it’s your first dog or your fifth, it’s hard to beat the feeling of adding a new member to the family. However, the happy event can quickly become just plain overwhelming. Much like a baby, new puppies don’t come with an owner’s manual. Thankfully, there’s a wealth of knowledge out there and some easy puppy training basics to get you started. Plenty of people have navigated puppyhood before! Simple Tips to Keep in Mind Before you jump right into training your pup, take a deep breath. It…

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…

Tips for Training a Puppy Not to Chew

Getting a puppy is exciting and rewarding, but it can come with a few sacrifices, one of which might be your favorite pair of shoes if you’re not careful. Puppy chewing is so common, but you don’t have to resign yourself to years of gnawed-on furniture and lost footwear. Why Do Puppies Chew? They do it for the same reasons human babies chew: teething and exploration. Chewing helps the teeth come through and makes their gums feel better; meanwhile, putting things in their mouths is how they get to know the world. Of course, your dog will continue to chew…

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad When Crate Training Your Puppy

Puppies are little forces of nature…chewing wires and knocking trash cans over just so they can shred the tissue paper inside of it. At some point, you have to leave the house, and you’ll be faced with the thought of leaving them alone in a room. For those of us who don’t want their shoes chewed up, choosing to crate train your puppy while you’re away seems to be a reasonable option. If you’re like me, the first time you hear your puppy whimper in their crate an overwhelming guilt will come over you. We know – it’s the hardest part…