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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…

Dog Training at Every Age

The essential commands every dog needs to know Whether you’ve got a brand-new baby puppy, a newly adopted rescue dog, or a resident dog who could really use some brush-up training, there are several dog training essential commands that every dog needs to know at any age.Best of all, contrary to popular belief, you can teach old dogs new tricks! It doesn’t matter what age or breed your dog is – training is all the same. The basic idea is to focus on what you want your dog to do, and reward approximations of that behavior with something that you like. Most…

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…

Using a Portable Pet Pen for Crate Training Your Puppy

In a perfect world, dog owners would be able to devote their entire day to raising the perfect puppy. But for some new dog owners, a puppy comes into our life when we least expected it. For me, a tiny, energetic puppy came frolicking into my life during my last semester of school as a surprise gift. Even though I was incredibly excited to have my dream puppy, my schedule was hectic. I would have to get creative with my training methods as I headed towards school finals. The two most challenging issues I faced were crate training and potty…

Tricks for Crate Training Your Puppy With Another Dog in the House

The whimpering, the whining, the barking. Dogs know how to make you feel guilty when crate training. Throw another dog who doesn’t need to be crated into the same house and it’s easy to feel that you’ve betrayed your furry friend by crating them. My puppy, entered our family as the second dog. Our full-grown dog was allowed to roam freely when nobody was home. To the contrary, our puppy needed constant supervision from chewing on TV wires, shoes, and toilet paper. The easiest solution was to begin crate training. I was able to provide a safe space where my…