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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…

Top 5 questions a dog trainer receives

Being a dog trainer is one of those jobs where everyone has a question to ask or a comment to make. Many professional dog trainers quickly learn to dodge the question if they don’t want to be inundated with queries and stories from surrounding strangers at the supermarket. When I’m not in a rush, I enjoy answering many of the questions that a dog trainer receives. Here are the top 5 questions a dog trainer receives and that I’m asked most frequently as a dog trainer. Of course, this is a very short overview of the training plan you’ll need…

How to Train Your Dog To Greet Guests

Even dog-lovers agree: it’s no fun to have an overly-enthusiastic dog knock groceries or toddlers from your arms when you come into a friend’s home. We love our pets, but it’s embarrassing and can be annoying or even dangerous for your dog to be a rude greeter so it’s important to train your dog to greet guests properly. @marandabrakenhoff Dogs naturally want to jump up on people to lick our faces and get our attention. And we often accidentally reward our dogs for this behavior because it’s so cute when they’re puppies! Even scolding a jumping dog can backfire because…

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…

Dog Training- How Long Will It Take?

How Long Will It Take To Train My Dog? When you come home to a yellow puddle on the floor or a new hole in the yard, it can be easy to ask: when will it end? When will my dog finally graduate to the “trained” category? Is dog training a never ending cycle? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as simple as that. The Truth It may hurt to hear, but I’m going to dish it out anyway: you’re never done. Dog training is a lifelong process. You will need to continue to build your dog’s skills and reinforce behaviors in…

The Pros and Cons of Potty Training with a Puppy Pad vs. Outside

Getting a puppy to go to the bathroom where they’re supposed to go is one of the hardest parts about the puppy stage. It seems like every five minutes your pup will be walking around in circles, doing their “potty dance” as you chase after them in hopes they don’t pee on your new rug. One popular method to puppy potty training method is to use potty training pads. The other form of puppy potty training is strictly going outside every time. If you’re up in the air with the best method to potty train your dog. Here are the…