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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…

5 Dog Training Games

Training your dog basic skills doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, there’s no reason that your dog needs to know that “come” or “stay” isn’t a fun trick! These dog training games teach your dogs valuable life skills like patience and focus at home or on the road. @samoyedmerlin It’s Your Choice Some dog training games, like this one, teach patience and impulse control around food and toysPlace a few treats in your hand and place your hand above your dog’s head.Keep your hand closed as your dog sniffs, nibbles, or paws at your hand. If he doesn’t stop…

Tips From a Dog Trainer On How to Socialize a Dog

While many new dog owners know that they should socialize their dog, there’s a lot of confusion as to what that means. Many well-meaning new pet parents try to socialize their dog by bringing their dog to the dog park, brewery, or park. But that’s not really socialization. So what is socialization? Socializing a dog is about more than just exposing your dog to strange people, places, dogs, and things. It’s also about teaching your dog how to behave politely around them. For most of us, our ultimate goal is a dog who confidently and calmly ignores (or maybe greets…

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…

Benefits of Dog Training With a Gate

The vast majority of dog owners consider their pups to be part of the family (ranging from 75% to 95%, depending on the study). But our dogs don’t always understand all the rules of human society – no chewing on furniture, no jumping up on guests, no peeing in the corner. It’s our job as the big-brained primates to help teach them how to behave in our homes. There are many benefits to dog training with a pet gate and gates can be incredibly helpful for many different training task. @girlplusbulldogs Most new puppy owners start out using a crate…

Crate Training

How crates can be used when training a dog? Crates are incredibly useful tools for dog training – but we often forget that they’re an option. If your crate is gathering dust now that your puppy is potty trained, you might be under-using it. Crate training can be used as part of the training plan for many common behavior problems. Issues like jumping on guests or growling around the food bowl are perfect examples. Of course, it’s always important to make sure that your dog is getting plenty of time out of the crate with the family. If your dog…

How can a walk help with dog training?

Most dog owners understand how important it is to take their dogs outside for daily walks. However, plain old walks – just marching your dog around the block on a short leash – don’t really cut it for many dogs. They’re boring, they’re too short, and they don’t allow enough freedom. So, can a walk help with dog training?Of course, many of our dogs would love a 1-2 hour hike in nature every day. But that’s simply not a reality for many of us. Whether we don’t have the time, live too far from nature, or simply don’t want to…

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…

Best Practices for Dog Obedience Training: How to Discipline a Dog with Unwanted Behaviors

I’m going to let you in on a secret with dog obedience training or really any dog training methods in general. We all have things we want to change about our dog. Heck, we all have things we want to change about ourselves. But for unsuspecting owners, attempts to discipline their animal’s bad behaviors can quickly turn into a big screaming match that leaves everyone feeling worse for wear. I’m going to suggest a different way of looking at things, one that will allow you to change your dog’s behaviors rather than passively reprimanding them. Stick with me for some…

Senior Dog Training – Is it too late?

It can happen to any pet owner: suddenly (or so it seems), we find ourselves with an older pet. Maybe we adopted a rescue or our long-time family dog has aged, as we all do. Another common situation? Our dog is no longer a puppy, yet he still has serious behavioral issues. We may begin to ask ourselves, is it too late for training? So, is it Too Late? The simple answer is no! Of course, you can teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, in many ways it can be similar to traininga stubborn dog of any age. The Impact…