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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…

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…

Understanding Dog Behavior and Solving Common Behavior Problems

It’s always frustrating when your dog develops behaviors that you find problematic. These dog behavior issues can stress the relationship you have with your pet and, if mismanaged, may easily spiral out of control. However, once you examine many common issues, they start to make a whole lot more sense. Does your terrier dig holes in the yard when he’s bored? That’s probably because he was bred to tenaciously hunt prey in underground burrows. Does your shepherd growl at strangers? Well, in the past, it was essential for her to keep her wits about her and protect her flock from…

Tips to Get Back to Exercising Your Dog After Spay or Neuter

Sterilization surgery (spay or neuter) is a part of almost every American dog’s life. Spaying or neutering your pet is a foolproof way to avoid unwanted puppies, but it’s also a significant surgery for your dog! Maintaining your dog’s quality of life during these tough periods can be a challenge. One of the hardest parts of recovering from surgery? Exercise. Physical activity helps keep dogs fit and healthy, both in body and mind. That’s why it’s so important to get back to exercising your dog after surgery! In fact, light activity after spay or neuter surgeries can actually help recovery.…

5 Tips to Stop Food Aggression in Dogs

Food aggression in dogs is a commonly misunderstood problem. Dogs that resource guard their food are often called “dominant” and punished for this behavior. In fact, food aggression in dogs is quite manageable and even solvable without resorting to harsh training techniques. Food aggression in dogs is generally based in fear. These dogs are afraid that someone will come steal their food – so they get defensive without need. Unfortunately, punishing your dog for this behavior, taking away his food, or messing with his food all helps teach him that he’s right – it’s dangerous to let others near his…

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 Dog Proof Your Home

New puppies are exciting and adorable. However, they can be equally as exhausting. These little bundles of joy require similar precautions to human children, and most people don’t get nine months to prepare and dog proof the house for them! In fact, parents may find many child-proofing techniques useful to keep their dogs safe in the home. Taking basic precautions can help avoid serious (even life-threatening) consequences. When your dog chews through an unsuspecting guest’s shoes, it may be awkward, but it probably won’t be catastrophic. It’s important to remember that when you dog proof, it is for everyone’s benefit.…

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…