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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…

5 Dog Puzzle Toys to Keep Your Dog Busy

If you have a dog with a short attention span, dog puzzle toys are a great options to keep them busy. No one wants to come home to a mess, so invest a little time and money in something for both you and your pet! Enrichment is key to keeping all dogs busy and happy. Puzzle toys come in all shapes and sizes, but they do not necessarily have to be about finding food. You can purchase most of these dog puzzle toys for an affordable price online or even make them yourself at home! If you have a dog…

Tips on How to Feed Multiple Dogs at The Same Time

When you see a family with a lot of dogs, you may think to yourself: how do they feed multiple dogs at the same time? Many dogs struggle with food guarding or steal their siblings’ food. It’s common behavior, but can cause chaos and fear in a household. Here are some tips and tricks to share with your canines so mealtime goes more smoothly. Barriers There are many different types of barriers used to separate dogs during feeding time. Barriers are the safest and most effective way to make sure every dog gets their meal. When each dog has their own room,…

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…

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…

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…

Can Dog Aggression Be Fixed?

Dealing with dog aggression is one of the parts of being a dog owner that most of us would rather avoid. But as a dog behavior consultant, dealing with dog aggression is one of my daily tasks.  The majority of dog aggression comes from fear or discomfort. Undersocialized dogs and dogs who live in chaotic environments are at the highest risk. Many of the dog bites that I see can be traced back to an unfortunate combination of environment, genetics, training and a specific trigger. When people ask me if dog aggression can be fixed, my answer is always that…