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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…

How to train a puppy to be left alone

One of the first things that people worry about when getting a brand-new dog is how to train a puppy to be left alone. With our busy schedules, it’s important that a puppy learns to be alone pretty quickly.  Unfortunately for us, puppies also often have a hard time being left alone. They’ve spent most of their lives with their moms and littermates, and their life has completely changed in a short amount of time. Preventing separation anxiety in puppies and teaching them puppies to be calm while alone are important goals for your new puppy to ensure that they…

How To Choose Training Treats For Your Dog

Treats are a training tool for a dog owner, just like a leash is a training tool. This means that many dog owners want to weigh the pros and cons of offering their dog treats when they are training them to do a new command or learn a new skill. Owners will wonder if offering a treat means that their dog will be better trained to remember commands and behave themselves. It all depends on who you talk to as to if you should use treats to train your dog. Even trainers are divided on the opinion as to whether…

Things To Remember When Hiking With Your Dog Off Leash

Hiking through mountain trails with your dog can be a leisurely, relaxing trek or a complete nightmare, especially if your dog is off leash. Without knowing the proper etiquette, your dog could become hurt or lost simply by not practicing the right techniques to keep him close by. In order to maintain a well-trained pet, you need to recognize and integrate a few important steps into your daily routine before you begin your first off-leash hike.     Train Your Dog Beforehand Training your dog to be obedient is critical if you want to go hiking with him off leash. Backpacker recommends ensuring that…