How to Stop Your Dog from Barking

As with some other behaviors, such as digging and chewing, barking is a completely natural behavior for dogs. It’s normal for dogs to bark when they are giving a warning or if they are excited. Humans, however, don’t always find barking a very welcome behavior. It’s not a good idea to try to make your […]

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The Benefits of Crate Training

There are several different methods you can use to housetrain your puppy. One method that helps many puppies with housetraining is to use a crate. Not only can crate training make housetraining your puppy easier, but becoming accustomed to a crate can help a dog with travelling in cars and on airplanes. Many hotels also […]

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Should You Use Dog Muzzles or Choke Collars?

Muzzles and choke collars (also called “slip” collars or training collars) have pros and cons. They are designed for specific purposes. Used properly, they do not harm dogs. However, used improperly, they can result in injuries. In some cities it has become the law that some dogs are required to wear a muzzle in public. […]

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What Is Separation Anxiety in Dogs?

Most of us have probably had the experience of leaving the house and seeing our dog staring at us with big, sad eyes from a window. Maybe your dog barks and cries when you leave. It can make you feel horrible. As bad as these things are, they are normal. Most dogs move away from […]

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What Is The Best Collar for My Dog?

If you are a new dog owner, then you may be surprised to discover that there are lots of different kinds of dog collars. Some collars are best-suited for training and others are good for daily wear. Some collars are even just for special occasions! Your dog could have quite a wardrobe of collars. Before […]

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How Can I Stop My Dog From Jumping on Visitors?

Many dogs become very excited when visitors come to the house. Some dogs even become so excited that they will jump up on people. This behavior often begins when a dog is a puppy and owners accidentally encourage it because it seems cute and harmless. However, once the dog is larger, it can be a […]

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Why Does My Dog Whine All The Time?

Whining is a normal way of communicating for dogs. Most puppies will whine for their mothers when they are temporarily separated or hungry. Some dogs will continue to whine as adults, whining to let their owners know they need to go outside or if they are hungry. However, some dogs can whine excessively. Whining can […]

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My Dog Is Housetrained, So Why Is He Having Accidents In The House?

Most owners think that if their dog is housetrained, he is housetrained forever. Right? He should not have anymore accidents unless you have an unforeseen emergency and can’t get home for a day. (Think car accident.) Yet some dogs do revert and begin to have accidents in the house again. If this happens with your […]

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Keeping Your Dog Calm During a Vet Visit

A lot of dogs can become nervous and scared when they visit the vet. If they have been to the vet before, they may associate it with a stressful experience involving vaccinations, unfamiliar people, and strange animals. If this is their first visit, they may be picking up on fear from other animals around them. However, […]

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Should I Use Punishment To Train My Dog?

If you are a new dog owner or if you have never trained a dog before, you may not know that there are lots of different ways to train a dog. You can do a simple search online for “dog training methods” and come up with literally millions of results. There are a number of popular […]

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Should I Punish My Dog For Accidents In The House?

Housetraining your dog can be frustrating, especially if your dog isn’t learning as fast as you had hoped. Some breeds have a reputation for learning housetraining faster or slower than others, and it often seems to take Toy dogs longer to learn. Most dogs will have some accidents while you are housetraining them and the […]

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Improving Your Dog’s Retention During Training

Training a dog does not have to be a difficult experience for you or your dog. It can be fun for both of you, even if you have never trained a dog before. If you follow just a few basic suggestions, you should be able to teach your dog obedience commands and much more, if […]

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How to Stop Your Dog from Inappropriate Digging

As with many behaviors that we humans consider “bad behavior,” digging is a perfectly natural activity for dogs. In fact, many Terrier breeds and Dachshunds have been bred to use digging as a way to hunt vermin and help farmers. However, most people today don’t want to come home and discover that their dog has […]

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Puppy Training Pads: Yes or No?

House training is one of the first things every puppy needs to learn. No one wants to come home to find a puddle! But people often wonder which method is best. Should you use puppy training pads to train your puppy or not? Before deciding, take time to learn the pros and cons about using […]

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Why Is My Dog Aggressive Toward Other Dogs

Most owners are a little stunned the first time they see their dog behaving aggressively toward another dog, especially if they are a first-time dog owner. If you are used to seeing your sweet, gentle dog cuddling and playing at home, it comes as a shock to see him barking, growling, or even snapping at […]

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Tips for House Training Your New Puppy

Bringing home a new puppy is a joyous occasion but most owners have some concerns about house training the new member of the family. You might be worried that it can take a long time to train your puppy or that you’ll be cleaning up accidents in the house forever. Neither of these things has […]

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How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing

Whether you are a first-time dog owner or you’ve had dogs all your life, it’s important to know that chewing is a natural behavior for dogs. Under the right circumstances, chewing is perfectly appropriate for a dog. For example, puppies learn about the world by putting things in their mouths, tasting them, and chewing on […]

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What is Clicker Training?

If you have never trained a dog before then you might not realize that there are different methods of dog training. One method that is currently popular – and rather simple to use – is clicker training. Clicker training is a form of positive reinforcement. It’s been successfully used for several decades and was developed […]

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New Dog Owner? Avoid These Common Mistakes

There are more dog owners today than ever before and many of them are first-time owners. Bringing home a new puppy is always exciting but it can also be a challenge. If you have never had a dog before then it may take a little time for you to get used to the responsibilities involved […]

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How Do I Teach My Dog to Come?

Every dog needs to learn basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, and come. Once your dog has learned the basic commands he’ll be able to move on to learning more advanced commands. The steps below will help you teach your dog to respond to the “come” command. Start your training indoors. When your dog […]

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