Dog Training

The Crate as a Housetraining Tool

The essence of housetraining is being a good doggie time manager. That means making sure your dog is in the right place (outside or inside on paper) at the right time (when your dog needs to eliminate) In order to get your dog to the right place at the...
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Choosing a Crate for Your Dog

Crates range in price from under $20 to as much as $200, depending on the size, type and source of purchase. Not using a crate to help your dog learn good house manners may mean your dog destroys your shoes, table legs, chairs and sofas, flooring, telephone and computer...
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The Benefits of Teaching Your Dog to be Crate Trained

A crate is an indispensible management and safety tool for your dog. The most familiar use of the crate is for travel. But, it is also a most useful aid for housetraining puppies and adult dogs and for helping to prevent and resolve separation issues. • As a housetraining...
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How to Help Your Dog Develop Impulse Control

On Animal Planet’s Underdog to Wonderdog people were introduced to Brutus, a 1 and one-half-year old Labrador Retriever. Brutus was surrendered to a shelter because his family said that once their daughter went off to school they didn’t have the time to care for him. But, once we met...
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Dog Park and Play Group Etiquette

Several times a week we offer small dog socials and puppy play groups at different locations in Manhattan. These trainer moderated groups are a wonderful way to allow dogs under 20 pounds (for the small dog socials) and pups under 5 1/2 months old (for the puppy play groups)...
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Collars and Harnesses and Head Halters, Oh My!

Yesterday I had a conversation with a client with a lovely 8 month shepherd mix named Addie. She was adopted from a shelter in upstate New York at around 4 months old and her new family contacted us for training shortly thereafter. In addition to typical puppy training (housetraining,...
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Is Your Dog a Canine Good Citizen?

Whether or not you are interested in teaming up with your dog to potentially win awards, titles and ribbons, looking to formally structured and organized events such as obedience, agility, herding and field trials can be a terrific way to set goals for you and your dog to achieve...
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Dog Training Should Be…

With so much conflicting advice out there, choosing how to teach your dog can be a daunting task. When choosing an approach to dog training keep these tips in mind: EASY The most salient feature of up-to-date, modern, science based dog training is its ease. Everyone should be able...
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Give ‘Yes’ a Full Time Job: The Power of Praising Your Dog

An article in the March 21, 2010 New York Times magazine titled “No, A negative word that is doing battle with its positive counterpart” about politics, health care reform and other initiatives is a valuable read. While it was probably not the author’s intent, it is especially so for...
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Ivory: The Underdog to Wonderdog

Being a part of Animal Planet’s show Underdog to Wonderdog has been one of the best experiences of my career with animals. Not only do Ali, Ryan, David and I get to rescue dogs who might otherwise not find a home, but we also got the opportunity to meet...
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