Dog Training

Teach Your Dog to Fetch

The game of fetch is a well-deserved favorite which has many added side benefits aside from being fun for you and your dog. Playing fetch is a way: -To exercise your dog. -To get him focused on toys, which means he will be less inclined to chew on inappropriate...
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The Benefits of Teaching Your Dog Tricks

There are an almost endless list of benefits to teaching your dog a few (or more!) new tricks. Perhaps most importantly, teaching any behavior using a gentle, motivation based approach is a wonderful way to form a closer, more communicative bond with your dog. And an amazing side benefit...
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Does Your Dog Ignore You Sometimes?

A friend of mine was visiting recently and pointed out two things about me; That I get a wee bit competitive while playing cards and that my dog Nora sometimes ignores me. I embraced the former, but had a slightly defensive response to the latter. No surprise being that...
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Teach Your Dog to Hand Target

Hand targeting is teaching your dog to touch the palm of your hand with his or her nose when it is presented and you give the verbal cue to do so. Targeting is a valuable skill for dogs who perform commercial or film work (think of a dog running...
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The Benefits of Being Calm and Quiet When Teaching Your Dog

Group dog training classes are a superb environment to learn about human behavior. Most run for 5-8 weeks, during which time the ebb and flow of the class dynamic changes dramatically. In the first week or two the enthusiasm and anticipation of both dogs and owners is palpable. Of...
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How to Find a Great Dog Trainer

Choosing a trainer to assist you in teaching your dog to become a great canine companion is an important and sometimes daunting prospect for pet parents. There are loads of trainers to choose from, lots of methods being employed by those many trainers, and little industry regulation in regards...
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Teach Your Dog to Drop Items on Request

Dogs are superbly investigative creatures who glean valuable information by ‘testing’ objects in their mouths. Most dogs also find great pleasure in chewing. So, it should come as no surprise that many, even the most well mannered, might occasionally get a hold of something to chew that you consider...
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How to Prevent and Resolve Dog Resource Guarding

Resource guarding can be described as the propensity of some dogs to attempt to maintain possession of or guard particular things they consider of value (i.e. resources). These can include, but are not limited to food bowls, toys, territory, and people. Dogs displaying guarding issues will often freeze, growl...
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On Leash Dog Aggression Due to Fear

A couple of months ago I received an email from someone who was very frustrated that her 1 ½ year-old Yorkshire Terrier was growling and lunging at some (OK, many!) dogs they passed on the street. According to this woman, the behavior started when the dog was about a...
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