Dogs and Doorway Etiquette

Politeness matters in all manner of daily life. Considering that we walk through doorways with our dogs many times each day, this is a location where we should focus our attention to help our dogs learn how to do so in a safe and mannerly fashion. Teaching your dog...
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Dog Crate Safety Tips

The usefulness of a crate to help your dog learn to be mannerly (and eventually enjoy as much freedom as is safe and reasonable) knows no bounds. Once you have chosen the appropriate crate, be sure to consider these crate safety tips before introducing your dog to his new...
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Make a New Year’s Resolution for You and Your Dog

As a professional dog trainer I am quite often asked if there was just one bit of advice I could offer to pet parents, what would it be? My response is usually along the lines of encouraging people to focus on management to set their dogs up for success....
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Is Your Dog a Jumping Bean?

There are so many doggie ‘misdeeds’ that are unintentionally taught by people. Of these, one of the most commonly complained about is jumping up on people to say hello. There is a wide variety of dog jumping styles; the least egregious is the little dog who trots over and...
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Tips for Safe and Mannerly Walks with Your Dog

Having the pleasure of sharing my life with two dogs of vastly different size and type has provided me with an opportunity to see the dog world from varying perspectives. My dog Nora is a 10-pound, scruffy, little terrier with a jaunty spring to her step and an almost...
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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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