Category Archives: Basic Training

What to Look For When Hiring a Trainer

Hiring a trainer can make life with your dog a lot easier. But how do you know you’re choosing the right one? The first thing I’d like to say is that anyone can refer to himself or herself as a dog trainer. Unfortunately there is no regulation requiring certifications. This means that someone can see…

VIDEO: Is Your Dog a Thief? Here’s How to Stop the Stealing!

One thing that can really stink is when you put your food down for a moment to go and grab something and you come back to a plate that looks like it was just ran through the dishwasher. Has this ever happened to you? This is a fairly common problem that can not only be disappointing,…

How to Safely Break Up a Dog Fight

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It’s a skill everyone hopes they’ll never need to use but should know, especially dog owners: how to safely break up a dog fight. Like humans, not all dogs simply get along. Even the most gentle mannered dogs are capable of a dangerous fight when provoked. During a scuffle, a dog owner’s first instinct is…

INFOGRAPHIC: The Body Language of Fear in Dogs

Since our dogs can’t tell us with words when they’re feeling afraid or uncomfortable, it’s up to each and every one of us to understand the language they do speak – body language! Some of the signs of fear and anxiety are quite obvious – others are much more subtle. We very often hear “the…

5 Ways to Build a Better Relationship With Your Dog

1. Keep it Simple. Dogs can learn complex behaviors if taught in steps. Keeping it simple and breaking individual behaviors into steps will help your dog learn faster. An example would be if you wanted your dog to go to its bed when a guest arrives. Firstly, you would need to teach him what his…

Positive Dog Training Explained

More and more trainers are switching to a positive style of training these days. This makes me rather happy as I have made the switch myself. I figured I would answer some questions and address some misconceptions involved with positive training because I feel like there are still a lot of people that don’t fully…

5 Ways to Prevent Dog Bites

It is estimated that 4.5 million dog bites happen each year in the United States alone.  That is a lot of bites. That is a lot of preventable bites too. By doing the things mentioned below we can get that number to drop dramatically. Here are 5ways to prevent dog bites. 1. Kids and Dogs…

Keeping Dogs and Kids Safe Together

It is important to teach children at a young age how to respect animals. I see pictures and videos online often of small children sitting and jumping on dogs, while the dogs have very stressed looks on their faces. Usually it is accompanied by “the dog just bit the child out of the blue.” In…

May 18-24, 2014, is National Dog Bite Prevention Week!

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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has announced its official dates for 2014′s National Dog Bite Prevention Week! Partnering up with the United States Postal Service, the AVMA promotes safety and education for dog owners – and anyone at risk for being bitten, a huge threat for postal workers around the country. The AVMA provided…

Teach your Dog to High Five!

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You’ve mastered sit, stay and heel, right? Now you’re ready to move on to some of the cool doggy tricks to show off to your friends! Teaching your dog to give a high five is easier than you think! There are a few different methods you can try, but we found this one to be…

3 Wild & Wacky Tricks to Teach Your Dog

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Tired of the same old tricks? One of the greatest ways to make your bond with your dog stronger is by teaching him new tricks. Training him new wild and wacky tricks is not only entertaining, but rewarding as well. Nevertheless, before you think about introducing him to more advanced directives, he should first succeed…

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