Category Archives: Basic Training

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…

VIDEO: What Your Dog is Desperately Trying to Tell You!

Even though our dogs can’t explain to us with words how they’re feeling, they certainly have a lot to say! As a pet parent, it’s your responsibility to know how your dog is feeling and, most importantly, to make sure they’re happy! By understanding your dog’s (sometimes subtle) body language, you’ll know if he/she is…

Common Myths & Misconceptions About Prong/Pinch Collars

As a certified professional dog trainer I do not use this tool nor do I recommend its use. There are some common myths and misconceptions when it comes to collars like these that I will be addressing below. If you are currently using one I highly suggest you switch to another tool mentioned below. What…

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…

10 Fun Ways to Bond With Your Dog

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Arguably the most important step in successfully training your pooch is relationship building. It is through bonding with you, his pet-parent, that your dog is made to feel secure, knowing that he is accepted as part of your family. By developing a loving and caring relationship, trust is built and companionship between you and your…

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…

How to Train Your Dog to Steal Your Friends’ Wallets

You’ve mastered the basics – sit, shake, lay down, roll over, fetch – now it’s time to train your dog to do something useful! Training your dog to steal your friends’ wallets is easy! Follow these simple steps and you’ll be living the good life in no time! Well, unless, of course, your friends are…

Basic Training: Stop Unwanted Pulling on the Leash

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In order to stop a dog from pulling it is important to know why it is happening. There are many reasons but the main one is because the behavior is reinforced. What this means is that the dog realizes that when it pulls, it gets things that it enjoys. Because of this the dog continues…

5 (or 6) Commands Your Dog Must Know!

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Most training manuals go into wayyyyy too many commands, and too much depth, especially if you are new to dog-training. Many of the manuals I have been exposed to are confusing to beginners. IMHO, here are 5 or 6 basic commands you should teach your dog if you want a loving, happy, obedient dog as…

So, You Think You Want a Puppy

Having a puppy can be a lot of fun. I wish I could just leave it at that but unfortunately there are a lot more things I’d like to point out about having a puppy. Some of these things may make you second guess whether or not you want one. My goal isn’t to talk…

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