(Picture Credit: Getty Images) You’ve got a new furry addition to the family, and you can’t wait to start training your pup to do all kinds of tricks. You’re going to have the most well-behaved, happy, friendly dog on the block. But hold on before you jump into it. There are lots of mistakes that
(Picture Credit: gettyimages) As the holiday season wraps up, it’s time to start work on those New Year’s resolutions. And since January is National Train Your Dog Month, why not use the opportunity to start some good habits and form some strong bonds with your pup? Training can seem daunting for people with no experience,
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Pronged collars are not safe. They can pop open and fall apart when you least expect it. Your dog is not safe on a pronged collar. My dogs are not safe when your dog is on a pronged collar. There is a lot of judgment on people who use pronged collars.
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) In some ways, professional dog training is like family therapy — it’s better to get help before you need it. Whether you’ve known your dog longer than you’ve known your spouse, or even if you’ve adopted a pup as a couple, training your dog as a team can help strengthen your
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Question: Why do I need a crate to housetrain? Answer: It’s the easiest way to housetrain. When he’s in his crate, your dog’s bladder and bowels are slowly but surely filling up. Dogs don’t like to soil their sleeping area, so your dog will probably “hold it” until you release him
It doesn’t have to be hard. (Photo Credit: Shutterstock) Luckily for humans, dogs and puppies don’t need to pee as often at night, so you don’t need to wake up every hour for a bathroom break. But you will want to follow a modified version of the housetraining routine. Try this plan for getting your
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) You’ve probably heard about dominance training. It’s a popular form of training that says dogs need you to be the dominant “alpha dog” or pack leader. Dominance training would have you believe that your pup is in a constant struggle with you to become top dog, and you need to teach
Puppy needs a safe place to play. (Photo Credit: Shutterstock)Set up a puppy playroom: 0-6 months and up Overview While housetraining, there’ll be plenty of times you can’t be around. For those long stretches while you’re at work or school, your dog will need a bigger space than a crate in which she can rest,
*WARNING: Children should be taught to never hug a dog they are not familiar with. Dogs who don’t know you, may see a hug as a threat. It is the cause of many dog bites every year. So with that said, let’s talk about how to train your dog to give hugs. You’ve probably seen
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Training is usually a great thing for dogs. It keeps them well-behaved, mentally and physically stimulated, and bonded with their owners. However, too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing. There are several circumstances where over-training your dog can be harmful and even undo all the hard work
Dogs don’t come with instruction manuals, but the best dog training books from famous trainers and authors can certainly help you figure out how to teach and bond with your pup. The books on this list have helped thousands of people train dogs over the years, and they’re some of the top rated training books
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) There are so many popular dog training methods out there that it can be frustrating to find out which is which and what method is going to be best for both your pup and you as an owner. If you find it overwhelming and confusing, you’re not alone. There is even
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Fetch is a great form of both mental and physical exercise. When structured properly, it’s also a terrific way to practice impulse control and consistent obedience. Structured inappropriately, it can turn into a fun game (for your dog, that is) of keep away! Follow these steps to develop a fantastic fetcher!
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Overview The key to housetraining success is being able to predict when your puppy needs to go, getting her outside in time, and then rewarding her for doing the right thing in the right place. This gets her in the habit of pooping and peeing outdoors. To prevent mistakes, make sure