Dog training is part art form and part science. When you are choosing a dog trainer for your new best friend, you want to choose the dog trainer that is best suited to your dog and to you. There are good dog trainers, and there are not-so-good dog trainers. You want to be certain that you get a good one.
First and foremost, you DO… Continue reading
All dogs are, in a sense, born blind. It takes a few days for a puppy’s eyes to open after he is born. But puppies are born with their other senses well developed. Their sense of smell, for example, leads them to their mother’s breast soon after they are born. But, dogs can lose their sight in many ways and for many reasons. Sometimes dogs lose… Continue reading
It is important to understand that dogs are denning animals. Perhaps there is a leftover gene passed down from their distant ancestors who were wild animals, but for whatever reason, all dogs are denning animals. If you don’t provide your dog with a crate or a doghouse as a den, he will find a den of his own. He will choose a place under a chair… Continue reading
A positive outcome needs to be a possibility no matter what a trainer (or owner) is attempting to teach a dog to do. You aren’t going to be able to teach a dog to balance himself on the tip of his tail. That isn’t possible. And you aren’t going to teach a puppy not to chew. Chewing is a necessary part of the puppy’s development. Chewing… Continue reading
One cold winter morning, two bird hunters were in a duck blind. They each had a dog with them. The first bird hunter bragged and bragged about his dog, and when he killed a duck, the dog jumped into the frigid water, quickly retrieved the duck, and returned to the blind in record time. The second duck hunter said, “Yeah — pretty good dog, but mine’s… Continue reading
Training a dog in agility can be a lot of fun for both the trainer and the dog. Sometimes people will train their dogs to compete in agility trials. If you are planning on entering your dog in agility competition, you really need to hire a professional trainer; but if you are just training your dog in agility for fun, you can do the training at… Continue reading
Separation anxiety, also known in the dog training world as owner absent misbehavior, is one of the most frequently encountered problems in the world of dog training. Separation anxiety can manifest itself in many different ways, including chewing, destroying the owner’s property, excessive barking, self destructive behavior and inappropriate urination and defecation.
Dogs suffering from separation anxiety often whine, bark, cry, howl, dig… Continue reading
Bringing home a new puppy is always an exciting time for the entire family. Getting that new puppy off the right start with proper training is very important to making that puppy a valued member of his human family. There are a number of talents that every new puppy must master, including going up and down the stairs, and how to accept a new… Continue reading
With dogs as with people, some dogs and puppies are naturally more bold and daring than others. When you watch a group of puppies play, it will quickly become apparent which ones are bold and which ones are shy. Some of the puppies will hang back at the edge of the pack, perhaps fearful of angering the stronger dogs, while others will jump right into the… Continue reading