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Category: Training

deciphering canine behaviour

Deciphering canine behaviour

“If only he could talk.” It’s a common lament, especially when a dog is “misbehaving” or otherwise acting out of character and...

getting your dog ready for a baby

Get your dog ready for a baby!

Congratulations – you’re having a baby! Have you told your dog yet? Now is the time to start preparing your pup for the arrival of your...

Is virtual dog training for you?

Melinda adopted Reepo from a rescue group. The energetic German shepherd/blue heeler mix was high energy, demanding, playful and sometimes...

taming your dog's barking

Taming your dog’s barking

Ding dong! Chaos erupts as Molly skids barking down the hallway to get to the door before her human, Pat. “She’s such a sweet dog, but...

training deaf dogs

Sign language for training deaf dogs

Each year, many dogs are surrendered to shelters because they’re deaf. Unfortunately, few will find forever homes. But people who train...

Integrating dogs & kids together

An article called, “The One Thing No One Tells You Before You Have Kids: Don’t Get A Dog,” was released on Slate this week. In the...

does your dog have separation anxiety?

Helping your dog’s separation anxiety

Sue was happy to be back at work after a long hiatus. During her time off, she adopted a sweet Labrador puppy who filled her days with...

how to handle face licking in dog

How to handle face licking in dogs

Like a lot of dog guardians, you might worry about how your companion is going to behave with your visitors, especially if some of them...

dog brain

Tips for the best dog brain

Ever wonder why your dog goes crazy when you say “Want to go outside?” or “Want to play?” It’s because the three things he loves...

dealing with dog fights

Dealing with dog fights

Dealing with a dog that attacks other canines can be frightening and stressful. Follow these 5 principles to help avoid or defuse dog...

housetraining your new puppy

Housetraining your dog

Before starting the housetraining process, it is important to realize that from the perspective of new puppies or untrained dogs, there is...

hyper dogs

How the Five Element Theory can soothe your anxious dog

Does your dog desperately scratch the door to pieces whenever you go out? Does he cower and shake with every clap of thunder? Every dog...

invisible fences for dogs

Invisible fences for your dog

Mention invisible fence, and a lot of dog lovers cringe. But it’s the way it’s used that’s most important. Combined with the correct...

The value of physical contact with your dog

Kirsten works at an animal shelter, and sees animals from all sorts of situations. “One time, we took in some young dogs rescued from a...

Are pit bulls dangerous?

Pit bulls have long had a reputation for being aggressive and violent, but when properly raised and socialized, these energetic dogs are...

Does your dog display these calming signals?

You’re stressed out and your dog seems to be going out of his way to do the opposite of what you want. He may simply be using canine...

Using body language to train your dog

Teaching your dog to respond as you wish takes love and patience. It also takes a certain amount of knowledge, awareness, and proper use of...

Harnessing emotions during dog training

Harnessing emotions to train your dog

Instead of focusing on the practical side of training, try concentrating on the emotions you bring to your dog when interacting and working...

Are your walks with your dog the best they can be?

Dos & don’ts to maximize your dog’s walks

Getting a dog is one sure way to get some exercise – or it should be! Regardless of the type of dog you have, your canine companion needs...

how to be a strong leader for your dog

How to be a positive leader for your dog

Leadership is defined as the ability to guide, direct or influence. Nowhere in the definition does it mention domination, intimidation or...

understanding your dog's barking

Understanding your dog’s barking

Barking dogs in themselves are not the problem. The problem is when, where, and how long the dog barks. Dogs bark because Mother Nature...

animal communication

Can animal communication help your pet?

Take a look at how animal communication can help dogs and cats overcome behavioural issues. Shayne is a five-year-old female American...

solutions for digging dogs

My dog won’t stop digging!

Q. My retriever has been digging excessively, and my lawn is starting to look like I have gophers. It’s hard for me to be with her every...

training a deaf dog

How to train a deaf dog

At first, Carla thought her 12-year-old Samoyed, Ben, was ignoring her when he started failing to respond to her commands. “Whenever I...

tips for successful dog training

Top 10 tips for successful dog training

Successful training depends on your skills as well as your dog’s health, history, daily routine, diet, age, sleep and exercise patterns,...

disc dog

Disc Dog

The bright red disc whizzes across the field. In hot pursuit, the black and white border collie finally makes his move, leaping up and...

positive training for dogs

Why positive training works for your dog

What’s the best way to train a dog? Is it okay to resort to punishment, or should you use only positive, reward-based techniques? These...

dog park

Dog park etiquette

There are unwritten rules that apply in all dog parks. For the sake of all users, it’s your responsibility to find out the rules at...

Could your pup be a therapy dog?

Could your pup be a therapy dog?

Could your pup be a therapy dog? These steps will help you figure out whether or not she has what it takes. 1. Consider your dog’s...

body language

Understanding “dog talk: how animals communicate through body language

Dr. Dolittle was famous for befriending animals and learning to speak and understand their language. His animals were happy because they...

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