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Walk without pulling

Walk without pulling means just what it says. While your dog is on a leash, he can go ahead of you, behind you, or...

4 top behaviours every dog should know

Training your dog starts with knowing the most important things to teach him. “Stay”, “come”, “leave it”, and “heel” top the list of behaviours...

Can dogs learn by just watching and listening?

At a small reception following a talk I gave on dog communication, one of the university hosts introduced me to a developmental psychologist who...

How to train your puppy not to jump on you

Puppies and puppy breath are two of my favourite things in life. A happy and healthy puppy is full of life, fun and energy....

Bringing up baby: training tips for your new pup

Advice on potty training, chewing, walking and more! That sweet face, those adorable kisses, that unmistakable puppy breath! A new puppy brings so much joy...

Skijoring in a winter wonderland

Looking for a winter activity for you and your dog? How about Skijoring? If it sounds European, that’s because it is! Derived from the Norwegian...

4 essential rules for the dog park

Whether your furbaby is a seasoned socialite or new to hanging around other dogs, here are 4 essential rules you need to know before...

5 tips for dog bite prevention week

Each year, dogs bite more than 5 million people in the U.S. and Canada. This is an astounding statistic, but it is also one...

Making a splash with Dock Diving

Calling all water babies! If your dog enjoys the water, Dock Diving, aka Dock Jumping, might tick all the boxes for you and your...

Give Treibball a try!

Sometimes referred to as urban herding, Treibball (pronounced “try-ball”) combines herding and obedience, but instead of using live animals like sheep or ducks, participants...

Sniffing out fun with Nose Work

No matter what size or shape, dogs everywhere love to catch a scent. Nose Work, a relatively new sport on the scene, provides a...

Guide and Service Dogs are everyday heroes

Canines can be more than companions; every year, thousands of people are helped by service dogs who offer support for people with disabilities, veterans with...

Stress and your dog’s behaviour

Stress and tension can be as much an issue for dogs as for humans. By understanding what's causing his stress, you can be better...

Are you greeting your dog correctly?

Scientific studies reveal how our dogs feel about the way we are greeting them. Sooner or later, it seems science gets around to answering those...

3 steps to off-leash training

Safety and reliable recall are the two most important factors when training your dog off-leash. Letting your dog off-leash is fun and exhilarating for both...

Puppy stages

Puppies grow quickly, and growing up brings many changes. Your puppy will change not only physically, but intellectually and emotionally, too. As a new...

Solutions for growling dogs

Q. My two shelties (age three and one) are very gentle and friendly towards strangers. They are also well trained and can perform many...

Step-by-step training tips

Bringing a new puppy home to join your family is an exciting time. A time full of laughter and fun. A time full of...

Make your animal smarter!

Adopting a puppy or kitten guarantees lots of love and laughter. It also guarantees some added responsibilities. New animal parents may not experience the...

Top 8 training tips for dog parents

In my first book, The Dog Whisperer, I related the story of the psychiatrist wife and psychologist husband who called me for help because their dog...

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 no good...

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...

Music to heal your pets

In human beings, music has been found to ease depression, lower blood pressure, and reduce the need for pain medication after surgery. And now,...

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 with...

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...

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, and breed predispositions....

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...

Teaching boundaries to your dog

Want to ensure your dog stays put when freedom beckons? Here's how to teach him some boundaries. What would your dog do if the front...

How to interpret dog barks

Barking is an important part of canine communication. Many people interpret dog barks as a threatening sound, meaning something like, “Back off, I bite!”...

6 things every puppy should know

Congratulations – you've welcomed a new puppy into your home! Now it's time to train him... Are you ready to shape your puppy into a...