Dog training builds relationships

Hi there! I want to share with you an amazing story about Eric and his dog. And how is important training to build relationships: Buddha was an adult when we adopted him. He wasn’t fully house-trained and had no notion of using a crate. He was very agreeable around both people and dogs, but there was always an undercurrent of independence and, to use that word again, aloofness to him. Any physical affection was brief Read more…

Should I Crate train my dog?

Crate training can be a confusing issue for some dog owners, especially those adopting a rescue or shelter dog. The idea of confining a dog to a cage seems a little bit cruel – maybe even inhumane – but many dog trainers and behaviorists seem to recommend it. What’s the real deal? A crate can be a powerful training and management tool, but it is not always necessary. It is most useful under two circumstances: housetraining a Read more…

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How to play tug

Playing tug is a great way to have fun, bond with your dog, and provide him or her with important exercise and mental stimulation. Fitting it into your dog’s exercise regimen has many benefits for both you and her. Some clients are surprised that I recommend playing tug because they have been told it teaches dogs to bite or develop other nasty habits. Others have been told to make sure they always win because of Read more…

House training

The secret to house-training is, alas, there is no secret. House-training requires time, patience and above all, consistency. There is no secret formula, no high-tech tool and no magic technique. In a nutshell, house-training consists of the following steps:1. Scheduling – establish a schedule for food and elimination.2. Supervision – until the puppy or dog is reliable, regulate his/her freedom in the house.3. Training – when the dog needs to go, take him/her to a regular spot and reward the dog Read more…

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How to hous train puppy

How to housetrain your puppy?

How to housetrain your puppy or newly adopted dog seems like a mystery at times. Puppies seem to have no control over their adorable little bodies (because they do have very little early on) and an adult dog that is not yet housetrained seems to have no idea what you want (because he really doesn’t.) Some pet owners give in and surrender the puppy, others give in and live with cleaning up messes. It doesn’t Read more…

Best nail clippers 2019 — Buyer’s Guide

Do you know where your dog is in your home without seeing him because his toenails leave a tapping sound as he crosses the floor? If this is the case, most likely, your dog needs their nails clipped. This is a simple grooming task that can be done at home, but many dog owners simply ignore the fact that your furry friend’s nails need to be trimmed, which could result in pain and even injury Read more…

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Is your toolbox balanced?

“But I like to keep a balanced toolbox!” I’m not sure how many times I’ve heard or read that one. It’s undoubtedly a big number. It’s usually the end or near the end of a trainer discussion on tools or techniques, and is intended to indicate that while a trainer (at least claims) to be primarily using tools and techniques that employ positive reinforcement, they also still like to use tools and techniques that rely Read more…

Clicker training: capturing a behavior and putting it on cue

Capturing a behavior Capturing is exactly when it sounds like: catching the dog (or another animal) doing the behaviors we’re looking for! The first step is to figure out what you want to train. This is best done not by deciding what you want and then training the dog, but observing what he does and then decided what we want to work with. What does your dog do on his own, with no encouragement from you? Read more…

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Dog Body Language: a Guide

Dog body language is usually interpreted in terms of emotional states: happy, angry, aggressive etc. Since we cannot prove that dogs think in a language, the term “postures” is usually preferred. Some people do attempt to assign more sophisticated reasoning to body language, On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals – suggests that dogs send signals out to other creatures in a deliberate effort to mediate and/or prevent conflict. This implies that dogs think on Read more…

Counter-conditioning and Desensitization for Dogs

A bell How do you un-ring Pavlov’s bell? We’ve all heard of Pavlov, his bell, and his dogs, but what did he really discover, and how does it apply to dog training? Ivan Pavlov noticed that the dogs that he was already experimenting on (he was using the dogs for research on digestion) would salivate when lab technicians arrived at the lab to feed them — before their food was actually given to them. This Read more…

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