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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…

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…

How to hous train puppy
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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…

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…

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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…

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

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…

What Does Appropriate Dog Play Look Like?

Watching a variety of different dogs play is one of the biggest benefits. Dogs really know how to party, and the joy they get from play can be contagious. Mini-breaks and Time-outs It’s possible to draw broad generalizations about breeds – retrievers tend to like to mouth wrestle and end up with their heads literally soaked, bully breeds tend to slam dance, some herding breeds like to play tag — however the “tagging” better be Read more…

What Does Appropriate Dog Play Look Like
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My Dog Won’t Come When Called!

Being able to call your dog to you in a emergency is a critical ability, yet many people have problems training this. It’s actually a pretty simple behavior to train if you are willing to observe a few basic rules and put in some time practicing. A recall is a behavior we train for emergencies, not for routine situations like coming in from the yard or for meals. For these situations use another cue. For example, when Read more…

Training down with your dog

I always intended to follow up with a tutorial for training down and finally, here it is. Training down can be a bit more difficult than sit. It can be especially difficult for small dogs to understand, and fearful dogs are sometimes reluctant. (I need to put something to together on that.) Here is a video of me demonstrating training down. Just like with sit, the lure for training down can be anything that your dog Read more…

Training down your dog