We’ll Say It Again: Don’t Put Away that Crate! Brought to you by the AKC GoodDog! Helpline – the AKC’s 7-day-a-week training support service By Hilarie Erb, AKC GoodDog! Helpline Trainer By now, most dog owners know that crate training is a key to helping puppies succeed at house training. But don’t put away the crate once the puppy has mastered it! It is a valuable management tool for your dog’s entire life. Chances [...]
Warmer weather is here and you are looking forward to fun outings at the dog park meeting other dog lovers while the dogs have a grand time playing. But is the dog park where your best friend really wants to be? Owners can be disappointed if their dogs do not enjoy....
Petting a dog, who can resist? Especially since most dogs love the attention, too. But there are situations when it’s just a bad idea, whether it’s your own, a friend’s, or a stranger’s dog. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends avoiding these ten scenarios...
Names are very important to humans. We attach important meaning to them, whether our own names or the names of our dogs. But to a dog, a name is just a sound - and it’s up to the owner to make it a sound that the dog likes to hear. It’s easy to teach a puppy her name...
Dogs chase because it is hardwired into many of them. Some breeds have a strong herding instinct, and others have a strong prey drive. These dogs can’t resist chasing anything that walks, runs or rolls, but it can be a dangerous habit.
Your puppy does not mean to hurt you when he nips, but those baby teeth are sharp. But the good news is that there are ways you can play with your new pup that encourage the behavior you want while giving him a healthy outlet for his energy.
Digging is actually a good outlet for your dog’s energy, so if there is a suitable spot (preferably shady) in your yard for it, set up a designated digging area. Learn some helpful tips for that digging dog!
Aggression is one of the most common reasons pet owners seek professional help. But what really is aggression? Aggression is typically viewed as any threat to harm an individual whether this individual is human or another animal.
Keep your pets safe this winter season by avoiding these winter hazards with your pet.
If your dog is in the habit of demanding attention when you just want to relax, you can make some changes that will keep you both happy. He does need to learn that it’s not always about him, but there should be time every day that is about him.