Don’t let anybody tell you that teaching your dog tricks is a waste of time. Time spent building a special bond with your dog is never wasted. Being basically obedient - knowing sit, down, come, and stay - is certainly important...
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...
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...
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!
Why does my dog chew up our things when he has dozens of his very own wonderful toys all over the place? The question is usually about a young puppy but it could be regarding an older dog too.
Begging is a full-time job for many dogs, and while owners complain about it, they don’t realize that they have actually trained their dogs to do it. From the first day the puppy came home, they have at least once succumbed to his pleading expression during a meal.
Would you like to be able to hear the doorbell without your dog getting into a frenzy? It is a natural reaction for dogs to alert their people when someone is at the door. But you can teach them that everything is okay and that they can stop barking when you want to open the door.
You’re off down the driveway, and Fido immediately starts pulling ahead. If this sounds familiar, then it is time to read further and learn how you can help your dog be the walking partner you have always wanted.
When your dog has been alone for several hours after having enjoyed so much time with his favorite people, you might see behaviors that indicate he is unhappy about the change in schedule. These tips will help your dog adjust.