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Why Yelling At Your Dog Doesn’t Work

Why Yelling At Your Dog Doesn’t Work

Yes we humans love our dogs and yes, sometimes they also make us want to pull our hair out!  But no matter what your dog does and how tempted you are, you should never yell or scream at your dog.  Why? Because not only does it not work, yelling at your dog can actually make the situation worse. Your dog doesn’t know why you are yelling, even if it seems obvious to you. Your yelling, whether over something he did hours ago or even a few minutes ago, is not addressing the dog’s behavior. Yelling at your dog weakens any…
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Loose Leash Walking – What Is It And How To Train Your Dog To Do It

Loose Leash Walking – What Is It And How To Train Your Dog To Do It

We’ve discussed in a previous post about the importance of training your dog to master what is known as loose leash walking as a pre-requisite to teaching your dog to run with you.  But how do you get your dog to the point where he is not pulling on the leash and walks beside you calmly with the leash loose instead of pulled taut with your dog pulling ahead? You will need a buckle collar that is flat, a six foot leash and a good supply of small treats. Don’t use a harness as these can encourage your dog to…
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How To Teach Your Puppy Not To Bite

How To Teach Your Puppy Not To Bite

Puppies! They are so cute with their sweet faces, that puppy smell and their eagerness to play. But those little teeth that are like needles? Not so much!! Pups are naturally mouthy, as this is perfectly normal for their developmental stage and also because they are teething. But while puppy biting may be harmless and cute at this stage, if it’s allowed to continue, it may bring trouble when pup gets older. So let’s do both you and puppy a favor and “nip” this behavior in the bud. You are going to learn to teach your puppy something called bite…
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How To Teach Your Dog To Poop On Command

How To Teach Your Dog To Poop On Command

Tired of standing around in the rain or cold, while your dog seems to take forever to make up her mind to do her business? Yes, believe it or not, it is possible to train your dog to poop (and to pee) on command!  Here’s what to do:  First of all, your dog needs to have mastered going outside, so there are no more accidents in the house. The next step is to put your dog on a predictable, regular feeding and exercise schedule. Then you’ll be able to observe her and figure out her normal routine for having a…
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How To Stop Your Dog From Fence Fighting

How To Stop Your Dog From Fence Fighting

If you have ever let your dog out into your backyard on a beautiful day, only to have him run over to the fence separating him from your neighbor’s yard, growling and snarling at his canine neighbor, you know exactly what we mean by “fence fighting.”  Not only is this behavior embarrassing, it’s very disruptive and can also be dangerous for the dogs involved. Many dog owners are also quite dismayed to see their dogs doing this, as the dog is likely usually quite well behaved and non-aggressive.  Before we get into how to discourage or stop this behavior, animal…
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