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How To Teach Your Dog To Howl

How To Teach Your Dog To Howl

Judging from the number of videos out there, we humans seem to be endlessly entertained by videos of dogs howling. Perhaps that goes back to our fascination with our dogs’ ancestors, the wolf.  All dogs, at least in theory, are capable of howling but it’s those breeds that are closer to wolves, such as Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes which seem to howl more frequently. Breeds like Terriers and Chihuahuas are less likely to howl, but they can learn. But you should know, depending on your particular dog, that some dogs are more challenged by this task than others. Teaching…
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How To Play Frisbee With Your Dog

How To Play Frisbee With Your Dog

If you are like most dog owners, you’ve seen videos of dogs energetically chasing flying Frisbees, leaping into the air to catch the spinning disc and then gleefully returning the Frisbee to her owner.  So you decide to try this game with your own dog, only to discover that she’s totally disinterested! So how do you get your dog to play Frisbee with you? While there’s no guarantee your dog will take to the Frisbee, most dogs will respond to these steps: One - Introduce your dog to the Frisbee as you would any new toy. Some dogs will get…
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How To Teach Your Dog To Play Dead

How To Teach Your Dog To Play Dead

Teaching your dog to play dead is really not all that high on the list of must teach commands, but it’s a lot of fun! And for people who have therapy dogs that make visits to nursing homes, hospitals and the like, this command can provide a lot of entertainment. First of all, your dog needs to have mastered the “down” command. If your dog needs to learn this, just go to our previous article, How To Teach Your Dog To Lie Down, for complete instructions. Also, it’s a good idea to wait until your dog is tired and is…
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How To Teach Your Dog To Stay – Part One

How To Teach Your Dog To Stay – Part One

For many dog owners, teaching their dog to stay is one of the most difficult training tasks among all the other basic commands. To set your dog, and you, up for success, the first thing to remember is that you need a definite beginning and ending to the task. So before you begin, pick what is called a release word that will let your dog know that the stay is over and that he is released from the command. Common release words are “all done,” “OK,” and “release.” Do not hold any treats or food in your hand while you…
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How To Teach Your Dog To Sit

How To Teach Your Dog To Sit

Teaching your dog to sit is one of the easiest commands for him to learn and it’s also very rewarding for you as well. The sitting posture is often the starting point for other commands, such as “shake” so it’s a great place to start when training your dog. There is no special equipment required, except you will need a few high value treats to use as rewards. The term “high value” just means the value your particular dog puts on the treat, so be sure to get something he really likes. A high value treat to one dog might…
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How To Teach Your Dog To Shake Hands

How To Teach Your Dog To Shake Hands

Teaching your dog to “shake hands” is so much fun! This trick is simple and easy for most dogs to learn if approached correctly. Plus, you don’t need to actually pick up your dog’s paw to teach him to do this. All you need are a supply of high value treats and your hand. Ok so let’s begin by having your dog sit in front of you. Hold a treat in your hand and close your fingers around it. Then hold your hand out in front of your dog. Allow your dog to respond however he wants. At this point…
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How To Teach Your Dog To Lie Down

How To Teach Your Dog To Lie Down

First of all a little grammar refresher, as we don’t want to hear about you teaching your dog bad grammar! So for the record, it’s “lie” down, not “lay” down.  Ok, so let’s get started. Get a treat that your dog really loves and have your dog sit. Then place the treat close to your dog’s nose so he can smell it. But be careful to not hold it so close that he can grab the treat from your hand! Now begin to lower the treat down toward the floor, keeping your hand close to your dog’s chest. Once he…
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How To Teach Your Dog To Fetch

How To Teach Your Dog To Fetch

Many dog owners are somewhat perplexed by the idea of having to teach their dog to fetch something. Running after an object, whether that’s a stick or a ball or other toy, just seems to be something dogs would naturally do, right? Wrong. Some dogs will run after the thrown object but won’t bring it back. Others will just sit there and glare at you as if to ask, “Why did you throw that, because I was going to play with it?” Still other dogs will go after the object but then run around in circles because they have no…
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How To Teach Your Dog To Roll Over

How To Teach Your Dog To Roll Over

This is a continuation in our series of “How To Teach My Dog To ___?” As we explained in our the first article, on How to Teach My Dog To Speak, when you type a word or phrase into the Google search engine search bar, Google gives you suggestions for popular words or phrases other people have typed in, often before you can even finish your sentence. We decided to have some fun by searching on this phrase “How to teach your dog to…” so we could see what top ten results Goolgle came up with. Teaching your dog to…
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How To Teach Your Dog To _____. Google To The Rescue.

How To Teach Your Dog To _____. Google To The Rescue.

It’s always a lot of fun to see what other dog owners are searching for on Google. When you type a word or phrase into the Google search engine search bar, Google gives you suggestions for popular words or phrases other people have typed in, often before you can even finish your sentence. So, we decided to have some fun ourselves by searching on this phrase “How to teach your dog to…” so we could see what top ten results Goolgle came up with. Here are the most popular questions: How to teach my dog to speak How to teach…
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