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How to Choose Electric Dog Clippers

Electric clippers made for trimming dog hair are available in either rechargeable or plug-in styles. Blades sizes customize grooming to individual coats, and snap-on guide combs keep the trim even across [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Come When Called

A dog that doesn’t come when called is a prisoner of her leash and, if she gets loose, a danger to herself and others. Training your dog to come to you benefits everyone — including your dog, who can be [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Leave It

The Leave It command protects you from having to deal with the nasty things your dog thinks are appropriate to pick up in his mouth and protects him from potentially dangerous nonedibles — or poisoned [more…]

How to Stop Your Dog from Digging in Your Yard

Some dog breeds are bred to root out underground dwellers, so recognize that from your dog’s perspective, digging holes in your yard is her job — and part of her drive to hunt prey. [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Not Bark Incessantly

Dogs bark in response to a stimulus or because they’re bored and want attention, any attention, even if it involves someone yelling at them to quit barking. On the one hand, few things are more reassuring [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Not Chew Things Up

Dogs chew when they’re teething — like babies at the same stage, they just can’t help it. They also chew to show anxiety, boredom, or loneliness. Teething is over eventually, but addressing your dog’s [more…]

How to Treat Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

With separation related behaviors (SRB), also called separation anxiety, your dog becomes anxious and stressed when you leave him. Dogs that experience separation anxiety usually are highly pack-oriented [more…]

How to Stop Your Dog from Pottying in the House

House soiling that occurs after your dog is housetrained and that isn’t marking behavior can have a variety of causes, including separation anxiety. Treating the house as a bathroom usually is caused by [more…]

How to Cure Your Dog’s Submissive Wetting

Dogs that would rather run than fight are notorious for submissive wetting behavior. These dogs usually wet themselves or the floor when you first greet them. The dog either squats or rolls over on his [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Wag on Cue

“If you’re happy and you know it, wag your tail!” Training your dog to wag him tail on command is so easy! Catch your dog wagging, praise him for it, and think of a clever cue word to command each time [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Give Kisses

Getting your dog to give you kisses is a real delight, unless you hate dog kisses. You can teach this trick quickly by association, simply saying “Kisses” whenever your dog licks you. [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Give a Hug

You have several ways to teach your dog to hug you. If your pooch loves to wrap his paws around you, you can reinforce this behavior when it’s happening with praise and/or treats. You can also use a command [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Ask Nicely

Take your pick of a verbal command — Be Polite, Beg, Ask Nicely, or Say Please — they all mean the same thing. The object is to get your dog to look irresistibly entreating. Although teaching it takes [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Play Dead

When focusing on teaching your dog to play dead, praise your dog each time you see him lying on his side naturally. After a day or so, add a word cue like “Sleep” when you catch your dog resting and praise [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Fetch

The instinct to retrieve is all in your dog's genes. Some types of dogs take to it naturally, some don’t. As the name says, any type of retriever loves chasing things and bringing them back [more…]

Using Size to Determine Preferred Type of Dog

For the sake of practicality, size is the first factor to look at when choosing a dog. Some people adore small dogs and are scared of large ones. Some large-dog lovers couldn't imagine sharing a home with [more…]

How to Decide between Puppy or Adult Dog Adoption

The advantages of getting a puppy are obvious: Puppies are adorable, sweet, and cuddly, plus you get to train them from the get-go. On the other hand, choosing an adult dog often brings you an already [more…]

How to Pick Your Preference: Male or Female Dog?

For most people, the choice of whether to choose a male dog or a female dog comes down to personal preference. You should consider some differences, however, because even spaying and neutering doesn’t [more…]

How to Identify Sporting Dog Breeds

Sporting dogs — setters, pointers, retrievers, and spaniels — were developed to help firearm-equipped hunters locate game birds, flush the birds from hiding places so that they could be shot, and bring [more…]

What to Expect with Hounds among Dog Breeds

The Hound classification contains some of the oldest known dog breeds and includes the beloved Beagle. Hunting dogs, they can be scent hounds (dogs who hunt by scent) or [more…]

How to Identify Working Dog Breeds

As long as humans have had property and goods, they’ve had dogs to protect them and sometimes dogs to pull carts loaded with those possessions. Many of these strong, powerful canines are fairly laid-back [more…]

How to Identify Terrier Dog Breeds

Terriers, developed to get into the places larger dogs could not when pursuing prey, are not lacking in self-esteem. They know what they want, they’re not shy about going for it, and they don’t look charitably [more…]

How to Identify Toy Dog Breeds

They’re cute. They’re feisty. They’re often quite long-lived. And some places with “No Dogs Allowed” signs don’t enforce the rules when it comes to these charming little dogs. Toy dogs are special. Just [more…]

How to Identify Non-Sporting Dog Breeds

The only thing the dogs in the non-sporting group have in common is that they don’t have enough in common with the breeds of any other group. This category is a leftover from the original two breeding [more…]

How to Identify Herding Dog Breeds

The herding breeds are among the most intelligent and biddable of all dogs, developed to work in partnership with a human handler as the Sporting breeds were. The nature of their work, however, demands [more…]

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