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How to Introduce Your New Dog to Your Household

The more people your dog meets in a pleasant and positive environment, the better socialized she becomes. Your dog first must get to know you and the other adults in your household. These introductions [more…]

How to Introduce Dogs in the Same Household

In bringing home a new dog, your task is to carefully introduce your new canine companion to other pets in the household to prevent conflict among the animals. Making the right introductions can take some [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Scooting

You may notice your dog scooting across the carpet, leaving a little brown trail. Although many people mistakenly believe that worms are the cause of this behavior, the real culprits are the anal glands [more…]

Dog Vaccination Schedule for Puppy's First Year

Your new puppy definitely needs a series of vaccinations in the first year of life to protect him from many dangerous diseases as his doggy immune system develops. Different veterinarians recommend slightly [more…]

How to Evaluate Your Dog's Weight

To determine whether your dog is the correct weight, compare her body condition with the images here of how dogs typically look when they are overweight, underweight, and just right. [more…]

How to Correct Your Dog’s Weight Problem

If your canine companion struggles with weight issues, the solutions for dogs are much the same as for humans — more food or less food and perhaps more exercise for an overweight dog, keeping in mind that [more…]

How to Leash Train Your Puppy

Your dog’s leash is your key training tool, so get your pooch used to being on a leash as quickly as possible. Most dogs have no trouble accepting the leash, although puppies may need a little time to [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Stay

The Stay command is strongly linked with the Sit command — you rarely see a dog standing up and staying. So, a more accurate name for this command is the Sit and Stay command. Make sure your dog already [more…]

How to Release Your Dog with “Okay”

The point of a release word is to let your dog know that he can move now and is on his own time. “Okay” is the release word of choice for most dog trainers, although you’re free to choose a different release [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Lie Down

Your dog already knows how to lie down, she just needs to be taught to lie down on command. “Down” is the command to use when you want your dog to lie down in place, right now, and stay there until you [more…]

How to Teach Your Dog to Wait before Proceeding

A dog that jets through an open door, races up and down stairs, and jumps into or out of the car the second the door opens is a danger to himself and to you and other humans — especially small, toddling [more…]

How to Teach Your Dog Calm Response to Doorbells

Even if your dog knows to sit and stay when you open the door, the sound of the doorbell or a knock on the door is likely to send her into a frenzy of barking as she charges the door. Even though you may [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Not Jump on People

The Sit-Stay command is the key to training your dog to not jump up on people. Even dog-lovers don’t appreciate being pawed over or knocked back by an enthusiastic canine greeting. [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Not Beg at Table

You teach your dog to beg by feeding her treats from the table, so training her to not beg should be as easy as notfeeding her from the table, right? Retraining your dog takes firmness and perseverance [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Not Pull on the Leash

A well-trained dog knows how to walk on a leash without tugging on your arms. A dog bouncing off the end of the leash like a kangaroo may be amusing to look at, but no fun if you’re the one holding the [more…]

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…]

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