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Puppy Training: Stopping Nipping and Mouthing

Mouthing and nipping are two different issues. Mouthing is a lesser infraction; it's more of a communication skill to get you to do a particular thing. Less pressure, less annoying, but still not particularly [more…]

Training a Puppy Not to Jump on You

Training a puppy not to jump on you when you get home requires discipline — from you. First, you need to understand why a puppy jumps. Eye contact is a top method of canine communication. Our eyes are [more…]

Bringing a New Adult Dog Home

Remember the saying: "You never get a second chance to make a first impression"? The idea works with dogs, too. No matter how happy you are to bring him home, no matter how much you want to make up for [more…]

Cluing into a Puppy's Housetraining Instincts

Almost any dog can be housetrained (housebroken). However, the challenges of teaching a puppy to "go potty" may differ from those you encounter if you try to teach the same maneuvers to an adult dog. [more…]

Convincing Your Dog to Potty in One Place

Having a dog that eliminates in a designated place is a real advantage. No yellow stains marking up the lawn, no standing outside for hours waiting for your dog to go, a handy travel cue to take with you [more…]

Ten Rules for Training a Retired Racing Greyhound

Training your retired racer will help him live more comfortably and happily in your home. In this article, you'll find ten simple rules to follow when training your hound. [more…]

Training Your Dog to Pick Up Her Toys

If your house has begun to look like a minefield littered with toys, you might want to teach your dog the command "Tidy Up! [more…]

How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Dog's Housetraining

Housetraining isn't always a simple matter. Different factors can affect where and when you want your pooch to potty, as well as her ability to learn what you want her to know. Your lifestyle can complicate [more…]

Training Your Dog to Settle in One Spot, on Command

Getting your dog to settle down in one spot is one of those lessons that you appreciate for the rest of your life. Pick an area, or station, for your dog in each room, preferably a spot that is to the [more…]

Training Your Puppy Not to Jump on People

You can train your puppy to not jump on people as they enter your home. (Otherwise, they'll be wondering why you didn't correct your dog's behavior before he made a habit of greeting people with barks [more…]

Dealing with Problem Barking

Excessive barking is one problem that often puts dogs on the road to the shelter. What's more, it also puts them at risk from the people in your neighborhood: The poisoning of a nuisance barker is all [more…]

Dealing with Your Dog's Pack-Mentality Aggression

Aggressiveness in dogs comes in three types (or drives): prey, pack, and defense. The triggers are different in each drive, and so is the management, or cure. Discovering how to anticipate your dog's reaction [more…]

Being the Top Dog in Your Home

It's imperative when dealing with a dominant or aggressive dog that you become his leader — the alpha dog — in no uncertain terms. Use these strategies every day to remind your dog that you're the top [more…]

Training Your Puppy Not to Jump on Counters

Jumping on kitchen counters is a hard habit for your puppy to break, but you can train him to stop. Before you begin training the dog, however, you need to understand the reason for jumping. [more…]

To Treat or Not to Treat When Housetraining Your Dog

Many expert dog trainers use treats as the foundation of their training philosophy, known in most circles as positive reinforcement. Proponents of positive reinforcement rely on treats and other rewards [more…]

Getting Your Dog to Behave When the Doorbell Rings

The doorbell rings, and here's what happens: Your dog runs to the door with paws flying everywhere, jumps all over the arriving guests, and, because all eyes are on him, gets even more wound up -- until [more…]

Using a Clicker in Dog Training

Clicker training is based on the concepts of operant conditioning, which describes the effects of a trainer's particular action on the future occurrence of an animal's behavior. The dog is first trained [more…]

Getting His Leash for You

It's a fact of nature that dogs love to go for walks. Though teaching them to get their leash for you may encourage some late-night deliveries of it, this trick's a real prize. If nothing else, he'll look [more…]

Training a Dog to Undergo Grooming Sessions

When you begin a grooming session, your dog probably won't understand that it's ultimately for his benefit — even if you try to explain it to him. He is, after all, a dog, and dogs don't come with the [more…]

Taking Your Rottweiler to a Dog Park

Keep your Rottweiler on a leash at all times when you are in a park or other public recreation area. Although your well-trained Rottweiler would never think of threatening anyone, many people are thoroughly [more…]

Dachshunds: Competing in Field Trials

Dachshunds are one of only a handful of dog breeds eligible to participate in field trials. The purpose of fieldtrials is to give breeds designed for field work the opportunity to exercise their natural [more…]

How to Introduce Your Dog to Allowable Potty Spots

Adult dogs and puppies need to know where they are allowed to go to the bathroom. Housetraining problems are among the chief reasons people give up their dogs to animal shelters, so managing this issue [more…]

How to Introduce Your Dog to His Kennel or Crate

A kennel or crate can help your dog feel safe and comfortable in his new home, because you're providing the security of a den. Whether it’s a plastic crate, a wire kennel, or a portable wire enclosure [more…]

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…]

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