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What to Do about Your Dog’s Aggression

If your dog shows severe aggression — bared teeth, hard eyes, a growl that begins in the belly, and a bite response you’d expect from a trained police dog — you need to address the issue immediately. These [more…]

How to Introduce New Dogs to Pet Cats

Some dogs don’t think twice about cats and get along with them well; others see cats as prey and great chase opportunities. Cats can strong opinions about dogs as well, so be careful in introducing an [more…]

How to Introduce Dogs to Small Pets in a Household

Some dogs have strong instincts for chasing and killing small animals. Terriers, for example, have been bred for centuries to strengthen their instincts for going after vermin — that’s why they’re called [more…]

Adding Distractions to Your Dog's Come-When-Called Training

Teaching your dog to come to you when you call her begins with in-home training — and the help of a friend. The next step is to add distraction by taking your pet outside to a confined area — such as a [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Give Back after Fetching

Getting your dog to give up an object he has just fetched is the trickiest part of the retrieve, especially if you’ve chased your dog for things in the past. Never chase your dog to get her to give you [more…]

How to Introduce Your New Dog to Your Kids

Kids love dogs, and dogs love kids, too — most of the time. Children need to know that the newest four-legged family member may be nervous, overly excited, or even scared to meet them. Loud, quick-moving [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Sit

The Sit command is one of the simpler and yet most useful commands you can teach your dog. It gives you a wonderfully easy way to control your pet pooch when you need to keep him in one place. [more…]

Training Your Dog to Potty Outdoors

If you’re training your dog or puppy to go to the bathroom outside, the outdoor potty area can be a designated spot in your backyard or wherever you allow your dog to do his business. Here are some housetraining [more…]

Training Your Dog to Potty Indoors

You may want to housetrain your puppy or adult dog to go to the bathroom in an indoor potty area. A dog potty or dog toilet can be some newspapers spread on the floor, a dog litter box, or some other device [more…]

Your Dog’s Housetraining Wish List

Here’s a key housetraining tip: Whether you’re potty-training a puppy or adult dog, the housetraining process works best if you think about how your canine companion thinks, feels, and learns. To get what [more…]

How to Successfully Housetrain a Dog

Housetraining a puppy or adult dog is just a matter of being consistent, paying attention, and following your dog’s instincts about bathroom behavior. Here are some tips to help you housetrain your dog [more…]

Dog Housetraining Tools

Before you can start housetraining your puppy or adult dog, you have to get your home ready. Depending on how you plan to housetrain your dog, here’s a list of equipment you may need to get the job done [more…]

Housetraining For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Potty-training your puppy or adult dog doesn’t just prevent canine bathroom accidents in your house; housetraining also helps you make sure your dog stays healthy. With the right tools and some potty-training [more…]

A Puppy Raising and Training Sample Diary Page

If you’ve laid out a plan for raising and training your puppy, using a diary will help keep a routine (for you and the dog) and keep track of your progress. Check out this training sample page: [more…]

Puppy Raising and Training Diary For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you’re raising and training a puppy, using a training diary will help keep track of your puppy’s progress and keep training consistent. Check out a sample raising and training diary page for help. [more…]

Motivating Your Dog: Choosing Rewards for Dog Training

Using positive reinforcement to train your dog means rewarding him when he does something you want to encourage. This kind of dog trick training is most effective when you know which treats and rewards [more…]

Teaching Dog Tricks with or without a Clicker

As you teach your dog each step of a new trick, you can mark the right behavior in at least two ways. Try the following options: [more…]

Teaching Your Dog Tricks by Sequencing Your Moves

When teaching tricks, sequencing your moves is what dog training is all about. From simpler moves like the paw spinoff “High Five” to more complicated tricks like “Fetch Me a Soda” and more athletic endeavors [more…]

Three Dog Trick Training Tips

When teaching your dog a new trick, keep these three training tips in mind to ensure that both you and your dog have a fun and productive training session. [more…]

Dog Tricks & Agility For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Ready for some quick tips on teaching your dog some groovy moves? Not only can all dogs learn clever trick sequences and active sporting adventures — they love getting involved! The time you spend positively [more…]

Reviewing the Do’s and Don’ts of Dog Training

Yes, dog training is based on common sense. However, you do need to keep in mind a few specific guidelines — the do’s and don’ts — to make sure that you’re successful and fostering a healthy relationship [more…]

Controlling Your Dog with the Sit and Down Commands

When you think of dog training or obedience, the first two commands that probably pop into your head are the Sit and the Down commands. These commands are essential to making a well-behaved dog out of [more…]

Using the Recall Game to Get Your Dog to Come When Called

If you’re interested in training your dog to come to you when he’s called, one way to teach him is to play the Recall Game. This training game is played with two people, one hungry dog, one 6-foot leash [more…]

Training Your Dog with the Sit-Stay Command

The Sit-Stay command is one of the most useful commands you can train your dog to obey. You can use it to teach your dog not to jump on people and to wait before he can go in or out of a door, up or down [more…]

Dog Training For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Providing your dog with at least some training is the best and most loving thing you can do for him. Training your dog ensures that he’s safe and welcome everywhere he goes and that he’s easy to live with [more…]

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