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Finding a Dog Trainer for Your Puppy

Finding a good dog trainer — one who is well rounded in his or her knowledge of puppy behavior — can be a real lifesaver. If you need help training your pup, scout out professionals in your area to get [more…]

Quieting a Barking Puppy

A chronic barker is a real headache. How you handle your puppy, especially as she’s initially testing her voice, will dictate how much barking you’re going to hear over the next decade-plus! Your reactions [more…]

Correction Collars for an Older Puppy

As your puppy matures and your lessons begin, you may want to switch from a nylon collar or harness to a conditioning or training collar, which discourages lunging, pulling, and overall reactivity, and [more…]

Conditioning Collars and Harnesses for an Older Puppy

As your puppy matures and your lessons begin, you may want to switch from a nylon collar or harness to a conditioning or training collar, which discourages lunging, pulling, and overall reactivity, and [more…]

The First Month of Owning a Puppy

As the days and weeks pass after bringing home a puppy, you’ll notice your puppy’s confidence and awareness growing. He’ll initiate routines by going to the door when he has to go out or by standing by [more…]

Understanding Your Puppy's Body Language

Body language is an integral part of Doglish — your puppy's first language. Play, tension, relaxation — they all have different postures. Your puppy thinks you’re a dog, and she doesn’t grasp the “I’m [more…]

Socializing a Puppy

Regardless of your puppy’s age, his ability to stay calm and remember his manners around people will be determined by three variables: breed influences, socialization experience, and your example. Even [more…]

Helping Your Kids and Puppy Bond

Your kids need help from you to figure out how to play with your puppy and teach her in appropriate ways. Teach your kids the interaction catchphrases they can put into practice, good games they can play [more…]

How to Train Your Puppy Not to Chase

Chasing is a behavior that goes back to the canine ancestor — the wolf — who had to hunt for a living. Many puppies still think chasing (people, cars, and especially cats) is a great pastime. However, [more…]

Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby in the House

A new baby in the house can be one of the coolest changes of a lifetime — for people, that is. Dogs, on the other hand, can get the short end of the stick, so to speak. Less attention, less interaction [more…]

Use Point Training to Communicate with Your Puppy

Point training, which involves directing your puppy with the point of your finger, enables you to be in constant communication with your puppy. Hand signals also quickly increase your puppy’s visual awareness [more…]

How to Teach Your Puppy Indoor Etiquette

Indoor etiquette becomes essential as you move your puppy out of the crate and into the mainstream activities of your life. Puppies adapt to new experiences more thoroughly when they’re young, so the sooner [more…]

Using a Routine to Housetrain Your Puppy

Even though puppy housetraining is a project that requires consistency and cooperation, it is, by all means, very doable. If your housetraining efforts are proving to be less than effective, you need a [more…]

Helping Your Puppy Communicate a Need to Go

A young puppy’s housetraining needs can confuse her. Just before she eliminates, she knows something is going on down there in bladder-land, but for the life of her, she just can’t identify what. As she [more…]

How to Train Your Puppy Not to Jump on Furniture

Most people invite puppies on the furniture only to regret it later. If you have a puppy and you don’t want him to jump on your furniture indefinitely, do yourself a favor and discourage the behavior from [more…]

Dealing with Your Puppy's Leash Resistance

Does your puppy behave like a mule or lunge and drag when you walk him with a leash? You can curb your puppy's leash resistance. Whether your dog is pulling or just stopping dead in his tracks, the result [more…]

How to Teach Some Basic Puppy Tricks

Puppy tricks are a real delight and can be fun for your puppy to learn if you have the right approach: Training your puppy doesn’t have to be all work and structure. After your puppy knows the basic directions [more…]

A Collection of Images from Canine Good Citizen Test In A Day For Dummies

The figures in this gallery are from Canine Good Citizen Test In A Day For Dummies and illustrate different commands you need to teach your dog in preparation for the Canine Good Citizen test. The images [more…]

How to Choose the Right Training Leash and Collar for Your Dog

Dog training is no different from any other activity — you need the right equipment for the job. Using the appropriate collar and leash allows you to correct the undesired behaviors a dog does on his own [more…]

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How to Conduct a Good Training Session with Your Dog

Training your dog should be fun, but sometimes it can be frustrating. After all, your dog won’t learn a new behavior on the first try. You have to repeat the command and then reward the correct behavior [more…]

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How to Train Your Dog to Sit

Every dog needs to know basic commands, and Sit is one of the most important behaviors to teach your dog. Not only does the Sit command come in handy in daily life when you need your dog to control himself [more…]

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How to Teach Your Dog the Down Command

You can use the Down command to get your dog to control his impulses or to stay in one place for a prolonged period of time. A well-trained dog obeys a “Down” from you until you release him [more…]

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How to Teach Your Dog the Stay Command

When you want your dog to stay in place without moving, teach him the Stay command. You can train your dog to Stay after you’ve taught him the Sit and Down commands. When he knows all three commands, you [more…]

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How to Teach Your Dog the Come Command

“Come” is the command that sets your dog in motion. When you train your dog to come, you can let him off his leash and call him back to you as necessary. [more…]

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How to Find Time to Train Your Dog

Dog owners sometimes complain that they just don’t have the time to train their dog. But training is worth the time and effort because it teaches your dog to be well behaved. And the more time you spend [more…]

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