Stopping the excessive barking is the key, not to stop the bark entirely. Barking is a completely normal behavior for dogs, and they bark for many different reasons: alarm, boredom, excitement, frustration, demand, play, stress. You have coping skills and strategies for your emotions: Your dog needs some, too. First, figure out context. Does he […]
When training a mixed breed dog find out what motivates him. Rewards vary, but all dogs respond to food. Experiment! Add some breed-specific enrichment when possible and leave room in your routine for his personality to shine. Teach your mixed breed dog basic cues such as: Sit Stay Down Recall Loose-leash walking Four on the
Help your dog with socialization, overreactivity and separation-related issues developed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gone are the days of strict obedience dog training, so unless you aspire to compete in obedience, relax. Cues like sit, come and manners are important, but first, you need to establish a solid foundation. This includes teaching your dog to exist harmoniously with you and your family and fit comfortably into our human-centered world.
If you’ve seen pups playing you can’t miss the dog play bow: butt in the air, elbows and maybe even the chest on the ground, loose tail, smiling face, maybe a lolling tongue and probably a shimmy from side to side. Everything about this fun pose shouts, “I’m up for fun, let’s play!” Dogs play bow
Enrichment means meeting an animal’s needs. It’s less about keeping a dog busy or tiring him out and more about encouraging, enabling and empowering him to engage in species-specific behaviors. It keeps dogs emotionally, mentally and physically healthy and helps alleviate and prevent behavior issues. Truly enriching activities effect positive, observable and measurable behavior change.
Follow our simple plan to introduce two dogs and our more extensive plan to introduce a puppy to other dogs or introducing two dogs when one is aggressive.
Protecting resources is a natural behavior for any species. But if we ignore our dogs’ signs to defend things of value because they feel those things are threatened, resource guarding could become an issue.
When bad weather hits, tire out your dog or puppy with these three indoor exercises for dogs.
We’ll explain how to teach your dog recall — the most important cue for your dog to learn before he’s ready to go off-leash, plus when and where to practice.
From training treats to long leashes, check out these must-have dog training products you’ll need when training your dog.
Dogs have moods, just like humans. We’ll show you how reading dog emotion signs builds relationships with our furry friends.
Training a pit bull is a lot like training other kinds of dogs, but pit bull training also has unique considerations. And being a pit bull parent brings certain responsibilities to avoid problems.
Use a dog whistle to communicate with dogs over long distances, especially for sporting, hunting or working dogs. Dogster shows you all about how to use a dog whistle.
Does your dog nip, growl, snarl, snap or bite? Lunge and bark at other animals or people? Do you think your dog might injure someone or another dog? Does he eat rocks or other inedible things? If you answer yes to any of these questions, your dog needs a muzzle. Don’t wait for a bite
Do you think your dog might be reactive, or even aggressive? Some reactivity is normal and necessary for survival, but when is it time to get help? Maybe you’re frustrated or embarrassed by your dog’s meltdowns when deliveries come, or sad or even scared by your dog’s barking and lunging at neighborhood dogs. It doesn’t