To teach your dog to play bow, use her favorite treats to lure her head toward to the floor. As the front part of her body naturally lowers, her hind legs and bottom will rise.
Teaching your dog to shake is a classic dog trick that most dogs learn very quickly and will thrill your friends and family. Watch our dog trainer, Sassafras Lowrey’s step-by-step video on teaching your dog to shake: Before your training session, gather your supplies: small pieces of treats your dog is excited about a clicker
Many older dogs benefit from acclimating to the sight, smell and presence of a new puppy before the dogs meet for the first time. Follow these five steps for a successful introduction.
Teach a dog to stay by using small pieces of dog training treats, patience and a lot of repetition, starting with a Sit and Stay or Down and Stay
Dog bootcamps are frequently advertised as a quick-fix solution for solving training problems. But, dog training camp programs aren’t all created equally.
Playing dead is a relatively easy trick to teach your dog. In fact, dogs of all ages and sizes can learn this trick. For “play dead”, a dog will learn to go into a down position and then flop onto her side with her head down on the ground after being given a cue. This
If your house has a spare room or even a large walk-in closet, you might give your dog his or her own room. A dog room keeps your dog’s belongings contained in one area of your home. A bedroom for the dog can even be an alternative to having a crate and can give your
Before leaving your dog alone with a dog sitter, make sure you are confident in the care your dog will receive by asking the right questions beforehand and leaving a detailed list of necessary information about your home and dog.
Online dog training is a great way to work with a trainer from the comfort of home to teach your dog new skills and address behavioral challenges.
When you can’t watch your dog or puppy, she needs to be safely contained. Kennels and crates are great options for safely containing dogs, but which is best?
You can train a dog to stop digging under your fence and stop digging holes in your yard through supervision, positive reinforcement and redirection.
There are a variety of treatment and support options available to help dogs struggling with anxiety including anti-anxiety medication that can be prescribed by your dog’s veterinarian.
Dog DNA testing kits are designed for dog owners to be able to painlessly collect samples from their dog at home, mail the sample back to the lab to be analyzed and get results sent back. However, DNA tests aren’t just about finding out what breeds your dog is mixed with anymore, but now help
Visit any dog supply shop, and you’ll be inundated with dozens of varieties of dog treats: chewy treats, soft treats, crunchy treats, treats made from fancy cuts of meat and custom-created doggie cakes. The options can be overwhelming! Dog treats are big business. Americans are estimated to have spent 38.4 billion dollars on pet food
Just like with human babies, puppies go through different periods of development as they grow up. Understanding these key stages can help you better prepare and care for your new best friend to help her grow into a well-adjusted, healthy dog. What can you expect as your puppy grows? Birth — 2 weeks Puppies are
Has your dog ever been in an elevator? Elevators are a regular part of life for many big city dogs, but elevators can be scary and stressful for dogs if they aren’t used to them. Even if you don’t live in an apartment building or big city, teaching your dog how to be comfortable riding
Sometimes life in the city can be ruff! There are always things to see and do, but that can be a little bit overwhelming for our canine companions. If you’re thinking about bringing your dog into the city, or if you’re moving to a new urban area with your dog, check out these survival tips
The lifespans of dogs are much shorter than ours. Living through and processing the grief of their passing is one of the hardest aspects of loving dogs. For those dog guardians who feel like they just can’t let go, one option becoming increasingly accessible is cloning. Dog Cloning may sound like something out of a
Do you have a dog tattoo? Do you want one? I have many tattoos that I have collected over the years and five of my biggest are specifically dog related. Three are portraits of my dogs. The other two are more stylized representations: paw prints for the dogs I had as a kid and then
Social media has gone to the dogs! Sometimes it seems that every dog you meet has one (or more) social media profiles. You probably follow as many dogs as people. Social media has become an invaluable way for rescues to connect dogs and puppies with new loving families and is a fun way of connecting
If your dog loves squeaky toys they certainly aren’t alone. Go to any pet supply shop and you’ll find a variety of squeaky toys made of different material from plush to vinyl, making various kinds of squeaking noises. Some dogs have a preference for one type of squeaky toy over another, but what is it
Does your dog wear shoes? Dog shoes may sound silly, but depending on your climate and the activities you and your dog do, dog shoes can help protect your dog’s sensitive feet. Do dogs need shoes? Properly fitted dog shoes can be essential for protecting the feet of your dog, particularly for the hot weather
Socialization is a term that gets thrown around a lot in the dog world. Many dog owners believe socialization means their dog is social — that she likes to meet new people and other dogs. It would make sense then that in many people’s minds “socialization” means opportunities for their dog to interact with other
Is your dog afraid of the trash truck? You aren’t alone! Many dogs have big feelings about the weekly trash truck. Even calm dogs can be frazzled by the size and loud banging and clanging of trash trucks coming down the street. Some dogs are afraid and want to get away from the truck, while
Even though I’m a dog trainer, my dog, like many dogs, doesn’t especially like going to the vet. When she was a puppy, I worked hard to make the vet a fun place for her, but she’s sensitive, and after she had knee surgery, we had to work hard to get her back to feeling
Having a new puppy, or an older dog with challenging behaviors in need of training is exhausting. Add in the pandemic and it can feel overwhelming. Advertisements for “board and train” options where you send your dog to stay with a trainer for a few weeks and get a completely trained dog back can seem
Hand sanitizer has become a regular part of life; most of us carry it with us anytime we leave the house. But as we increase our use of hand sanitizer anytime we aren’t able to immediately access soap and water, it’s important to remember that while hand sanitizer can keep us safe, it is a
While we might have a fairly decent idea about what our dogs think of different things like treats and toys sometimes we have to make guesses about what our dogs are thinking and feeling, and what they dream about. Do dogs dream? Veterinary researchers have discovered a lot about what goes on in the minds