It’s a good time to get started in the animal care business. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the animal trainer niche is expected to grow 16% by 2032.1 It’s riding on the tail of the humanization of the pet industry, where people want the best for their animals. After all, 95% consider […]
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
Before starting to teach your dog to lay down, exercise him and remove all distractions from your training space, to ensure he stays calm and focused.
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
If your dog is regularly marking in the house, it can be incredibly frustrating. It isn’t odd for older dogs to suddenly start having accidents in the house, even if they were already well potty-trained. Sometimes, the dog is marking. However, other times, the dog may have something else going on that’s causing the accidents.
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.
Leash-reactive dogs respond to other dogs, people or cars with a high intensity, like lunging. Calm your dog’s reaction with these simple tips.
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.
Training your dog can be both a rewarding and complex process. Each dog will be completely different in the way that they interact and respond to your cues. If you have a particularly calm or alert dog, they could be very receptive to hand signals, while a more energetic or scattered dog won’t as easily.
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
The well-socialized Boerboel is a delightful and utterly devoted family companion with an abundance of love to share, but training from as early as possible is essential to prevent this large and powerful dog from becoming a handful. Despite often being rather chilled out as puppies, these natural guardians can grow to be domineering and
From training treats to long leashes, check out these must-have dog training products you’ll need when training your 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.
The Bernedoodle is a designer breed that combines the Bernese Mountain Dog with the Poodle. The hybrid typically gets its intelligence from the Poodle parent, which is good news because the Poodle is known for being one of the most intelligent breeds and easy to train. However, the Bernedoodle also has the Bernese Mountain Dog:
If the lines of communication between you and your puppy are getting crossed, dog obedience training — now referred to as manners or basic training — can help. Our expert digs in.
A dog’s habit of jumping on people is one of the most common frustrations of ownership. Dogs of all kinds will jump up to grab your attention and greet strangers, but it’s rarely a welcome gesture, especially when the dog is a large and powerful breed. The behavior comes naturally to dogs, so it takes
Looking for an easy walk harness to stop your dog from pulling? Dogster tells you all you need to know about this type of harness where the leash is clipped to the front of the harness instead of the back.
Behavioral issues are one of the top reasons people relinquish their pets. Time and money are also factors, particularly if someone hasn’t researched the commitment of owning an animal. Separating a puppy from their mother and littermates when under 8 weeks old can cause the animal to become fearful and more likely to bite. While
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.
Vacuums are among the top sounds that dogs hate. Dogster has tips on desensitizing your dog to the vacuum and other loud sounds.
Soft sand under paws; ocean breeze in the air; new sights, sounds, scents — no wonder dogs love the beach. But the beach doesn’t always love them back. There are plenty of pitfalls that can ruin a great day on the shore. However, if you keep these nine simple rules in mind, beach day will
Teaching your dog a new trick can be great fun, and it can help you form a deeper bond with your pet. One of the most eye-catching and attention-drawing tricks that you can teach them is how to ride a skateboard. It’s also surprisingly easy to do with a bit of patience. If you have