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Train Your Dog Faster with Micro-Lessons, Even If You’re Too Busy!

Train Your Dog Faster with Micro-Lessons, Even If You’re Too Busy!

Training
Micro-Lessons?  What's that? So you'd love to have a well-trained dog, but setting aside an hour a day - or even a half-hour - just won't work in your crazy busy daily schedule! Training with Micro-Lessons can solve that problem!  Just because you have a lot on your plate, like most of us, doesn't mean you can't have a well-behaved family dog. One more thing.  From your dog's point of view, a lesson that lasts an hour is way too long.  He'll simply stop learning after about ten minutes. That's normal.  A five-minute lesson is ideal. But wait!  What if you could teach your dog more in two minutes, or one minute, than you could in a long, boring, repetitious training session? In addition, suppose these quick mini-lessons were the fastest,…
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“Guilty” Dog? Think Again!

“Guilty” Dog? Think Again!

Dog Behavior
He lowers his head, looks away, tucks his tail and flattens his ears. What is causing your normally friendly, happy-go-lucky dog to behave like this? Is it because he feels guilty about the shoe he chewed an hour ago or the trash he overturned this morning after you went to work? Does he remember his earlier misdeed when you begin scolding him about it hours later and does he "know he was wrong"? Or is he trying to tell you that you're being scary and he wishes you would be nice again? Dog owners often translate a dog's behavior into human terms - treating the dog as if he were an adult human with a moral conscience.  But animal behaviorists agree that a mature dog's emotional capacity is comparable to that…
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Housebreaking Done Right the First Time

Housebreaking Done Right the First Time

Dog Behavior, Training
Housebreaking done right the first time can save you from confusion, frustration, and irritation. [caption id="attachment_163" align="alignright" width="257"] Sleep, Potty, then Play.[/caption] Housebreaking opinions and suggestions come at you from so many well-meaning family, friends, social media, and self-proclaimed experts that you might be tempted to try something different every day. What you need is a proven plan that shows you exactly how to schedule your puppy's potty breaks. Please remember that dogs are not born understanding where people want them to go to the bathroom. For most of us, housebreaking means that we want our dogs to take care of their needs outside. But for some dogs, probably the tiny ones, housebreaking means that they learn to use wee-wee pads or a litter box. Whatever the location you choose…
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How To Use Your Dog’s Name

How To Use Your Dog’s Name

Dog Behavior
[caption id="attachment_129" align="alignleft" width="173"] Your dog's name is the most important word he knows.[/caption] How to Use Your Dog's Name to Build Trust and Love If you know how to use your dog's name to build trust, you will have a better-behaved dog.  Here are two ways you might actually be teaching your dog to ignore his name.  Nobody does it intentionally, but communication breaks down when we forget that dogs think like dogs and not like people. First: Don't ever use your dog's name as a reprimand. Your dog is going to act like a dog - sometimes chewing, barking, digging, jumping - and you'll want to redirect or change his behavior.  If you react by using his name to let him know you are upset with him, your dog…
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Walking Your Dog: Three Steps to Stop Pulling on Leash

Walking Your Dog: Three Steps to Stop Pulling on Leash

Dog Behavior
[caption id="attachment_121" align="alignright" width="275"] "Let's go for a walk."[/caption] Walking your dog should be relaxing and fun.  However, it can also be stressful and frustrating if your dog is pulling on the leash! Here's how to fix the problem in 3 easy steps. Step One Engage your dog’s attention in a low distraction environment.  Remember that the kind of attention your dog gives to you is a mirror of the quality of the attention you give to him. If you want a great response from your dog, you must first give him the kind of emotional enthusiasm that will keep him interested and curious.  If you only speak to him in an unfriendly way after he has lost interest, why would he want to pay attention to you? How can…
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Get Housebreaking Right the First Time

Get Housebreaking Right the First Time

Dog Behavior
[caption id="attachment_71" align="alignright" width="299"] Take your puppy outside on a leash[/caption] Figuring out how to get housebreaking right the first time can be challenging.  But having a plan makes it easy. What could be more delightful than a playful puppy?  Playing is a necessary part of learning and you should always include playing in your housebreaking plan. However, opinions and suggestions from family, friends, social media and self-proclaimed experts can be confusing. You need is a proven plan that shows you exactly how to schedule your puppy's potty breaks. Remember, dogs are not born understanding where people want them to go to the bathroom. Most of us want our dogs to take care of their needs outside. Small dogs in city apartments sometimes use pads or a litter box indoors. Teach…
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