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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