Training Your Dog


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  • Training should be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog, so keep preliminary training sessions short, on the order of 5 to 10 minutes, to maintain your dog’s motivation, and always end the session on a positive note.

  • These police dogs are specially trained to sniff out trouble — everything from drugs to bombs to dead bodies.

  • To the avalanche dog, searching for survivors is a game; to people trapped in snow, it provides them with the best chance of survival. Like rescue and bomb-sniffing dogs in other situations, these canines are masters of their trade.

  • As you grapple with your dog, as you’re tugged around the neighborhood at the other end of his leash, and as you spend even more time trying to keep him from jumping on your guests, maybe you should consider sending your pet to “school,” too.

  • It's tough to teach your dog if he's not paying attention to you. One of the best commands you can teach your dog is what is called the "watch me" command. 

  • Although we naturally assume dogs should be trained to relieve themselves outdoors, there are several circumstances in which a doggy litter pan can be both convenient and humane.

  • An assistance dog is a canine specially trained to help people manage physical or emotional disabilities.

  • Dogs are complex creatures with their own way of understanding and communicating. By knowing why your pet does what he does and why training is so important, you can begin to establish a happy and harmonious home.

  • Your home is your castle, sanctuary and safe place to retreat. You can offer your dog this same comfort by selecting the proper crate.

  • The new wave of pet animal training focuses on positive or reward based training only; the idea is to train the dog to perform certain desired behavior rather than to punish unwanted behavior.

  • Opinions vary considerably about the value, and even the humanity, of providing a crate for your dog. For most dogs, the crate quickly becomes a safe haven and even a den and is a wonderful training tool.

  • You have an adorable new puppy, but he’s tearing the house apart when you’re not looking, and trips to the vet are a battle. What can you do? You might want to consider crate training your puppy.

  • For many owners, walking the family dog is a drag – literally. Rather than a pleasant relaxing stroll with Scruffy, owners are pulled left, right and forward, fighting their canine every inch of the way.

  • What is it that makes a dog whistle different from an ordinary whistle?

  • Remember when “Casual Friday” meant wearing slacks and a shirt with no tie? The formality of the workplace has given way to a more relaxed, friendly atmosphere – and that change has extended to pets.