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Leader of the Pack – Why Your Dog Needs You to take Control

Humans have been living with dogs for around 15,000 years now. It was in prehistoric times that wolves began spending time with our ancient relatives. They provided superior hunting and security skills. We provided food, warmth - and pleasant company. It is only recently, however, that we have understood that our dog’s behaviour is linked to their ancient past. Scientists...

Don’t make a habit of tying up your dog

So many people feel that a dog belongs on a leash. They either don't have the time, or patience to keep up with a young dog that's running around all over the place, so they make the dog stay in the backyard on a leash. That is just not right. A dog wasn't made for people to tie up permanently....

Don’t use negative reinforcement while training your dog

Training your dog requires patience and time. It is a very important step in keeping a dog, and not only makes your life together more enjoyable, it also establishes the hierarchy in the family. It is important to remember that dogs read our faces and feelings much more accurately than an adult human. This means that if you're getting frustrated...

House training your Puppy

Techniques for House training your puppy can vary depending on your lifestyle. Some people have their own garden where they let their dogs poop, which becomes manure after a while, so you don't need to be present to pick it up after them. In this case, the only requirement is that you train you dog to poop outside. The key...

Paper Training your Dog

We learned last week about some basic house training for your puppy, and this week, we're going to explore a very popular technique called paper training. It basically involves designating a certain area in your house by marking it with waster paper. That area will be used by your puppy for potty training. When you notice that your puppy is...

Careful with choke chains!

Choke chains are a useful way to teach your dog that straining harder is not the right way to get what he wants. Instrumental as it is in training, remember that they can get 'caught' easily. Image Credit: njk9training.com What this means is, that after being pulled taught, the chinks in the chain can become entangled so as to prevent...
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Taking your dog for a walk

Dogs need to know that you're taking them for a walk. Not the other way around. The best way is to wrap the leash around your arm two or three times, and walk at a constant pace. Image Credit: PhotoNerd  Make sure that your dog understands that no matter how hard he pulls, there's no going any faster than you're...

Should you be afraid of dogs on a leash?

I'm going to share a secret with you. Most of us would have at some point or the other, encountered a small dog on a leash that growls ferociously at us as we walk by. It will strain the chain, and make as if it was wishing it were free. My personal experience shows that this is just a display...

Being overly indulgent towards dogs. Who is the BOSS???

I love dogs and always view them with respect and friendliness. But there are some ground rules. You must never let any doubt remain in the dogs mind as to who is master. A dog who is unsure of who is master is likely to push you around and take advantage of your weakness. It is important you instill a...

Correcting your dog

A lot of people I have seen have an inability to properly make their dogs understand when something is bad. If a dog has done something wrong and you've found out about it after a while, there is absolutely no good in disciplining them at that time since their brain is such that they don't understand what they did wrong....

4 Problems Associated With Body Language And Dog Training:

You must have noticed that sometimes your dog flinches away when you hug him. Sometimes, no matter how wide your welcoming arms are, or how coaxing your voice is, your dog will not come when called. The problem may not be due to bad breeding, lack of consistency, or lack of training time. You may simply be sending your dog...

Anti-Barking Dog Collars Versus Non Barking Dogs…( Part 1)

All dogs bark. Is that true? Well no. Not all dogs bark, but most do. Owners of a Basenji, an Alaskan Malamute, and an Afghan Hound can take it easy and enjoy the silence around them. However there are dogs that are typically big barkers and these include the Jack Russell, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Mudi, Vizsla, Shetland Dog, Newfoundland, German...