Best of Dog Behavior and Training

Best of Dog Behavior and Training

  • Book Giveaway! Win a Free Copy of The Total Dog Manual From

      Whether you’re an experienced dog owner or a first time adopter,’s Total Dog Manual has everything you need to know (and more!) to start you and your new friend off on the right paw – and now you can score your copy for free! We’re giving away a copy for each of the [...]

  • Learn to Speak Dog

    Given that a well-trained dog can learn to differentiate between, and respond appropriately to, hundreds of verbal commands from her human family, it is only right that
we should make an effort to understand what our canine companions are trying to say to us. We all know that a growl is a warning, and a yelp [...]

  • 6 Tips for Cats Scared of Dogs

    In a perfect world, all puppies and kittens would have plenty of positive playtime with each other from a very young age, like my former foster kittens and puppy in the photo above. The reality is, many pets don’t have the opportunity to be multi-species socialized. This article is about a very specific scenario for [...]

  • Teach your Dog to Leave It

    Teaching your dog to “leave it” is training your dog to stop doing something. A solid “leave it” skill can be important and even save your dog’s life! Dogs are fast and get into things they shouldn’t very quickly – as illustrated by my foster puppy in the photo above! You can often head off [...]

  • Shy dog tip: swapping scary for sit

    One of my foster dogs, Iggy, came to me as a super shy young dog. At the shelter, he cowered in the back of the kennel. He was scared of the water hoses used to clean the kennels, running water, people in uniform (like the kennel staff who sprayed the kennels down to clean them), [...]

  • Teach your dog to come when called, and be the envy of the dog park!

    Recall, or coming when called, is an incredibly useful skill for all dogs to have. While it’s often used to keep your pup safe when exploring off-leash, you can also use it when your dog is playing with other dogs to keep the play relaxed and fun! As you can imagine, being able to have [...]

  • Proper Puppy Pee Pad Placement

    Puppy pee pads or puppy training pads can be a huge help when you have a puppy or dog you’re trying to housebreak. Pre-puppy-pee-pads we’d use newspaper, but in the post-puppy-pee-pad era cleanup is so much easier! Puppy pads come in a variety of sizes, but most are layers of absorbent material lined with a [...]

  • Dog Training Tip: Teach your dog to greet guests politely (instead of jumping up!)

    A dog that loves everyone is certainly a wonderful thing, but sometimes that enthusiasm leads to a little too much excitement. Do you find your dog jumping on friends instead of greeting them politely? If you answered yes, this video training tip from our friends at Wagfield is for you!   As you’ll see, we [...]

  • 5 dog leash tips – the best and the safest!

    There are so many different styles of dogs leashes, how do you know what is best and safest for you and your dog? A nylon 4′ leash or a 16′ cord retractable leash like a Flexileash? A 6-foot leather leash or a rope slip-leash? You’re a good pet parent and want to keep your pet [...]

  • A free gift for new puppy parents!

    Puppies can be a popular holiday item! While of course we support adopting a puppy from a local rescue or shelter, even if you or someone you know is buying a puppy from a breeder or pet store, we want to help those puppies stay happily in their new families too. The Puppy Manual is [...]

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