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  • Housetraining

    The first step in housetraining is to decide whether your pup will be trained to only eliminate outdoors, or have the option of using a dog litter or pads. (If you plan on using a dog litter, click here for more information on the Purina secondnature® brand Dog Litter system.) If your dog will be [...]

  • Basic Commands

    “Come” When using the “come” command, the owner should first call the dog by name followed by “come”. This will help get the dog’s attention so that they will be more attentive to the next command. It will also let the dog know that the owner is speaking directly to them and not to someone [...]

  • Why Do Dogs Hide Treats?

    Don’t be concerned when doggie hides his treats instead of indulging. Believe it or not, protecting his territory can be higher on a dog’s list of priorities than eating. So if your dog’s hoarding habit kicks in, he may be feeling insecure or threatened in his space. Perhaps your timid pup prefers to munch alone. [...]

  • I Just Adopted an Older Dog that Doesn’t Have any Training. What are Some Tips for Teaching Basic Commands to an Adult Dog?

    Adopting an older dog can be very rewarding because in many ways the dog’s behavior and personality are more predictable. But Mary Lee Nitschke, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Professor of Psychology at Linfield College in Oregon, cautions that if a dog’s history is unknown, you need to go slowly and be careful. Spend [...]

  • How can I get my dog to stop licking me?

    Although puppies naturally explore their world by putting almost everything in their mouths, some adult dogs out grow that behavior. Some won’t lick or kiss you even if you ask, but others like to lick and kiss all the time! If your dog licks you a lot, she’s probably seeking your attention, similar to a [...]

  • How Can I keep My Dog from Barking, Growling, and Jumping on People When they Leave the House?

    If your dog acts inappropriately when someone gets ready to leave the house, you need to correct his behavior proactively instead of reactively. Teach the dog to do something else while people are walking out the door. For example, make him sit and remain calm. Use treats and teach him gradually. Build it up by [...]

  • What are Some of the Different Reasons Why Dogs Bark?

    Dogs are social animals and bark for the same reasons humans speak: to communicate. Dogs do bark to warn and to sound an alarm, but they also bark in response to commands and at playtime. Like people, dogs can get lonely, fearful and stressed out. Their barks often give insight into their state of being. [...]

  • Excessive Barking

    Barking that is a behavior problem may result from one of several different issues. The key is to first identify the cause of the barking and then to change your dog’s triggers. Loneliness Barking When loneliness is the cause of incessant barking, giving your dog more attention may solve the problem. In a family situation, [...]

  • What is Canine Fear Aggression?

    Some dogs are wary of strangers and new situations – so nervous, in fact, that they threaten or challenge you in order to get away from what’s scaring them. Experts call such behavior Canine Fear Aggression. Barbara Sherman, Associate Professor at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, says fear-based aggression rarely goes away [...]

  • Chewing and Digging

    Chewing is a normal canine behavior. If your dog chews on something that is off-limits, say “no” or “eh” in a low voice. Then immediately give your dog a safe chew toy. Praise him for good behavior. Remember to give your dog safe chew toys instead of old household items like old shoes, because that [...]

 
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