Dog Training

Ask an Expert - “Breedist” Dogs

Q: My dog seems to like some breeds and hate others. Is my dog a breedist? Is that even possible?—Egalitarian in Elgin A: Like with people, it’s true some dogs...more
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Fireworks Fear

Q: My Giant Schnauzer, Luka, is absolutely terrified by fireworks and thunder. Is there anything I can do to either desensitize her or to calm her down? Is...more

Ask a Trainer - Wading Through Water Worries

Q: I would love to take my German Shepherd, Spencer, to the dog beach but he absolutely refuses to go in the water. Does he not know how to swim? Is he scared...more
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Ask an Expert: Canine Confidence

She was well socialized as a pup, but ever since she took that plane ride, she seems shy and afraid. How do I earn her trust back and help her gain confidence? more
How to stop excessive barking

Ask an Expert - Bothersome Barking

Q: I have a Shih Tzu/Bichon mix who doesn’t want to stop barking. He barks at everything. I have tried so many different techniques on him, everything from...more
Training advice for aggressive intact dogs

Ask a Trainer - Intact Aggression

Q: My dog, Wishbone, is an intact male Jack Russell. He wasn’t completely socialized and had a few aggression issues. He is now much better with us, but he...more
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On Dog Training

I think admitting your dog has trained you in anything is something one should keep private. Accordingly, most of my conversations regarding education and my...more
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Ask an Expert - Dog's That Don't Like Water

I would love to take my German Shepherd, Spencer, to the dog beach but he absolutely refuses to go in the water. Does he not know how to swim? Is he scared of the water? I would like to teach him to like the water so he can wear off some energy swimming. Any suggestions?—Landlocked in LA more

Ask an Expert - Barking at Guests

How can I get my Akitas to stop barking at people who come into my house? If I have people over for dinner, the dogs eventually stop, but as soon as someone attempts to get up from the table, they start the barking again! more
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Ask an Expert - Tackling Resource Guarding

I have a one-year-old Cavalier King Charles who is VERY food protective. When he was a pup, I found I could not use any food training treats because he would get overwhelmed, so I always had to use positive things like toys or praise. He has slowly gotten worse. Help! more

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