Training

5 Weird Dog Behaviours Explained

5 Weird Dog Behaviours Explained

Though dogs truly are our best friends, they can sometimes be, well, a bit weird about things. Let’s face it—our partnership with them has only lasted for...more
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Are You Making These 10 Training Mistakes?

After thousands of years of practice, you might think that training a dog would be a natural, almost intuitive, process for us humans. But, too often, we make honest errors in training that result in nagging misbehaviours and strained relations. Owing to the dog’s resilient nature, minor mistakes rarely result in catastrophe. But major errors can cost owners (and dogs) years of frustration. I’ve therefore listed the ten biggest training mistakes I see owners make, and offer alternatives to improve your chances of keeping you and Fido on the straight and narrow. Note that these are related to training technique only, and not to other important areas such as socialization, enrichment, or exercise.more

Ask an Expert - Does Your Dog Make You Feel Guilty?

I walk them both in the morning before work and then again when I get home, and give them comfy beds and toys and lots of love, but I still constantly feel guilty that they are under-stimulated. more

Ask an Expert - Small Dog Syndrome

Q: My Yorkie, April, is perfectly well behaved—most of the time. But the moment she sees a big dog, she barks her head off and charges, whether she’s off-leash...more

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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