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Training & Behavior

Training and behavior modification techniques are extremely important to the overall health of your dog. A well-behaved dog is usually a happier dog and training strengthens the bond between you and your dog. Training also helps avoid potentially dangerous situations for your dog throughout his entire life. Whether your dog is big or small, some tips and techniques can help everyone overcome unwanted behaviors.

How to Teach Your Old Dog New Tricks
Senior dogs can learn how to do tricks just as well as puppies can. They just take a little extra time and patience. If you're willing to put in the work, you can get a ton of reward from having a well-trained senior dog. Whether you're trying to correct a bad behavior or you are trying to impress your party guests, use the tips below to teach your old dog new tricks.
Offer Treats to Reinforce Positive Behavior
Treats act as powerful tools to condition your pet to behave in a certain way. When used as rewards for positive behavior, or behavior you wish to see in your dog, healthy dog treats come in handy. The key to reinforcing positive behavior through treats is timing.
Leash Training Your Dog: Part 2
In Part 1 of this leash training guide, we discussed the equipment and methodology used to properly train your dog to walk on a leash. In this part of the guide, we will go over some specific tips you can use to improve your leash training experience.
Leash Training Your Dog: Part 1
Going on walks can be a lot of fun for you and your dog, but it can also be a nightmare if your dog is not properly trained to walk on a leash. When the whole walk turns into a struggle of pulling, running, and yelling, it's not going to be that enjoyable. Teach your dog how to stay by your side and stay at your pace, and you will be able to get through your walks with ease. Here are some tips to help you improve your leash training experience.
Making Your Cat and Dog Get Along: Part 1
The phrase "fighting like cats and dogs" is somewhat irrelevant in the modern world. Years of training and domestication have allowed cats, dogs, and other pets to cohabitate in perfect harmony. In many cases, pets from opposite sides of the natural world will become the best of friends, enjoying a lifetime of peaceful coexistence. If you are introducing a new pet to your family or simply trying to create new harmony between your pets, the tips below will help you establish a sense of peace in your home.
Acclimating a Shy Dog to Human Contact
Some pets are shier than others when it comes to human contact. They may allow one or two people to come around them, but they aren't too keen on interacting with the world. This is often the case with adopted pets because they may have come from abusive or neglecting homes. The tips below explain how to acclimate a shy dog to human contact so you can enjoy bonding and cuddling with your favorite companion.
Training Your Outdoor Dog for Indoor Life
Bringing an outdoor dog indoors is a delicate process that takes time, patience, and dedication. With enough commitment from you though, you can transition just about any outdoor dog into a sweet, loving couch potato. The trick is to approach the transition the right way and teach your dog how to behave in an enclosed environment. The guide below shows how to train your outdoor dog for indoor life so you can enjoy his company at all times.
 Can You Calm a High Energy Dog?
Some dogs are naturally more energetic than others. This is something you need to keep in mind when you select a dog to bring home, but you can't always predict how your pet will react in a new environment.
Dog Owner Etiquette Tips
Whether you just got your first dog or you're a seasoned pet owner, there are some unwritten rules dog owners are expected to abide by. Understanding basic dog owner etiquette will ensure that your friends, your family members, and passersby have a good experience when your dog is around. Follow these simple tips for dog etiquette to keep your pet on his best behavior.
What Age Should I Start Training My Dog?
When it comes to dog training, age is a concern for several reasons. Some pet owners worry about trying to train their dogs too early, while others are concerned that they cannot train their dog once he reaches a certain age.
Convincing Your Dog to Sleep in His Dog Bed
Most dogs love to sleep in their dog beds. That area quickly becomes their territory, where they feel safe, secure, comfortable, and in charge. With that in mind, some dogs take a little while to transition to sleeping in a dog bed. Whether you're trying to get your dog off your furniture or you simply want him to make use of the dog that you've purchased, there are some tricks you can do to motivate your dog to sleep in his bed. Here are some tips to convince your dog to sleep in a dog bed.
Puppy Socialization Tips: How to Raise a Confident Dog
Puppies go through a number of developmental stages in the first year of their lives, and each one presents a unique opportunity for you as an owner. In order to raise a confident dog, you must take advantage of these early stages and teach your dog not to be fearful of new people, pets, or environments. Through proper puppy socialization, you can ensure that your pet will behave properly no matter what may come in the future. Set yourself up for success from the start with these puppy socialization tips.
Training Your Dog to Stop Barking
There are many reasons why dogs bark – fear, intimidation, confusion, communication, etc. While it may be appropriate for your dog to bark when a potential intruder comes to your home, it's not as appropriate for him to bark at everything you pass by during your daily walk. Luckily, there are some techniques you can practice to control your dog's barking so you can take him out in public. Read on to learn how to train your dog to stop barking.
When Is My Puppy Ready to Sleep with Me?
Are you anxiously waiting for the day that your puppy can sleep with you in bed? Many pet owners love having their pets sleep with them because it provides safety, security, and quality bonding all rolled into one. There are several factors that determine whether or not a dog is old enough to sleep with his or her owners. It's important to wait for the right time to protect your puppy during this delicate stage of development. So, when is my puppy ready to sleep with me? Let's find out…
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