Pet Training Tips

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Strategies for training your pet, understanding training methods and hiring pet trainers.
Have you ever stopped to think about your dog's personality? Well, you should! Your pet has unique quirks and characteristics, just like you do. In fact, some canines can remind you quite a bit of...
Fluffy feels completely justified taking a nap where? On the side of your face as you try to sleep? Curled up in your preschooler's open lunchbox? Teetering on the tippity-top of the shakiest bookcase...
Does your dog hide behind you at the park when other dogs approach? Does he bark in fear when new people visit your home? If so, you face a difficult challenge. Though you want to make sure that your pet...
So Fluffy has been scratching up your furniture and you don't know what to do. Could a cat behaviorist help?According to the Animal Behavior Society, certified animal behaviorists have studied and...
If you recently got a dog, you're probably overwhelmed with information to read. But what are the best dog training books? You want ones written by professionals, but more importantly, you want to...
A well-trained dog is a joy to be around, but a barking, jumping, chewing pet is more of a nightmare. Luckily there is help out there to train your dog into a shining example of great canine behavior.These...
Poodle or a preschooler, the messes and mishaps can be the same. These rule-breaking bandits wreck havoc in the backyard, the park and your living room. We interviewed Alyson Schafer, parenting expert...
Romping through an empty field, playing catch together, having a buddy to snuggle up with after a long day, the never-ending affection that only a dog can give -- these are some of the joys of dog ownership....
You took one look at those big brown eyes, floppy ears and wagging tail, and it was love at first sight. Dogs are a constant source of companionship and fun, but bringing one into your home is a life-long...
Training dogs is the most effective way to ensure that they behave most of the time. Yet many people do not invest the time and effort to properly train dogs. This could result in behavioral problems,...
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a hundred times: "Can I get a dog? Please?" You look around at the carpet, the hardwood floors and those drapes you spent hours choosing and sigh,...
Dogs and humans don't always speak the same language. When humans ask their dogs to follow the rules, oftentimes the animals don't listen. These misunderstandings are perceived by owners as discipline...
Pet owners are often said to be a "breed" unto themselves. Some treat their animals as they would their kids. But while it usually comes from a place of love and can even be pretty darn cute,...
Leash training is an essential -- but challenging -- rite of passage for both you and your pup. You take your wild new puppy to the park and see perfect, well-behaved dogs walking with their confident...
Your cat won't even come when you call her, so there's no way you can teach her how to do a trick on command, right? Well, believe it or not, you can teach your feline companion to perform various...
The second you looked at your little fur ball, you were smitten. But while your new puppy may be all licks and cuddles now, it takes work to turn that bundle of love into a perfect pooch. You'll need...
Putting your new puppy or dog on a crate training schedule can help him adjust to his new surroundings and will give him a head start on learning the house rules right out of the gate. Using a crate helps...
"Cats can be trained," says Susan Willett, author of the award-winning blog Life with Dogs and Cats. "Anyone who doubts that may want to consider what happens when they open a can of cat...
Having trouble training your dog? Do you wish it was more fun or engaging? Clicker training might be the answer!What Is Clicker Training?Clicker training for dogs utilizes a small hand-held object that...
One of the best parts of owning a cat is that these pets are usually low-maintenance when it comes to grooming, as they bathe themselves. However, if your kitty has rolled in something icky or toxic, it's...
Are you worried that your indoor cat may yearn for a life outside? You're not alone. In fact, many cat owners wonder if their indoor cats are happy. But the truth of the matter is there are many ways...
Whenever you hear the term "cat fight," you might think of the famous "Seinfeld" episode or "Mean Girls." As silly as pop culture makes the human versions seem, if you've...
Does your puppy love to nibble on your fingers? While she may not do so with aggressive tendencies, this behavior can become destructive. As such, it's important that you work to manage your puppy's...
Crate training - is it right for your dog? It's a question most dog owners ask. It can seem sad and isolating but when making this decision, it's important to remember that dogs are denning animals....
Dog agility training is a great way to bond with your pup and have some fun while teaching him some fantastic tricks. Practice for timed agility events or just play together with a backyard dog agility...
You have a new puppy. Maybe you adopted your little buddy or your dog gave birth. Either way, you have a fluffy little bundle of fur to feed (and feed properly). A puppy feeding schedule helps.Just like...
Your dog is the best and would never bite anyone. But that barking and lunging he does whenever another person or dog walks by, or that growling and snarling you hear whenever you get near his toy or food...
Does your dog cling to your leg, whine and tremble when you expose him to new people, animals, places or things? If he seems particularly nervous in day-to-day situations, he might be suffering from dog...
When you hear the word "bully," you probably think of the kid who terrorizes the playground. But, believe it or not, dogs can be bullies, too! Like his human counterpart, the dog doing the bullying...
It's dinner time and your dog is hungry! Wet or dry food? What about freeze-dried, soft-moist or raw? To help you decide what type to pick, pet experts -- veterinarians Dr. Norm Stillman, founder of Court...
Is your dog a big howler? There are actually a variety of reasons why your pet may be making this loud, annoying noise. Dog howling is a "form of communication," says Dr. Justine Lee, a veterinary...
Picture this: You come home after a long day to find a guilty-looking dog. You look around, and there's the evidence. Your furry friend has peed on your carpet. This can be very frustrating, especially...
You've seen dogs and their owners taking a jog around the neighborhood, the park or even on the beach, but how do you know if your dog is ready or even able to begin joining you for a run?Visit Your...
Do you know the meaning behind your dog's whines and whimpers? Like children, dogs make these sounds as a way to get attention. But to fully understand this behavior, you must try to figure out why...
I always say my first child is my 9-year-old Shih Tzu. She was my first stab at raising another living thing who was completely and utterly helpless without me. She taught me patience, compromise and...
Do you have a new puppy in the house? How exciting! Now it's time to start the house training process. There are many different methods for house training a puppy, but they all come down to communication,...
No one wants to be that house on the block -- the one with the obnoxious dog. Though annoying, excessive dog barking is a common pet problem that stems from a variety of reasons. But, to your dismay, it...
You love your kitty, but it's sure hard to show affection when you get home and the houseplants have been ripped to shreds. It's also difficult to rally feelings of good will at 4 a.m. when your...
Your pup is beginning to remind of you of your toddler in the midst of the terrible twos. Now you're wondering how to discipline a dog without stressing about it. Just like kids, dogs need to learn...
You've brought home your new puppy -- congratulations on the newest member of your family! Puppies are adorable and lots of fun, but they also require some work, especially when it comes to getting...
One of the things you might love most about your cat is her independent nature. However, though your furry friend likes to conquer the world on her own, she needs attention, activity, affection and training...
Do you love to give your cat the chance to soak up the sun in your backyard? If so, you might worry about her safety, as potentially aggressive cats may roam your neighborhood. Thankfully, there are many...
If you're thinking about adopting a young cat, one of your first questions may revolve around how to litter box train a kitten. The good news is that litter box training comes fairly naturally for most...
Treibball is taking over local parks and backyards everywhere. It's a fun sport you and your dog will enjoy playing. "It's a sport of distance, skill and teamwork. In a timed run, the handler...
Are you interested in learning how to potty train a puppy? Though you might not think so at first, potty training your puppy can actually be a lot like potty training your toddler. Both processes can be...
Even the cleverest canine has just so many ways of communicating his feelings and, despite the inherent mess, submissive urination is one of them. It's heartbreaking to see your dog so frightened he...
Once you've taught your dog all the basic commands like "stay" and "down," you can start teaching him more advanced ones like "play dead." It's the next step for Fido,...
When you learn how to teach a dog to roll over, you're not just learning how to teach a new trick, you're strengthening your bond with your pet. You're also establishing a pecking order you'll...
You've got a dog you'd love to teach a few new tricks to. She's mastered some of the basic commands such as "sit" and "come," and now you're wondering how to teach a...
"Sit." "Stay." "Come!" Does your dog know these simple actions? If not, you may want to know how to train your dog but are avoiding the task because you think it's next...
When you learn how to train your dog to sit, you're taking the first step toward a connection that continues to grow. Somehow you intuitively understand when your dog needs you, when he's happy...
Have you ever seen a cat walking on a leash, like a puppy, behind her owner? Even if you snickered or sneered at the sight, you probably questioned whether or not your own furry friend may indeed need...
Have you ever thought about training your dog to become a therapy dog? Therapy dog training has many benefits for everyone involved. Therapy dogs provide affection and comfort to humans, but they are not...
Is there a snake in the house? Your cat's wide-open mouth and eerie whistling may send shivers down your spine. Cat hissing is a classic sound, one your feline makes to say she's serious about...
Military dogs are unsung heroes who protect and serve alongside the brave men and women in the armed forces. From going through basic training to serving veterans who are home from combat, these amazing...
Pets love routines and predictability so it's no surprise that preparations must be made when it's time to bring home baby. The following tips can help smooth the transition
Puppy teething, like baby teething, can test a parent's patience. Like babies, puppies will chew on just about anything and need to be closely supervised. Everything -- literally everything-- will...
Your neighbor confesses he can't go away for the weekend because he can't leave his dog. Your own pup barks nonstop when you're not around. Is this separation anxiety in dogs? It's no joke...
Who doesn't love having a dog that can do cool tricks? According to Amy Robinson, a certified dog trainer, it's one of the best things you can do with your pooch. "Dogs want to engage with...
Dogs are wonderful additions to the home for so many reasons -- they're loyal, they make us laugh and can even help us live longer. But dogs take some time to adapt to a new home. That's especially...
Despite my other misgivings, I am guilty of anthropomorphizing my 11-year-old Shih Tzu. At any given point during the day, you can find me cradling her in my arms like a newborn baby.  I also microwave...
So you decided to add a dog to your family. Congratulations. And you've finally gotten settled with young Fido, but now that you've been able to spend some quality time with him, you realize that...
Why do dogs bark? You probably ask yourself that question often, but sometimes the barking is so shrill and insistent that it's hard to come up with an answer.A Dog's Natural InstinctAll dogs bark....
A disability or service need puts a strain on any family, no matter how long you've been living with it. A working dog can alleviate stress and provide a new source of love and support for everyone....
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