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5 Tips for Group Dog Obedience Training

Those of you who have just emerged from your first-ever group dog obedience training class have my sympathies. For the unprepared, that experience can...
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Lessons on Force-Free Dog Training From Gundog Trainers

Ever hear of force-free gundog training? Neither have most of America’s 3 million duck, pheasant, and migrating bird hunters, but what’s new in the...

Dog Training for Beginners

Are you thinking about adopt your first dog? Or, do you already have a dog, but have no clue how to teach him to do anything? No worries! We’ve got dog training tips just for beginners.
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Words Matter: Your Dog Training Language

Why the words you use make a difference in your relationship with your dog – and perhaps even the success of your dog training program.
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Intelligent Disobedience

Sometimes, we don’t want a dog to do what we just told the dog to do. Intelligent disobedience, also known as intelligent refusal, is...
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Is Dog Agility Right for You and Your Dog?

It’s easy to start dog agility training right at home – all you need are a few jumps and the right attitude.
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Dog in Pain: 12 Signs and What You Can Do to Help

Your active dog limping or moving in an unfamiliar way may set off mental alarms. Is it a sprain? A pulled muscle? Maybe an...

Professional Dog Training Titles

Not to be outdone by the veterinary profession (See Alphabet Soup
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Does Your Dog Opt In? How to Communicate With Your Dog

You may have acquired your dog with the intent of competing in agility, doing therapy-dog work, or having fun with musical freestyle (dancing with...
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Polite Leash Walking

The super-fun walks described in our “Walk This Way” article in last month’s issue aren’t always possible; there are times when dogs do need...

Positive Methods for Obedience Training

How to teach your dog to look to you (literally!) for direction. Look is a combination behavior. It is more than the “Leave it” or “Off.” It is more than the ever-popular “watch me.” It involves the dog breaking eye contact with the arousing object, person, or animal (whatever triggers the dog’s manic behavior); turning his head away from that trigger; making eye contact with you; and holding that eye contact until you give a release signal.