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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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How to Socialize a Dog-Reactive Dog

Dogs who have issues with other dogs can learn to be calm around other dogs – and maybe even make dog friends.
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How to Phase Out Training Treats

Want to phase out treats when dog training? You can train a dog without treats – but why would you?
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Help! My Dog is Peeing in the House!

How to solve the mystery of why your previously potty trained dog has regressed and is now “going” in the house.
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Should You Send Your Dog to a Training “Boot Camp”?

In the best of circumstances, sending your dog away for training at a “board and train” facility can be a good way to accelerate your dog’s education. Just know that you, too, will need to learn from the trainer so you and your dog are on the same page. (And watch out for unscrupulous or dangerous trainers.) Here’s what to know about boarding and training before you drop off your dog.
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Elevate Your Etiquette: Dogs in Elevators

Prevent complaints about your dog in multi-story housing or dog-friendly high-rise offices – and keep him safe – by managing his behavior in the building’s elevators.
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How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing Furniture

Chewing on wood furniture is not uncommon for puppies. Even a few adult dogs will sometimes chew non-edible items, like wood furniture. The reasons...
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Training a Deaf Dog

Deaf dogs are just as capable of learning as hearing dogs, and training any dog takes consistency, time, and patience. The hardest part is remembering to change your behavior and not rely on your voice!
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What’s a Therapy Dog?

Do you and your dog absolutely love people? If so, this rewarding volunteer activity might be for you. Here’s how to prepare yourself and your canine partner for providing comfort to people in need.

How to Train Your Dog to Roll Over

Roll Over is a crowd-pleasing trick that’s especially amusing to teach to fun and flexible puppies.

How to Teach Your Dog to Lie Down on Cue

Many people find it more difficult to teach a dog to lie down on cue than sit, accusing their dogs of being stubborn. But if you use the same lure-reward, force-free technique for "down" that you use for “sit,” you’ll soon succeed.
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Off Leash Training

How to train your dog to reliably work off leash: First get solid responses to your cues on leash, then on a long line. When moving to an unfenced area, introduce distractions gradually.

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