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How to Use a Dog Whistle for Training

Dog whistles have long been used for dog training. Working retrievers and herding dogs are often trained to respond to whistle cues because the...

How to Teach a Dog to Speak

Want to teach your dog to talk? “Speak” is a simple trick, especially if your dog is already vocal. It can be helpful to...
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How to Talk to Your Dog

I’ve always talked to dogs – as I’m sure you do – engaging them with the usual cues, the names of favorite things and...
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The Problem With, “May I Pet Your Dog?”

It used to be that if folks wanted to pet your dog, they just reached out and did it. Happily, in today’s more well-informed...
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Why Do Dogs Hump (and What You Can Do)

You may be embarrassed by your dog’s proclivity to mount other dogs, cushions or pieces of furniture, or even (horrors!) humans. You are not...
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Help! Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?

Why do dogs eat poop – especially their own? It’s so gross! There’s nothing worse than when your dog eats a fresh piece of...
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How to Pick Up a Puppy

When you see a little puppy, the most natural thing in the world is to run over and swoop her into your arms for...
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Why Do Dogs Growl at People?

Although your dog seems to be fine with visitors to your home, you’ve noticed that she’s become increasingly aggressive toward people who approach the...
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Which Is Best For You: Adopting an Adult Dog vs Puppy

When I learn that someone is interested in one of my foster puppies, I know what they’re picturing: A tiny, miraculous little ball of...
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No Need for Force: How to Stop Your Dog From Pulling on the Leash...

One of the most common requests humans bring to dog trainers is this: “Can you just stop my dog from pulling on the leash...
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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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Leaving Your Dog Home Alone: How To Set Up Your Dog’s Space

Many dog owners routinely leave their dogs home alone without giving it a second thought. They put on their shoes, grab their coat and...

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Are Dogs Good With Chickens?

When I was about five years old, my parents moved our family from the San Francisco Bay area to a rural farming area about...