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Counter Productive: How to Keep Your Dog From Stealing Unattended Food and Other Edible...

One of the hardest canine behaviors for some dog owners to understand (or forgive) is counter-surfing – when your dog helps himself to some...

How to Teach Your Dog to Be a Good Dining Companion

These days, thanks to coronavirus, more and more restaurants are offering outdoor dining, and many are allowing dogs to accompany their humans,...

How to Teach a ‘You Choose’ Cue

Introduce choice to your dogs by teaching a 'You Choose' cue.

Life Lessons Learned From Training Dogs

When I first started to learn about training, it was in the world of competitive dog obedience. In that specialized niche, dog training was...

Crate Expectations: What You Need to Know About Your Dog’s Crate

I first learned about crate-training for dogs in the early 1980s and have been a big fan ever since. There are many advantages to having...

Why It’s Important to Teach Your Dog to Trade

Sometimes we need to take things away from our dog and that’s when the trade trick becomes vital. Here’s how to teach your dog to trade.

The Play Way for Shy and Fearful Dogs

Play is a widespread feature of social animals. Humans play. Dogs play. Maybe our shared need for and love of play is part of...

How to Teach Your Dog to Wait

Old-fashioned training (the kind I grew up with) was mostly “don’t do stuff” – as in “Sit, Stay, Behave!” – where “Behave”...

Protocol for Teaching a Safe “Trade” With Your Dog

Start with your dog on a leash and either stand on the end of the leash or tether him to something solid so he...

The “I Come In Peace” Guarding-Modification Protocol

This guarding-modification protocol, created by my friend and fellow trainer Kelly Fahey, owner of The DogSmith of Hunterdon in Pittstown, New Jersey, is a...

Changing a Resource-Guarder

Resource-guarding – that is, protecting valuable possessions – is a natural, normal canine behavior. Yet at some point we humans developed the arrogant and...

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Food and Friends

My friend Leonora owns my dog Woody’s best friend, tiny Samson. Woody and Samson are the exact same age, and both are...