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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” meant “Don’t...

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...
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Resource Guarding in Dogs: What You Need To Know

Resource-guarding in dogs – that is, protecting valuable possessions – is a natural, normal behavior. Yet at some point we humans developed the arrogant...
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5 Indoor Dog Games for When You Can’t Go Out

Here are some of our favorite brain activities to help you and your dog survive the coronavirus shutdown.
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How to Prevent Your Dog From Bugging You When You’re Working From Home

A whole lot of dog owners are working from home now, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Lots of dogs are loving it – and...

Reducing Your Dog’s Stress

Clearly, one of the best ways to help your dog have a better quality of life is to reduce the amount of stress she...

Stressed Out

Stress is not specific to humans – it affects all species, including our dogs, and it takes a toll on every living thing that...

The Biology of Early Learning

Puppies are often described as sponges due to their ability to soak up information, especially during their critical socialization period, which occurs between 3...

Give Your Puppy a Smart Start

When it comes to puppy training, it’s never too early to start. Puppies are more than ready to learn by the time they leave...

Audio Products for Sound Conditioning Your Dog

Dog trainers often recommend smartphone apps and YouTube videos for desensitizing and counter-conditioning dogs who are afraid of specific noises. There are many apps...

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The Worst Sound a Dog Owner Can Hear

This is the time of year that all dog owners who live in any of the western states, particularly in any part of California,...