Category Archives: Dog Training Information

Housebreaking Versus Housetraining

Housebreaking a puppy starts with the wrong premise – breaking. It’s as if you want to make the puppy stop being a puppy and function like a perfect little toy. That’s neither fair nor realistic. A pet owner who wants to establish a positive relationship with the pet is focused on housetraining. This approach shows the puppy how to live comfortably in your environment. Forget the old school methods that teach you to start paper training and swatting a puppy the first day it’s home. Whether you […]

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Remember Your Puppy Will Grow Up Someday

Chocolate brown eyes, a warm nose and eager licking are classic images of an adorable puppy. From children to burly men, a puppy can level the playing field fast. There’s something soothing about a little puppy who just wants to snuggle in your arms. What dog owner hasn’t thought, “I wish he would stay a puppy forever?” In less than a year, that tiny fur ball could weigh more than your teenage son and eat more than he does, too! If you bring home your puppy at […]

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Setting a Schedule for Your Dog’s Elimination

As you housetrain your dog, you have to set up a schedule. Your dog isn’t going to do that for himself. It takes your effort and monitoring for several weeks to a few months for this to occur, so that your dog learns a routine. You can help your dog know when it’s the right time to go potty by repeating that routine consistently. When most people wake up, they usually go to the bathroom soon afterwards. Well, your dog needs the same courtesy. Don’t stop to […]

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Don’t Make a Spur-of-the-Moment Decision to Own a Dog

One of life’s great mistakes is taking your children into a pet store if you aren’t serious about bringing home a pet. You can be sure that in a matter of minutes, your children will connect with the cutest little puppy. You say no, then they hand the puppy to you and you’re face to face with pleading brown puppy eyes and crying children. So between the children’s begging and memories of the family dog from your youth, you’re paying for a shopping cart full of dog […]

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Don’t Scold, But Use Positive Reinforcement Instead

Have you ever noticed that as soon as you start fussing, your puppy hangs his little head and tucks his tail between his legs in despair? He knows you’re upset and has no idea what to do about it. If it’s because of his “accident” on the floor, he’s really confused. He had to potty and you weren’t there to take him out – or you were too busy on the computer to stop and notice his needs. At some point his bladder couldn’t take it anymore […]

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Don’t Get a Dog with a Poor Disposition

Don't Get a Dog With Poor Disposition

Each dog breed is known for certain basic characteristics – including temperament. As a result, you can rely on this information to help you choose a dog whose attitude and disposition match your own. Some smaller dogs are known to be feisty and noisy, while some larger dogs are quiet and tranquil. One thing you need to know up front is that you’re not going to get a dog to go contrary to his inherent instincts. So if you like the look of a certain breed, be […]

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The Leash and Crate Mix

Most dogs lack the opportunity to roam a large backyard at will. They’re more likely to spend the day indoors while their family members are away at work and school. This can make sticking to a potty training schedule more difficult. A combination of crate and leash training works for some dogs. If the adult dog is new to your family or returning home after time in a kennel while you were away, you may have to reinforce his potty training. One option is to return him […]

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Choosing Between a Male and Female Dog

Some dog owners claim that males are typically more aggressive and destructive, particularly in small spaces. Female dogs are said to be easier to train and more affectionate. Depending on the dog breed, these stereotypes may be true or not. Choosing a female dog means either taking the initiative to spay, or deal with the issue of the dog being in heat. Failure to take action for doggie birth control means that you’re constantly trying to find homes for cute litters of puppies. Female dogs don’t have […]

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Potty Training for Small Dogs

How to potty train a dog

Granted, small dogs can only make small messes. But you’ll pay the same carpet cleaning costs to do the room with urine stains whether it’s made by a Chihuahua or a Doberman. Potty training for small dogs need the same potty training basics as any dog. You have to remember that their size might work against them in that their tiny bladders won’t hold as much (or for as long) if you’re late coming home for their potty break. Small dogs don’t mind living in apartments or homes […]

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Can You Offer Your Dog an Active Lifestyle?

Can You Offer Your Dog an Active Lifestyle?

Dogs are man’s best friend, but many of them would like to eat the remote control. That’s because they’re active by nature, but they live with a TV addicted couch potato. This mismatch can make for a strained relationship – or a really miserable dog. When bringing a dog into your home, you must consider the activity level that the dog needs to be physically and emotionally healthy. Some lazy adults think that if they only had a dog who needed walking twice daily, then they would […]

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