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Teach Your Dog to Speak

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How to Teach a Dog to Speak

How to Train Your Dog to Speak

Even if your dog is never able to say “I love you” as successfully as Mishka and Laika do in the video below, you can train your dog to speak on command. Training your dog to speak isn’t as difficult as it sounds. All you’ll need are patience and a few treats.

Get your dog’s attention

There’s no easier way to get your dog’s attention than by playing with him. Exercise him or play a game of tug so he quickly responds to your commands.

Show him a treat

Once you have your dog all energized, show him you have a treat in your hand. Close your hand and place it behind your back. The goal is to have your dog bark when he sees the treat. Reward your dog with a praise and treat as soon as he barks.

If your dog whimpers, but doesn’t bark, try waving your hand with the treat in front of him.

Repeat until he speaks

The second time you do this, say “speak.” Each time you say the cue, keep your voice in the same tone and volume level. Repeat this process until your dog speaks on command.

VIDEO: Husky Dogs Talking

For more dog obedience exercises, consult with an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT).

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Dog Jumping

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How to Stop a Dog From Jumping

How to Stop a Dog From Jumping

Professional dog trainers are asked many questions, but the two most common ones about jumping are: “How can I keep my dog from jumping on me or others?” and “How can I make my dog jump over something?”

While it may seem counter-intuitive, training your dog to jump over objects can help prevent jumping behavior. Setting time aside for your dog to jump teaches your dog to only jump on cue and over an object. You’ll need a six-foot training leash, pole and delicious training treats.

Set up the jump

Jumps can be made with a pole, standing stick or even a broom. The height of the jump is established by measuring the height between your dog’s front paw and shoulder and dividing that number by two.

Step over with your legs

Once the jump is set up and your dog is on a leash, approach the jump and step over it. The idea is to have your dog follow your lead. Treat your dog after he jumps over the object. If he refuses, consider using a better treat or lowering the jump.

Add a cue

When your dog is comfortable jumping over the object, it’s time to add a cue word, such as “jump” or “over.” Always praise and treat your dog after a successful leap.

For more information on how to teach your dog not to jump, check out this article.

Watch this happy dog jump around the field.

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Driving with Your Dog

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Dog Car Safety

Driving with DogsWhen it comes to driving with dogs, many pet owners focus on the actual transportation aspect. Getting a dog to go inside a vehicle is difficult and making sure he’s comfortable is even harder. However, one of your first priorities is to ensure a safe environment for your pet.
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Foods Poisonous to Dogs

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Toxic Foods for Dogs

Toxic Foods for DogsAlmost everyone knows chocolate is bad for dogs, but there’s a range of foods that are poisonous to dogs. Below, we take a look at the long list of toxic foods for dogs. Continue reading

Exercise is the Best Medicine For Dogs & People

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Exercise Your Dog

Exercise Your Dog

It’s no secret how important exercise is not only for people, but for dogs as well. Professional dog trainers recommend exercising your dog for at least 30 minutes everyday. Despite factors, such as age or breed, physical activity is essential to your dog’s health. The best part about exercising your dog is you can fit in your workouts as well, which builds greater companionship between you two.

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Kong Dog Toys for Chewing Problems

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Redirect Your Dog with a Kong Toy

Kong Dog Toys

All dogs chew. They’re naturally born with the need to chew and require stimulation. Their boredom can lead to unwanted chewing and bad behavior. While you can’t completely stop your dog from chewing, you can train your dog to chew on appropriate items. You can do this by introducing your dog to the Kong toy.

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Rawhide for Dogs

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Buying Rawhide Dog Chews

Tips on Selecting Rawhides

Rawhide Dog Bones

Rawhide dog chews are a great way to redirect your dog’s attention. Rather than chewing on your shoes or furniture, your dog can receive the same satisfaction from chewing on rawhide.

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How to Crate Train a Dog

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Dog Crate Training

Crate Training

Dog crates have many uses beyond travel. They can be used as a dog training tool as well as a secure environment. Professional dog trainers understand the value of crate training when it comes to managing a dog’s behavior. Learn how to crate train your dog with these tips. Continue reading

Dog Training Treats That Help

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Dog Treats

Dog Treats

Nothing is more rewarding for a dog than to receive a dog treat he enjoys. With this in mind, it’s important you choose the right dog training treats. The more desirable the treat is, the likelier your dog obeys your commands.

Like other rewards, treats can be incorporated into a valuable training regimen, but they can also be abused. It is important to know the best usage and type of treat that can benefit your dog training and yield the best results.

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Squeaky Dog Toys

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Squeaky Toys

Dog Toys

Dog toys can be great tools not only for play, but for dog training as well. One of the most beloved toys dogs love is the squeaky toy. Squeaky toys are great for fetch, tug-of-war and stretching games.

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