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Pooling Resources: Canine Water Safety

Not All Dogs Know How To Swim

Romping in pools, lakes and the ocean is a perfectly natural thing for some dog breeds. Be aware, though, that there are breeds that don’t — or CAN’T — swim. As cute as the video below might be, dog water safety is not to be taken lightly. If you’re unsure about your dog’s natural swimming ability, click here to read our tips on introducing your dog to water properly and to find out which dogs may be safest kept OUT of the water.

“Swimming’s Not So Tough!”

Does your dog like the water? How often do you go swimming together?

Extinguishing Danger: Fire Safety For Pets

We hear stories all the time about family pets saving their owners from life-threatening emergencies. The video below shows how one lucky man was saved by his 3 dogs who woke him from a deep sleep before it was too late.

Sadly, nearly half a million pets a year are lost to house fires. Lots of people have fire safety plans for their families… but these plans don’t always include contingencies for their pets. The good news is that, with a little planning, pet owners CAN better protect their Furry Friends should the unthinkable happen. Click here to read our tips on Fire Safety for Pets.

Dogs Save Their Owner From Fire

Microchipping Your Pet

It happened in an instant. The gardener left the gate open and the family dog was lost. TWO years later and more than 3,000 miles away, someone clear across the United States positively identifies this lost dog by its microchip and successfully reunites him with his concerned family. An “amazing journey” in real life! Click the video below to watch this astonishing story.

Thankfully, stories like this are becoming more common because of microchipping: a system that combines technology and old fashioned database management to help lost pets of all kinds to be returned to their worried families. Is your pet microchipped? And equally as important, is your contact information current in the system? Click to read our guide. And, if necessary, call your vet and update your contact info today!

Twilight Dog: Play Dead… Come Back to Life!

Dogs Do Dramatic “Play Dead” Tricks – “BANG!”

Of all the dog tricks that entertain owners, dogs and onlookers alike, one of the most fun is the ‘ol “Bang! Play Dead” trick. It’s fun to teach, to do, and can be a really great trick to strengthen the bond between you and your pooch. Some dogs may take a while to learn it, so be ready to be patient.  The end result will be well worth it when your dog realizes they got it right! For tips on “How To Teach Your Dog To Play Dead”, click here!

This Performance is “Red Carpet” Worthy!


Is your dog’s performance of this trick “dramatic?” Tell us about it in the comments below!

Shakin’ All Over!

“Shake My Paw? Why Can’t I Just Lick Your Face?”

If you have a dog that knows how to “shake paw,” chances are good that you’re pretty darn proud of what your Furry Friend can accomplish. This video is a great example of how much fun it can be to teach your dog to shake paw. Listen closely to how much Sammy’s human is enjoying the process and you won’t be able to help but smile!

Sammy Might Not Be Perfect, BUT HE SURE IS CUTE!!

If this is something you’d like to work on with your dog, check out our article on “Teaching Your Dog to Shake Paw”. A little patience, consistency, and a lot of positive reinforcement can go a long way towards teaching the friendly art of the paw shake!

“The Bark Spark”

Teach Your Dog To Speak!

Even if your dog is never be able to say “I love you” as successfully as Mishka and Laika do in this video from YouTube, be confident that you can train your dog to “Speak” or bark on command. If you’re looking for tips on training your dog to SPEAK, we have a great article in our “tips” archives here.

Watch Mishka and Laika say “I Love You!”


Do you have a fun “dog talking” video? Share your YouTube video link in the comments below!

Jump, Jive and Howl!

“Extreme” Doggy Jumping

Dog Trainers often get asked 2 questions about Jumping.

The most commonly asked question is,  “How can I keep my dog from jumping on me or others?” The second is the opposite of the first: how can owners encourage the jumping behavior?” Some would even like to know, “How can I make my dog jump over something?”

We have a tip on our website that explains how training your dog to jump over objects, can actually help STOP the unwanted jumping behavior. Check out our “How To Teach Your Dog To Jump Over” article that explains how BOTH questions above can be accomplished at the same time.

Got a dog that jumps?

Share your DOG jumping video! Put it up on Youtube and put your link to it on the comments section below!

Dog Training Success Story Winner (2 of 2)

Congratulations to Sally Eccleston, co-winner of ABC’s Dog Training Video Success Story contest!

Due to health issues, Sally was unable to continue her 35-year painting career. A life-long dog lover, she decided to change to a career where she could work with and maybe even help dogs, especially those with behavioral problems and shelter animals. After considering a variety of job options including opening her own dog walking business, Sally still felt there was a hole in her plan. Then, one night after seeing an Animal Behavior College commercial on TV, she realized that what was missing was knowledge. Continue reading

Dog Training Success Story Winner (1 of 2)

Congratulations Shaunee! ABC’s Success Story Contest Co-Winner


At Animal Behavior College, we hear a lot of success stories from our enrolled students and graduates. The wonderful testimonies are always a treat for us to hear and are great reminders to all of us here at ABC that the lives of people and animals are bettered because of our programs.

Our most recent contest asked for ABC students (past and present) to submit video testimonies of “success stories”. We had TWO winners that won the contest. Continue reading