Simple Steps to Training Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

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Walk This Way How to train your dog to behave properly when on a leash. One of the most important skills you can teach a dog is training her to walk on a leash. Proper leash etiquette helps ensure that should anything happen to you; your pet will more easily be adopted and treated well in a new home. Beyond that “worst case” scenario, it’s important for your own sanity … [Read more...]

Why You Shouldn’t Scold at Your Dog

Dog Behavior

Correcting Bad Dog Behavior We’ve all done it. You come home from a long hard day at work to find that your dog or puppy has chewed up a brand new pair of shoes and in your mind the most satisfying way to handle the problem at the moment is by yelling at your dog. Scolding is Not the Answer It's easy to lose your temper with your dog when he performs a bad behavior. At … [Read more...]

Breed Spotlight: Maltese

Maltese

Maltese Characteristics and History The Maltese is a very petite dog typically weighing between four to six pounds. Although some Maltese may reach nine pounds, it's uncommon for them to exceed seven pounds. Once known as “The Ancient Dog of Malta,” it was believed this dog breed originated from an island directly south of Italy called Malta Island. They've been … [Read more...]

3 Stages of Puppy Development

Puppy Development

Puppy Development Stages Socialization is an unending process and must start very early in a puppy’s life. Your puppy must have ongoing exposure to all of life’s experiences. The goal of socialization is to help your dog learn to act appropriately around people and other animals as well as in the many public and private social situations of human life. A properly … [Read more...]

How to Train a Dog to Respond to Commands

How to Train a Dog

Get Your Dog to Respond to Cues By Cara Lederman, ABCDT, APDT Does your dog instantly sit when asked from a foot away, but cocks her head or walks away when you’re across the room? This dog training tip will help you teach your dog to respond to cues when they’re needed most. Use Hand Signals The first step is to incorporate hand signals with your verbal cues. Dogs … [Read more...]