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Q&A: How to get my dog to listen all the time?

Q&A: How to get my dog to listen all the time?

My dog is a Husky x English Mastiff and she listens to me sometimes but sometimes doesn’t. I know she doesn’t take me seriously when I try to use a big voice. If I take her out to the park she plays keep away with me. Like she won’t come to me no matter how […]
Q&A: How do I train my dog to ignore the cat?

Q&A: How do I train my dog to ignore the cat?

I have two four year old cats, and my boyfriend and I just adopted a new puppy. We are slowly introducing the puppy and cats – we have a pet gate with a cat door splitting the house into two halves. The cats have a towel with the puppy’s scent and vice versa. They eat […]
Q&A: Should I discourage rough puppy play?

Q&A: Should I discourage rough puppy play?

We have a 6 month old lab mix and a 3 month old terrier mix (both rescue puppies). They both really want to play, but but the older lab pup gets way too rough and hurts the little one (I’m quite sure he’s not teeing to hurt her, he just plays rougher than she can […]
Q&A: How do I train my dog to go through a doggie door?

Q&A: How do I train my dog to go through a doggie door?

Hello, My Lucy is a 5 year old border collie. She is very well trained. How do I train her to go through a doggie door? ~Carley … A doggy door, while convenient for us humans, can be pretty alien to dogs. They need to learn not only how it works but how to be […]
Q&A: Why does my dog pee when I leaver her?

Q&A: Why does my dog pee when I leaver her?

I have a 9 mo old GSD that wets her bed every time I leave her alone. Every Sunday before I leave for church, I put her in her bed with a hollowed out bone with peanut butter in it. When I return about 2 hrs later her bed is soaking wet. She is extremely […]
Q&A: How to stop my dog being aggressive when on a leash?

Q&A: How to stop my dog being aggressive when on a leash?

My dog is about a year old and is around 40 lbs. She goes to daycare Monday thru Friday and does well there, but sometimes I think she feels the need to defend herself or assert that I’m her owner when I come to pick her up. Other dogs will growl and nip at her […]
Q&A: How to stop my Rottweiler from pulling the leash?

Q&A: How to stop my Rottweiler from pulling the leash?

I rescued an adult Rottweiler and I can’t leash train him because he’s stronger than me. I’ve tried to stop and give him a treat when he behaves, but he’s very excited and couldn’t care less about them. He ends up walking and drags me to where he want to go. Nothing has worked to […]
Q&A: How do I stop my dog from peeing in the house?

Q&A: How do I stop my dog from peeing in the house?

I have a 9-month-old corgi (Yuki) and she was well-potty trained when she was staying with my boyfriend. She pees and poops in a designated area and pees on command every time. She rarely goes out as she’s still a puppy so she mostly pees indoors. Recently, she has come to stay with me and […]
Q&A: Why will my dog only potty inside?

Q&A: Why will my dog only potty inside?

Buffy was doing great at our previous home in terms of going potty outside. She had a fenced in backyard and went without any issues. She had accidents inside the house, but they were always close to the door to the backyard. We had to relocate to a downtown apartment last week. She walks on […]
Q&A: How long should we use the pee pads?

Q&A: How long should we use the pee pads?

We are picking up our new Yorkie puppy in 2 days! She is 8 weeks. She’s been using a pee pad in her current home and has done very well, meaning going on the pad exclusively. But this week has pooped a couple of times off the pad and out of the pen area. That’s […]
Q&A: Help! My Dog is Afraid of Trash Bags!

Q&A: Help! My Dog is Afraid of Trash Bags!

We have adopted a rescue dog that has obviously been abused in the past. One of her greatest fears is large, black, plastic bags. It makes it difficult to walk her on trash collection days when a number of homes have a big, black bag sitting by the curb. She balks at walking past them. […]
Q&A: How to stop my dog from yapping when she’s excited

Q&A: How to stop my dog from yapping when she’s excited

I inherited an eight year old Chihuahua/Poodle mix. She has energy. She likes everyone. She gets so excited when she sees other dogs that she yaps uncontrollably. How can I train her to eliminate this behavior? ~Sally … This is a common behavior issue that many dog owners face. While there  are many people who […]
Q&A: How to get my dog to sleep through the night?

Q&A: How to get my dog to sleep through the night?

I have a 9-week old jack Russell x foxy and I’m having issues getting him to sleep through the night. Currently he is in a small room downstairs (can’t be upstairs with us as its all carpet) and we leave him with a puppy Kong bone, loads of toys an old shirt of my husbands […]
Q&A: How do I get my dogs to play nicely?

Q&A: How do I get my dogs to play nicely?

Hi, I have had a male beagle/lab mix for 6 1/2 years and we just got another dog. She is a 2-year-old wire hair terrier. My male dog loves other dogs and is eager to play- he is also very submissive. So when I first introduced the 2 dogs I had no worries about my […]
Q&A: How do I introduce a new dog to my dog?

Q&A: How do I introduce a new dog to my dog?

Hi, I have had a male beagle/lab mix for 6 1/2 years and we just got another dog. She is a 2-year-old wire hair terrier. My male dog loves other dogs and is eager to play- he is also submissive. So when I first introduced the 2 dogs I had no worries about my male […]
Q&A: How to help former kennel dog to become active?

Q&A: How to help former kennel dog to become active?

We just picked up a 3-year-old Golden Retriever female from a kennel who retired her from breeding. She has lived in this kennel for all of her 3 years. The problem is she is very timid and submissive to the point to where I have to literally pick her up to take her out to […]
Q&A: How do I keep my dog calm when home alone?

Q&A: How do I keep my dog calm when home alone?

I am trying to train puppy to stay calm while being left alone. However, the room I am keeping him in has everything he needs. I have played with him in this room, he has a bed, plenty of chew toys and food and water he also has radio on. I also put an old […]
Q&A: How do I get my dog to stop scratching stuff?

Q&A: How do I get my dog to stop scratching stuff?

I rescued a Pomeranian chawawa mix dog that’s about 4 years old. I’ve had him for 4 months and he’s a great dog. For some reason for the last week he stated scratching at my door and carpet when I’m away. I live in an apartment so he can’t go outside when I’m gone. What […]
Q&A: How do I keep my dog from eating cat poop outside in the yard?

Q&A: How do I keep my dog from eating cat poop outside in the yard?

How do I keep my dog from eating cat poop outside in the yard? ~Royallynn … Hello, and thank you for reaching out. Dogs are often attracted to cat poop because cats eat a diet rich in fats and proteins so their feces have a strong appeal to dogs. Dogs are animals who like to […]
Q&A: How to get my dog to play nice with other dogs?

Q&A: How to get my dog to play nice with other dogs?

A few months ago my dog ( 2 years old in May ) started acting territorial and nervous around dogs she’s not familiar with. She was always quite a timid dog so we socialized her when she was young. She has a couple dog friends which she doesn’t growl at but I’m starting to get […]
Q&A: How to get my dog to go outside instead of using training pads?

Q&A: How to get my dog to go outside instead of using training pads?

Hi! I have a puppy (Border Collie mix). He is approximately 7 months old (I got him since he had 2 months). I house trained him in my apartment and he goes to pee and poop on his training pads. I was waiting until he had his full vaccines. Now I want to train him […]
Q&A: How to stop my dog from jumping on people?

Q&A: How to stop my dog from jumping on people?

Hello, my name is Brett and I am 12 years old. I have a purebred lab she is almost 2 and her name is Bella. She is very friendly and sometimes she can be very obnoxious to people and other dogs. We try the commands sit, stay, wait and even try holding her back when […]
Q&A: How do I keep my dog from picking things out of the trash?

Q&A: How do I keep my dog from picking things out of the trash?

How do I keep my dog (a rescue) from picking things out of the trash. For example, we cleaned his ears and then threw the stuff in the small bathroom garbage pail. He was after it immediately! What’s the best way to teach him that garbage cans are off limits? Thanks, Gail Isabel … Greetings […]
Q&A: How to get my dog to stop being aggressive towards people and other dogs?

Q&A: How to get my dog to stop being aggressive towards people and other dogs?

I have an elderly dog (around 11 years), and she’s always been the kind of dog to do what she wants no matter what I say. I have tried everything I can think of. If I walk her she is constantly pulling on the leash, jumping towards people and either attacking or overwhelmingly jumping up […]
Q&A: How to make my dog comfortable being alone?

Q&A: How to make my dog comfortable being alone?

I recently adopted a stray 10 year old shepard mix at the Humane Society. He is a wonderful boy but very clingy. He follows me from room to room and I have a small house and he is a big boy so he is literally always under foot. I did learn that his past he […]
Q&A: How to make my dog comfortable in his collar?

Q&A: How to make my dog comfortable in his collar?

Hello, I have a 4 month old Scottie (male) that is totally shutting down when I put his collar on him. We have had a collar on him since he was 2 months old and he had a very fluffy double coat – no problems. Several days ago he had his first puppy groom. Now […]
Q&A: How to make my dog comfortable in his crate?

Q&A: How to make my dog comfortable in his crate?

We have a 3mo old lab that every time I put into his crate he started rapidly breathing and salivating while he screams and howls, chews on the door of the crate and continues until he wears himself out. He calms down long enough to catch his breath and starts again. I have fed him […]
Q&A: How to keep my dog from chasing cars when walking him?

Q&A: How to keep my dog from chasing cars when walking him?

I have a 4 year old dog hes a border collie mix. He never learned to walk on a leash but now I’ve been trying to train him. A week ago I tried the halti head-collar and that worked for a few days , I have to walk him on the side of the road […]
Q&A: How do I stop dog from peeing when left alone?

Q&A: How do I stop dog from peeing when left alone?

I have an Irish terrier and he is 10 months old. We never leave him a lone for more than 4 hours at a time, and that only usually happens 3-4 times a week. Only recently he’s started to pee in the house when we leave him. I wouldn’t say he suffers from separation anxiety […]
Q&A: How to get my Dog to Stop Trying to Break Out of her Crate?

Q&A: How to get my Dog to Stop Trying to Break Out of her Crate?

Hello, I was wondering how I could get my 1 1/2 year old pitbull to stop trying to break out of her crate? She chews the bars & the plastic piece in the bottom of it if she’s left in there all day while I’m at work. And then she chews the carpet after she’s […]
Q&A: Dogs with a traumatic past

Q&A: Dogs with a traumatic past

Hi DTB My family just took in a maltese that had been rescued from a neglectful home. She is wonderful with our cats and our children. My eight year old actually seems to be her favorite person. She is quite sweet. However, she is very skittish, fearful of the leash and of putting anything onto […]
Q&A: To leash, or not to leash

Q&A: To leash, or not to leash

My family just took in a maltese that had been rescued from a neglectful home. She is wonderful with our cats and our children. My eight year old actually seems to be her favorite person. She is quite sweet. However, she is very skittish, fearful of the leash and of putting anything onto her, making […]
Q&A: Companionship for older dogs

Q&A: Companionship for older dogs

We recently adopted a small rescue dog (9 yrs old) to be a companion to our 10 yr old dog who has been lonely since our other dog died. From the description of the rescue dog from the rescue group, it seemed to be a perfect fit. We made a point that we wanted a […]
Q&A: Collar Chaos

Q&A: Collar Chaos

We have purchased a puppy border collie and we have had him 2 weeks. He’s almost ten weeks but we are struggling to get the collar on him. When attempting to put his collar on he yelps and runs and hides. The only way we can get his collar on if he’s asleep. Thank you, […]
Q&A: My dog can’t take no for an answer

Q&A: My dog can’t take no for an answer

Hi DTB I am the lucky owner of a sweet, playful, energetic black lab mix named Charley (11 months old). We adopted him when he was 7 months old and put him immediately in basic training. He knows his commands, is not destructive, gets oodles of exercise and really is just a joyful, exuberant pup. […]
Q&A: Making a rescue dog feel at home

Q&A: Making a rescue dog feel at home

Hi DTB I am adopting my first shelter dog tomorrow. She is 8-10 weeks old. They found her and 3 other puppies when they were maybe 4 weeks old. She isn’t very timid or anything like that but she is VERY shy. Is this because she hasn’t had much human interaction and she doesn’t know […]
Q&A: When should I reward my dog?

Q&A: When should I reward my dog?

When starting reward training for recall if your dog doesn’t come on the first call but does come after a couple of calls, should you reward this? I understand that we shouldn’t growl for not coming straight away but to reward him/her for coming after a couple of calls to me. I’d be very grateful […]
Q&A: Is it too late to potty train?

Q&A: Is it too late to potty train?

Hi DTB I have a four month beagle puppy. We’ve had her a couple of weeks now and never confined her because I was told not to and so that she can hang out with my other dog. However, as a result, I’m having a lot of trouble to potty train her. Is it too […]
Is my dog scared of me?

Is my dog scared of me?

Hi DTB I recently adopted a 3yr old pit mix female who has taken very well to my 11 year old daughter but is very skittish around me, me being a male. I have tried the treat trick and she still doesn’t like to come to me. If I sit on the couch not that […]
Q&A: My Dog Cannot Be Trained

Q&A: My Dog Cannot Be Trained

Hi DTB My question is, is there anything else that I can try beside what you have listed on your site? My dog is almost a year old and I have been training her since I got her when she was almost 7 weeks old. I really need to find a solution, she doesn’t listen […]
Q&A: My Dog Won’t Listen

Q&A: My Dog Won’t Listen

Hi DTB My dog has suddenly become stubborn and will not listen to me. She seems to have forgotten her basic training! Is there anything I can do? Farida   Hi Farida. Dogs, especially young dogs, consistently test and challenge their humans with this sort of thing. Typically we train our young dogs to be […]
Dealing with a Hyper Active Dog

Dealing with a Hyper Active Dog

DTB, I hope you can help me. I got a puppy from someone I know. She is about 8 or 9 months old and she is extremely hyper. Every time someone comes around her she starts jumping all over them and it doesn’t matter how many times you push her head away or her body […]
Q&A: When Good Dogs Go Bad

Q&A: When Good Dogs Go Bad

Hi DTB I have a 4 month old husky / shepherd mix. I’ve had her for 2 months and from the start I did crate training. At first she was fine but now she hates her crate. She soils the crate at night cause she knows I’ll have to take her out of it to […]
Q&A: Potty Training When It’s Raining

Q&A: Potty Training When It’s Raining

Hi DTB I have a wonderful 2-year-old female poodle mix that was brought up here to WA from Southern CA by a rescue group. We have a pet door going onto the deck/back yard and on nice days, she goes outside to potty. The catch is, we’re in Washington, known for our rain, and she […]
Q&A: Dealing With a Troublesome Rescue

Q&A: Dealing With a Troublesome Rescue

Hi DTB We adopted a Jack Russell approx 3months ago and his behaviour is going from bad to worse. We have 3 children aged 1, 10 and 14 and a West Highland Terrier. We explained on adoption that we were looking for a dog with minimal training needs as due to home and work we […]
Q&A: My Dog Has Separation Anxiety

Q&A: My Dog Has Separation Anxiety

Hi DTB! Do you have any suggestions for a dog with separation anxiety? We can not even go for laundry in the basement or walk outside without our 7 month old Bischon/Cavalier going insane. It’s very frustrating and he even just barks at as non stop when we are relaxing at night on the couch. […]
Q&A: My Puppy Thinks Her Leash Is A Chew Toy

Q&A: My Puppy Thinks Her Leash Is A Chew Toy

Please help! My 8 week old puppy is more distracted by the leash than anything. She would rather chew on it than focus on going potty. How can I successfully use the leash when taking her out to go potty?   Hi! Good question. So we put a leash on an 8 week old puppy […]
Q&A: Snack Attack

Q&A: Snack Attack

Hi there, I was just wondering, my dogs have a habit of always randomly eating their bikkies when I come outside. They have free access to bikkies all day and get meat at dinner time and they’ll eat their bikkies throughout the day but if they’re laying down and I come outside they get all […]
Q&A: My Dog Hates Her Crate

Q&A: My Dog Hates Her Crate

Q: We have 7 month old rescue. Was told she was crate trained.  We have tried wire and plastic crate.  Anytime I leave her in the crate alone (even just for a few minutes) she does one or more of the following: excessive salivating and vomiting, crying, barking, growling; she has chewed the plastic crate, […]
21 Things Every Puppy Should Learn

21 Things Every Puppy Should Learn

We often get the question, “What do I need to teach my puppy?”. To try answer this, we’ve created the below list of what every puppy should learn. It’s by no means comprehensive, but covers the necessities. to be comfortable in a crate, both when owners are home as well as when owners are gone […]
How To Manage A Frightened Puppy

How To Manage A Frightened Puppy

We often get asked how best to manage a frightened puppy. If your dog or puppy becomes frightened, keep the following in mind: Never hug or softly stroke your dog and softly tell him “it’s OK”… You are praising his fear! Avoid coddling your puppy. You can be praising his uncertainty without knowing. If you […]
How To Stop Your Dog From Digging

How To Stop Your Dog From Digging

Behaviors that are natural for dogs to do are the most difficult to eliminate. It is almost impossible to train a dog away from a natural or instinctive behavior. Dogs dig for many reasons: Exploration To bury something To get to an inanimate object that is buried (root, rock, piece of plastic or metal, something […]
Should I Hit My Dog? The Answer Is No.

Should I Hit My Dog? The Answer Is No.

In dog training (or in ANY interaction with ANY species, for that matter!), there is no room for direct angry contact of any human body part (e.g. hand, foot) to any part of the dog’s body. Of course, there IS room for kind contact of any kind: petting, patting, stroking, etc. Hitting does not teach […]
How To Stop A Puppy From Biting & Nipping

How To Stop A Puppy From Biting & Nipping

This article is in response to the many, many, questions I have received about nipping problems in puppies. It’s a common problem. I hope the following will help explain why it is so common and how to turn the behavior into something more agreeable for everyone. Why Puppies Bite & Nip Dogs live their life […]
Q&A: Potty Training a Rescue Dog

Q&A: Potty Training a Rescue Dog

Hi DTB We adopted a rescue dog in June, and we are working on potty training her. She is about 6 months old. She is a smaller dog (a mix of a beagle, and something else – nobody knows for sure). Anyway, her potty training has been very stressful. We take her out at regular […]
Q&A: How Do I Teach My Puppy To Be Independant?

Q&A: How Do I Teach My Puppy To Be Independant?

Hi DTB I have been trying to teach my puppy to become a little independent, as he always jumps on me or sits between my legs. I’ve been walking away from him every time he sits between my legs, but now he’s not coming when I call his name, and seems less happy and affectionate.  I’ve had him […]
Q&A: What Should I Do With My Puppy While I’m At Work?

Q&A: What Should I Do With My Puppy While I’m At Work?

I have a 5 months old male chihuahua and I currently have the pee pads but he never goes there, he does his business everywhere. I want to try to potty train him outside. When I’m not home (from 7h30 to 5h30), should I leave him in his cage? Do I leave him food and […]
Q&A: My dog won’t potty if we’re around!

Q&A: My dog won’t potty if we’re around!

We are having an issue with our 10 month old labradoodle, Sammie. She will gladly go potty outside when not on a leash and when she feels the need to while playing outside, but any other time she is taken outside she simply lays down on the ground (especially when the leash is on her)! […]
Q&A: How Do I Stop My Puppy From Chewing On The Crate Bars

Q&A: How Do I Stop My Puppy From Chewing On The Crate Bars

Can I just say thank you – your site is so useful! I do, however, want to know about chewing on the crate bars (when inside). Our 8 week old puppy does this when he’s looking for something to nibble on (even with his favourite toy and stuff Kong with him), and also at night […]
Q&A: Transitioning From Potty Pad To Outside

Q&A: Transitioning From Potty Pad To Outside

“I have a 12 week old puppy. He was “potty pad” trained by the breeder, and he is pretty reliable at using the pad. I have begun the process of transitioning him to going outside to potty. My question is, should I leave a potty pad inside for him or should I leave it as […]
Collar Training Your Puppy – The Basics

Collar Training Your Puppy – The Basics

Puppy collar training 101 – A collar needs to be one of the first things you deal with when a new puppy comes home. I usually purchase a cheap nylon collar long enough to allow room for the puppy to grow. I put a collar on my puppies within the first day or two home. […]
Why Wont My Dog Listen To Me?

Why Wont My Dog Listen To Me?

Is your furry friend not listening to you? Then you’ve come to the right place! Before we get started though, I thought you might enjoy this video: On a serious note though, a dog that won’t listen is a troublesome thing. Here’s what you need to know (and do) to overcome the “My Dog Won’t Listen […]
Becoming Pack Leader

Becoming Pack Leader

Dogs need leaders. They operate on a “pack” system: there are leaders and there are followers. If this system does not exist in a household, often the dog will slip into the leader spot. In their mind, somebody needs to be the leader. Although many dogs would rather not have that spot, they will still […]
Renaming A (Rescue) Dog

Renaming A (Rescue) Dog

Puppies in a litter are often named by the breeder reflecting a physical attribute the pup has (“Big Boy”, “Socks”, “Brownie”), or because of a specific collar color the breeder has put on them (in the case of dogs looking the same, like Golden Retrievers). Rescue dogs either come with the name they had at […]
Why You (Always) Need To Use A Dog Leash

Why You (Always) Need To Use A Dog Leash

I’ll explain this this by means of a story: We were up north at my family’s cottage for the Christmas holidays when Bailey, my Golden Retriever, was just a year old. Back then, we had two dogs: Bailey and Betsy, a seasoned Shepherd Mix. One cold but bright and snowy day, we ventured to the […]
How Long Does It Take To Train A Dog

How Long Does It Take To Train A Dog

When will my dog be TRAINED? “I can’t wait till my dog is TRAINED!” — as if that is an END?! ..and when will TRAINED be? When he sits? When he lies down? When he always comes? When he doesn’t jump on people? When he doesn’t get into the trash? When he can heel off […]
At What Age Should You Start Training Your Puppy

At What Age Should You Start Training Your Puppy

Formal obedience training – puppy training in a class situation – can start anywhere from 9 to 12 weeks of age. Most schools like to see the pup receive a series of 2 vaccinations given before starting in a class – for the pup’s protection, as well as the protection of all other pups in […]
Checklist For A Well-Behaved Dog

Checklist For A Well-Behaved Dog

Think you’ve got your hound well-trained? Measure up again our 17-point checklist for well-behaved dogs and let us know how you scored in the comments section below 🙂 Able to walk on a loose leash without pulling Able to greet friends and strangers without jumping or shying away Able to walk without chasing bicycles, children, […]
How To Soothe A Carsick Dog

How To Soothe A Carsick Dog

Most dogs and puppies are hesitant or reluctant when introduced to new situations and new places. This is a normal reaction – part of their survival instinct! Our job as their owner is to teach them that new places can be fun, or at least tolerable. The first place an owner should visit after bringing […]
How To Get Your Dog To Settle Down

How To Get Your Dog To Settle Down

PLACE! An effective way to deal with a dog that paces and does not relax is to interrupt that undesirable behavior. This is also an effective alternative to constant pestering. Using The Place Command: Use the umbilical leash to stop the pacing Step on leash and pick it up Hold leash Take dog to desired “relax” […]
How Can I Tell If My Dog Is In Pain?

How Can I Tell If My Dog Is In Pain?

I know this article isn’t really a training article, but I thought it would still be helpful. Lately, with the release of a very nice anti-inflammatory/pain medication (called Rimadyl), people have been wondering if the drug would be appropriate for their dog. I have had calls from owners saying “My dog is favoring his hind […]

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