Everyone loves looking into the big, sweet eyes of their dog. What we love more though, is forming bonds with our furry pals and learning their personalities. We’d love those good boys and girls with or without their cute eyeballs. In fact, one TikTok-famous dog has no eyeballs and I’m in love with him! He goes …
As unforgettably portrayed to American audiences in the classic movie, Home Alone, waking up to find that you are on your own can be entirely thrilling at times and utterly terrifying at others. Just like little Kevin in the movie, our fur babies tend to fall in one of two camps. They either grab the …
It’s a scene we’ve all been party to a million times or more. The table is set, the family is seated, and as you attempt to take that first bite of the delicious meal you’ve lovingly prepared, you become distracted by a most unwelcome site. Your beloved family dog is seated very nearby, eyeing your …
We have all heard the horror stories of dogs choking on small items, getting into dangerous medications, or being poisoned by spiteful neighbors.
Empower yourself and protect your pooch from these types of dangers by teaching the “Leave it” and “Drop it” commands that could one day save his life.
Note: Professional dog trainer, Jess Rollins, recommends spending just 15 minutes a day in 5 minute sessions working on these skills to prevent your dog from becoming bored or frustrated.
Teaching the “Leave It” Command This is your first line of defense when trying to keep your dog away from something that could potentially cause him harm. It is also useful in protecting others from your dog in the case of pups that enjoy chasing bikers, joggers, squirrels, etc.
While there are several steps, don’t feel intimidated. Dogs are highly intelligent and eager to please. Chances are they will catch on quickly and the instructions account for slip-ups and minor setbacks.
Step One: Place a desi..
When a rain-filled weather report interrupts your dog’s regular exercise and bathroom break routine, simple things become immensely more complicated. You prepare for pee stains on the carpet, stinky surprises in the hallway, and a rambunctious pet with too much energy for indoor activities.
Refusing to go outside in the rain is common in dogs. Think about it, you don’t like getting soaked by the rain, and your dog is no different. They’re used to the good life of memory-foam dog beds and a bin full of toys, and being forced into the damp outdoors isn’t something they take lightly. Unfortunately, staying inside every time it rains isn’t an option. You need to get your dog outside to do their business and run off energy, and here are a few tips on how to make them more comfortable with getting wet.
1. Lead by being a good example. Dogs get a lot of their personality quirks from their humans. If you hate the rain and yell out or act otherwise startled or uncomfortable when it starts ra..
Your shoes are safer around a senior dog than they are a puppy, and most older dogs have long-since mastered basic obedience. But that doesn’t mean training is no longer important. Old age doesn’t stop a dog from learning new tricks, and continued training is a big part of maintaining mental and physical health. There’s also the fact that senior dogs aren’t perfect, and training can help fend off problem behaviors.
Whether you’ve loved your dog since they were a pup or recently adopted them from a shelter, here’s what to know about training a senior dog.
Flickr/Eli Christman Assess Their Training History If your dog has spent their entire life by your side, assessing where they are with training is easy. It’s more complicated for families that recently adopted a senior from a shelter. Your newly adopted dog’s past life is probably a complete mystery, and you don’t know what kind of training they’ve already received. To make sure your training is as worthwhile as it should be, take ti..
You’ve probably seen us discuss why it’s important to teach your dog a strong recall. And you may have rolled your eyes at us because even after begging…
…and calling his name until you’re hoarse, your dog is still anywhere that you aren’t. Across the street. Across the park. He could be across an ocean, because that’s how much attention he’s giving you when you call him.
It may seem impossible, but don’t lose hope! iHeartDogs’ Master Trainer Jesse Ciletti and her lovely assistant, Abby show that it CAN BE DONE! Check out the video below to see how to get your dog to come running any time you call him using positive reinforcement, no matter what distractions may stand in the way.
They make it look so easy!
Remember to use whatever sort of positive reinforcement your dog prefers, and never jerk on his leash. If your dog already has bad habits when you call his name, check out How To Correct A Dog That Doesn’t Come When Called.
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Belly rubs and head scratches are one thing, but not every dog is comfortable with body handling. All that poking and prodding puts them on edge, and it can lead to fearful and sometimes aggressive reactions. Having their teeth brushed, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, and bodies examined is necessary for their health, but good luck explaining that to your dog. Being comfortable with body handling doesn’t come naturally to dogs, and it’s a dog owner’s responsibility to help their pooch through it.
Should You Be Training Your Dog For Better Body Handling? There are some confident canines that learn to tolerate certain kinds of body handling, but no matter their comfort level, training a dog to cope with body handling is always a good idea. VetStreet tells pet owners the best time to start is during the puppy stage. By introducing the concept of positive touch early on, you set your puppy up for a future of relaxed vet visits and easy grooming sessions. But even if your dog is past their p..
Teaching your dog to love their crate should be a top priority for any new pet parent. Dogs are den animals, and enjoy small spaces where they can hide when they feel unsafe, or rest at nap time. It’s a safe space in your home that your dog considers his own. Crate training is easy to do and shouldn’t be something that makes you feel guilty or as if you’re subjecting your dog to “doggy jail”.
Understandably, some owners are firmly anti-crate, and that’s fine. You should never use the kennel as a “time out” space. And it is most definitely not a “cage” where your dog is confined for long periods of time. If your rescue dog’s past owner used the crate in a negative way, he may have an aversion to it. Perhaps a crate isn’t for him, but most dogs appreciate having their own space where they can relax.
Getting your dog to love their crate is going to take time. But with patience, your dog will see it as a home of their own.
1. Choosing The Right Crate You might prefer a spacious room, b..
With their satiny soft ears, perfectly plump paw pads, and irresistible puppy dog eyes, falling in love with your new puppy is easy. What you teach your new puppy, however, is a different story. Countless cute puppies grow up to be adult dogs with unmanageable behavior problems, and animal shelters are filled with dogs that were surrendered because no one took the time to train them. If you want your puppy to grow into the adult dog you’ve always wanted, training should be a top priority. Puppies are never too young to learn, and your training sessions should start the day you bring your new family member home.
Here are the first 10 lessons to teach your new puppy to get your relationship started on the right paw.
1. Potty Training For the sake of your flooring, potty training should be first on the agenda of things to teach your new puppy. You’ll need to consider your living situation and your puppy’s vaccination schedule before getting started, but potty tr..