Dog training tip - what does your dog's name mean to him?

I was in the park with my client and we were working on off leash control strategies with his rambunctious one-year-old Border Collie mix. Jake was not too interested in anything at the moment besides the squirrel jumping from branch to branch in a big oak tree. My client was calling Jake repeatedly before I asked him what he wanted Jake to do when he called his name. My client told me that he wanted Jake to come to him when he called. I then asked him if he wanted him to come to him every time when he called him. "Yes, he said, but I sometimes want him to look at me when I say his name so I get his attention so then I can ask him to do something else."

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Your dog refuses to walk? Try this.

It is not uncommon for dogs to refuse to walk sometimes when they are outside. They might just "put the brakes on", or they might sit or lie down.

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Jeff Millman
The advice you give is to excitedly say "Let's go?" I think every dog owner says this already. That won't make a dog start walking... Read More
Saturday, 04 August 2012 15:23
Jeff Millman
You must not have read the whole post. Did you see the other suggestions such as throwing a toy, or working on stay combined with ... Read More
Sunday, 05 August 2012 04:45
Sal Morelli
Just got a new puppy 10 weeks old. Starting to play fetch with her, using a new paint roller. She is getting the idea. But will on... Read More
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Feeling frustrated with your dog? Give him more time and exercise.

I just returned from a trip out of town to visit my wife's family for Thanksgiving. Fortunately our friends and family that we stay with allow us to bring our dogs with us when we spend the night. We also spent the last night in a hotel that allows dogs. We even brought our three dogs to Thanksgiving dinner. Their behavior always makes me very proud. They were gentle with the kids, they did not try and steal food and they played appropriately with my brother-in-law's puppy.

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Winter dog training activity - proof behaviors

Looking for an indoor activity to work on with your dog when the weather prohibits extended training and exercise? Try proofing behaviors that you have taught your dog.

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Dog crate training tip - set up a long term confinement area

It is important to set up provisions for a long-term confinement area even if you don’t think you are going to use it every day. There will be times (and there should be – dinner and a movie with your loved ones!) that you will need to leave your puppy for a longer period of time than he can hold it. If you haven’t thought about this ahead of time, you will be stuck, or worse, your puppy will have an accident in the crate or destroy something in your home.

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Jeff Millman
Scrutinize the design. When selecting a wire frame crate, consider the size of the wire; be sure your dog's paws won't fall throug... Read More
Thursday, 10 May 2012 05:19
Jeff Millman
Hi... Thanks for sharing this type of info....keep up the good work ..
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Ways to keep dog training sessions interesting

Have you ever gotten bored working on "Sit, Down and Stay?" Sometimes it helps to have some suggestions for ways to make training a bit more interesting. Here are some simple ways to keep it fun for you and your dog.

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Puppy housetraining troubleshooting tips

Housetraining a dog can be a very frustrating experience. Especially if you had a dog in the past that was unusually easy to housetrain, your current dog might seem "flawed" or you might be at your wits end. Here are some general tips to keep in mind and some ideas to try if you are frustrated with your puppy.

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Assess a dog’s anxiety to treat dog to dog aggression

Dogs exhibit specific signs of stress when they are under duress. If you know what to look for in your dog aggressive dog, you can help him remain calm around dogs. To do this, you need to learn his specific signals and then move him away when stress occurs. 

If day in and day out your dog is kept comfortable around other dogs, he will learn that he doesn’t need to be “on guard” when dogs around. This will lower his anxiety.

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Can doggie daycare cause dog aggression and behavior problems?

Dog daycares are quite common in Chicago. Especially these days with the economy in shambles, people have a tendency to work longer hours and might even need to take on a second job to make ends meet. It is easy to feel guilty about dogs not getting enough exercise or attention. So many people look into dog daycare to provide their dogs with necessary exercise and social interactions. But, can these trips to daycare cause more problems than they help? In a short answer, I would say, yes.
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Improve your dog training skills - have someone watch you train

Want to take your dog training skills to the next level? Enlist the help of someone to watch you train and give you constructive help based on the following criteria:
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