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5 Ways To Make The Walk More Interesting

Dogs need walks. Walks provide them with exercise, help you assert your position as Pack Leader, and bring some fun to the day for both of you. But what do you do when that fun fades and you and your dog seem to just be going through the motions, bored and waiting for the walk to be over so you can go back home? It doesn’t have to be this way, and we’ve come up with five dog-walk tips designed to alleviate boredom for both you and your pup. Take the road less traveled Lots of dog lovers come up

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Agression

Secrets To Housebreaking Adult Dogs

  When most people think about housebreaking a dog, they imagine an adorable little scamp that fits in the palm of their hand and plays with toys all day — in other words, a puppy. But what if you have an older dog that isn’t housebroken because she’s a rescue? The rules for training adult dogs can be a bit different. First and foremost, you want to determine two things: The issue isn’t due to a medical problem. The soiling isn’t a behavioral issue. If you discover that the issue is related to either of those things, there are specific

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Cesar’s 5 Rules For Choosing A Dog Trainer

By Cesar Millan 1. First, ask yourself what you want your dog to learn. Is your dog like one of the extreme cases on my TV shows? Then learning “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “heel” is not necessarily the first lesson your dog needs. Some dog trainers don’t do rehabilitation, some don’t do obedience work, and some do both. Choose the right tool for the job you need done. 2. Think about your own philosophy and ethics. For example, some people are opposed to choke chains. I am not opposed to them and find them helpful in some cases, when used

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Problems Walking Your Dog? – Cesar’s Best Tips and Tricks

Many people don’t take their dogs on as many dog walks as they should because they have problems keeping their dog under control. Whether it’s the dog pulling, lunging, or other dog problems, there’s hope! Here are my tips on how to walk your dog, stay in control, and make sure you have the right dog collar and leash. Please take time this month to work on the dog walk. 1. Be aware of your energy and body language while walking dog. Make sure you are communicating a message that says, ‘I am the pack leader!’ Keep your head up

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Choosing a Professional Trainer

How Cesar Built A Successful Dog Training Career

Do you want to work with dogs? Here’s the story of how I created a successful dog training career— and a fulfilling life. I hadn’t been living in Los Angeles long when I landed a job washing limos. There was one big perk—the owner had two dogs, and I got to train them in the yard while I cleaned the fleet of cars. Soon after, my boss asked me to train his friends’ dogs, too. One day, however, he called me in and told me I was fired! That was difficult because I really needed the money, but it set

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5 Essential Commands You Can Teach Your Dog

Having a trained dog isn’t the same as having a balanced dog, but if your dog knows a few basic commands, it can be helpful when tackling problem behaviors — existing ones or those that may develop in the future. So where do you start with dog obedience training? You could take a class, but it’s not necessary; you can do it yourself. In fact, with the right attitude, it can be fun for both you and your dog! Sit This is one of the easiest dog obedience commands to teach, so it’s a good one to start with. Hold

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Starting Your Puppy Off Right!

By Cesar Millan People often ask me at what age they should start puppy training. The answer is immediately! Here are some quick tips on the steps to training and maintaining an obedient and balanced dog from the start. New puppy owners often make the mistake of endlessly worrying about finding the right accessories, puppy treats, or bed. They spend little or no time thinking about how or what they will teach their new puppy. Yes, a puppy needs nutritious food and a safe, warm place to live, but another equally powerful and important biological necessity is the need for

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Choosing a Professional Trainer

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement can be a powerful training tool for dogs, but it’s not as simple as just praising everything that your pup does. If you want to get that most success out of positive reinforcement training, there are a number of important Do’s and Don’ts to follow. Do… Immediately Praise and Reward Desired Behavior Dogs live in the moment, so your response should be immediate. This can include both treats and affection, and should be used whenever your dog does something that you want them to do. If you’re house training a dog, treat him every time he does his

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How To Help Dogs Get Along

  It’s an all-too-familiar scenario. Two humans try to blend their existing packs and wind up with their dogs fighting and creating chaos. It can happen with roommates moving in together, people trying to date, or even when bringing a new dog into an existing pack. It doesn’t have to be this way and, short of having one or more dogs that are red zone cases (which will require a professional trainer’s help), you can take steps to prevent this problem before it happens or solve it if it does. Before the dogs meet One big mistake people make when

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Tricks For Treats: Training Your Dog With Food

Food is a powerful motivator for dogs — which is why it can often be very effective for obedience training. You are asking your dog to complete what may be a complicated task for her — understand a verbal or visual cue and then perform a desired behavior. This may seem straightforward and simple to you, but dogs don’t communicate this way in nature. By harnessing the power of something that is very primal to them — food — you can make learning the task much easier for them. Here are a few tips for how to approach food-oriented obedience

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