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You may or may not have heard the term “Lassie Effect,” but did you know that it has two meanings? In the older sense, it refers to a particular breed — like a collie — becoming popular because of a film or TV show.  It’s named after that famous television dog Lassie, of course, but the effect has been seen with other breeds. For example, there was a surge in popularity of a certain breed after the film Beverly Hills Chihuahua was released. But there’s another meaning to “Lassie Effect,” that’s becoming more popular, and it refers to the positive

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All Kinds Of Heroes

When I asked Andre for his thoughts on Chicago to write this, the first thing he said was exactly the same as the first thing I thought — “What can I say about Chicago?” Like father, like son, right? And, really, what can you say, other than that it is a totally remarkable place, with many nicknames. The Windy City, the Second City, Chicagoland. It sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, which is the third largest of the Great Lakes and the only one contained entirely within the United States. It’s located in the heart of the country, and

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How To Bring Out Your Dog’s Inner Genius

How smart is your dog? It’s a question more and more people are asking and trying to answer with things like a DIY dog IQ test. Now, there are even more academic studies of the subject with some universities, like Yale, setting up their own centers for canine cognition. According to the New York Times, people are flocking to them to find out how smart their dogs are. But you don’t need to travel miles to a university lab to help improve your dog’s intelligence. Here are eight simple games you can play to help increase your dog’s smarts, fulfill

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Dog Training

Putting The Brakes On Pulling [VIDEO]

Do you know why your dog is pulling on the leash? Cesar does! In this video, he explains why you think your dog pulls, why your dog is really pulling, and what to do to stop it. Whether you need leash training for your dog or want to teach your pup to accept the leash, the secret to ending pulling is the same… Like 0

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How To Housetrain Your Puppy

In nature, a pup’s mother will quickly teach them not to soil the den. In the human world, we need to take on that challenge if we want to have a happy relationship. In this exclusive video, Andre Millan drops in on Dog Psychology Center trainer Todd Langston for the inside scoop on getting your puppy to do his business outside and the secrets on how to potty train a puppy. Watch now! Like 0

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Biting

How To Stop A Puppy From Biting And Chewing

Young dogs learn to explore the world with their mouths since they don’t have hands that they can grab things with. Often, this inevitably leads to a puppy nipping or biting at anything that comes near its face, particularly parts of people, as well as to destroying anything around the house it can get its teeth on. While it can be cute when a tiny puppy tries to do it, it’s an important habit to break because nipping and destructive chewing are two the biggest reasons that adult dogs wind up abandoned in shelters once the cute factor wears off.

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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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Fun Ways To Include Your Dog In Holiday Festivities

While most people may be focused on what gifts to give or how to fit in every holiday party on their schedule, Pack Leaders also have another goal: dog-friendly holidays. Part of this means keeping your dog safe during festivities. The holidays can be perilous for four-legged family members if you’re not careful. Just a few things to watch out for include: cord chewing and tinsel eating, trees and other decorations that can fall, and dangerous reactions to noisemakers. For a more extensive list, check out our story on Holiday survival tips for pets. But the holidays don’t have to

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Dog Care

How To Meet A Timid Dog

In “The Language of Dogs,” volume two of Cesar’s Essentials of Dog Behavior video series,  Cesar comes to the rescue of Alex and Barret, whose dog Lucy is afraid of everything that isn’t them. Continuing where his “Socialization” DVD left off, Cesar shares his wisdom to teach us how dogs communicate with each other and how we can communicate with them in a way they will understand. Do we really understand what dogs are “saying?” And, if not, how can we bridge the gap between them and us? Only by truly understanding the language of dogs will we be able to

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5 Comandos Esenciales Que Puedes Enseñar A Tu Perro

Tener un perro entrenado no es lo mismo que tener un perro equilibrado, pero adiestrarlo en comandos básicos de obediencia puede ser útil en la hora de abordar los problemas de comportamiento, que tiene ahora o que podrá desarrollarse en el futuro. Así que, ¿por dónde empezar con el entrenamiento de obediencia canina? Podrías tomar una clase, pero no es necesario, tú mismo puedes adiestrar a tu mascota. De hecho, con la actitud correcta, ¡el adiestramiento puede ser un proceso muy divertido para tu perro y para ti! Sienta Este es uno de los comandos de obediencia más fáciles para

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