• Dog Training

  • How to Stop a Dog from Begging

    Before you begin to retrain your dog in order to eliminate this behavior, it is very important to first realize where it came from in the first place. The fact is that if your dog has never been given food from the table, it is unlikely that he would waste his time begging. If the behavior had never been rewarded it probably would not continue.

    • How to Stop a Dog from Licking Itself

      The initial treatment is the same but dogs lick themselves for a number of reasons and depending on what is making them lick will determine how you address the problem.

    • The Myth of Alpha - Part 2

      Remember what Stanley Coren said about forcing a dog over on her back every day? (See The Myth of Alpha (Part 1). He said that this position "signifies submission to the authority of a dominant member of the pack." But dogs don't think symbolically.

    • Trick or Treat - Using Treats to Train a Dog

      When he obeys, give him the treat, praise him, and use your other hand to pet him under the ears. Continue to do this and the dog will start to feel that a soft tug on the collar means, he’s supposed to hold still.

    • The Myth of Alpha - Part 1

      If the alpha dog theory were true, I would be creating problems by allowing my dog Freddie—an un-neutered male Dalmatian—to think he was the pack leader, right?

    • Training your Dog

      An untrained dog can also be a danger to itself and others. If your dog won’t come back when called, it could easily run out of the park and onto the road, potentially injuring itself, or worse, causing an accident that injures others.

    • Training a Rescue Dog

      Training a rescue dog is easily one of the most rewarding of all the different ‘jobs’ a dog can be trained to do. The training itself is fun and must always be a positive experience for the dog.

    • Vocalization in Dogs

      Contrary to popular and long standing opinion that barking is merely a response to boredom, current research shows that it is instead a specific form of communication used among dogs, along with body language and olfactory (smell) messages.

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  • Guest Article

    Colleen Pelar
    Colleen Pelar

    Colleen Pelar, CPDT, is the author of Living with Kids and Dogs.

    Article: A New Dog with Old Kids

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