The Dog Trainer wants you and your dog to have a wonderful time together. If you’ve got a puppy, get simple, sensible pointers for raising her. Rambunctious adolescent? Transform him into a civilized adult. As for the grownups, no dog is too old to learn new tricks — or better manners. The Dog Trainer explains how to get the polite behaviors you want and then turn those behaviors into lifelong habits. Whether you’re housetraining, teaching your dog to roll over, or wondering how to evaluate a dog walker, The Dog Trainer can help.
Here's the Latest Episode from The Dog Trainer’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Teaching and Caring for Your Pet:
Cats: Mysterious. Antisocial. Low-maintenance. Or none of the above? The Dog Trainer shares a few things you might not have known about that "other" animal living in your house. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1wT8neR
Many people would like their dog to be protective. But is that such a good idea? Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1FpWH82
What is there besides socialization, housetraining, exercise, good food, and veterinary care? The Dog Trainer has 4 more important ways to look out for your dog’s well-being. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1Aj5bwM
Learn why training's never done, and why there's ... absolutely nothing wrong with that. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1MaFCUZ
Get 5 tips for deciding whether fostering dogs is right for you and your family. Plus, choosing a group to volunteer with. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1Dv0TCq
If you're not a veterinarian, how do you know which vets are good? 7 tips to help you find a vet who's right for your dog. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1Cgk8D6
Just because your dog has a fur coat doesn't mean he's an all-weather animal. Get 6 tips to keep him safe and comfortable when the temperature drops. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1BcfFhM
Your dog's got something in his mouth, and you need to get it back. Learn how to teach your dog to give or drop items on cue - happily, and with no conflict. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1C5HERS
How to decide whether your dog should sleep in the bed with you, on his own bed, or in a crate. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1IstJ8f
Keep trespassing cats safe from dogs. Teach your dog not to chase and kill outdoor cats. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1AxAa9j
What circumstances might lead a dog to bite a child? Learn what mistakes people often make, and what to do if your dog bites your child. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1HBkfci
What steps does your dog trainer recommend first? Which ones do ethical trainers use only as last resorts? Learn what an educated, honest trainer will and won't recommend. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1zxgLnp
A dog who used to be in pain started behaving aggressively toward other dogs. Now she feels better, but she's still aggressive. How can she learn to have dog friends again? Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1yxhoPR
Learn how to teach your dog to look at you on cue, check in with you, and pay attention to you on walks. Turn attentiveness into a game, so your dog wants to focus on you. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1I5DewN
What if your dog has to have a leg amputated, because of illness or accident? Learn how "tripod" dogs cope and what you can expect. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/11UfkTA
Learn why housetraining may break down when you move, how to figure out what may be causing the problem, and what to do about it. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1vwAO6U
Sometimes our attention can scare our dogs or even punish them. How to tell if that's happening, and what to do about it.
Can dogs judge human beings' social behavior? What human social cues do dogs learn from? Scientists try to find out. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1twrZpw
Learn how behavioral medications are used and how the right medication can help your dog. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1Dx2hDU
How to figure out which shelter dogs are friendly and right for you. Learn how to find a dog you can enjoy living with. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/ZLKV8U
If your dog walks ahead of you, is he dominant? Learn about this and other myths about rank and dominance in dogs.
Excitable dogs may run after playing children. Teach your dog to stop the chase with these 5 tips. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1CSmXrw
Old dogs can be happy dogs! 5 tips to help your dog age gracefully and stay healthy. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1qRBFGf
Dogs don't choose where they live, or who they live with, or when to go for a walk. But lack of control makes all kinds of animals more anxious. How can a good caretaker give her dog the control that builds confidence?
Plenty of dogs like to chase the ball, but then don't bring it back for you to throw again. How to teach a "keep-away" dog to play fetch instead.
A dog has separation anxiety. He is taught to sit and stay on cue. But once his handler goes out of sight, he freaks. What next?
You're trying to teach your puppy to lie down on cue, but she bounces up, she nips at your hand for the treats, and in general she acts like a hooligan. What to do?
Teach your dog to get what she wants by acting low-key, and lower her stress levels by helping her feel safe. Have a low-key dog who's not under constant stress!
Constant play can be intense and annoying. Is it really play, and what should you do about it?
Extending leashes teach dogs to pull and can endanger you and your dog. Learn how to use a long line instead.
Are clicker training and other reward-based methods permissive? Is "dog-friendly" training just a bunch of cookie-pushing?
How and when to socialize your puppy so she grows into a friendly, confident dog. Visit the website to read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/1uHxBk4
Learn how to find a groomer who will handle your dog gently, and what to look for in the grooming salon.
Learn the 3 advantages of using treats and other rewards to train your dog. Learn how to avoid the disadvantages, and why generosity rules.
If you cry and your dog nuzzles you and licks your face, is she trying to comfort you? Researchers try to figure out whether dogs feel empathy.
Does your dog lunge and bark at skateboarders, bicyclists, or other dogs? Learn how to manage and improve his behavior, and maybe solve the problem.
Some children with autism spectrum disorders can benefit from a service dog. Learn what an autism service dog does and how to find a dog.
Learn how to help a scaredy-dog get over fear of going up and down stairs. Encouragement and starting small are the keys.
Puppy classes can help you socialize your puppy and learn about how she communicates. You'll get puppy-rearing pointers as well. Learn what a good puppy class can do for you.
Getting a new dog? You'll need a few things, and we're not just talking collars and leashes here. Find out what equipment and supplies - and what household negotiations - should precede the arrival of your dog.
What are the arguments against tail docking?
Why are some dogs' tails docked? What are the arguments for tail docking?
5 reasons why punishment isn't a good way to train your dog
How dogs communicate with their eyes, mouths, and facial expressions.
We often think about the risks to our own dog -- but what risks might our dog pose to other dogs? What's the ethical and responsible thing to do if your dog fights with other dogs, even if he doesn't hurt them?
Every time you let your dog off leash, you’re taking a risk. Does that make off-leash play the wrong thing to do? What about other risks people take with their dogs? Is absolute safety the only good choice?
You may have heard that deaf dogs are aggressive, or that they're impossible to train. Actually, deaf dogs learn just as well as hearing dogs do, and they can be wonderful companions.
Learn how to increase the income of your local dog behavior consultant by raising a dog who’s fearful, aggressive, and un-housetrained. Or do the opposite, and up the odds of having a friendly, confident pet.
For people who are afraid of dogs, here are simple tips to avoid problems and read dog behavior so you can tell what a dog is likely to do. Remember, most dogs don’t want to hurt you!
English Bulldogs may suffer from more health problems, and more severe health problems, than any other breed. That's no accident - it's the result of the way they're bred.
Are some breeds smarter than others? Do doggy IQ tests really measure intelligence? The Dog Trainer delves into the smart dog fray.
Here’s how to teach your dog to enjoy wearing a muzzle – and why to teach him! Also: When should your dog absolutely, positively not be muzzled?
A puppy mill dog may have spent her entire life in a cage before being rescued. In a frightening new world, how can you help her adjust and learn to feel safe?
Dogs can detect incredibly faint odors. But what if their human handlers give them the wrong cues? The Dog Trainer explores the complexities in the work of detection dogs.
Dogs can detect incredibly faint odors. But what if their human handlers give them the wrong cues?
Learn 3 tips to help your dog relax around stuff he guards -- even before you start a behavior program.
If your dog has a behavior problem, you're probably wondering and speculating on what caused it. Did something happen way back in your dog's puppyhood, before you adopted him, to cause the issue? Turns out, it doesn't matter. And here's why...
Service dogs - how to have good manners around them, what they do, what rights disabled people have when using service dogs.
As long as you're making New Year's resolutions, make some for your dog! 6 ways to make your dog happier and better behaved, this year and every year.
Domestic dogs don't hunt in family groups the way their wolf ancestors did (and do!). But they're still predators -- sometimes in unexpected ways.
You'll often hear that a previously friendly dog suddenly bit a person "out of nowhere." But did she really? Or did stressors pile up till the dog just broke?
You've taught your dog to come when called -- congratulations! Except ... forget about it when she's playing with other dogs. How can you get her to pay attention to you then?
More reasons why your cat may be avoiding the litter box -- and how to get her back into good habits once you've resolved those problems.
Cats don't usually need to be "litter box trained" the way dogs need to be housetrained. But if the litter box doesn't match your cat's preferences for a comfy toilet, she may find somewhere else to go. In Part 1 of this series, the Dog Trainer explains what makes an attractive litter box, and what doesn't.
Until recently, there's been no independent safety testing of car harnesses for dogs -- only manufacturers' claims in ads. Now the Center for Pet Safety, an independent nonprofit, reports and names names. Hang on to your seatbelts; it's going to be a bumpy ride.
It’s often said that when we comfort a frightened dog, we’re rewarding fear. Learn whether that’s true, and how best to help out your worried, startled, or frightened dog.
Learn what to do if your dog is super-friendly, but your guests aren't happy to have him greet them.
Why do some dogs interfere when people are kissing, necking, or having sex? And what should you do about it? Find out
There’s more to good dog-walking than just holding one end of the leash. Here’s what to look for in the person you trust to take your dog out – and what to avoid.
Learn how to teach your dog to go to her bed on cue, and to park herself there voluntarily. So handy when you can’t bring her to the right spot yourself and when you don’t want to crate her!