Dog Marking & House Soiling
Dog marking and house soiling may smell the same, but they are two entirely different things. Learn the difference as well as how to treat and prevent both behaviors.
Stop dog chewing
How can I stop my puppy from chewing everything in sight?
Stages of puppy development
Just as the saying “a chip off the old block” often holds true for humans, it can apply to dogs as well. Puppies that are well-socialized are more likely to come from dogs that are well-socialized. A basic part of a pup’s socialization is based on their mother’s attitude–relaxed or skittish–toward people. The way you […]
Transitioning dog from crate training
Question: How do you know when your dog no longer needs her crate for housetraining? Answer: When you transition your dog from long stretches inside her crate to extended periods outside her crate, do so gradually. Many people make the mistake of immediately offering the dog free reign of the house–and then are surprised to […]
Accidents in housetrained dogs
Question: Why is my housetrained dog suddenly having accidents? Answer: When you notice a sudden change in your pet’s elimination habits, the first step is to visit your veterinarian. Problems such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease, bladder stones, and gastrointestinal diseases can lead to inappropriate urination or defecation (in other words, changes in where […]
How and when to end housetraining
The secret to effective housetraining is to ease out of it gradually. What you don’t want to do is suddenly give your puppy free access to the house. You’re just asking for accidents. Time to stop housetraining If your puppy hasn’t had an indoor accident in at least two weeks, slowly give her more freedom. […]
Raising a puppy: Dealing with dog adolescence
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on the toughest phase of puppy raising
Dog is suddenly aggressive
Question: Why is my dog suddenly aggressive toward other dogs? Answer: Without meeting your dog, it’s impossible to know for sure. That said, here are some of the most common reasons dogs begin to show aggression toward other dogs: 1. The dog is coming into adolescence. Adolescent dogs are little fur-covered containers of raging hormones. […]
Car sick dog?
Question: How can I keep my dog from getting car sick? Answer: It’s not uncommon for dogs to experience motion sickness, particularly young dogs or dogs who haven’t traveled before. The best way to prevent it is to accustom a young dog to travel in a positive way. Many instances of motion sickness are related […]
Prevent dog collar sensitivity?
Question: How do I prevent my dog from getting sensitive about collar grabs? Answer: Twenty percent of dog bites occur when a family member grabs the dog by the scruff or collar. One doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out why. Obviously, the dog has learned that when people grab his collar, […]
Dog collar sensitivity?
Question: My dog hates being grabbed by the collar. What can I do? Answer: It’s important to treat the problem. Twenty percent of dog bites occur when a family member grabs the dog by the scruff or collar. The dog’s learned that when he’s grabbed by the collar, bad things happen, and he reacts defensively. […]
Dog Biting and Mouthing
Curbing biting or mouthing in your dog or puppy
Just like human teens, dogs go through a stage where they're hyper, have short attention spans, and an irresistible urge to explore. Learn how to handle with your furry teen.
The trouble with puppies
9 drawbacks to adopting a puppy