Basic obedience commands

  • Control biting and jumping up

    Control biting and jumping up

    Teaching puppies not to bite

  • Training with reinforcement

    Training with reinforcement

    Effective strategies for successful dog training

  • Dominance: Dog training’s dirty word

    Dominance: Dog training’s dirty word

    Why dominance training is so controversial

  • Dog doesn’t listen?

    Dog doesn’t listen?

    Question: Why does my dog seem to ignore commands? Answer: Ever look at the caller ID on your phone and think, “It’s so-and-so with more complaining–this time I’m not picking up…”? Like people, dogs are moved to action by what they associate with pain and pleasure. We will do anything to avoid pain and gain […]

  • Dog training and non-food rewards

    Dog training and non-food rewards

    Question: What can I use besides food as a training reward? Answer: The answer to this question is both easy and complicated–it really depends on your dog. An appropriate training reward is anything that your dog will work for in order to gain access to it, such as a chew toy, getting to go for […]

  • Make dog training fun?

    Make dog training fun?

    Question: How do I get my dog to enjoy our training sessions? Answer: If you really think about it, training time is play time–training should be a fun experience for both you and your dog. Remember to keep your attitude light-hearted and consider this time together a part of the bonding experience. If your training […]

  • Teaching old dogs new tricks

    Teaching old dogs new tricks

    Training adult and senior dogs

  • Dog pulling on leash?

    Dog pulling on leash?

    Question: Why does my dog pull on leash and how can I get her to stop? Answer: That’s an excellent question. First of all, your dog isn’t really pulling on the leash so much as she’s being pulled by things in the environment that stimulate and attract her instincts. Of course, all dogs are different, […]

  • Clicker training?

    Clicker training?

    Question: What’s clicker training? Answer: Clicker training has been used for years to train marine mammals, and it’s very effective with dogs, too. All you need is a clicker–a small plastic box with a metal tab that clicks when you press it–and treats. Clicker training lets the dog know he’s doing what you want precisely […]

  • The all-important recall command

    The all-important recall command

    Bringing your dog back

  • A 10-step guide to good dog behavior

    A 10-step guide to good dog behavior

    Raising a well-behaved dog is the holy grail for most pet owners — use the tips in our handy 10 steps to good behavior guide to help keep your dog on the right track.

  • Test for dog intelligence?

    Test for dog intelligence?

    Question: Is there a quick way to test for a dog’s smartness? Answer: Yep, you can easily test his problem-solving ability: Put a cookie under the sofa and see if he tries more than one way to get at it. Does he twist his head around? Twist his body? Use his paws to try and […]

  • Which obedience class for my dog?

    Which obedience class for my dog?

    Question: My dog already knows “sit” and “stay.” Is a beginner obedience class the right level for her? Answer: Yes. A great trainer will offer you more information than just teaching you how to teach your dog obedience commands. A great instructor will offer guidance on the most important aspect of training which is how […]

  • Basic obedience commands

    Basic obedience commands

    Obedience training for dogs and puppies

  • Interview with dog trainer Debby Knott

    Interview with dog trainer Debby Knott

    Four questions from the floor of APDT