Dog Training

Muzzle Training in 8 Simple Steps

Muzzle Training, The Academy of Pet Careers

Teaching a dog to love their muzzle is pretty easy. Just follow the steps to learn muzzle training. 1. Show the muzzle to the dog in one hand and offer tasty treats with your other hand. Once the dog has had a couple treats, hide the muzzle behind your back. Pause for 8-10 seconds and…

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The Benefits of Using a Dog Muzzle

Dog Muzzle, The Academy of Pet Careers

At The Academy of Pet Careers, all students (both grooming and training) learn to acclimate dogs to wearing a muzzle because it’s such an important skill to have. And as a professional trainer and behavior consultant, I believe that every dog should learn to be comfortable wearing a muzzle.   Many people cringe at the…

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The Myth of Dominance in Dogs

Dominance in Dogs, The Academy of Pet Careers

For a couple decades the common wisdom surrounding humans’ best friend is that they are controlled by an internal drive for ‘dominance’. We have been told that dogs will try to take control of our family and that our job as the human is to show them who is in charge – that we are…

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Coping With Leash Reactivity

Leash Reactivity, The Academy of Pet Careers

Does your dog walk beautifully with you until he sees another dog or strange person or cat or car or skateboard or . . . anything else that suddenly appears? Those things that prompt your dog to over react are collectively called ‘triggers’. Does your dog start barking, growling, lunging and otherwise acting like they’ve…

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How To Teach Your Dog To “Back Up”

Back Up Cue, The Academy of Pet Careers

We spend a lot of time teaching our dogs to walk along side us. And we teach them to Sit or Down and Stay, or to go to their bed and lie down. But occasionally we need them to move out of our way which may require the dog to back up.   There are…

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Adolescent Dogs: What a Pain in the Tail!

Adolescent Dogs, The Academy of Pet Careers

You got your puppy when she was 8 weeks old. You took her to a ton of places and paired new sights and sounds with tasty treats so she’d learn that the world is a safe and fun place to explore. She went to puppy class and learned her basic manners such as Sit, Down,…

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Resource Guarding In Dogs

Resource Guarding In Dogs, The Academy of Pet Careers

Resource Guarding, also called possession aggression, is a common behavior problem for many pet parents. Your dog suddenly becomes defensive over his food bowl, a toy, his favorite bed, maybe even a favorite person. He hovers, with his chin held over his prized possession. He may show his teeth and growl or snarl or even…

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Puppy Biting & What To Do About It

Puppy Biting, The Academy of Pet Careers

One of the first things we need to teach our new puppies is how to control the force of their bite. This is known as “bite inhibition”. What’s important to understand is that we actually don’t want to teach our puppy to never put her teeth on us; rather we want to teach her how…

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How To Teach Your Dog Stairs

Stair Training, The Academy Of Pet Careers

Does your dog try to race you up or down the stairs? Do you worry that they’ll trip you and you’ll fall? Would you love it if your dog walked politely with you on the stairs or, if you’re at home, would hold position at the top or bottom until you give them permission to…

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The Human Half of Dog Training By Risë VanFleet

The Human Half of Dog Training Rise VanFleet

Book Summary I have said from the beginning of my training career that 80% of training a dog is training the person handling the dog. This is because training the dog is actually pretty easy.   The hard part is teaching the person how to be consistent in their communication with the dog – both…

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