Dog Training

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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5 Life Saving Skills Every Dog Should Know

Life Saving Skills Every Dog Should Know, The Academy of Pet Careers

I used to say there were four skills that every dog should know. These skills are truly life-saving skills and every dog owner will use these skills at some point during their dog’s life and it will be the thing that keeps their dog alive another day. What are these amazing, life-saving skills? Drop It…

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Service Dog Requirements: Can My Dog Be A Service Dog?

Service Dog Requirements, The Academy of Pet Careers

Many people want to make their dogs Service Dogs (SD) so that the dog can go to public places with them. It is actually illegal for someone who does not have a diagnosed disability (physical or mental) to have and use service dogs. There are many people with a true need who would benefit from…

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How To Teach Your Dog To “Station”

Station Training Cue, The Academy of Pet Careers

One of the first skills students at our school learn to teach is Station. This skill can go by many names such as Place, Mat, Climb, Bed, etc. What you call it is up to you. Here at The Academy of Pet Careers we call it “Station.” First you must decide on a defined spot…

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