Rolling Puppy

Dog Training – Training Assertive Dogs

As descendants from wolf packs, dogs have and seek a natural hierarchy in which some are dominant (alphas) and others follow. Struggles among young pups to sort of who is which start early, in some cases three weeks after birth. Apart from human society, wild dogs will fight – sometimes to the death – to…

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Yellow Labrador Retriever with Mallard Duck

Dog Training – Tips for Selecting Game Dogs

Proper training begins even before the pup is born. While it’s not always possible to buy a pup from champions, selecting the proper breed and temperament is essential. Choosing a pup starts with choosing the dam and sire, whenever possible. The pup’s parents should be active, alert and amenable to training and preferably gaming dogs…

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Great Dane on a Leash

Dog Training – Tips for Large and Small Dogs

No project, apart from raising a child, requires more patience than dog training. All breeds have different attributes that present challenges. Some are intelligent, but boisterous and easily distracted. Some are eager to please, but dim-witted. But special considerations are required for size. Small dogs are easily transported, providing more choices for a training area…

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Chihauhau in Training

Dog Training – The Basics

Though dog-human interaction goes back thousands of years, communication between the two is still sometimes rough. The human half of the pair is usually the smarter party, but watching the usual training sessions one can have legitimate reason to wonder. Dogs understand and respond at roughly the mental level of a human two-year-old, but there…

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Golden Retriever Therapy Dog

Dog Training – Specialized Training – Tests

It’s no accident that some breeds are more commonly found as working dogs. Retrievers, Shepherds and a few others tend to have the physical characteristics, intelligence and temperament needed to perform the complex behaviors even they need several years to master. Specialized training for service, assistance or even therapy dogs begins before birth and continues…

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Golden Retriever and Terrier Socializing

Dog Training – Socializing Your Dog

Dogs, like humans, show a wide range of tolerance for others. Some are immediately friendly with every new dog, cat or lizard. Others are forever hostile to even the opposite sex of their own breed. Considering dogs are by nature territorial the diversity is odd, but there it is. Naturally, animal lovers like to have…

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Dancing Border Collie

Dog Training – Purebred Training

The term ‘purebred’ is relative. No breed has been so isolated that it’s never mated with another. But taken over the last hundred years or so, there are populations of Golden Retriever, German Shepherds and many others that have bred only with their own kind. As with any inbreeding program, the results tend to produce…

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Golden Retriever Puppy Shaking Paw

Dog Training – Pet Tricks Training

Teaching your pet tricks is easiest when you work with their nature, not against it. Most dogs are eager to please and respond enthusiastically to rewards. Teaching tricks is often as much a matter of simply using those rewards to direct or build on a spontaneous behavior as it is teaching an entirely foreign one.…

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