Doberman Pinscher with Choke Collar

Dog Training – Pros and Cons of Control Tools

Sometimes the distinction between training and control is too easily lost. Using commands and hand gestures, with leashes or treats, to solicit desired behavior is training. Using choke or ‘no-bark’ collars, electronic fences and similar devices is for control. Control isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Dogs naturally have and seek a social hierarchy in which…

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Golden Retriever Sniffing in Snow

Dog Training – A Dog’s Nature

Dogs are surprisingly complex creatures. Some official estimates of the number of breeds reaches as high as 800 in Western countries alone. Even given that distinguishing one breed from another can be carried to absurd extremes, the variety is astonishing from a human perspective, who have, perhaps, a dozen ‘breeds’. Complicating the picture still further…

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Goldendoodle Puppy Fetching a Toy

Preschool Puppy Training – Part 2: Fetching

The first positive command that your puppy should learn is the command to sit. By making it the first command, it therefore becomes the first positive word which we will write on the puppy’s “chalkboard mind”. In other words, at this age his mind is like a chalkboard – and not too much has been…

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Angry Dog

Problem Dogs Are Made, Not Born

The personality of the canine develops most radically between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. What the average family dog will eventually turn out to be is determined by the environment in which the puppy lives during that critical emotional time period. When an eight-week-old puppy comes into his new home, he arrives with…

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2 Month Old German Shepherd Puppy

Q & A: A Timid German Shepherd

Question: A Timid German Shepherd “I have an 11-month-old German Shepherd. We got him from a private breeder at the age of 8 weeks. He was a very happy puppy, and to this day he has never been beaten (at least that I know of). But now, he’s such an introvert that it’s pitiful! He’s…

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