Monday, January 30, 2012

Guilt And Dog Ownership

Dog owners can feel a profound sense of guilt over how they have treated their dogs. It is important to recognize that what we do with our dogs will affect US for the rest of our lives.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Dog Won't Come When Called

Why don't dogs come when called? What do the commands mean? What does down mean? What does Sit mean? How do you teach the commands? What does the owner need to know? How do you define a trained vs and untrained dog?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Basic Swimming And Pool Safety For Dogs

How do you train a dog to swim? Are all dogs good swimmers? What about swimming in pools, lakes, the ocean, or rivers? And what are basic swimming pool safety considerations?
Should You Get A Dog For Your Son Or Daughter?

Are you thinking of getting a puppy or adult dog for your child? Teenager? What are the things you should consider?
You Wouldn't Feed That To A Dog

What are some examples of foolish things people feed to a dog? 
Did You Get The Wrong Breed Of Dog?

Is your dog too small, large, territorial, fast, slow... You get what I mean. Did you get the wrong breed? And now what do you do? 
I Hired The Wrong Dog Trainer

What do you do when you realize you've hired the wrong dog trainer, or enrolled in the wrong program? I have run across many dog owners that have come to regret the trainer they hired, but then don't know what to do.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

10 Keys To Successfully Owning A Dog

What are the key ingredients necessary for you to successfully owning a dog? What kinds of preparations do you need to prevent dog ownership failure? 
Don't Be Soft On Animal Abusers

It is important for society, especially for the welfare of children and dogs, that convicted animal abusers are deal with severely. You need to understand that abusers like this continue to justify what they did even after going to jail, and that they have a high probability of reoffending.
Why Does My Dog Bite Me?

Why is your dog biting you? What are some examples of dogs biting their owners? What is the cause and what can be done about it?
Dog Barking Laws = Dog Ban Laws?

When government bans dog barking, they are banning dog ownership. When nasty neighbors use dog barking laws against you, what do you do?
10 Foolish Things People Do With Their Dogs

What are some of the most foolish things people do with dogs? Here's the top 10
What Is The Wrong Way To Socialize A Puppy?

What is the right and wrong way to socialize a dog? What about letting strangers pet my dog? What about meeting strange dogs? What if I have a protection bred puppy?
Sleeping In The Bedroom?

Is it OK to let a dog sleep in the bedroom? Will it make my dog more dominant aggressive? 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bad Dog!

What do you do when your dog really makes you upset! "Bad Dog!" is an article describing the problem and what to do about it.
I Think My Dog Was Abused

When you have a fearful, aggressive, or defensively aggressive dog, how do you know if it was abused? And if your dog was abused, what should you do about it? 
Abnormal Dog Behaviors

What is the difference between abnormal and idiopathic dog behaviors? How do you diagnose "weird" behaviors? 
Emotionally And Physically Distancing From The Family Dog

Friday, January 20, 2012

Should You Ever... ?

Hit a dog on the face?
Withhold food during training?
What the wrong reasons for getting a dog?
How do I repair my relationship with my dog?
Should I adopt an unsocialized dog?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Puppy (Or New Dog) Behavior Surprises

Many people are surprised when the new dog they adopted or purchased isn't behaving the way they thought the were going to. New dogs can bite, jump, chew, dig, bark, whine, cry, have potty problems, and more. There is a lot to consider before getting a dog. So it is time for you to educate yourself before you try to educate your dog.
Passive Dog Breeds

So, you are looking for a breed of dog that doesn't chase people, other animals, cars, bikes, etc. What breed is right for you? Here is a good guide

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dogs That Hate Leashes

Many dogs do NOT like being on a leash. Some panic. Some bite at the leash. Some bite at the owner. Some play tug of war with the leash, so you can't walk them at all. Some just won't budge. What is the answer? Because if you can't take your dog for walks, then your dog will develop more behavioral problems... 

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Puppy Bit Me While Trying To Take Away A Toy / Bone / Food / Rawhide

Some puppies will bite, growl, or threaten to bite when you take something away from them. Many people make the mistake of punishing their dog, which will only make the problem worse. What should you do?
My Puppy Resents Corrections

What do you do with a puppy that resents corrections? What do you do with a puppy that growls, bites or attacks when you correct them? This is a serious issue that you need to sort out immediately.
How Do You Get A Dog To Not Listen To Strangers?

Many people are upset or annoyed that their dog will listen to, or react to, the words or gestures of strangers. What is the answer? What can be done to make your dog ignore strangers and only respond to your commands?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Why Does My Puppy Not Like Socializing?

What do you do with a puppy that doesn't like meeting strangers or strange dogs? What about a shy puppy? What about an aggressive puppy? What about an unruly puppy?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Are You Arguing Over The Dog?

People argue a lot when it comes to owning a dog. That is, they argue a lot when they haven't done enough pre-planning, or someone isn't taking responsibility, or someone isn't being reasonable. What do you do to stop the arguments? And what do you do about an unruly dog that won't listen? 

Not everyone has strife in their home regarding the dog. What are their secrets?
What Should We Dog With The Dog When We Are Away?

What should you do with a puppy or older dog when you have to be away from the home? What about vacations? What about when you are at work? What is best for puppies? What about dogs that have behavioral problems or sicknesses? What should you do with your dog when you are gone from the home? 
Who Should Walk The Dog?

Did you know that the average dog owner walks their dog 45 minutes, twice a day, for the life of the dog? Do you do that? And who should do the dog walking? You? Your spouse? The kids? Here is a serious look at this issue.
Should A Dog Be Allowed On A Bed Or Sofa?

What is a dog trainer's opinion on whether a dog should be allowed to be on  furniture, such as the bed or sofa? What kinds of behavioral problems are associated with a dog being up on furniture? What about the concerns and comfort of the people involved? What about dogs that get aggressive when on the couch, bed, or some other place in the home?
Where Should A Dog Be Allowed In The Home?

Should a dog be allowed upstairs? What about in the basement or attic? Garage? Kid's bedroom? What areas should always be off limits to your dog?
Who Should Clean Up The Dog Poop In The Yard?

Who should have the responsibility to clean up after a dog poops in the yard? What about if the dog creates a mess by destroying something, who should clean that up? And who should do the medical care for a sick dog? How do you decide these things in order to have a happy home?
Are You Being Too Harsh With Your Dog?

Harsh treatment isn't good dog training, it is abuse. Why would you let someone abuse your dog? And what should you do about it? 
Are You Spending Too Much On Your Dog?

How much is too much to spend on a dog? How much is too little? This article is a must read to help you make the right decision.