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Housebreaking Your Dog

Housebreaking your animal is one of the challenging things an owner faces with a new puppy. Training your animal correctly requires consistency, dedication and patience. Even when you are frustrated with your dog, remember that the house training process is a commitment you have made to your animal and once you complete it, you and your animal will be so much happier and closer.

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How to Stop a Puppy from Chewing

One of the most frustrating things about getting a new puppy is their drive to chew. But, you must remember that it is, in fact, a drive. Dogs do not chew things out of spite or malice, they do so out of boredom, loneliness, frustration, teething pains and a compulsion to have fun. Your job as their owner is to give them positive outlets they will prefer over destructive chewing so that they don’t chew inappropriately and cause problems at home.

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Dog Park Etiquette

Dog parks are not for everyone and certainly not for every dog. Personally I’m not a dog park person but many of my clients enjoy taking their dogs to the dog park for interaction with other dogs.

Dogs are pack animals and accordingly, enjoy running and playing with other dogs. If they are available in your area, dog parks are a great place where your dog can run off leash and socialize with other dogs. Not only do they please your furry companion, but you can feel like a good owner in knowing that your dog is getting their social needs met. As an example, Nashville, Tennessee, Morton Bay Regional Council in Queensland Australia also has several fenced in dog parks where your dog can be let loose to run and play.

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Can You Train Your Dog Not To Bark?

So you’ve adopted a dog. He loves you, he keeps you company, he runs with you on evenings. The only problem is that he seemingly loves you too much. He barks when you put him to bed or you aren’t home. Is there a way to fix this problem or will you forever be plagued by angry notes from your neighbors?

Dogs usually bark for one of two reasons: they are scared or (more likely) they want attention. Habitual barking will always be a desire to get attention as there should be no reason that your dog is perpetually scared.

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Tips: Ensuring Your Dog’s Safety When Traveling By Plane

There may come a time when you feel you have little alternative than to ship a dog by plane. Perhaps you are a breeder, or have just purchased a dog from a breeder in another state. Perhaps you are making a long-distance or even overseas move. Whatever your reason, the prospect of sending your dog by plane has raised some very legitimate concerns.

There may come a time when you feel you have little alternative than to ship a dog by plane. Perhaps you are a breeder, or have just purchased a dog from a breeder in another state. Perhaps you are making a long-distance or even overseas move. Whatever your reason, the prospect of sending your dog by plane has raised some very legitimate concerns.

There are a few precautions you can take to hopefully ensure his safety while in the hands of the airlines. The first, of course, is to communicate with the airline carrier. Find out their policies regarding transporting animals and the precautions they take. In addition to that, there are a few things you can do on your end to help.

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What Is A Certified Dog Trainer?

Quite often in their search for a dog trainer a new dog owner will ask the trainer if he’s certified. Being certified does sound impressive but what exactly does it mean. Keep in mind that there are no federal or state requirements to be certified as a dog trainer. Simply put if you know how to do it you can.

So why did dog trainers say that they are certified if there’s really no recognized certification. If the dog trainer is a graduate of a dog training school he will have received a certificate showing that he completed the course and that is what usually is referred to as a certification.

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When Should I Start Training My Dog?

One of the questions I’m asked most often is how old should my dog be before I start formal training. As far as I’m concerned that’s an easy answer, 4 month (16 weeks). At four months old your puppy is like a blank canvas waiting to be painted with all the training you want for your new family member. At four months your dog hasn’t developed a bunch of bad habits and he’ll never be easier to physically manipulate because he’s getting bigger everyday.

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