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How to Train Your Dog

Training your dog will be a huge part of your interaction with him for the first few months. This includes housetraining, leash training, obedience training, socialization, and problem solving. In addition to providing your dog with needed skills, this time will also be a great opportunity for you to bond with him. Take the time to really get to know your pet while training him and a loving relationship will easily develop.

Here is some information to help you get started:

Introduction to Training

Learn the best practices for training your puppy, including how to reward and when to take a break. 

How to Find a Good Trainer and Obedience Class

A good dog training class is a worthwhile investment in the future of your life with your dog.
 

Crate Training

Crates are indispensible to dogs and their human families. When used properly, the crate helps your puppy learn his bathroom manners much faster than would otherwise be the case.


House Training

Teaching your dog to control when and where he relieves himself can be challenging, but with a little information (and a lot of dedication and patience!), your dog will be trained in no time!

Leash Training

Taking a puppy for a walk is a much easier task when he knows how to walk on a leash. Learn about leash training as well as how to choose an appropriate leash.

Obedience Training

The four basic obedience commands are Sit, Down, Stay, and Come. Teach your dog these commands early on, and your relationship will flourish.

Overcoming Thunder Phobias

Summertime should be fun time for you and Fido! But your dog could experience just the opposite: sound phobias associated with summer thunderstorms.

Advanced Training

In this section, you will learn how to teach your dog Stand, Place, Touch, and Asking to Go Out. Try these after teaching your dog basic obedience training. 

Training Tips

Get tips from the Pros and read up on the 6 Principles of Successful Training


Socializing Your Puppy

Introducing your dog to all different kinds of sights, smells, and sounds will help him to be comfortable no matter what the situation.

Problem Solving

Sometimes dogs develop problem behaviors, such as chewing, digging, excessive barking, or jumping up, that need special attention. Learn how to spot these tendencies and get your dog back on his best behavior.

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is one of the most common canine behavioral problems. It is estimated that about 15 percent of dogs in the United States suffer from this problem.

Dogs and Cats

They are two different animals with two different distinctive personalities that will not necessarily blend. However, under the right conditions, many cats and dogs can live together in perfect harmony.

How to Prevent Destructive Chewing

If your dog is chewing you out of house and home, here are some tips for preventing destructive chewing. You will no longer have to worry about your shoes or couch being destroyed!

Dogs and Kids: 4 Tips to Keep Them Safe

Dogs and kids—they go together perfectly, right? Not always! While children and their dogs can enjoy a wonderful relationship, it takes some time, training, and patience to establish a harmonious home. Here are four tips to help keep both your dog and child safe and happy together.

Books on this Topic:
Trick Training (Nylabone DVD Library)
Training Your Dog for Life
Training Your Dog (Animal Planet™ Pet Care Library)


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