Q&A: Help! My newly adopted dog is dog-aggressive

Rocky has really been a great dog. The only issue we have run into is he tends to be pretty dog aggressive, so we have had to slow our trips to the dog park. He seems to be just wanting to protect his family when another dog comes near. What can we do?

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Q&A: How can I stop my small dog from jumping on people?

My newly adopted dog  is a small breed and likes to jump on people to show affection. What can I do?

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Q&A: How do I stop my dog from eating feces?

My newly adopted dog tends to eat his feces and other dogs’ feces that he finds. How can I stop him from doing this?

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Q&A: My dog always pulls on the leash during walks; what can I do?

We have a handsome Bassett mix that knows the basic commands and is always happy to please us-however, we have been unable to teach him to walk on leash without pulling. At 60 pounds and with his low center of gravity and strong scent drive he is a double handful on leash. How do we help him to be a better citizen while leash walking?

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Me and my shadow: my newly adopted pet follows me everywhere

Does your newly adopted shelter pet shadow you and stick to you like Velcro? Relax, and learn from star dog trainer Andrea Arden of Animal Planet and Discovery Channel fame how to help your adopted pet calm down as well. Active and retired service members know all too well how stressful their departures and absences can be on their […]...

Q&A: How do I stop my dog from jumping on people?

Our new Pets for Patriots rescue has been with us for three weeks now. He is very well behaved, except he likes to jump up on people when he gets excited. He is approximately 12-15 months, chocolate lab/pit mix. I am embarrassed when someone comes to the door, and he jumps on them. Albeit to kiss them, but still inappropriate. 

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Does your dog think its name is No?

I usually begin classes and private lessons with an introduction to the many benefits of taking a positive, dog friendly approach to teaching. I am always pleased to see nods of approval from students as I explain how punishments more often than not result in a dog engaging in owner absent behavior problems (i.e. I’ll […]...

The benefits of teaching your dog to be crate trained

A crate is an indispensible management and safety tool for your dog. The most familiar use of the crate is for travel. But, it is also a most useful aid for housetraining puppies and adult dogs and for helping to prevent and resolve separation issues. • As a housetraining aid as short term confinement in […]...

Chew on this! Teach your dog to have a chew toy habit

Your dog’s tendency to chew on anything he can sink his teeth into is a pretty normal canine behavior. However, like many normal, natural and necessary dog behaviors, unfocused chewing (i.e. chewing on things you don’t approve of) is not likely to win your dog many household fans. When dealing with a chewing problem, it […]...

Food bowl guarding

Some dogs, like people, learn to live by the code that what is theirs is theirs and what is yours is theirs as well. Resource guarding exists because the dog sees a vital resource and is attempting to keep it for himself. It also exists because it is, in great part, a learned behavior. While […]...