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Selecting a Trainer

Selecting a dog trainer

  • Look for trainers who rely on teaching methods that use positive reinforcement for good behavior rather than punishment for unacceptable behavior.
  • Observe an obedience class without your dog. Are the dogs and people having a good time? Talk with a few participants and see if they are comfortable with the trainer’s methods.

Potty-Pad Training Your Dog

Potty pad training your dog

While many owners toilet their dogs outside, indoor potty-training is a viable option for small breeds, particularly those living in cold climates or in high-rise buildings.  The following steps will help you get started:

Housetraining Troubleshooting

Housetraining your puppy: A troubleshooting guide

“My puppy can go all night without pooping or peeing:  why do I have to take him out every hour during the day?”

Thunderstorm and Noise Phobia

Thunderstorm and noise phobia:
Keeping your dog comfortable and safe

Many dogs are frightened by the sights and sounds of thunderstorms:  the rain, wind, thunder, lightning and even pressure changes can all produce anxiety.  The degree of that anxiety depends on the individual dog:  some simply pace and whine, others hide, still others injure themselves trying to escape confinement.  This degree of reaction will determine which interventions are most appropriate for the dog.

Submissive and Excitement Urination

Submissive and excitement urination: 
Tips for owners

Submissive urination is defined by sudden urination when a dog feels threatened.  This may occur when someone is greeting the dog (with direct eye contact, forward posture and leaning over the dog) or punishing him, either verbally or physically.  Excitement urination occurs most frequently during greetings and play.  

Submissive urination is most common among dogs with the following characteristics:

Why is My Dog Barking?

Why is my dog barking?

Dogs bark for a number of reasons, leaving many owners to wonder how best to solve the problem.  Paula Zukoff, Manager of Behavior and Training, addresses three primary causes of barking and how to work with each one:  


Digging... construction or destruction?  
It's all in the eye of the beholder

People plant gardens, excavate foundations for homes and build freeways, all activities we might define as human "digging". However, if these activities were done in inappropriate places, we might define them as destructive behaviors. As natural as our digging needs are to us, dogs have digging habits with very similar goals. Unfortunately, their digging activity is not often acceptable when living with their human families.  

Destructive Behavior in Dogs

Destructive behavior in dogs

Chewing, playing, exploring, and investigating their environment are normal behaviors for dogs – especially puppies!  However, these normal behaviors can result in destruction of household property, which can become a serious and frustrating problem for owners.  In fact, destructive behavior is one of the most commonly reported behavior problems in dogs.  DOGS DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN DESTRUCTIVE ACTIVITIES OUT OF SPITE OR REVENGE!  Dogs often behave destructively to relieve anxiety or as an outlet for excess ene

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation anxiety in dogs

by Becky Schultz, CPDT

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Separation Anxiety is an anxiety disorder, and in humans and probably dogs, SA is closely related to panic disorders. The dog is panicking in the absence of the owner, or the object of attachment (which could be another animal, but usually is a human). The dog can have any or all of the following behaviors that occur only in the absence of the owner:

Managing the Leash-Reactive Dog

Managing a leash-reactive dog

If you have a dog that lunges/pulls toward/barks at other dogs on walks, you know how stressful and embarrassing it can be.  In addition, you may be offered “advice” from well-meaning friends and relatives (who are not dog professionals) that only seem to make the matter worse.  This kind of behavior has many components that must be considered:

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