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How to Stop a Dog From Digging in the Yard

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

Some dogs love to dig, but their owners are not exactly impressed by this behavior.

For example, my parents have a springer spaniel named Sophie who enjoys leaving little “potholes” throughout the yard as she searches for mice and who knows what else. This often means Sophie’s feet and toenails are covered in dirt and she has to have her paws washed before heading back in the house.

So, is there anything dog owners can do to stop this behavior? Or is it a lost cause? I asked some dog experts for their thoughts.
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How to Stop a Dog From Barking in the Yard

Stop a dog from barkingDogs bark. They bark at the door. They bark in the yard. They bark when they see other dogs. They bark when they’re scared or excited or frustrated.

Not surprisingly, one of the most common behavioral questions dog owners have is how do I stop my dog from barking?

Of course, it all depends on the exact situation and the exact dog. For this post, I’m focusing on one of the most common problems with barking: Barking in the yard.

I’ll share some of my own tips on how to stop this behavior, along with some ideas from a professional dog trainer who focuses on positive reinforcement training.
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How to Introduce a New Dog to Your Cat

How to introduce your new dog to your catMany of us live with both dogs and cats and they all get along fine. I have a Lab mix and two cats, and the cats definitely rule the house. Still, whenever a new dog visits I always make sure to consider the safety of my cats during introductions. Even though my cats are used to dogs, I never know exactly how the visiting dog will react and it’s just better to use precaution.

If you already have a cat and you plan on adding a dog to your home this year, the following are some tips to set everyone up for success.

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How to Stop a Puppy From Biting

iStock_000015214910SmallIf you’ve ever been nipped by a playful puppy, you know how bad those little teeth can hurt. It’s important that we teach our puppies not to bite so they don’t continue to do so when they grow up. The following are some tips to teach your puppy appropriate manners.

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Should You Allow Your Dog on the Bed?

Dog on the bedI don’t allow my dog to sleep on my bed because he’s a little, um … gross. Ace is one of those big, drooly-types who always has “shoelaces” hanging from his mouth. If I do allow him to sleep in my room on the floor, he’s constantly waking me up by flapping his ears, flinging drool or snoring. Needless to say, my dog does not sleep on my bed.

But what if your dog isn’t as noisy and slobbery as mine? Is there really anything wrong with allowing your dog on your bed? I talked with a veterinarian and an expert in canine behavior to get some tips on this topic, but I’d also love to hear from you in the comments.

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How to Decrease Stress for Dogs During the Holidays

How to decrease stress for your dog during the holidaysThe holidays are stressful for most of us, including our dogs. Think about it – all the extra people coming and going, packages piling up, travel plans, decorations and parties. It’s a lot for some dogs to take in. The following are some tips from professional dog trainers on how to keep your dog safe and relaxed this season whether you’re traveling with your dog or hosting a holiday event.

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Should You Kennel Train Your Dog?

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When you adopt a new dog, everyone you talk to will give you unsolicited training advice. Visit the dog park/don’t visit the dog park. Use a slip collar/don’t use a slip collar. It’s a lot of conflicting information to work through! When it comes to kennel training a dog, you will also hear a variety of opinions, and it’s hard to know what to do.

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Safety Tips for the Dog Park

Safety tips for the dog parkDogs and their owners often love the dog park! However, sometimes one poor experience at the dog park can make a dog fearful or aggressive during future visits. The following are some tips to help keep the dog park a safe and positive place for you and your dog. Feel free to share your own safety tips in the comments.

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How to Teach a Dog to Stay With Distractions

DaphneTeaching a dog to stay in real-world situations like out on a walk can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time dog owner. The following are some tips for teaching a dog to stay reliably, even with distractions. For those of you with experience, please share your own tips and ideas on how you teach a dog to stay.

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How to Set Your New Dog up for Good Behavior

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Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

If you’re adopting a new dog, it’s so important to set the dog up for good behavior in your home. This post will help you learn how to prevent unwanted behavior like accidents and fights by controlling the dog’s options. These tips can also be applied if you plan to foster or pet sit a dog in your home. Prevention goes such a long way!

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