Training Page 4

Five Tips to Help a Dog That is Afraid of Fireworks

Dog bed at dogIDsThe Fourth of July is a stressful time for a lot of dogs, and their owners. While there is no quick fix for helping a dog overcome his fear of fireworks, these tips are designed as starting blocks for helping a dog deal with fireworks and other stressful noises. Please share any additional tips in the comments section for how to help a dog that is afraid of fireworks.

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Stop a dog from barking in a kennel
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There are plenty of good articles out there about how to stop a dog from barking in her kennel (crate). Most dog owners know they should ignore their dogs for barking, return to them when they’re quiet and provide them with food and other goodies in their kennels. The following are some extra tips to expand on these ideas to stop a dog from barking in a kennel.

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How to stop a dog from scratching at the door
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Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

This is a tough problem. Your dog scratches at the door, and you want to go to him to tell him to stop. But then he learns that scratching at the door gets him what he wants – your attention. So what should a dog owner do? This post will help you come up with your own ideas on how to stop your dog from scratching at the door.

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How to stop a dog or puppy from chewing
Beagle Puppy Chewing

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Dogs chew for all kinds of reasons. Their jaws are built for some serious gnawing, but they also seem to chew because it’s fun and probably relaxing. While it may be unfair to expect your dog to stop chewing completely, you should be able to teach her which items are appropriate for chewing.

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Dog adoption – planning ahead

Are you thinking about adopting a dog? Congratulations! While adopting a new dog should be fun, it’s still a little overwhelming to bring in a new family member – especially if you’re the one doing all the work. It can also be stressful for your existing pets. While some stress is unavoidable, here are a few suggestions to help the process go as smoothly as possible.

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Playing fetch, with rules

Have you met the dogIDs spokesdog, River? One of his favorite sports is fetch. If there were a professional fetching team, River would be captain.

Playing fetch can be a great form of exercise for a dog, but it can also give the dog a mental workout if there are a few “rules.” Adding rules to a simple game is a great way to build a dog’s self control. While we want our dogs to have fun, it’s also important that they learn not to grab the ball from our hands or to bark at us to throw the ball sooner. Let’s get to some examples:

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What emotions do dogs experience?

If I don’t throw the ball fast enough for my Lab mix Ace, he will bark as though he’s frustrated. If I leave for a walk without him, I’m told Ace will sometimes whine as though he’s sad or upset. When he’s reunited with an old friend, he wiggles and wags with obvious happiness.

Of course, it’s easy to make assumptions about my dog’s emotions. I don’t actually know what he’s experiencing. But if you ask any dog owner if his dog has emotions, he will say, “Of course!” Anyone who’s lived with a dog knows that dogs do experience emotions of some kind.

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Five Reasons to Try Dog Agility

Dog agility is a sport where a handler and dog work together as a team. The handler directs the off-leash dog through an obstacle course. During an actual competition, each dog is judged on time and accuracy. Some people and dogs participate in agility for fun without actually competing. Others travel across the country to test their skills against other teams. Here are some reasons to give agility a try with your dog:

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How-to Name a Dog

Choosing a name is an important part of getting a new dog, and is one that helps give your dog an identity. To your dog, the name will mean “I’m talking to you so pay attention,” but to the world your dog’s name will be a reflection on you and your relationship with your dog. Check out our dog name list after you read our article on the key aspects you need to consider before naming your dog

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How to Stop a Dog From Barking

Teaching a dog not to bark is difficult because we humans are not very consistent with our feedback. Sometimes we reward our dogs for barking. Sometimes we ignore their barking. And sometimes we get really mad about the barking! How are our dogs going to know what we want? Here are six must-know tactics to change your dog’s barking behavior:

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