What to Do if Your Dog Won’t Listen

What to do when your dog won't listen

We’ve all been there, right?

Maybe you’re ready to leave the dog park, so you call your dog to go home … only he doesn’t come when you call him. So frustrating!

Or maybe you ask him to sit during a walk when another dog is passing, and he absolutely refuses to sit.

Your dog probably knows commands like “come” and “sit” so why won’t he listen when it matters?

I’ll share some of my ideas, and then I’d love to hear from you too in the comments. [Read more…]

Common Fears in Dogs and How You Can Help

Common Fears in Dogs and How You Can Help

I fostered a dog last month who was scared to put her paws on different surfaces. Pavement and carpeted floors were no big deal, but tiles were scary and so was our kitchen floor!

In her case, I figured she just hadn’t been exposed to those kinds of surfaces early on in her life, and after a few days she realized they were safe.

Dogs develop all sorts of different fears, and I asked a couple of professionals for some of the most common fears they see dogs experiencing. [Read more…]

4 Tips to Stop a Dog From Jumping

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Dogs love to greet their dog friends by jumping on one another. It’s a way for them to show affection. However, this is not exactly a polite way for dogs to greet people.

If you have a dog with a jumping habit, the following tips should help teach your dog a more appropriate way to greet his human friends.

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Is Dog Daycare Right for Your Dog?

Is dog daycare right for your dog
Photo credit: Motley Zoo Animal Rescue

It’s hard not to feel guilty when you’re away at work all day and your dog is home alone.

On the other hand, most dogs just sleep when we’re gone, and they are very adaptable to our schedules, especially if they’re getting plenty of exercise and interaction while we’re home.

 

 

This post will go over how to decide if dog daycare is a good choice for your unique dog. I will also give some tips on how to choose the right daycare and how to prepare your dog for her first day. [Read more…]

6 Ways Dogs Show Affection to the People They Love

How dogs show affection
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People typically show affection to their dogs by talking with them, hanging out together, petting them, giving hugs, and so on.

Sometimes dogs appreciate our cuddles and kisses, and sometimes they just tolerate it!

But how do they show affection back?

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought it would be fun to ask professional dog trainers how dogs typically show affection towards their owners. Here’s what they had to say.

How do dogs show affection?

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