March 2, 2015
Cats: Mysterious. Antisocial. Low-maintenance. Or none of the above? The Dog Trainer shares a few things you might not have known about that "other" animal living in your house. Read the transcript:
February 23, 2015
Many people would like their dog to be protective. But is that such a good idea? Read the transcript:
February 16, 2015
What is there besides socialization, housetraining, exercise, good food, and veterinary care? The Dog Trainer has 4 more important ways to look out for your dog’s well-being. Visit the website:
February 9, 2015
Learn why training's never done, and why there's ... absolutely nothing wrong with that. Visit the website:
February 2, 2015
Get 5 tips for deciding whether fostering dogs is right for you and your family. Plus, choosing a group to volunteer with. Read the transcript:
January 26, 2015
If you're not a veterinarian, how do you know which vets are good? 7 tips to help you find a vet who's right for your dog. Visit the website:
January 19, 2015
Just because your dog has a fur coat doesn't mean he's an all-weather animal. Get 6 tips to keep him safe and comfortable when the temperature drops. Visit the website:
January 12, 2015
Your dog's got something in his mouth, and you need to get it back. Learn how to teach your dog to give or drop items on cue - happily, and with no conflict. Read the transcript:
January 5, 2015
How to decide whether your dog should sleep in the bed with you, on his own bed, or in a crate. Read the transcript:
December 29, 2014
Keep trespassing cats safe from dogs. Teach your dog not to chase and kill outdoor cats. Read the transcript:
December 22, 2014
What circumstances might lead a dog to bite a child? Learn what mistakes people often make, and what to do if your dog bites your child. Read the transcript:
December 15, 2014
What steps does your dog trainer recommend first? Which ones do ethical trainers use only as last resorts? Learn what an educated, honest trainer will and won't recommend. Visit the website:
December 8, 2014
A dog who used to be in pain started behaving aggressively toward other dogs. Now she feels better, but she's still aggressive. How can she learn to have dog friends again? Read the transcript:
December 1, 2014
Learn how to teach your dog to look at you on cue, check in with you, and pay attention to you on walks. Turn attentiveness into a game, so your dog wants to focus on you. Visit the website:
November 24, 2014
What if your dog has to have a leg amputated, because of illness or accident? Learn how "tripod" dogs cope and what you can expect. Visit the website:
November 17, 2014
Learn why housetraining may break down when you move, how to figure out what may be causing the problem, and what to do about it. Visit the website:
November 10, 2014
Sometimes our attention can scare our dogs or even punish them. How to tell if that's happening, and what to do about it.
November 3, 2014
Can dogs judge human beings' social behavior? What human social cues do dogs learn from? Scientists try to find out. Visit the website:
October 27, 2014
Learn how behavioral medications are used and how the right medication can help your dog. Read the transcript:
October 20, 2014
How to figure out which shelter dogs are friendly and right for you. Learn how to find a dog you can enjoy living with. Read the transcript:
October 13, 2014
If your dog walks ahead of you, is he dominant? Learn about this and other myths about rank and dominance in dogs.
October 6, 2014
Excitable dogs may run after playing children. Teach your dog to stop the chase with these 5 tips. Read the transcript:
September 29, 2014
Old dogs can be happy dogs! 5 tips to help your dog age gracefully and stay healthy. Read the transcript:
September 22, 2014
Dogs don't choose where they live, or who they live with, or when to go for a walk. But lack of control makes all kinds of animals more anxious. How can a good caretaker give her dog the control that builds confidence?
September 15, 2014
Plenty of dogs like to chase the ball, but then don't bring it back for you to throw again. How to teach a "keep-away" dog to play fetch instead.
September 8, 2014
A dog has separation anxiety. He is taught to sit and stay on cue. But once his handler goes out of sight, he freaks. What next?
September 1, 2014
You're trying to teach your puppy to lie down on cue, but she bounces up, she nips at your hand for the treats, and in general she acts like a hooligan. What to do?
August 25, 2014
Teach your dog to get what she wants by acting low-key, and lower her stress levels by helping her feel safe. Have a low-key dog who's not under constant stress!
August 18, 2014
Constant play can be intense and annoying. Is it really play, and what should you do about it?
August 11, 2014
Extending leashes teach dogs to pull and can endanger you and your dog. Learn how to use a long line instead.
August 4, 2014
Are clicker training and other reward-based methods permissive? Is "dog-friendly" training just a bunch of cookie-pushing?
July 28, 2014
How and when to socialize your puppy so she grows into a friendly, confident dog. Visit the website to read the full transcript:
July 21, 2014
Learn how to find a groomer who will handle your dog gently, and what to look for in the grooming salon.
July 14, 2014
Learn the 3 advantages of using treats and other rewards to train your dog. Learn how to avoid the disadvantages, and why generosity rules.
July 7, 2014
If you cry and your dog nuzzles you and licks your face, is she trying to comfort you? Researchers try to figure out whether dogs feel empathy.
June 30, 2014
Does your dog lunge and bark at skateboarders, bicyclists, or other dogs? Learn how to manage and improve his behavior, and maybe solve the problem.
June 23, 2014
Some children with autism spectrum disorders can benefit from a service dog. Learn what an autism service dog does and how to find a dog.
June 16, 2014
Learn how to help a scaredy-dog get over fear of going up and down stairs. Encouragement and starting small are the keys.
June 9, 2014
Puppy classes can help you socialize your puppy and learn about how she communicates. You'll get puppy-rearing pointers as well. Learn what a good puppy class can do for you.
June 2, 2014
Getting a new dog? You'll need a few things, and we're not just talking collars and leashes here. Find out what equipment and supplies - and what household negotiations - should precede the arrival of your dog.
May 26, 2014
What are the arguments against tail docking?
May 20, 2014
Why are some dogs' tails docked? What are the arguments for tail docking?
May 12, 2014
5 reasons why punishment isn't a good way to train your dog
May 5, 2014
How dogs communicate with their eyes, mouths, and facial expressions.
April 28, 2014
We often think about the risks to our own dog -- but what risks might our dog pose to other dogs? What's the ethical and responsible thing to do if your dog fights with other dogs, even if he doesn't hurt them?
April 21, 2014
Every time you let your dog off leash, you’re taking a risk. Does that make off-leash play the wrong thing to do? What about other risks people take with their dogs? Is absolute safety the only good choice?
April 14, 2014
You may have heard that deaf dogs are aggressive, or that they're impossible to train. Actually, deaf dogs learn just as well as hearing dogs do, and they can be wonderful companions.
April 7, 2014
Learn how to increase the income of your local dog behavior consultant by raising a dog who’s fearful, aggressive, and un-housetrained. Or do the opposite, and up the odds of having a friendly, confident pet.
March 31, 2014
For people who are afraid of dogs, here are simple tips to avoid problems and read dog behavior so you can tell what a dog is likely to do. Remember, most dogs don’t want to hurt you!
March 24, 2014
English Bulldogs may suffer from more health problems, and more severe health problems, than any other breed. That's no accident - it's the result of the way they're bred.
February 17, 2014
Are some breeds smarter than others? Do doggy IQ tests really measure intelligence? The Dog Trainer delves into the smart dog fray.
February 10, 2014
Here’s how to teach your dog to enjoy wearing a muzzle – and why to teach him! Also: When should your dog absolutely, positively not be muzzled?
February 3, 2014
A puppy mill dog may have spent her entire life in a cage before being rescued. In a frightening new world, how can you help her adjust and learn to feel safe?
January 27, 2014
Dogs can detect incredibly faint odors. But what if their human handlers give them the wrong cues? The Dog Trainer explores the complexities in the work of detection dogs.
January 20, 2014
Dogs can detect incredibly faint odors. But what if their human handlers give them the wrong cues?
January 13, 2014
Learn 3 tips to help your dog relax around stuff he guards -- even before you start a behavior program.
January 6, 2014
If your dog has a behavior problem, you're probably wondering and speculating on what caused it. Did something happen way back in your dog's puppyhood, before you adopted him, to cause the issue? Turns out, it doesn't matter. And here's why...
December 31, 2013
Service dogs - how to have good manners around them, what they do, what rights disabled people have when using service dogs.
December 30, 2013
As long as you're making New Year's resolutions, make some for your dog! 6 ways to make your dog happier and better behaved, this year and every year.
December 16, 2013
Domestic dogs don't hunt in family groups the way their wolf ancestors did (and do!). But they're still predators -- sometimes in unexpected ways.
December 2, 2013
You'll often hear that a previously friendly dog suddenly bit a person "out of nowhere." But did she really? Or did stressors pile up till the dog just broke?
November 25, 2013
You've taught your dog to come when called -- congratulations! Except ... forget about it when she's playing with other dogs. How can you get her to pay attention to you then?
November 4, 2013
More reasons why your cat may be avoiding the litter box -- and how to get her back into good habits once you've resolved those problems.
October 28, 2013
Cats don't usually need to be "litter box trained" the way dogs need to be housetrained. But if the litter box doesn't match your cat's preferences for a comfy toilet, she may find somewhere else to go. In Part 1 of this series, the Dog Trainer explains what makes an attractive litter box, and what doesn't.
October 21, 2013
Until recently, there's been no independent safety testing of car harnesses for dogs -- only manufacturers' claims in ads. Now the Center for Pet Safety, an independent nonprofit, reports and names names. Hang on to your seatbelts; it's going to be a bumpy ride.
September 30, 2013
It’s often said that when we comfort a frightened dog, we’re rewarding fear. Learn whether that’s true, and how best to help out your worried, startled, or frightened dog.
September 23, 2013
Learn what to do if your dog is super-friendly, but your guests aren't happy to have him greet them.
September 16, 2013
Why do some dogs interfere when people are kissing, necking, or having sex? And what should you do about it? Find out
September 9, 2013
There’s more to good dog-walking than just holding one end of the leash. Here’s what to look for in the person you trust to take your dog out – and what to avoid.
August 19, 2013
Learn how to teach your dog to go to her bed on cue, and to park herself there voluntarily. So handy when you can’t bring her to the right spot yourself and when you don’t want to crate her!
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