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What Is 'No!' Really Telling Your Dog?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

'Leave it!' is an instructional reprimand, whereas, 'no!' which leaves a dog wondering what exactly he did wrong, thereby increasing the likelihood that he'll get it wrong again. Once the dog had complied with 'leave It!' the owner could redirect him to a more appropriate behavior.

Dogs Gone Boo: 13 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween

Paul Owens | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Paul Owens

Imagine being a dog and all of a sudden an endless stream of scary monsters show up on the doorstep and keep ringing the doorbell. For many dogs, Halloween, just like July 4th and New Year's Eve, are days of infamy.

The Legacy and Tragedy of the Life of Dr. Sophia Yin

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 12.06.2014 | Green
Anna Jane Grossman

On Sunday, Sept. 28, Dr. Sophia Yin, one of the world's most respected and important veterinary behaviorists, committed suicide. She was 48. Dr. Yin was a pioneer in the field of force-free, positive-reinforcement dog training. It would be hard to understate her contribution to the world of humane pet care.

Aggressive Dog? No Problem!

Nicole Wilde | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

Humane, scientifically sound methods for handling dog aggression are not flashy. They don't come with wild promises, bells or whistles. Proper behavior modification can take time and patience. What it doesn't do is scare the dog, break the trust between dog and owner, or make the problem worse.

Confessions of a Dog Trainer: I Train My Dogs Using 'People Food' -- And You Should Too

Sara Reusche | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Sara Reusche

We frequently hear it in training class: "I won't give my dog any people food." This is a bit of a ridiculous sentiment if you think about it. Food is food.

Wilbur

Lynda Freeman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

Wilbur loves to play and go on walks. My son says he's a chick magnet. I can see that this might be so as all kinds of people stop to say hello to Wilbur.

Who Comes First: You or Your Dog?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

We all have an idea of what we'd like life to be like with our dogs. Depending on our own lifestyle, we might need a dog to be social around kids, be athletic, dog-friendly, or any of a host of traits. But sometimes the dog we get is not the dog we want.

When a Two-Dog Home Turns Into Sophie's Choice

Nicole Wilde | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

It's hard to make the decision to rehome a dog who hasn't done anything wrong, especially when there is a strong emotional attachment. Unfortunately, part of being a responsible owner is having to make the tough decisions that are for our dogs' own good, even if it causes us pain.

Dog Training: Knowing When To Break The Rules

Nicole Wilde | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

Certain rules persist, whether they make logical sense or not. Shouldn't you always eat before your dog? That is the rule, after all. But in real life, isn't it better to eat either before or after your dog, depending on what's convenient for you?

Want the Secret to Winning Rock Paper Scissors? Ask a Dog Trainer

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Anna Jane Grossman

A BBC story reveals the secret to winning at rock-paper-scissors. The answer is something that we dog trainers tell our human clients all the time: if...

New Discipline-Free Puppy Training

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

(Teach Yourself Visually, Wiley Publishing 2005) The other morning my 3-year-old niece ran into the room screaming, "I did it, I did it! I put my ba...

Andrea Arden With Marlo Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 04.28.2014 | MarloThomas

I was so thrilled to have Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden as my guest on Mondays with Marlo. Andrea shared so many great expert tips with us about ...

How To Stop Your Dog From Running Away, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 04.28.2014 | MarloThomas

When it comes to tips and tricks for teaching your dog not to chase after cars or other neighborhood distractions, Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden ...

How To Stop Your Dog From Jumping On Guests, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 04.28.2014 | MarloThomas

Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden had some expert tips to share on how to prevent your dog from jumping up on guests out of excitement when they firs...

The Health Benefits Of Animals, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 04.28.2014 | MarloThomas

Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden explained some of the ways in which animals help improve our emotional health and well-being. In the past, sci...

If Your Dog Has Trust Issues, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 04.28.2014 | MarloThomas

One of the sad realities of adopting a new pet can be discovering deep-seated behavioral or trust issues. Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden had some ...

Table Foods That Are Harmful To Dogs, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 04.28.2014 | MarloThomas

Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden gave us some expert tips on harmful foods to avoid feeding your dog. Even though we all may like to occasionall...

Most Important Tip For Training A Puppy, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 04.28.2014 | MarloThomas

Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden shared some expert advice on the single most important tip for training a puppy. "The most important thing is m...

How To Stop Your Dog From Barking At Guests, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 04.28.2014 | MarloThomas

When it comes to preventing your dog from barking at guests, Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden had some expert advice for us. If you want to stop...

Puppy Training Tips, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 04.28.2014 | MarloThomas

Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden gave us some simple, easy tips to navigate the most important puppy parenting priorities. “The three most imp...

Calling All Dogs: Can You Hear Me Now?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

The dog, oblivious, continues to play with his friends. The woman calls out again, this time more loudly. No response. Finally, in a fit of frustration, she screams at the dog, grabs his collar, and drags him away. What's happened here? Did the dog really not hear his owner calling?

Dog Training: A Little Effort Goes a Long Way

Nicole Wilde | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

The thing is, having a well-trained dog doesn't happen overnight. But you don't have to drill your dog in obedience for hours a day; in fact, dogs learn better in shorter practice sessions.

Dog Learning is 24/7

Nicole Wilde | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

How much time do you spend each day training your dog? If you answered "30 minutes," "An hour," or even "Three 10-minute sessions," you're wrong. Oh, I believe that you're working on specific skills during those periods--but the truth is that you're training your dog 24 hours a day, every day.

Like a Handshake, but with Noses and Butts

Sara Reusche | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green
Sara Reusche

In our society, a handshake is the standard greeting for meeting new people. Dogs also have a standard greeting ritual, but as scent-oriented creatures their ritual varies slightly from ours.

'My Dog Bit Someone -- Out of Nowhere!'

Nicole Wilde | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

The dog had previously shown some signs of being uncomfortable around people, but the bite was a wake-up call. Something had to be done. The thing is, the shepherd didn't actually bite "out of nowhere" -- dogs seldom do.