Dog Training

Train your dog like a pro with our expert behavioral tips and tricks.

Slide into your rightful place as pack leader with help from our dog training section, your one-stop shop for information and advice on common behavior problems and primers on basic commands and dog training techniques. Learn about common aggression triggers in dogs, the importance of socialization and how to deal with everything from excessive barking and separation anxiety to housebreaking a puppy. Get expert advice from our resident dog trainer, Casey Lomonaco, read about how other dog owners have dealt with dog training and behavior issues of their own, and use our Dogster Local search box to find a dog trainer near you.

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How to Tell if Your Dog is Resource Guarding

If your dog has something in his mouth from the garbage, and you confront him with a face-to-face approach or a hand to grab the object only to be met with an aggressive response, there's likely some resource guarding involved. Your dog needs to be taught that good things happen when he is approached or when a person takes something away from him. This is done step by step, little by little and in a non confrontational way. You need help from a humane, positive trainer who knows how to deal with resource guarding. You can read up on resource guarding and try to help your dog by yourself at first. The book "Mine!" by Jean Donaldson is good too.

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Don't Get Worked Up About Being the Pack Leader

The best way to be a pack leader to your dog/s is to be calm and assertive, but also relaxed. People get really worked up when training their dogs and the dogs really do pick up on that nervous, tense energy. Remember, training is the most bonding experience you can have with a young dog; it establishes the way in which the dog relates to you. So, being calm and in control, but also having fun and friendly energy helps the dog relax an let you lead. It also helps the dog emulate your energy, making for a happy, well adjusted dog. Some everyday ways to enforce pack leadership status are: 1. Walking in and out of doors before the dog. Teach the dog to sit and stay or "wait" before the dog can leave or enter. 2. Feeding the dog right AFTER your meals. 3. Making the dog work for each cookie or treat by sitting, laying down or coming to you. 4. Never letting the dog pull on the leash.

Michelle B., owner of a Welsh Terrier mix

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