Dog Training

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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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Where to Search for a Great Trainer or School

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (AKA the APDT) is a great place to start. Google it, then do a trainer search there and make that your starting point. From there, carefully screen the trainers. Ask what methods they use, what their background is, what equipment they use,ask for references, ask to sit in on a class, ask what they charge, and so on.

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Teach your dog that crate time is down time

I was told when we adopted our dog that you should have a crate in an easily accessible, comfortable place so your pup can associate it as their safety "den" or "cave." The door should be always open while you are home so they can go in and out as they please. Always praise him/her when they go in on their own and reward with treats. Keep items that your dog associates as "security items" within the crate such as a blanket or a teddy bear. Once it is time to go and you must shut the crate door, continue to praise the dog and reassure him/her that you'll be back. Then I find it helps to turn on the radio or music in your absence. If you live in a quiet house without a lot of people, classical music is soothing. Or if your dog is used to a lot of talk/noise in the house, talk-radio is helpful. Also there are "doggie entertainment" videos which play on "loop" for them to watch if he/she has an interest in TV. This will help them realize that crate-time is just down-time.

Scott & Katie N., owner of a Chow Chow/Labrador Retriever

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