Monday, March 24, 2008

Bamboo Toss and Pull Dog Toy


This is the toss and pull combat toy from Bamboo. These are some of the most versatile dogs on the market. They can be used as a tug toy, a fetch toy on land or on the water, they float and even as a chew toy.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

March Madness

We always like this time of year at . Spring Break is going on, College Basketball is at its best.

So lets have a sale. Anytime you use the coupon code: friend, you will receive 15% off of your purchase.

Stop by today and save on a wide variety of great stuff for your dog. Make sure to stop by our great selection of of dog collars, dog beds and dog toys.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Great New Stuff at Lucy's Dog House


At Lucy's Dog House we have recently introduced the Bamboo line of Grooming Tools and Combat X toys. Bamboo is a fantastic company with a great reputation for making the highest quality dog care products.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Rescues We Sponsor

Below are the rescues that we sponsor throughout the year. Every month they get 5 percent of our total sales for the month. In addition any time someone uses the coupon code rescue the sponsored rescue for the month gets an additional 10 percent for a total of 15% of that purchase. Plus the customer receives 5% off as a way of saying thank you. Please check out these rescues when you get a chance. They are doing some great work with Great Danes throughout North America. April and October May and November June and December July and January August and February
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Hollywoof Dog Collar
Sizes available are Extra Small 7-10" (Narrow), Small 10-14" (Narrow), Medium 13-20" (Wide) and Large 18-26" (Wide). The 5ft lead (Narrow) is a good choice to match the Extra Small and Small Collars and the 6ft lead (Wide) is a good choice for the Medium and Large Collars.Okay, what sets these collars and leads apart from all of the others in the market? Not only is the nylon ribbon exceptionally strong, it is cut using a special ultrasonic cutting tool that gives the ribbon a much smoother edge. The smoother edge makes these collars the most comfortable nylon collars available.Buckles are color coordinated in custom dyed-to-match colors. The hands-free leash feature snap-fit closures on the grip so you can secure your pup without having to first release the lead from the collar. The nylon webbing is colorfast and resists fading. All products are washable by hand.Oh, yeah, one last thing. The designs!!! These designs are fun, whimsical and sure to look great on your favorite four legged fur kid.All of these wonderful features makes these collars a must buy for you or that special dog lover in your life!! Don't forget to get the matching lead!!

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Big Sky Bed Large


As rugged as the Rocky Mountains it was created in, look no further than our Big Sky Bed. Made from fine Faux Suede, these orthopedic dog beds boast stylish comfort coupled with the ultimate in ease of care. The quilted cover is enhanced with beautiful black piping on both top and bottom, with a texture that makes brushing pet hair off a breeze. If it needs a little more attention, the zippered opening allows easy access to remove the lofty inner pillow to machine wash and dry whenever desired. Made in Montana.

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Bumper Bed Medium


Your pet deserves all the pampering in the world, so why not give them the satisfaction? Made with your pet's total comfort in mind our Bumper Beds are the perfect blend of country living and city dwelling. No matter where your pet calls home, they will have the perfect nights rest or an enjoyable afternoon nap when lying in an orthopedic Bumper Bed of their own. Each dog bed is filled with our thick denier 100% recycled polyfill, making the bed a heaven of cushions that will not bunch or flatten from extreme use. Our twill fabric was carefully chosen for its durability and is brushed for added softness. Comes in a variety of fresh and inviting colors that adapt easily to your home's d├ęcor. Zippered opening and machine washable cover for easy maintenance. Made in Montana.

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Diary of Jinky

"Can a cynical comedy writer and his actress wife learn anything from an adopted dog? You'll laugh watching them try because it's a true story and a touching story, but mostly just a funny story." --JAY LENO"Jinky's Hollywood story recalls the brilliant humiliation of Fitzgerald's Pat Hobby, the uncomfortable self awareness of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Henry Miller's approach to Life's Banquet. If everyone who owns a dog or loves to laugh buys this book, the profits will spark the worst custody battle in the history of Tinseltown." -- MARK BRAZILL, creator of That 70's Show"Jinky's a star! This rescued mongrel knows what's important in life, and his take on Hollywood is hilarious!" --GRETCHEN WYLER, Vice president, Humane Society of the United States Hollywood Office and founder of the Genesis AwardsIf you love to laugh, you'll love Jinky, the bat-faced terrier mongrel rescued from the pound by a Hollywood couple:"My mom used to be somebody, but she doesn't want to remember who that was. She was in movies, on TV, she made records, and was an underwear model. Now she just lounges around in her underwear for no pay. My dad is a writer--or at least he sleeps at the computer a lot."Jinky's "mom" and "dad" might be complainers, but Jinky is just happy to be alive. He enjoys every minute and he can't understand why his lucky, pampered Hollywood parents and their show business friends are such miserable whiners. After all, Jinky's life started badly:"My life began in a cage in San Pedro , California . Some creepy guy bought me for his stupid wife and she didn't want me. . . . One night, the guy took me to the pound. They threw me into a cold, wet crate and slammed the gate. . . . I was scheduled to be 'put down' or, as I like to say, murdered. But I got lucky."Now Jinky lives in a beautiful house in the Hollywood Hills. He has a pool and a Jacuzzi and sports cars and a fat blond terrier girlfriend named Finley who loves to lick his ears and dry hump him on the couch.Jinky went from an unloved and abandoned pet to sleeping in bed with his mom (a former Pet herself, in Penthouse—she looks good) and eating delicious food off his dad's plate (his mom cooks good, too).Jinky knows what's important in life, and he wishes his mom and dad could stop worrying about their status in Hollywood and enjoy life as much as he does. He can't understand why show business people are always so unhappy, especially the funny ones. Every "pitch" meeting Jinky overhears, every Hollywood dinner he eavesdrops on, every Hollywood barbecue, lunch, and casual encounter in coffee shops is another chance for these people to bitch and moan about "the business."But Jinky's "tail" is not just about his hilariously self-obsessed parents and their friends. And his message is not just that happiness is not about how much we have, but how we love. His is a tale about how hope, perseverance, and even one small act of kindness can change a life.
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Shop By Breed Dog


Size 5 Shop By Breed DoggyWorth - About 6" long. Shop By Breed Size 6-7, 9" long Perfect for medium to large dogs. Shop By Breed Dog Size 8-9. Perfect for large to giant breeds or for that dog that thinks she is. My Kona is only 65lbs and she always steals Lucy's dog. Well, until Lucy chases her down and they play tug of war for a while.

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Large Orbee-Tuff Orbee 5" long


Large Orbee-Tuff Orbo Green and Blue Large is 5" long. Inspired by the ball that put Planet Dog on the map. Just like the original - this hyper-durable ball bounces, floats and has a peppermint scent that dogs find irresistible. With its special reinforced Treat Spot™ that will delight chewers and become a playtime favorite.

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Orbee - Soccer Ball

Here is another Lucy and Kona approved toy.
Non-toxic, recyclable and rinses clean. Imported. 5" diameter.Perfect for all dogs from the purebred Retriever to the backyard sports enthusiast. Made of our award-winning Orbee-Tuff compound, this mini soccer ball will keep your 4-legged Pele happy for hours - indoors or out. Chew-o-Meter Rating: 5 out of 5 Chompers. This ball is the tuffest of the Orbee-Tuff toys! For extreme chewers.

Tips For Traveling With Your Dog

Tips For Traveling With Your Dog by: Terry HansonTaking your dog with you when you travel, whether you go by land, air or sea, can present real problems. I know - I do 100k miles a year, and most of them I get to take Beck with me. It's worth the extra hassle, no question. But what tips can I offer you?Air travel with your dogIt takes most dogs a long time to get used to traveling by plane. It took Beck about 6 flights before he stopped getting stressed about it. The big thing is to make sure your dog knows that it's just a temporary thing - to a woofer, a flight can seem to last forever! Each airline has their own set of rules - you need to check these before the flight. No good turning up and finding you are denied access to the plane because you didn't bone up on the regs!Number one tip is - get a vet to sign a health certificate for your dog certifying that he has no diseases. Also make sure the dog is up to scratch on his anti-flea programme, and bring documentary evidence with you if you can. No airline wants a flea infested plane! Check his dog tags. Make sure YOUR contact details are there and easy to read. If you do get separated, this ensures you'll be re-united fast. For the same reason, you carry a photo of your dog in your wallet.Number 2 tip - no food for Fido for 6 hours before the flight, and no water for 2 hours before. We wouldn't want any nasty 'accidents' now, would we???!!! Also put a note on his crate saying what his eating and drinking needs are - if the flight gets delayed, the ground staff will have a duty to live up to these.Number 3 tip - buy a crate big enough for your dog to stand up in. Only buy custom made crates from your pet shop. Buy one that is designed for the rigors of air transport. NEVER try to 'get by' with any old crate. Trust me - your dog will thank you for the gift! Also remember that the airline you are using may have specific requirements for cases that go in the hold. Check the livestock regs.Car Travel with your DogTip 1 - Just like air travel, make sure your dog has all his ID with him, and you carry a photo. Even in the car, keep him leashed. Dogs have been known to get excited and leap out the window. Bad things happen on the freeway!Tip 2 - Always book your hotel or motel ahead of time. If they don't allow dogs, you will be turned away whether or not you have a booking. I learned this the hard way with Beck - sleeping in a car ain't fun!Tip 3 - acclimatization. Get your dog used to trips - start out with short trips, and gradually extend them. Let him experience the aircon, and maybe even stick his head out the window (dogs love this - make sure he's on the leash first, and that there is no contra traffic!)These tips have enabled Beck and I to enjoy many great trips together, and believe me, it's nice to have some company on those long empty miles! If you like Beck, please vote for him on the contest at Vote for Beck in the petmillions contest!

About The Author Terry Hanson is in sales, but doesn't like to be separated from his pooch Beck, who is entered in the pet contest .

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Safe and Enjoyable Pet Travel Takes Planning, Preparation

So you're thinking about venturing out on your next trip with Fido? Sounds like a fun idea, but unless you're well prepared, you may end up wishing you had left him at home.But don't get discouraged; traveling with pets is becoming as commonplace as traveling with children. In a sense, they really are our children. We feed them, clean up after them, groom them, praise them, and love them… why shouldn't we take them along?Problem is, some folks think just letting the family dog jump in the back seat is all it takes. Never mind securing that loved one in a car seat or harness like we do Junior. Why not? Okay, I'll ask it again… why not?In case of a sudden stop or crash, what happens? Oops. Or big OOPS, depending on the size of your pooch. He could cause a serious injury or even death to you or one of your passengers if he becomes a projectile. Why take the risk?Making the best of pet travel begins with planning. You must first think about what it is you're doing, where you're going, how you're going to get there, what you need… you know, like you do when you take a trip by yourself or with friends or family. Don't exclude your pet's needs and essentials just because… what, he's a pet?What vitamins or meds will he need? What about food, treats and water? Yes, it's always a good idea to have a supply of good, cold water with you. Sometimes you just can't just find water anywhere when you need to stop.Do you have a car seat for the pet to see out (mainly for smaller pets) or a harness or seat belt? What about emergency contacts like vet phone numbers or a pet hospital near where you are traveling? In case you become separated, did you remember his ID tag? How else will anyone know to whom your four-legged child belongs? A travel ID tag is also becoming more popular that lists the contact information of where you're planning to stay when you get to your destination or a cell phone number that could easily track you down in the event you get separated from your pet.One of the most comforting things a pet can have with him is something familiar like a favorite toy or blanket. Remember how Junior is? By the way, did you remember his, too?How about a portable exercise pen? Aunt Sally says she loves your canine, but does she really want him running loose all over her house? That exercise pen can be assembled in no time, and you sure won't have to keep your eye on Aunt Sally's glass figurine collection every second of the day.And when you and your canine are ready to bed down for the night, are you just going to let him sleep where he finally drops? Is that where Junior will end up for the night? I don't think so. That's right, don't forget that pets like to sleep comfortably, too, and that portable dog bed sure feels a little more like home.There's another thing you should remember. And that's all you have to do, just remember it. And that is… reassurance. Your pet knows you better than anyone else. Give him the reassurance that you're there for him and that you're going to have a good time together. He knows your voice. You're the one he trusts. So give him confidence in this new traveling environment. Provide him with the things he needs to make his trip as safe and enjoyable as yours, and I'm sure you will have many fun excursions together for years to come. Happy travels!

About The Author Tom James is founder and president of, an Internet resource website and online community serving the pet travel industry and pet lovers everywhere. Information about pet-friendly accommodations and destinations, RV parks, dog parks and campgrounds, tips for traveling with pets using various modes of transportation, recreational activities with pets, articles by pet experts, a photo gallery to post images of one’s pet travels, and special features, including a monthly newsletter for PTC Club members, are included in the site. In the fall of 2006, will roll out an online store of product solutions to make the pet travel experience fun and easy. Visit online at .

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Dog Training: "Hot Tips for the Bedroom"

“Honey, you know I don’t like it when you lick my ears.” “Umm… It wasn’t me. Wait, where’s the dog?”Studies show that about half of the people who own dogs allow them on the bed. Most dog owners I know account for the half that do. If you are one of them, here’s a few things to keep in mind.* You should not let puppies or untrained dogs ON the bed, let alone sleeping on it. Their early training is the time when you establish your dominance and their boundaries. Only adult dogs should earn this privilege.* Also puppies run the risk of house training accidents. Beds are difficult to clean, and the fact that they can preserve the scent means that your dog will want to be a repeat offender.* Above all, puppies are small. Letting them sleep in the bed is extremely unsafe.* For dominant and Alpha dogs, avoid letting them sleep in your “spot” (with you in it or not). This suggests to them that they are in direct competition with you as pack leader.* Don’t ever let your dog on your bed without inviting them first. This is often communicated more with body language, such as a quick succession of pats on the area of the bed you’re asking them to go to.* Have a command for them to get off the bed too (if they are being restless and disruptive this can save a good night’s sleep, and it beats shoving them off). If your dog ignores you when you ask them to get “Off,” you’ve got a bit of obedience work to do. If your dog growls at you at all, even when you attempt to adjust their position, then you’ve got some work to do (NOTE: don’t confuse a tired moan with a growl. It can sound similar, but a moan will occur without any aggressive posturing, for example, their mouth will be shut and lips not curled, and they won’t be making eye contact - their eyes might even be closed!)* Don’t ever let your dog wedge itself in between you and your partner. This can be an expression of both jealously and attempted dominance, and can escalate into more severe behaviors. They need to know that they rank lower than both of you in the pack hierarchy.* It’s best to allow your dog to sleep at the bottom end of the bed, and above the blankets.* Some dogs like to burrow under the blankets, which is a risk not only because they can get squished, especially if they’re smaller than you, but they can also potentially suffocate under there. If you allow this, adjust the blankets after they settle in to be sure that they can easily stick their head out. Because they generate a lot of heat too, these burrowers will likely move when they get too warm anyway.So take some care and avoid reinforcing unwanted dog behaviors. If you do, your dog will always be good in bed - so to speak.

About The Author Martin Olliver is a proud member of the Kingdom of Pets team ( For more great articles about dogs on furniture, visit:

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Dog Whispering Behind the Scenes

Ethology is the science that studies behaviors of a species under natural situations. Therefore, it studies instinctive and non-instinctive behaviors that are typical of a species.Dog whispering is a training technique based on canine ethology. So, it takes into account those behaviors that are natural in dogs, but usually ignore the principles of learning theories.The fundamental premise of dog whispering is that the owner should become the leader of the pack. This is also known as the theory or paradigm of the alpha dog.According to the alpha dog paradigm, dogs establish dominance hierarchies in the pack. Thus, you should achieve the higher hierarchy, the alpha dog status, in order to maintain a good relationship with your dog.Though it is not clear when the paradigm of the alpha dog appeared, it is well known that it gained popularity in the eighties.Jan Fennell and Cesar Millan are two of the most famous practitioners of dog whispering. The latter is perhaps the most famed trainer at these days, because of his show "The Dog Whisperer" broadcasted by National Geographic.Some authors say that dog whispering is based on scientific studies of wolf packs. Others say the technique was developed after studying the social behavior of dogs for several years.Unfortunately, there are several non-standardized variants of this technique. Besides, some of the technique variants seem to be based only on popular beliefs and not on real studies about dog behavior.Dog whispering by itself is useless to teach obedience commands. For that reason, many trainers don't accept it as real training technique. Moreover, it is also frequent that practitioners of this technique don't consider themselves as dog trainers. Instead, they claim they are people who can communicate with dogs by a deep understanding of dog behavior and proper body language.Dog whispering advocates claim that the technique provides a natural way to communicate with dogs. Some of these people also tend to use non-violent procedures. However, the degree of violence is highly variable and depends on the method used by the trainer.Detractors claim that there is a lack of solid arguments in this technique. They also claim that dog whispering is based on popular beliefs, which could be true for several of its variants.Same detractors usually question the alpha dog paradigm and argue that there's no need for a model based on dominance hierarchies.Biologists Raymond and Lorna Coppinger are among the few people who carried out extensive scientific studies on social behavior and evolution of dogs. Their studies reject the paradigm of the alpha dog, and these scientists say that wolves and dogs have very different behavior repertoires. Therefore, studies on the behavior of wolves shouldn't be useful for a better understanding of dog's behavior.Perhaps further studies on canine ethology could lead to a better understanding of dog behavior. Meanwhile, most dog whispering variants can't provide clear and precise guidelines for dog training; even when there are some really successful "dog whisperers" like Cesar Millan and Jan Fennell.

About The Author Rodrigo Trigosso is a biologist and professional dog trainer. His website provides great info on canine training and behavior.

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Dog obedience training

Which dog owner won't feel proud of his disciplined dog? Reversely, who won't feel ashamed of an unruly dog? It is very important for your dog to be absolutely obedient to commands of his owner. You can't expect your dog to be obedient by birth or nature. You have to take pains to make him understand obey your commands. Obedience training to your dog can be imparted in many ways - two of the more popular methods are typically carrot and stick methods. First method heavily depends on the stick or punishment approach. Second method deals with the reward system for the dog.Leash and collar method of dog obedience training has survived for a long time now. It is primitive but still mostly followed. The premises of this training method are based here - leash will be the mode of communication with the dog. Dog must understand the commands, and if not obeyed to, leash should be put to action. Using leash alone is not sufficient - dog must be made aware of the good and bad behavior. Once tracked on the path to bad behavior, dog can be punished with the leash.Reward system doesn't believe in punishing the dog. It follows psychological approach to deal with dog training. Dog is made to know the good parts of behavior and rewarded for the same. His ugly behavior is neglected in the form of psychological treatment. The trainer or owner walks away from the dog immediately after the show of bad behavior. Dog is an intelligent animal to understand the difference between the bad and good behavior.Whatever technique is used for dog obedience training, it is important to know that the training must be consistent. Dogs get easily confused due to double standards employed. If you expect your dog never to jump on the bed, never let or invite him on the bed. Ensure that your dog never reaches the bed.Obedience training starts on the fundamental issues like sitting, standing, walking, listening to your commands & following those, sitting in the car, etc. The dog owner can easily impart obedience training. You may find alternates to this by getting your dog enrolled with some obedience classes or dog instructor. Evaluate all the training techniques, methods, equipment, infrastructure, experience, etc before taking the final decision on outside help. Remember, the most ideal way will be yourself to be the instructor. Your dog will love it.

About The AuthorTed Belfour is the founder of and websites providing information on dog training.

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Dogs And Kids

Dogs and kids can live together harmoniously, if the situation is properly understood and carefully handled.Friendships between dogs and kids are both wonderful and character building for the children.Most dog bites inflicted on kids are by the family pet, or a neighbours dog. It is not that the dog is aggressive, it is just that Mums and Dads do not understand that children, and particularly babies, act very differently to adults, and it is this unusual behaviour that upsets the dogs.My own children were brought up with German Shepherds, supposedly well know as aggressive dogs. The dogs were fairly anti-social to strangers but to the family they were totally trust worthy. I like to think that it was because I taught the kids to behave properly around and towards the dogs.When dogs and kids are living together it is the kids that need to be taught to treat all dogs with the greatest respect, and to understand that dogs are not toys. As soon as babies are crawling they need to be told to be kind to the family dog. Puppies are never too young to learn, neither are babies. If you have just acquired a new puppy do not let it chew you or play nip, good training for when it is a fully grown dog.Dogs protect all things that they care about, whether that be the house, their diner, the car, their bed, kids have to understand to leave dogs alone at certain times or certain places. Some dogs are, by nature, herding dogs, so these may chase a child if it runs away. This could excite the dog to attack.Some dogs would get defensive if they are cornered or have some one standing over them. Kids should be taught to not scream, cuddle the dog tightly or pinch them. It should be remembered that as a dog gets older it could become less tolerant, so the family dog that has always been so good with the kids suddenly nips a child. Old dog get deaf so cannot hear a child approaching, so may nip out of surprise. It is not the dog’s fault!Kids need to be told to never approach a strange dog, without asking permission. If the dog is out without it’s owner leave it alone.To always approach in a steady quiet manor.No teasing, yelling, hugging, pinching, pulling or chasing.Always leave mothers with young alone.Never try to stop a dogfight!If you are approached by a strange dog, stand still; let the dog sniff you, no wriggling fingers, put them in your pocket if you have one.Do not stare at the dog, and never run away.If the dog is barking or growling, slowly walk away, keeping the dog in view.Be sure your kids understand the difference between your own dog and a strange dog.It is wise to never leave a baby or very young children alone together, no matter how well you think you know the dog.This all sounds a little forbidding but dogs and kids really can have lots of fun together.

About The Author Valerie Dancer I have owned dogs for 42 years. Learning to train from my mother who trained to county level. Over the years I have found that the old ways of training are not always the best, that praise is the best form of training, and the younger the dog, the easier it is to train.

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Excessive Barking in the Yard

Barking. It’s one of the things that dogs do. In fact, there are occasions when it’s a benefit to have a dog who barks. If there were a stranger entering your property or if something were genuinely amiss, a barking dog could be downright helpful.What is not helpful however, is a dog who barks constantly. A twig snapped in the backyard, “Bark, bark, bark!” Neighbors are grilling in their yard, “Ruff, ruff, ruff!” Neighborhood kids are riding their bikes, “Yap, yap, yap!”This is a problem that is not only extremely annoying to neighbors, but can also be rather chafing on the pet’s owners who are either inside the house or out in their yard. Many dog or puppy owners find themselves constantly yelling “Cut it out! Hush!”… which for most dogs doesn’t stop the barking but instead just adds to the commotion.Another down side to a constantly barking dog is that he can become rather like the boy who cried wolf. Since the dog barks so much, there is a tendency to not even go see what it is he’s barking about. In the event of an actual intruder, your dog might be trying to tell you, but will instead either be ignored or told to hush because the barking is so common.The first step in alleviating this problem is to work on some obedience training with your pet. If he doesn’t clearly understand what “no” and “good dog” mean, he will not comprehend what you’re asking when you holler out the window. Likewise, if your dog doesn’t respect you, even if he does know what you mean, he will not listen anyway.Some basic obedience commands such as “heel,” “sit,” “down,” “stay” and “come” will help establish a learning curve for your pet, and being consistent during practice will help you to earn his respect at the same time. Another benefit of obedience training is that it helps to stave off boredom. You may be surprised how many dogs bark all the time simply because it’s an activity.The next step is to get outside with your dog or puppy! If he’s out there by himself, barking and running back and forth, all the hollering in the world is not going to stop him. You need to personally catch your dog barking inappropriately, tell him “no” and redirect him to a more appropriate behavior such as chasing a ball, doing a “down/stay” or another acceptable activity.Also extremely important is to take your dog out on a leash and socialize him thoroughly with normal neighborhood occurrences. Introduce him to the neighbors. Bring him to meet the kids who ride their bikes. Hang around out front when your neighbors are doing yard work so he learns that it’s normal and acceptable for them to be there.Between the obedience training, respecting you more, your personal supervision and being properly socialized with normal neighborhood happenings, your dog’s barking will be dramatically reduced. Soon, even your neighbors may start to like him!

Article written by Lori VerniLori Verni is a freelance writer, Certified Master Trainer and owner of Best Paw Forward Dog Education in Holly Springs, NC. She also proudly brings you all of the free articles on, and has a book available: Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs. The book can be purchased at

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Finding the Right Trainer for Your Dog or Puppy

Getting the right trainer for your dog or puppy is critical in training your pet the way that you, as the owner, feel comfortable. A trainer is just like a teacher or a coach for children, if you don’t feel comfortable with how they are handling your pet you will not likely continue the training method at home which will lead to confusion and non-compliance with your dog. A good trainer or professional will always be willing to share their views on dog training as well as explain their methods and philosophy for training.Points To ConsiderBefore deciding on the professional trainer to work with both yourself and you dog do a bit of research. The following questions are important to consider to be certain that the trainer that you choose will be the correct match.1. What type of training does the kennel or trainer offer?There are different types of trainers and various training methods. If you want a hunting dog or scent dog then the trainer should have experience in this type of specialization. Guard dogs or dogs for home protection require additional training over basic obedience and should only be trained by someone experienced with guard dog. Obedience training is different than event training and be sure the trainer has some experience in the area you are interested in.2. What qualifications does the trainer have?Trainers may be certified or recognized by a training association in your area or location, or they may simply have been working for a long period of time in the area and we well known by breeders and event competitors. Never be afraid to ask what qualifications or experience the trainer has.3. What references are available?Does the trainer have a list of references that he or she is willing to provide regarding the services they have provided. If the trainer has a certification ask what agencies granted it and do a bit of research. References should be local people or breeders and they should be open to talking about their experiences and results of using the particular trainer.4. How should I find a trainer?There are many different ways to locate a trainer. One of the best ways to locate a trainer in your area is to simply ask your veterinarian which professional trainer they recommend. Another option is to talk to other dog owners, especially ones with well-behaved dogs, and find out what trainers or training methods that they have used.Attending dog shows and other events may also be helpful. Watch for handlers and owners that respond to their dogs the same way that you would like to have your dog treated and ask who has assisted with the training.Dog owners tend to be very good references and are always happy to discuss a positive experience with a trainer. Equally most dog owners will also indicate that they had an unpleasant experience if that is the case. Remember that each trainer has their own unique style and personality so attending one or two classes and watching how the trainer responds to both the people and the dogs is a great way to get an insight into the philosophy of the training methods.

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Get Rid Of Puppies “Behavior Problem”

The first thing you should understand about alleged “behavior problems” is that they are rarely a problem for the dog. Chances are pretty good that he enjoys digging up your garden, tilting over the trash, jumping on you, chasing any cat or un-stuffing the couch.Problem correction, like command training, has an expected sequence of steps you must follow to be successful:Prevent Unwanted PracticeBefore you could attempt to any changes make sure that you are not creating another problem. If you don’t give the dog what he requires, a proper diet, plenty of exercise and daily dealings or if you give him more than what he can actually handle, crate him for long hours, constantly excite him or may be frighten him frequently, he would not be able to give you his best.Now prevent the accidents until you and your dog are actually prepared. Crating, closing doors, moving the cat box or bowl, or may be keeping him on lead with you are just a few ways to minimize mischief. When you leave, lock him safely.Teach BetterAlways give your dog a way to succeed, a way to earn rewards. With behavior problems, ask your self “What behavior we want?”Often “sit” is a normal option. A dog who is sitting cannot be jumping up, stealing food from the kids counter tops etc... One of the best ways to address a surplus behavior is to just spend several days working on the desired alternative until your dog would do it quickly and more reliably by clearly directing him to the desired behavior, he quickly learns how to earn approval and rewards.PracticeBehavior problems can not be willed away. It doesn’t really help to think about crating him or to think setting up a training situation. Do it. We’ve seen people resolve similar difficult canine problems for which we held out little hope of recovery. It has achieved through pure diligence and pure commitment. Not every problem has a solution, but most they do and that solution is 100% dependent on you. Take the time and create a minor miracle.

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Good Timing Creates Better Results With Dog Training

Imagine you just finished grilling a beautiful filet mignon steak. You realize that you forgot the steak sauce, so you walk away from the table to go to the refrigerator and get it. Out of the corner of your eye, you see your dog staring at the steak, walking straight toward it while salivating as if you’d served it to him in his dog bowl!When do you think is a good time to correct your dog by telling him “no” and putting him into a down/stay position? While he’s definitely thinking of stealing the meat? Or not until after he’s already taken it and run off with it in his drooly mouth?In the above scenario, it seems obvious that it would be best to stop your dog before he actually takes the steak. One of the reasons I love to use this example is because of its obvious simplicity.However, similar timing is also applicable to many other situations. It is always best to redirect your dog into a more appropriate behavior before he gets to the full extent of the bad behavior, as long as you’re certain he’s thinking of doing it.To clarify, another example would be a dog who barks and pulls when he sees other dogs. If you’re walking your dog and he sees another dog, assumes a “stalking” posture and is staring at the approaching dog, it is certain that if you don’t correct him, he will escalate into the full-fledged barking/pulling behavior. Instead, you can tell your dog “no” and get his attention back on you as soon as the staring begins.There are a multitude of other scenarios to which this applies… you just have to use your imagination. Is your dog definitely planning on jumping on the visitors? Probably yes, if he’s all excited, hopping around and acting like a madman while they’re walking up your path. Is he definitely going to rifle through the trash? Probably yes, if he’s sniffing the garbage can, licking its edges and has done this before. No need to wait until he’s already strewn the coffee grinds, banana peels and raw chicken wrappers all over the kitchen.Redirecting your dog as soon as the thoughts or feelings are occurring to him can be an excellent way to solve behavioral issues. By not waiting until your dog is fully in the throes of barking, or until after he’s received the “reward” of licking the chicken wrappers, behaviors can be redirected much more quickly and effectively.Beware that it is very important to be careful that you are reading your dog’s body language correctly. For example, if you have a puppy who is circling around on the living room carpet, it’s possible that he is getting ready to have an accident. However, dogs also circle around when they’re simply getting ready to lay down and you wouldn’t want to correct him for that. Get to know your pet and be sure you’re reading him correctly before moving forward with your educational exercises.With a little effort, you can read your dog’s body language and head off problems before they escalate, resulting in a more well-behaved pet, fewer incidents along the way and problems solved much more quickly.

Article written by Lori VerniLori Verni is a freelance writer, Certified Master Trainer and owner of Best Paw Forward Dog Education in Holly Springs, NC. She also proudly brings you all of the free articles on, and has a book available: Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs. The book can be purchased at

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Got Thirty Minutes? Teach Your Dog to Sit!

People mistakenly think that teaching their dog to sit is incredibly hard. But it's easy!All you have to have is (a) the right technique and (b) the patience to repeat the same command and tactile actions about 25 to 30 times.By the 31st time, I'd be willing to bet your dog (because he or she is smarter than anyone else's) is already starting to sit when you give the command.Elapsed time: about 30 minutes. Repeat as necessary to gain full "sit" control. That's it!Here's the complete low-down:The Sit Command is one of the easiest commands to teach your dog during dog training. The reason? It involves tactile (touch), the leash and collar combo, and praise (one of the most important ingredients in dog training).Here’s the basic routine for the “Sit” command: position your dog by your left side, with the “pinch” collar (or the collar of your choice) in place around your dog’s neck. Your dog probably will be standing on your left, tongue hanging out, wondering what’s next. Yup, yup – what’s next?It’s simple. Every command sequence follows basically the same routine, a standard in programming dog behavior: a minimum of words, tactile reinforcement of the command (until they start associating the command with the action), and praise – lots and lots of praise (when the action is completed correctly :-)Here’s how it goes in sequence: Call the dog by name, speak the command, and follow through with touch.In this case, for my dog, it would be “Honey! Sit!” spoken in a commanding tone. The first time, your puppy dog will not have any idea what you mean. So, with your right hand, you will pull up on the leash while pushing down on the dog’s hindquarters with your left hand. Forcibly, if need be.The combination of the two actions may bring a surprised yelp and a bit of struggle. But gently (and firmly) pull up with your right hand, and push down with your left. The dog really has no choice but to comply, and as he or she does so, lavish them with praise.As I said, the first time for the sit command will be a new experience for you both. But the second time will be a bit easier. And the third, and the fourth time, as each completed command is followed with praise, you’ll be thinking: “this dog behavior, dog training thing is a snap” – but only when the dog’s hindquarters are actually touching the ground can the celebration begin. Then, the reinforcement in the dog behavior will be clearly associated with the command and the subsequent action.By the time you get to the tenth time, believe it or not, the dog will likely already be in the motion of sitting down as your right hand goes up with the leash, and your left hand is reaching for the dog’s hind end.Repetition is like magic for dogs! Issue the same command, in the same tone of voice, in the same sequence, as many times as you want to practice this. But I would not try it more than 30 times in a row – both of you will get bored. Instead, begin practicing the next step, which will be to teach your puppy dog the “Down!” command.

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Helping Your Dog or Puppy Adjust to a Change in Schedule

As the beginning of the school calendar draws near, many people’s schedules change. Those who work in schools, as well as parents, students and others, will have a much different schedule than during the lazy days of summer. Other times of year may also cause significant changes in schedule, such as a new job or other lifestyle adjustment.A significant change in schedule can be a big adjustment for dogs or puppies. Some pets may develop separation anxiety from suddenly being home alone for longer periods of time. Others may experience housebreaking accidents, chewing problems, and more.There are many steps you can take to train your dog or puppy to adjust. Following, is a list of things you can do ahead of time to help your dog adapt:Personally leash walk your dog to a designated area to do his business. This will help your dog to quickly identify when it’s time to “go”, and will provide your pet with some attention and exercise. For a complete guide to teaching your dog to use a designated bathroom area, check out the book "Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs". If your dog has had very frequent access to go outside, cut down on that freedom little by little in advance. This will help your dog or puppy to build up the needed muscle control to last for longer periods of time between walks without housebreaking accidents.Teach your dog or puppy to sometimes be independent from you. Discourage him from following you around constantly like a shadow. Instead, train your dog to remain in a down/stay position while you move freely around your home. This may keep separation anxiety problems from developing.Leave your dog or puppy home alone for periods of time starting now. Optimally, you’ll want to gradually build up to the full time you’ll be out with your new schedule. Don’t make a big deal about leaving or returning home. If you act apologetic about leaving, it can make your dog more anxious. Instead, act as if your coming and going is perfectly normal (which it is). Use your dog’s crate. Particularly if you have a puppy or an adult dog who sometimes chews or gets into mischief. If your dog damages things while you’re out, such behaviors are far more likely to become habits. Crate training is for your dog’s safety, your furnishing’s safety, and your own peace of mind. More info on crates, recommended ones, and great prices.Practice obedience commands with your pet. By providing leadership, your dog is likely to be a much more well-adjusted pet who adapts well to your household’s lifestyle. By following the tips outlined above, you should be able to prevent problems from developing. Be sure to click on the highlighted links throughout this article to read additional Free Dog Training Info articles. If you need additional help, consider contacting an educated, knowledgeable dog trainer.

Article written by Lori VerniLori Verni is a freelance writer, Certified Master Trainer and owner of Best Paw Forward Dog Education in Holly Springs, NC. She also proudly brings you all of the free articles on, and has a book available: Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs. The book can be purchased at

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Helping a New Dog or Puppy Adjust to Your Home

When you get a new pet, one of the top priorities is to make sure that he adjusts well to his new home environment. While humans are usually excited about their new furry family member, a new dog or puppy might not understand right away what’s expected of him or what it will be like.One of the best things you can do is to provide consistency for your new dog. Creating a schedule will be instrumental in helping him to adjust. This means that you should choose times of day for feeding, walking, playing, training and quiet time… and do your best to stick to them every day.Training is another aspect that can help immensely in pets’ adapting to their new home. While you don’t want to overdo it by expecting your dog to be completely trained the first day, spending some time each day teaching him to “sit” and “stay” can help your new dog or puppy to feel more comfortable in the family pack. By providing leadership, you’re helping him realize where he stands in the family pecking order, which will make him feel relieved about knowing, and will also help set the tone for his relationship with your family for many years to come.Children will need extra supervision, especially during the first few weeks of having a new puppy or dog. It is very exciting for kids to get a dog, but it’s also important to ensure that your new pet has some quiet time each day and that children are not too overwhelming in their enthusiasm. Set clear guidelines early, including staying away from the dog’s food and water, not going in his crate and giving him his own personal space, just as we all need sometimes.Another thing that can help avoid problems is to supervise your new puppy or dog at all times. Even if you have a fenced yard, it is a good idea to personally leash walk your dog to a designated area to “do his business,” and oversee whatever else he is doing in the yard. This can help create good habits such as using a designated bathroom area, while also avoiding problems such as digging, fence jumping, damaging landscaping, chewing things and more.Of course, diligent supervision inside the house is best for the first several weeks as well. Puppies will probably require strict supervision far longer than that.Imagine that you moved to a foreign country that had very different traditions than you were used to. It’s likely that this is how your new dog or puppy feels. Just as you might be nervous, reserved or excited in your new country, it’s probable that your pet feels the same way about his new home. By taking some time to help him learn the “lay of the land,” allowing him some time and space to adjust, and providing love and consistency, you have the best chances of helping your pet become the lifelong friend you envisioned!

Article written by Lori VerniLori Verni is a freelance writer, Certified Master Trainer and owner of Best Paw Forward Dog Education in Holly Springs, NC. She also proudly brings you all of the free articles on, and has a book available: Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs. The book can be purchased at

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Home Alone… Training Tips for Dog’s Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a problem wherein a dog is very anxious when left alone. Symptoms can include: whimpering, salivating, barking, housebreaking accidents, chewing, excessive licking, scratching or digging. Some dogs may even show symptoms when owners go into another room, or to throw out the trash!This can be very upsetting for pet owners as well. Not only does it tend to make one feel guilty for going out, but it’s also no fun to return home to accidents, home damage, or an injured pet. However, there are many things humans can do to prevent or alleviate this problem!First, it’s very important to make sure your dog is confined to a safe area, such as a crate, when you’re out. Dogs being den animals, feel safer in their own small, enclosed space. This will also protect both your pet and your belongings. Click here for info on recommended crates. Click here for crate training article.Next, be sure that you don’t make a big deal when leaving or returning home. Don’t smother your dog with kisses, apologies, and a tearful goodbye. A flippant "See ya later!" is more appropriate. When arriving home, you’ll need to immediately take your dog outside to eliminate. However, during those first 10 minutes home, avoid eye contact and act like your return is no big deal.Another key ingredient is obedience training. This will help build your dog’s confidence so he feels more comfortable "in his own skin" and within your household pack. You’ll also be able to use commands such as the down/stay to teach your pet to be more independent when you are home. Practice having your dog down/stay while you move about the house, rather than always following you like a shadow."A tired dog is a good dog" also goes a long way with separation anxiety. A good session of exercise immediately before leaving will be more conducive to your pet relaxing while you’re out.Finally, and this is extremely important… never correct your dog for "crimes" committed while you were gone! This will definitely make the problem much worse, as your dog may be double worried… about you being gone, and you returning home!Often, alleviating separation anxiety will require working with a qualified professional dog trainer. However, most improve quite nicely, resulting in both you and your pet relaxing when you’re out!

This article was written by Lori Verni Lori Verni is a freelance writer, Certified Master Trainer and owner of Best Paw Forward Dog Education in Holly Springs, NC. She also proudly brings you all of the free articles on, and has a book available: Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs. The book can be purchased at

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Housbreaking an Older Dog

Housebreaking an older dog is not an impossible task. Although it is generally easier to housebreak a puppy, any dog can be housebroken given the proper techniques. First, before you begin, you must know how a dog thinks. I would say that a dog thinks 80% of the time with its nose, and the rest of the time with its other senses. If you look at animals in the wild, you’ll notice that most mammals like Wolves, Lions, Tigers, and WildDogs scent mark their territories. This is not only a sign of demarcation, but a place where these animals return to mark over and over again, in order warn other animals or their rivals that this is their territory. It is precisely this habit that the distant cousins of wolves, our dogs, exercise on a daily basis. That is, dogs know and remember where to go “potty” by mainly using their sense of smell. Dogs a creatures of habit; therefore, they generally like to go “potty” after a meal, after they wake-up from a nap, and after they exercise. Your job is to recognize when your dog needs to “go” and guide it to the pre-designated area before it does its business. Thus, you must monitor your dog for at least 2 weeks until the desired outcome is programmed into your dog’s psyche.So, what are you to do if your dog makes a mistake and “goes” in the middle of your living room? The answer depends on whether you catch your dog in the middle of the act or not. If you catch it in the middle of the act, you can say something like “no,” and quickly lead your dog to the desired location before it finishes doing its business. If, however, you find the mess after the fact, you must NEVER punish your dog. Your dog simply won’t understand what it is being punished for and it will soon learn to fear you instead of look at you as its leader.The question then is “what should one do if one finds the mess after the fact?” My advice is as follows: take a newspaper or towel and rub it onto the mess; then, take it back to the location where you desire your dog to “potty,” and smear that area. This will teach your dog to use its natural instincts (to scent mark) to go “potty” exactly where you want it to. But you still are not done yet! Now you must erase your dog’s memory of the location in your house where it had gone “potty” by properly cleaning the spot with the right cleaning agent. Cleaning with ordinary household cleaners is a bad idea. Most household cleaners contain Ammonia; the very ingredient in Urine which arouses a dog’s instinct to scent mark. So, instead of using ordinary household cleaners, use a product like “Nature’s Miracle,” which is specifically designed to remove the smell of urine and feces and erase you dog’s memory of the previous location where it had done its business.The key to housebreaking an older dog is patience. Be patient, and you dog will learn to do what you ask of it in no time.

About The AuthorArmen T. Ghazarians offers advice and articles for those interested in training their dogs like the professionals. His blog offers information regarding many aspects of professional dog training for anyone who is not a professional dog trainer.

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House Train A Dog - Quick Help

The good news is that you can house train a dog (an adult dog that is) fairly quickly…faster than puppies anyway…the bad news is, you’ve got to be consistent and actually do the work because your dog won’t have a clue what to do.So how do you get started?...I thought you’d never ask.1. Set Up “His Space”Create an area where you can confine your pooch…you’ll use it for those times when you’re away or when you don’t want to be keeping a close eye on him…make sure a large part of that space is covered with newspapers too (about 3 sheets thick).When (not if) he uses the papers, clean up the mess and replace the papers as soon as you can…but place one of the soiled papers right in the middle of the new batch…this will help build the “here is where I go” idea in his brain. Over time (maybe days, maybe weeks) his “aim” will improve and you’ll be able to reduce the papered area to maybe just a single sheet.2. Create a Feeding & Watering RoutineYour best partner in house training your buddy will be setting up and sticking to a feeding and watering schedule…feed and water him at the same times every day – no exceptions…no snacks in between; no special treats (until he’s trained)…in this way his body will automatically respond to the schedule and be predictable…this will help you immensely with your house training.3. Observe, Observe, ObserveKeep an eye on him at all times (when he’s not in “his space”)…now that he’s on a schedule, you’ll find out that Fido will need to “go” shortly after each feeding session, and perhaps shortly after each watering session and maybe a few more unpredictable times…watch him closely and learn what his body language is when he needs to relieve himself…is he suddenly restless; is he sniffing around; is he (and wouldn’t this be great?) scratching at the door?4. Do Your Leg WorkWhen he “shows the signs,” put him on a leash and get your legs workings…take him outside to the place you want him to use. Make sure this is the same place every time…don’t confuse him by switching it around on him.Be patient and while he’s sniffing around, repeat a command he can associate with this behavior in the future…use something like “go, go, go” or “time to go boy,” etc…then when he finally “goes,” make sure to give him a lot of praise and strokes…you want him to associate that praise with his actions so his little doggie brain will remember “Go Outside = Good Stuff”5. Correcting MistakesIf he goes “where no dog has gone before,” immediately, make eye contact with him and correct him with a firm “No” then lead him to the place you want him to use (either outside or to his “papers”)But you must remember (and never forget) you can only correct him if you catch him in the act…if it’s any later, even just seconds later, your correction won’t work; he won’t make the connection you want…in fact, it will have a negative impact…so, if you miss your chance, you’ll just have to be more vigilant and catch him the next time.But once the deed is done, clean up the mess completely and remove the odor completely too, because it will be the smell that brings him back to that spot for a return visit.6. Keep Your Attitude PositiveKeep in mind that house training any dog takes time…it could take weeks…some dogs will be able to control themselves sooner than others and some will learn what you want from them sooner than others. If you want to be successful in the shortest amount of time, it’s up to you to maintain the right attitude and be persistent and consistent so your buddy has the best chance to learn.I hope this helps…thanks for reading.Did you know that to house train a dog is just the first training step you’ll take with your pooch? Need help taking the next steps? Then check out

About The Author Michael Royce is an amateur dog trainer who has lived with, trained, (and been trained by) more than a dozen dogs in the last 25 years. He is a regular contributor to several websites including

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House Training Accidents in a Certain Spot

Without question, house training is one of the top priorities for dog owners. While we all expect puppies to require house training, there are many older dogs who have ongoing confusion too.One of the most frequent housebreaking dilemmas is when the dog seems to be house trained, but occasionally has accidents in a certain spot in the home. Some of the most common locations where these accidents to happen are formal dining rooms, guest rooms, basements, laundry rooms and hallways. However, regardless of where your dog’s confusion spot is, you can train him so it stops.The first step in alleviating this problem is to understand how dogs think regarding house training. Dogs are innately clean animals, who generally don’t like to soil where they live. Instinctively, even wild dogs will choose separate areas for eating, resting and eliminating.Housebreaking builds off of your dog’s natural instinct to keep his living space clean. This is why one of the first areas dogs learn to keep clean is their crate, usually followed by the rooms in your home where he spends the most time (kitchen, living room, etc.).So why does your dog sometimes have accidents in that certain spot? Usually, the accident spot is one where he doesn’t spend much time… like the formal dining room, guest room or garage. Since he doesn’t spend much time there, he may not feel like it’s part of his home where he lives and so should be kept clean. In your dog’s mind, this spot is “other than where he lives” and therefore is about the same as eliminating outside.Now that you understand why your dog is having these accidents, it’s time to clear up the confusion! The best way to do that is to spend lots of time in the area with your pet, so your dog will feel like he does live there and will want to keep it clean. This can be accomplished by practicing obedience in the area, brushing and playing with your dog in the area, and even feeding your pet there for awhile so it seems even more like a food area where he shouldn’t go to the bathroom.Of course, be sure to clean the spot thoroughly with an odor neutralizer so your dog is not attracted to the spot due to old smells.By implementing the simple steps of making your dog feel like he lives in all areas of your home, supervising him, practicing obedience and praising outdoor eliminating, you can prevent or alleviate this problem so you’ll be able to trust and enjoy your pet much more.For more details about this and other house training problems, buy the book, "Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs", by Lori Verni (the author of this article!).

Article written by Lori VerniLori Verni is a freelance writer, Certified Master Trainer and owner of Best Paw Forward Dog Education in Holly Springs, NC. She also proudly brings you all of the free articles on, and has a book available: Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs. The book can be purchased at

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Housebreaking 101

Remember that dog who just knew you didn't want her piddling in the house? Some dogs just need a slight sense of disapproval from you, and they virtually housebreak themselves.But you don’t have one of those dogs…or you wouldn’t be reading this!So how do we house train the dog who just doesn’t seem to get it? Believe it or not, it’s simple.I have two key words for you:Confine and Observe.While there is a great deal to know about food and water scheduling, timing can vary from dog to dog. So we’ll just concentrate here on the main concept which is to confine your dog to an appropriately sized crate when you cannot observe her.A properly sized crate is large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around, but hardly bigger than that. If you have a puppy in a large crate, she’ll think she’s got a bedroom with a bathroom built in. She’ll wee in one corner and sleep in the other.The correctly sized crate consists of bedroom only with no “bathroom.” So if your crate is too large, go to the pet store and purchase a crate divider so you can temporarily reduce the accessible area.Fido should be in her crate unless you can observe her 100%. This means that when the dog is loose, she has your undivided attention. Consider attaching a 6 foot light cord to the collar so you can more easily locate the dog, and prevent her from leaving the room without you. Simply step on the cord to stop her.At the first sign your dog needs to go, whisk her outside. Those signs include circling, sniffing, anxiousness, whining among other symptoms.When you’re not observing your dog with full attention, you confine her to the crate. That being said, you do need to ensure your dog has liberty periodically so she’s not all day in the crate. By being diligent now, you’ll be able to give Fido years of liberty with no worries. So it’s well worth the investment in time at this stage.Be sure you spend time playing with your dog, and also let her wander outside the crate. Avoid tossing her in the crate as punishment. Alleviate your guilt feelings by placing bones smeared with peanut butter in with her.This method makes it impossible for your dog to have an accident. You’re either right there to take her out, or she’s in the crate where she won’t want to go. When you’ve had a month with no accidents, you can begin to let the dog earn a little more liberty, five or ten minutes at a time.That means she can be out of your sight for a few moments at a time. But only a few. You want to build slowly on a record of success until your dog literally forgets that the house ever contained a bathroom.For each week with no accident, you can give Fido a few more moments of liberty at a time. However, if there is an accident, go back a step, and reduce that liberty. One accident in the house erases progress made for the several previous days.Confine and Observe your way to house breaking success. In the course of just two or three months, you’ll have a dog you can trust in the home. It’s going to be worth the effort!

About The Author Marc Goldberg is a dog trainer specializing in the rehabilitation of difficult dogs and improving relationships. He is Vice President of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and Editor of SafeHands Journal. The author also educates professional dog trainers in his techniques. Visit him on the web at or

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House Training Dogs Successfully

You could House train your dog easily if you had the time to watch your puppy 24 hours a day. But as you can’t watch them around the clock, don’t expect to train them all at once. Training can take up to about 6 months. Puppies are growing and developing quickly at this stage. They eat more food and burn up lots of energy and consequently need to ‘go’ more often.The most important issue in house training dogs should be teaching him to control his bowel. When he is still a puppy, he has not yet developed bladder control. House training dogs is hard when you are not home. Your puppy needs a lot of attention. You should first confine your puppy in a puppy-proof room with paper spread all over the floor. Put his water bowls and food right next to it. The papers you have set on the floor may be dragged and chewed around his little den, but its important and helpful in teaching your puppy where to eliminate his waste properly. There will be no reason for him to defecate elsewhere. Your puppy will ‘go’ on the paper, and you need to clean it up when you arrive home. This may be an additional job for you, but patience is all it takes. Don’t worry because later on, he will move past this stage.Paper training is very useful and a proven technique in training dogs. In this way, no matter where the dog relieves himself, he will still eliminate on the paper because he has no choice. Little by little, you will see some changes. Gradually reduce the amount paper you have set on the ground. Start to move the paper outside the house. Of course, as your puppy has become used to using the paper he will look for it. Once the paper has been moved to outside the house, your training is near its end. Move the paper about an inch per day.Occasionally, you may discover that he has had ‘accidents’ inside the house again. Don’t be discouraged. This happens. What you need to do is repeat the training. But understand that it will not be as hard as the first time. House training your dog is key for both your dog and your sanity and sanitation.

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Dog Kennels - What to Look For

We all hate to leave our pets behind if we go on vacation or have to leave home for a few days. However, we can't always take them with us so if you don't have family or friends that are able to take care of them you most likely need a dog kennel.

To find a good kennel ask for recommendations from friends, family, your veterinarian or grooming shops.

You should then visit the kennel and look for these things.


Staff - are they friendly, knowledgeable, seem to care about the dogs there?

Sanitation - Are the runs clean? Do they look like they have an effective system? Do they have barriers high enough to prevent male dogs from urinating into adjacent runs?

Facility - Is it in good repair, neat, clean, smell clean and clear of debris?

Exercise area - Do dogs have freedom of movement? It the floor concrete so it can be easily disinfected? How much time do they get outdoors?

Climate - Is there proper temperature control and is ventilation good with no draughts?

Sleeping area - Is there clean, dry and large enough for a dog to stand, stretch out or turn around? Do they have solid dividers between kennels? Is the bedding clean?

Cages and gates - Are they secure and in good repair?

How many dogs in facility - Are there to many?

Food - You may want to bring food that your dog is already eating if they don't have it. You don't want him to get sick from a change in diet.

Water - Is it available at all times, does the water look clean in the dog bowls and are the dog bowls clean?

Veterinarian - Do they have a vet on call? Will they contact your vet if needed?

Find out the cost, drop off time and pick up. How far in advance should you book?

When you do take your dog for his stay take along:

Vaccinations records

Emergency contacts - veterinarian and your numbers.

Pet schedule - also pet medications with instructions.

Take something from home like a blanket or toy.

Food if needed

Usually if a dog is introduced early in life to kennels be doesn't have a problem. Of course all dogs are different and it's hard to predict how they will react. You should start with a weekend to see how he does. Ask the staff how his behavior and appetite were so you can judge how it went. Of course check his general condition and grooming to see how well he was taken care of.

If they do have trouble maybe next time you should look into a bonded pet-sitting service. Maybe you know someone who does pet sitting in your home. Check out your options.

Lastly, ask your veterinarian if your dog needs kennel cough intra-nasal vaccination.

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The Benefits of a Lighted Dog Collar

There are few things in this world that can replace the happiness that your dog can give you. They can comfort you when you’re sad or sick and they will never abandon you, no matter what type of person you may be. A pet is one of the most loyal and loving friends that you can ever find and as a result, you want the best for them. You would want to ensure the safety and well being of your dog and one of the best devices that can do that is a lighted dog collar.As its name indicates, this device is a dog collar that is visible in the pitch black black of night. It is made out of a glow-in-the-dark material that allows it to be useful in many situations. A light dog collar is perfect for dogs trained in K9 law enforcement, search and rescue, and is highly recommended by trainers and veterinarians.Since they are illuminated, these collars are guaranteed to keep your dog safe. Dogs can be smart in figuring out how to slip out of the house. If your house is located near a road or in the city, there is a real possibility that a car may hit your dog, especially if it’s nighttime. A lighted dog collar is bright enough to enable a driver to see and avoid hitting your beloved dg.You can find a lighted dog collar in your local pet store or on online pet websites. The cost of this device will vary depending on the brand, color, style, and size that you choose for your dog. Accidents can happen any time, so it is certainly a safe and smart purchase.Aside from safety, this pet gadget also offers you the benefit of identification. A lighted dog collar is not only good for hooking tags on your dog; they can also serve as a description that you can use in case your dog gets lost. They are noticeable enough for people to recall, if they happen to have seen your pooch. This is very valuable, especially if your dog is a mixed breed because mixes are tough to describe.You can also choose a unique collar design for your dog. You can buy a lighted dog collar that has bones around the strip or you can purchase one with a paw print design. This enables you to give your dog a cute or innocent look. Even if style and fashion are not important assets of a dog, they can surely make you smile. But more importantly, the security and safety that a lighted dog collar provides makes everything else just a bonus.

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5 Essential Dog Accessories Shopping Tips

5 Essential Dog Accessories Shopping Tips
We accessorize many things. Cellphones, computers, homes, cars and PDAs are just some of the things that can be accessorized. Some people use accessories to emphasize the beauty of a thing; others use accessories to make things easier to use; still others use accessories to protect an item against harmful elements.

Accessories are not only limited to objects; in fact, there are accessories for living things, dogs for instance. There are a variety of dog accessories available -- ranging from accessories to enhance the appearance of a dog, accessories for pampering dogs and accessories that can both help dog and its owner.

If you're a dog lover, shopping for dog accessories is an important aspect of taking care of your pet. In fact, many dog lovers experience a great deal of satisfaction shopping for their beloved pets in the same way they do when shopping for their loved ones.

With a plethora of dog accessories in the market today, finding and choosing the best dog accessories for your pet can be a bit of a challenge. So here are some shopping tips to keep in mind when you're looking into buying dog accessories for your pooch.

Tip #1: When shopping for a dog collar...

Dog collars range from plain to fancy. However, more than the look of the dog collar, it's important that you choose one that properly fits your dog. The perfect dog collar for your dog is one wherein the space between your dog's neck and the collar is about two fingers wide. Never buy a dog collar based on how it looks. How a dog collar fits your dog should be your top priority.

Tip #2: When shopping for a dog leash...

Many types of dog leashes are available in the market. However, when shopping for a leash for your dog, choose the one that is appropriate to the size of your dog. If you have a big dog, get a dog leash that is wide and strong enough to hold him. In the same manner, don't get a big leash if you have a small dog. When choosing a dog leash, it's always best to go with one that costs a bit higher. Cheap dog leashes usually are of cheap quality.

Tip #3: When shopping for food and water bowls...

Choose food and water bowls that won't easily tip over. If you are considering buying a watering system that gives dogs a supply of drinking water for a longer period of time, choose a size that is appropriate for your dog. Water should always be fresh and clean so make sure that your dog can consume fairly quickly the water in the watering system you are about to purchase.

Tip #4: When shopping for dog toys...

Dogs are playful animals. When shopping for dog toys, consider those that your dog can gnash, chew or bite. Instead of chewing on slippers and shoes, these particular dog toys will encourage your dog to be more behaved. When choosing dog toys for your dog, consider those that are just the right size for him. Avoid dog toys that are too small; your dog may accidentally swallow small dog toys and choke. On the other hand, don't get a dog toy that is too large for your pet that he is unable to lift it.

Tip #5: When shopping for doghouses...

Your dog needs to have his own place outside of your home. A doghouse will protect your pet from the elements. Thus, when shopping for a doghouse, choose the one that is appropriate for your dog's size. The doghouse should be big enough to protect your dog from the harsh rays of the sun, rain and snow as well as be comfortable enough for your dog to live in if you ever leave your dog alone for long periods of time.

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Choosing The Perfect Bed For Your Dog

Anyone with a pet dog knows that these lovable creatures love to curl up snugly or stretch out nonchalantly at their favorite spot and snooze. Right after an energetic game of catch or past feeding time, dogs usually retreat to their own space and sleep to regain their strength and liveliness. Dogs love a warm, comfortable and quiet place to rest. Puppies love to be cuddled and usually dig the couch or his master’s lap when about to nod off into dog dreamland. Thus, it is a necessity to have a nice, comfortable and perfectly-sized bed for your dog. Your doggy will absolutely appreciate their own cozy sleeping and napping spot. Dogs are creatures of habit and will typically sleep at the same spot, so a comfy dog bed at their own corner is a great gift that your dog will be grateful for.

1. Assortments Of Dog Beds

Of course you can create your own dog bed: a wooden box with a pillow or blanket is an easy and inexpensive alternative. There are, however, a huge assortment of dog beds available at pet supply stores that will perfectly suit your dog. Really now, Fido can’t choose a bed for himself so here are some tips that can be useful when buying a dog bed.

2. Pick A Bed That Will Suit Your Dog's Personality And Sleeping Habits

You should know the type of bed your dog would be most comfortable in. dog beds come in many different styles like round nests, donut or cuddler beds, round fluffy balls or pillows, square flat mattresses and sofa shaped beds sized just right for a dog. Does your dog love to curl up into one big fur ball? Then a cuddler, similar to a pillow with sides, would be appropriate. If he’s a sprawling sleeper, a larger mat would be excellent. Some dogs love to sleep on their bellies; a rectangular-style dog bed would be perfect for them.

3. Your Dog's Size

The size of your dog is an important consideration. A small, thinly padded bed would be adequate for toy dogs like Chihuahuas and Shih Tzus. In comparison, Dobermans and Huskies would need larger, heavily padded beds where they can stretch out comfortably. Whatever size your dog is, pick a dog bed that is slightly larger than him. This is to allow room for growth, especially for puppies, and allow room for movement.

4. Easily Washable

Make sure the dog bed is made of removable and washable materials. It will definitely get dirty and smelly, so it is important that you can easily wash it anytime. Make sure too that the material is appropriate for the dog's fur. Look for machine washable bedding if at all possible.

5. Get Cedar

- Look for a dog bed that is filled with cedar: cedar repels fleas - Refillable cedar-filled dog beds will make your pet happier and less stressed - Make sure you don’t have an allergy to cedar

6. Location, Location, Location

Where will you put your dog bed? This is also an important consideration when choosing a bed for your pet so you can pick the right material. Some dog beds are more suitable for an indoor location like in the bedroom or living room instead of outdoors, like in a porch for instance. Climate and local weather are important factors to consider as well. Choose a dog bed that will provide warmth for your dog in winter and air circulation during summer.

7. Quality

Durability is also essential. The dog bed must be able to withstand Fido’s penchant for chewing as well as his sharp claws. As we all know most dogs are messy, so make sure the dog bed you choose is up to the challenge. Pick a dog bed cover that is washable and made from durable fabric. Consider the color and style of the dog bed too. You might want your dog’s bed to complement your walls or furniture. You should know that there are dog beds that can accommodate a variety of your dog’s special needs. Heated dog beds and orthopedic foam dog beds are available and are excellent choices for older and arthritic dogs. Your dog will definitely appreciate his own bed in his own little space. The health and well-being of your dog will depend not only on diet or exercise but also on how much comfortable sleep and rest he gets.

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Benefits of a Dog Toy Box

Dog toys are a very important part of owning a dog or puppy. Since dogs enjoy chewing, the purpose of dog toys is to provide your pet with appropriate items to chew so he doesn't chew other things around your home. Also important is that dog toys, such as balls, frisbees, sterilized bones, dog stuffed animals, rope toys, etc., are all helpful in staving off boredom in dogs… an important aspect to help prevent mischief.

In addition to making sure your dog has plenty of different types of toys and bones to keep busy with, another aspect is making sure the dog toys are accessible to him. This may sound simple, but over the course of time the toys often end up under the sofa, out in the yard or otherwise lost around the home. Next thing you know, your dog may be right back to being bored and mischievous, or at the very least, have no toys to play with even though they are "somewhere around here."

The solution? A dog toy box. It doesn't need to be fancy at all… a sturdy plastic one will do. It should be low enough for your dog to reach the toys and should be kept in a central location in your home where your dog spends time. Then, you can occasionally go around the house, picking up all the dog toys and returning them to the box so they are easy for your pet to find (and your home stays tidier too).

Another benefit of the dog toy box is that it creates an additional activity for your pet. Now, he can not only have fun playing with the toys, but can also enjoy the additional stimulation of looking through and taking them out of the box.

For puppies, the toy box is also particularly helpful because you can simply pick up the box and bring the toys easily into the room your puppy will be spending time in. Then there will be no excuse for him to be chewing or stealing other things and with the toys at your fingertips, it's easier to correct and redirect if an inappropriate item is in his mouth.

Another toy tip: rotate the toys occasionally. Instead of keeping the same toys in the box all the time, some of which your pet may have become bored with, you can occasionally go through the toys and put away the ones he hasn't played with in a while. Replace with a few new toys. Then, when he becomes tired of those toys, pull the old ones out of your cabinet and your dog's interest will be renewed. This is a great way to keep your dog interested in the toys, while also saving money by not always having to buy new ones all the time.

With a little creativity and effort on your part, your dog will quickly learn to go to the box when he wants to play with something, helping to stave off boredom and discourage mischief!

Article written by Lori Verni

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