Dog Behavior and Training

Are You Making These Puppy Training Mistakes? Or, How NOT to Train Your Puppy

The arrival of a new puppy can be an exciting, happy time.  But without a basic understanding of the do's and don'ts of puppy raising, things can go sour fast.  Housetraining woes, destructive chewing, barking and otther unsettling behaviours can quickly turn those good feelings into frustration and even regret.  But, by avoiding the most common errors, you can increase the odds of enjoying the experience, and mentoring that puppy into adulthood.

Is Your Dog Afraid of Thunder & Lightning?

In an unbelievable instant, my home was hit by lightning a few months ago.  The noise was terrifying.  There was no fire, but it took quite a while after the fire department left to get my 2 little dogs out from under the bed.  I have always heard my friends talk about their canine “thunder chickens” who are terrified of the least bit of thunder – now I have two of my own.

 

Dog-to-Dog Introductions

When you already have a dog and you're bringing a new dog home, you want to make sure the introduction goes well and avoid setting up future conflict.   Making some preparations before you get home and setting your dogs up for positive interactions during their first few weeks together will go a long way toward a harmonious long-term relationship.

Solving Problem Digging

Is your dog's digging driving you to distraction? Digging is a natural behavior for dogs, but it can make us crazy if we let it. The first step in resolving your dog's problem digging is to figure out why it's happening.
Some of the solutions are the same no matter what the cause. For instance:
  • Prevent your dog from having access to the places you don't want dug up (fence off your favorite flowerbeds, for example).

Play Biting in Puppies - Is my Puppy Aggressive?

Almost all normal puppies play bite. They do it to other puppies, to adult dogs who'll let them and to their owners. It's important to distinguish this constant biting from bona fide aggression, where a dog threatens and/or bites when being possessive of toys or food, or when uncomfortable about someone touching them or coming too close. Aggression is less common in young puppies than in adult dogs but is not unheard of.

Crate Training for Your Dog or Puppy

Teaching your dog to happily spend time in a crate can get you some long-term benefits. A crate can be a part of house-training, chew-training, safe traveling, and medical recovery, to mention just a few. If you invest time in crate training at the beginning, your dog can end up with a safe, quiet, comfortable place to spend time when they need to be confined, or when they just want somewhere secure to hang out.

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Information provided in these articles is intended to provide some guidance for you and your pet. Not all animals behave (or respond) in the same manner. Should you have questions or concerns about anything you see here, please consult your veterinarian. While we work with vets on a regular basis, we are not veterinarians. We feel the articles here provide useful but general guidelines and suggestions for working with your pet. Please note, some articles may be disturbing to young children. Please preview articles to make sure they are appropriate for your child.