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Expert Advice: Common Behavior Issues Why Does My Dog Duck When I Pat Him on the Head?
Many dogs dislike being touched or patted on the top of the head. All it takes is a quick search on the internet to see countless photos of dogs showing stressed body language while being patted on the head. Body language signals your dog might exhibit are ducking away, lowering of the head, stepping away, […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/head-pat-duck/ | January 18, 2019
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Expert Advice: Training Ask Our Trainers: How and When Should I Begin Training My Two Littermate Puppies?
William T. writes, "I have two puppies (littermates that are 4 months old). At what age should I start training them to sit and stay, and can I teach them together or would it be better to teach them separately?" You’re in a tricky situation! It is difficult to train and properly socialize two puppies […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/ask-our-trainers-training-two-puppies/ | June 19, 2018
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Expert Advice: Training Ask Our Trainers: How Can I Stop My Dog From Barking at the Neighbors?
Ta P. writes, "We live in a suburb with a fenced yard and neighbors that are fairly close. Our dog barks at the neighbors any time they are outside doing normal, outdoor activities. How do I train my dog not to bark at them?"  There are a few reasons why a dog barks when he's […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/ask-our-trainers-dog-barking-at-neighbors/ | June 12, 2018
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Expert Advice: Training Ask Our Trainers: How Do I Get My Dog to Ride in the Car?
An AKC.org reader asks: Every time I put my dog in his car seat to travel, he starts shaking and whining and then starts to drool. Then he throws up, even though he hasn't had anything to eat or drink. I have tried taking him for short rides and rewarding him with food, but he […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/ask-trainers-get-dog-ride-car/ | March 16, 2018
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Expert Advice: Travel Ask Our Trainers: Holiday Travel Tips
Terri A. of Florida asks how to get her newly adopted Poodle used to a carrier case, so he can fly with her to visit family over the holidays. Connie G. of Missouri asks for advice on her Shih Tzu that hates to travel and gets so stressed that he will not eat, sleep, or […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/home-living/ask-our-trainers-holiday-travel-tips/ | December 14, 2017
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Expert Advice: Basic Training Why Do Dogs Prefer Some Toys Over Others?
Generally speaking, most dogs like toys that simulate prey. This is why squeaky toys and soft toys are often very popular with most dogs. Hearing the high-pitched squeak and/or ripping apart a soft plush toy can be immensely satisfying to some dogs. However, dogs are individuals, and even dogs within the same breed will have […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/why-dogs-prefer-toys-over-others/ | November 14, 2017
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Expert Advice: Basic Training Training Tip: A Guide to Using Food Rewards
What's your favorite thing? What's your spouse's favorite thing? How about your best friend's? Coworker's? Are they all the same? Probably not! Your dog has a different favorite thing, too. What motivates one dog is not necessarily what motivates another dog. But there is a motivator that most dogs love ‚Äî food! Using treats during […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/training-tip-food-rewards-2/ | November 6, 2017
Expert Advice: Basic Training Basic Obedience Training For Your Dog
Finding an obedience trainer for your dog seems simple. Google the nearest dog training school, call and sign up, right? Not so fast . . . There are many factors that go into choosing the right training school for you and your dog. Certainly distance is a consideration; however, convenience shouldn’t be the only factor […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/basic-obedience-training-for-your-dog/ | August 24, 2017
Expert Advice: Basic Training Teach Your Dog to Keep out of Certain Rooms: Boundary Training
  Boundary training for your dog is the act of teaching him to stay in or out of certain areas. In this article, we’ll say that the kitchen is the room that you would like your dog to stay out of. Boundary training isn’t difficult, but it does take some time during the beginning phases, […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/teach-dog-keep-out-boundary-training/ | July 19, 2017
Expert Advice: Basic Training Choosing the Right Collar or Harness for Your Dog
  These days, there is a very wide array of dog collars, harnesses, and other contraptions made to help you walk your dog more easily. Store shelves are full of training and walking implements, and it can be confusing for owners trying to select the best one for their canine buddy. This guide will help […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/choosing-collar-or-harness-for-dog/ | June 19, 2017

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