Showing content written by: Erin Rakosky
Expert Advice: Training Ask Our Trainers: Is Cayenne Pepper Safe to Use as a Chewing Deterrent?
Joann M. asks, "Is it harmful to make a paste of cayenne pepper and apply it to chair legs as a dog repellent?" We understand that puppy teething can be a challenge. Although cayenne pepper may not be harmful to your puppy if swallowed, it may cause irritation to his eyes if he accidentally rubs […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/cayenne-pepper-dog-repellent/ | August 21, 2018
Expert Advice: Training Ask Our Trainers: Should I Train My Puppy By Himself?
Margaret P. writes, "We have two dogs and we are able to help take in a 4-month-old puppy. All of them are male. When training a puppy, is it okay to do it in the presence of the other dogs or should I make sure they are separated when training?" We applaud you for taking […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/training-a-puppy-ask-our-trainers/ | July 24, 2018
Expert Advice: Training Ask Our Trainers: How Do I Stop My Dog From Barking at the TV?
Pam H. writes, "My dog will continually bark at the TV when he sees any type of animal on the screen. He will not stop barking and will not listen to me when I say 'no bark.' What do I do to make him stop barking?" Barking can be very natural for dogs, especially when […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/ask-our-trainers-dog-barking-at-tv/ | June 26, 2018
Expert Advice: Breeding Tips & Best Practices Deciding on the Best Method of Artificial Insemination
When it comes to planning a litter, most breeders agree on a few things. They want to increase conception rates, maximize litter size, and produce quality puppies -- all with the safety of the bitch of the utmost importance. These days, there are many ways for breeders to achieve their goals. While natural breeding may […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeding/deciding-best-method-artificial-insemination/ | March 27, 2018
Expert Advice: Responsible Breeding A Danger for Intact Females: Pyometra
Pyometra can be a tragic illness that is found in reproductively intact bitches. The condition can be a medical emergency, but knowing the risk factors and signs to look for can make early detection possible. The earlier pyometra is detected, the better the chance for successful treatment. Symptoms: Pyometra is typically seen in middle-age bitches […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeding/danger-intact-females-pyometra/ | July 5, 2017
Expert Advice: Basic Training The Importance of Teaching Your Pup Self-Control
Impulse control can be described as self-control for your dog. Teaching your dog to have self-control can be useful in many situations! Impulse control helps your dog to wait patiently for things that he really wants. It can also help him learn to stay calm when exciting things happen. Impulse control is a wonderful and […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/teaching-your-pup-self-control/ | April 11, 2017
Expert Advice: Basic Training Dog Introductions: Make Canine Greetings Safe & Fun
Dogs are social animals and most enjoy the company of others. Just like humans, some dogs have more outgoing personalities, and others are more reserved. Whether you just brought home a new puppy and are introducing him to an existing dog or you are walking at a park with your dog, a proper introduction is […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/how-to-introduce-dogs/ | February 22, 2017
Expert Advice: Common Conditions Canine Herpes Virus: What Breeders Should Know About Devastating Virus
Canine herpes virus, more commonly known as fading puppy syndrome, can be a devastating disease if it hits your kennel. Dogs typically become exposed by nose to nose contact with an infected dog or through the air in crowded areas. Dogs at highest risk for the virus are young females who’ve never been exposed and […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/canine-herpes-virus-information/ | January 17, 2017
Expert Advice: General Health What You Should Know About Canine Deafness
It is estimated that about 5 to 10 percent of dogs in the United States suffer from deafness, either in one ear (unilateral) or both ears (bilateral). But most dogs with hearing issues cope well with their disability, are very trainable, and can even go on to compete in dog sports. AKC GoodDog! Helpline trainer […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/what-you-should-know-about-canine-deafness/ | September 15, 2016
Expert Advice: Advanced Training How To Train A Deaf Dog
Deaf dogs can live normal lives, but need to have a special dedicated owner to work with them. Check out these tips from AKC GoodDog! Helpline trainer Erin Rakosky on how to train a deaf dog. Training a Deaf Dog: Positive reward-based training is essential when working with a deaf dog. To start training […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/how-to-train-a-deaf-dog/ | September 14, 2016