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German shepherd puppy playing fetch outside
Expert Advice: Advanced Training How to Teach a Dog to Fetch or Retrieve
AKC GoodDog! Helpline Trainer Erin Rakosky tells us how to get any dog interested in picking up and retrieving toys. Fetch is a great game to play with your dog and also a good way to exercise your pet. Some dogs naturally pick up fetch while others may have no interest. Some dogs like the […] | January 24, 2019
cayenne pepper dog repellent
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 […] | August 21, 2018
aggressive puppy biting
Expert Advice: Puppy Training Ask Our Trainers: How Do I Stop My Puppy From Attacking My Legs and Clothes?
Sabrina M. writes, "I have run into a problem with my puppy that I have not had before. My 11-week-old female is going into attack mode: growling, grabbing clothes, and biting legs. I have tried multiple techniques to stop it. We are currently using timeouts. Do you have any other techniques that might work? We […] | August 7, 2018
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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 […] | July 24, 2018
how to stop a puppy from chewing
Expert Advice: Common Behavior Issues Ask Our Trainers: How Can I Stop My Puppy From Chewing on My Hand?
Janice M. writes, "My yellow Labrador Retriever pup is about 5 months old. Anytime I try to reward/pet him on the head or scratch behind his ears, he turns his head to chew on my hand. He does this with my husband and our 5-year-old. Our 5-year-old doesn't like to pet him because of the […] | July 17, 2018
Expert Advice: Training Ask Our Trainers: How Can I Stop My Dog From Chewing Things Around the House?
Cynthia S. writes, "My adult Great Dane has been exhibiting a few behavior problems. She's chewing things around the house that are not edible, but only does it when we are gone. She's great at playing outside unleashed until it's time to come in, then she takes off running and I have to chase her […] | July 10, 2018
puppy peeing
Expert Advice: Training Ask Our Trainers: How Can I Stop My Puppy From Peeing on the Rug?
Kay R. writes, "I have tile throughout the first floor of my house and a few throw rugs. My puppy always wants to pee on those rugs. I have taken them all up, but want to put them back. Any suggestions?" It is very normal for puppies to do this; they naturally prefer to eliminate […] | July 3, 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 […] | June 26, 2018
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 […] | June 19, 2018
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 […] | June 12, 2018

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