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Expert Advice: Puppy Training The Ins and Outs of Potty Pad Training
For all the joy and excitement of bringing home a new puppy, potty training can be enough to make you wonder what you were thinking. In fact, one of the most popular questions on The AKC GoodDog! Helpline is how to potty train a puppy. The goal of potty training is simple, but the details […] | February 2, 2019
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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
Expert Advice: Home & Living How to Create an Indoor Playroom for Your Dog
As many pet owners know, a bored dog with energy to burn is often a naughty dog. One secret to a well-behaved pup is making sure he has enough appropriate mental and physical stimulation every day. Otherwise, he may find his own forms of entertainment, such as figuring out how the cupboard door works or […] | January 17, 2019
Expert Advice: Training Training Your Dog to Be Your Running Companion
Running with your dog is a fun way to spend time together and helps keep both of you in tip-top shape. Plus, having a running buddy can be an important source of motivation. To train your dog to be the perfect running companion, check out the following tips. The Right Breed and Age Before you […] | January 17, 2019
Expert Advice: Training Four Lifesaving Training Games to Teach Your Dog
Training your dog to come when called is a lifesaving skill that owners must take the time to teach to puppies and older untrained dogs. But perfecting the response to this command doesn’t happen overnight, especially with easily spooked or distracted dogs. I teach these training games as a safeguard, in case a dog gets […] | January 14, 2019
Expert Advice: News These AKC Trick Dog Performers Know the Benefits of Trick Training
Did you know you can earn titles for showing off fun tricks?  In fact, at the top level of AKC Trick Dog — AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer — you and your dog are required to perform a routine of tricks strung together into a story or script using at least five props. But do the performers get […] | December 13, 2018
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Expert Advice: Lifestyle 75 Ways to Be a Responsible Dog Owner
Owning a dog is a joy, privilege, and responsibility. If you are considering bringing a canine companion into your life, think seriously about the commitment that being a responsible dog owner entails. The AKC is committed to protecting the health and well-being of all dogs. In honor of AKC's Responsible Dog Ownership Day, here are […] | September 7, 2018
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Expert Advice: Sports Finding a Cell Phone in the Desert: How Scent Work Saved the Day
Certified professional dog trainer Nicole Ellis grew up acting and modeling, so when she adopted her dog Maggie 10 years ago, she decided to train the pup to do the same. "She hits a [designated] mark, can do every behavior on a hand command or verbal, and with the same enthusiasm the 15th time as […] | August 29, 2018
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Expert Advice: Training These Common Training Mistakes Might Be Causing Your Dog to Disengage
You’ve gone to training classes, read books, and even watched videos. Yet your dog still seems to dislike training with you. This is usually around the time a pet owner will tell her dog trainer that her pup is either dumb or stubborn, and therefore cannot be trained. However, in situations like this, an owner […] | August 22, 2018
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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

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