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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 […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/responsible-dog-owner/ | September 7, 2018
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 […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/sports/scent-work-cell-phone/ | August 29, 2018
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 stubborn, and therefore cannot be trained. However, in situations like this, an owner is often accidentally […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/dog-training-mistakes/ | August 22, 2018
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: 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 […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/aggressive-puppy-biting-ask-our-trainers/ | August 7, 2018
Expert Advice: Training Preventing Body Sensitivity — The Importance of Handling Exercises
Cuddling and petting your dog is fun for both of you, but when it comes time for grooming and other forms of handling, such as teeth brushing or checking for ticks, many dogs run for cover. One terrible coat mat or clipped nail quick, and your dog will decide the brush, or nail trimmer is an […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/preventing-body-sensitivity/ | August 3, 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: 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 […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/stop-dog-from-chewing/ | July 17, 2018
Expert Advice: Training Tips for Keeping Your Dog Engaged During Training Sessions
Training should be a fun experience for you and your dog. He learns some new tricks, you learn how to communicate with him better, and the bond is strengthened on both ends of the leash. Training can also be very frustrating, especially if your dog is not interested in focusing on you. Here are some […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/keeping-dog-engaged-training/ | July 16, 2018
Expert Advice: Training Does Your Dog Only Listen When a Treat Is Involved? Top Tips for Lure-and-Reward Training
Lure-and-reward training is a simple and relatively quick way to teach your dog new behaviors. It works for positions like down or movements such as heeling beside you. But despite its usefulness initially, people often struggle to wean their dog off the lure and onto a hand signal or verbal cue alone. If you’ve ever […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/lure-reward-training-dogs/ | July 12, 2018