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Expert Advice: Training Copycat Dogs: Understanding and Using Dogs’ Ability to Imitate
When Claudia Fugazza discovered that her dog knew how to turn on the bathroom faucet, the author was convinced her canine companion had learned through observation, and it inspired her to dig into scientific literature on the subject. Researchers in the Ethology Department at the University of Budapest published a paper in 2006 reporting that […] | May 23, 2018
Expert Advice: Common Behavior Issues Ask Our Trainers: How Can I Stop My Puppy From Biting Me?
Sandra C. asked what to do about her young Australian Shepherd that likes to nip at her and sometimes bites hard enough to draw blood. AKC GoodDog! Helpline Trainer Paisley Lunchick offers up some advice. Biting is a normal part of being a dog and serves a variety of functions. Some breeds, such as the […] | May 22, 2018
Expert Advice: Training How Chicken Camp Made Me a Better Dog Trainer
The first time I learned about chicken camp, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Train a what? Yes, train a chicken. I was intrigued. How could using clicker training for poultry possibly improve my dog-training skills? After all, isn’t a dog smarter than a chicken? Well, the point is not to win first place […] | May 18, 2018
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Expert Advice: Training The Power of Proper Socialization — Puppy Training Classes Pay Off
Most dog owners have no doubt heard about the importance of socializing their puppy. Proper socialization means providing positive experiences with as many new people, dogs, and situations as possible. It’s essential for developing a confident and well-adjusted adult dog that is comfortable with all life has to offer. Unfortunately, despite the significance, many people […] | May 16, 2018
Expert Advice: Training Ask Our Trainers: My Dog Jumps on Visitors and Won’t Stay off the Counters
Judith C. of Connecticut wrote AKC for help with her German Shorthaired Pointer pup that loves jumping on people and the kitchen counter to steal food. Heather W. of Michigan said she is having the same issue with her pair of one-year-old Labrador Retrievers. Heather says, "We are constantly telling them to stay down and pushing them down. […] | May 16, 2018
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Expert Advice: Training Choosing a Great Dog Trainer 101
From teaching your dog basic obedience to advanced training for dog sports, a great dog trainer can make all the difference. That’s particularly true for new dog owners. But even if you have years of experience with canine companions, a professional trainer can help you troubleshoot problems and hone your abilities. Plus, group classes have […] | May 8, 2018
Expert Advice: Training The Three Ds of Dog Training: Duration, Distance, and Distraction
Have you ever been surprised when your dog failed to do something that you were sure you had trained him to do? Perhaps he stays beautifully when you stand beside him in a quiet kitchen. But when you ask him to “stay” at the dog park from 20 feet away? Not so much. You may […] | May 3, 2018
Expert Advice: Training Ask Our Trainers: My Puppy Won’t Leave the Cat Alone
Sharon C. of Maine, asks: How can I teach my puppy not to latch onto my highly dog-friendly cat? He latches on and won’t let go unless I pick him up by his collar. Dogs and cats living together can be complicated. Even if your feline doesn’t seem to mind your puppy’s behavior, it is […] | May 2, 2018
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Expert Advice: Training 4 Tips for Training Your Dog With Rewards
Dogs repeat behaviors that are rewarding. For example, if your dog gets a treat when he sits, he will be more likely to sit again in the future. That’s why positive reinforcement training, or training with rewards, is so effective. However, as with any skill, to be as successful as possible, positive reinforcement training takes […] | April 30, 2018
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Expert Advice: News Former “America’s Got Talent” Finalist Sara Carson Introduces Us to “Doggy Dancing”
There’s dancing, and then there’s dancing. While the throbbing chaos of a mosh pit holds an allure for some, it’s hard to beat the crisply calibrated turns of a tango, or the daring dips of a foxtrot. The key to success, of course, is choreography. And it’s no different with the canine version. Doggy dancing […] | April 29, 2018

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