Guide: Finding an Obedience Program for Your Dog

A new client of mine had already been through another obedience program with her dog, but you would not know it. She said the classes were large, they used the same technique on all the dogs and the people teaching were far from encouraging. She had problems getting questions answered and the students did more walking in circles and getting yelled at than they did trouble shooting and learning. Many students left after just a few classes and never returned. She finished the program, as she had paid her money but felt like she got little out of it.

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Teaching Your Dog to Come

Yesterday at the dog park a woman was trying hard to get her dog to come.But despite her repeated admonitions, all her buddy did was run…and keep on running…with her in hot pursuit.When her dog finally was captured, the woman put a leash on him, yanked him around, yelled at him, then dragged him out of the park and put him in the car.

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Teach Your Dog to Pay Attention to You

Try teaching your dog to pay attention to you. After all, you are the most important thing in your dog’s life. Why wouldn’t your best friend want to look at you? In addition, if you’re out for a walk and Max is watching you, his nose won’t be glued to the ground, and he can’t possibly be tugging on the leash so hard that your arm comes unfastened at the shoulder.

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Play Fetch with Your Dog

Fetch is a game we take for granted. Yet fetch is the most perfect of all dog games. It’s easy to learn. It’s easy to do. Fetch is great exercise for your dog (even exercise for you, if you walk or jog to a park to play). Most important, fetch is all about give and take (quite literally); you and your pup are working in tandem.

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Teach Your Dog to Sing Christmas Carols

It was a dark and stormy night, three years ago on Christmas Eve, and I was walking down our street with my dogs Lucy and Chaser. It was a full-blown blizzard; the snow was falling from the sky by the ton, and the wind the gusting off the lake. The street lights were flickering, so it was nearly impossible to see anything much more than a few inches past your nose.

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