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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Teach Your Dog to Bow

What if one day your dog is presented to the Queen of England? As we all know, it is royal protocol for dogs to bow when meeting the Queen. Teaching your dog to bow will impress more than just royalty, though. Picture this: Your pooch sits, rolls over and says "woof," and then after this little show, she takes a final bow. Applause, applause from Aunt Sally and Uncle Buddy.

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Kitchen Training Your Dog

I know what it’s like to try to cook, or eat a meal, when you own a perpetually starving dog. My Labradorus goofus, Pierce, acts as if he hasn’t eaten in weeks when there is activity in the kitchen or dining room. He takes every opportunity to search the kitchen floor for molecules of anything remotely edible. He holds his breath if he thinks I’m about to give him a taste of something. He’d not only sell his own soul for a grain of rice, he’d sell mine, too.

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Crate Training Your Puppy or Dog

Crate training is not cruel nor should it be punishment for Puppy. A crate the proper size for Puppy is: a safe place to be while sleeping; safety when you are not around to watch him; a place to eat uninterrupted; a place to go to get away from it all. Dogs are den animals and many like a place they can curl up in and feel secure.

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