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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The Art of Loose-Lead Training/Walking

I have used this technique successfully with everything from toy dogs to Great Danes and even breeds some people will tell you have to be harshly corrected in order to get them to learn. If you are fun and do this properly, you can develop good leash manners in your dog. However, if you are lazy or allow your dog to lead the walk, the undesired behaviors will persist. You may end up walking in circles for some time, but the end result is worth it!

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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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