Dog Exercise: Exercising Your Dog Indoors

Dog Exercise: Exercising Your Dog Indoors

There is no doubt dog exercise is critical to your dog’s mental and physical well being. In fact, lack of exercise is one of the biggest causes of dog behavior problems. And if you live in a Sunbelt region as I do, summertime brings some very hot and humid temperatures that don’t foster a lot of […]

Recipe for Disaster: 7 Ingredients for an Aggressive Dog

Recipe for Disaster: 7 Ingredients for an Aggressive Dog

As a dog owner you don’t intentionally create an aggressive dog. But your dog can become aggressive because of lots things you do or don’t do with or to your dog unintentionally.

Spring Is Here So Make Sure You Walk Your Dog, Not The Other Way Around

Spring Is Here So Make Sure You Walk Your Dog, Not The Other Way Around

Taking your dog out for a walk can be a very enjoyable experience. At least it should be. Walks are a critical element in having a well balanced dog. Dogs need not only the exercise, but also the intellectual and olfactory stimulation of walks. But if you have trouble with your dog pulling on his […]

Doggie Party on the Plaza at CityCentre a Huge Success

Doggie Party on the Plaza at CityCentre a Huge Success

Thanks to major sponsors Houston Dog Ranch, Natura Pet Foods/Premium Pet Products, PETCO and Carter’s Pet Depot, yesterday’s Doggie Party on the Plaza 2011 at CityCentre was a huge success!  Over 2,500 pet lovers and their 4-legged companions of every possible size, shape and color enjoyed a day of contests, raffles, prizes and well… dog-gone […]

Your Dog Training Questions: How Do I Crate Train My Dog?

Your Dog Training Questions: How Do I Crate Train My Dog?

Jim, I just adopted a new dog and I am lost. I would like to crate train, but I am not sure how to do it. How long do you recommend keeping a dog in the crate a day? — Sarah, via email   My Answer: Crate training is not about confining your dog in […]

Separation Anxiety In Dogs

Separation Anxiety In Dogs

Separation anxiety is one of the most common dog behavior problems. This is because many owners may not realize the cause of the problem and make the issue worse without realizing what they are communicating to their dog. Separation anxiety occurs when a dog is extremely attached to their owners and cannot cope when left […]

Your Puppy Training Questions: My Puppy Bites Too Hard

Your Puppy Training Questions: My Puppy Bites Too Hard

Today’s question, submitted via Twitter Jim – my new puppy bites my hand hard! I think she’s just playing, but it hurts. How do I get her to stop? She is 4 months old.   My Answer: The first thing you can do is to start socializing your puppy. If adequate puppy training, desensitization and […]

Dog Training: Problem Dog Barking And How To Fix It

Dog Training: Problem Dog Barking And How To Fix It

I recently answered an e-mail from a woman who was frustrated with her barking dog. She described the problem like this, “My dog barks at home constantly. He jumps up at every noise and barks for 10 to 15 minutes. My husband and I call his name and say ‘NO!’ until he stops, but it […]

Your Dog Training Questions: Should I Use A Clicker To Train My Puppy?

Your Dog Training Questions: Should I Use A Clicker To Train My Puppy?

Jim, What do you think of using a clicker for training a puppy? My Answer: I think the clicker is a great way to train your new puppy. Reward-based training or positive reinforcement training is best and, if you can condition your puppy to a clicker — that’s even better. There are a number of […]

Your Dog Training Questions: Should I Feed My Dog Once A Day?

Your Dog Training Questions: Should I Feed My Dog Once A Day?

Jim, Should I feed my new dog once or twice a day? My Answer: As you know, the way you feed your dog is critical to dog behavior. This is especially true for puppies. While some dogs do well with one meal a day, others do not. The difference is their metabolism rate which is affected […]

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