Your Dog Training Questions: My Dog Growls At Me

Your Dog Training Questions: My Dog Growls At Me

Today, I’m answering a short, sweet question sent to me on Twitter, you can find me here: @PetiquetteDog. Your Question: Jim, my dog growls at me sometimes… why? It’s annoying and scary. – @okokgoodok My Answer: When a dog growls, he might be telling you “This is my space, back off!” There are other, non-threatening reasons […]

How Dog Training Can Keep Your Dog Safe And Happy During Christmas

It’s easy to forget about keeping our dogs safe during the holidays with the Christmas tree and everything else that can distract us. If something unfortunate happens, you don’t want to find yourself saying, “I never would have thought that could happen!” Now, many of you have dogs that are veterans of many Christmases past, […]

Your Dog Training Questions: My Dog Whines All Day And Night

Your Question: Jim — My dog, Dolce, whines. He whines for attention, he whines for food and sometimes for no reason. We try to ignore it, but that never seems to work. The only other problem we have ever had with him is barking at guests, which we can usually get under control. So it’s […]

Review Some Of My Dog Training Tips Before Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m sure you’re busy planning a big family meal. Whether you are hosting or attending, it’s important to remember to keep all family members safe and happy. This of course means your dog as well. Let’s review how some of the dog behavior tips I have shared with you […]

Your Dog Training Questions: My Puppy Bites Me

Your Question: Jim, I have a new puppy. She is a 6-month-old Maltese. We are potty training her, socializing her with our friends and generally following all of your advice. Everything seems fine, except that when we are pet her and play with her she bites and sometimes her bites are way too hard. Will […]

Your Dog Training Questions: My Dog Has Food Aggression

Dog aggression is a difficult behavior problem. It’s hard to say why a dog shows aggression. Common causes are poor puppy socialization, being taken from the litter too soon, fear and poor obedience training. Unfortunately, dogs can’t tell us why they are behaving the way they do, but that doesn’t mean we can’t manage the […]

Petiquette With Jim Burwell: Dog Behavior Problems and Your Personal Space Part 2: Practice Makes Perfect

Yesterday, I covered the “Law of the Dog.” This law states dogs recognize leaders who control resources like food, toys, fun and personal space. This applies to their human housemates as well. In short, if your dog is able to come into your personal space at will and take something of value like food or […]

Petiquette With Jim Burwell: Dog Behavior Problems and Your Personal Space

What do dog behavior problems and your personal space have in common? They have a lot more in common than you could ever imagine. Dogs, just like us humans, are very sensitive about their “personal space.” Don’t think you’re sensitive to your personal space? Try standing too close to someone in an elevator when the […]

Your Dog Training Questions: How Can I Let My Puppy Know When Behavior Is Bad?

I’ve said time and time again that you need to be a leader to your puppy for him to understand what kind of behavior you expect. But how do you communicate this to a puppy? After all, you can’t reason with your puppy. But don’t worry, because it’s not as hard as you think. Your […]

Puppy Training Secrets: Food Matters. A lot.

Don’t you wish your new puppy came with a manual that told you exactly how to train a puppy? A puppy’s natural activities of running, chasing, biting, chewing, peeing, pooping, jumping, digging and barking can take you to the edge of your sanity if you are not prepared to deal with them. The truth is […]

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