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How To Teach Your Dog To ‘Shake Hands’

Teaching your dogs tricks is a great way to build the bond between the two of you, and are a great way to spend some quality time together whilst learning something that will be sure to impress your friends! Shaking hands is something that we humans do on a regular basis to greet people and to…

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How To Teach Your Dog To Bark On Command

Dogs bark for a number of different reasons, often to alert their pack to the presence of strangers or potential dangers. Too much barking can be an issue, so teaching your dog to ‘speak’ on command can be a big help in helping you to control their barking. In addition to being useful, this is a also a fun…

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How To Teach Your Dog To Crawl

There are some commands that won’t serve any functional purpose in your dog’s life, but are great fun to teach and will help to strengthen the bond between you and your four-legged companion. One example of this is teaching her to crawl. Whether your dog is big or small, young or old, this is a simple-to-teach command…

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Why Do Dogs Bite?

Every year, millions of people across the world are victims of dog bites- with 4.5 million bites happening each year in the United States alone. As descendants of wild animals, all dogs have the potential to bite, even those who have never displayed any aggressive behaviour previously and appear to be completely friendly. Understanding why dogs…

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How To Train Your Dog To Heel

If you step out of the house and take a trip to any park or public space, you’ll almost certainly spot several dog owners being pulled along by their pet whilst out “walking”. Getting their dog to walk to heel is unfortunately one of the areas in which many owners struggle the most, with a large amount conceding defeat and resigning…

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An Introduction To Crate Training

In the wild, dogs are inclined to seek out shelter and live in dens. These are small spaces which provide protection from the elements, and a place for the dog to relax. In addition, dogs instinctively avoid eliminating in their dens. Because of this, the use of a crate as a ‘den’ is an effective tool…

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How To Teach Your Dog To Fetch

A classic game of ‘fetch’ is probably one of the first images that come to mind when the majority of people picture playing with a dog. Spending hours tossing a ball or frisbee for our canine companions and having them return it, eager and waiting to give chase again, is one of the simple pleasures that makes dog ownership…

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How To Train Your Dog To ‘Leave It’

Teaching your dog the “leave it” command is one of the most useful investments of training time and effort that you can make! Once your dog has mastered this command, you will be able to tell him to avoid things that could be dangerous, including unsafe foods, trash or debris such as broken glass. In addition, it is…

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Which Foods Are Toxic To Dogs?

Let’s face it, dogs absolutely love food and they are always trying to grab a bite of whatever their owners are eating! Whilst the occasional table scrap will not do them any harm, it is essential that owners are aware of the fact that some foods can be extremely toxic to dogs. Even if you refuse to…

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How To Train Your Dog To Come When Called

One of the most important aspects of obedience training is teaching your dog to come to you when you call their name. When you have successfully trained your dog to do this, they will be able to enjoy much more freedom as you’ll have the peace of mind to let them run off-leash at the park or on country walks. In…

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