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This page contians useful information on training your pet and how to deal with behavior issues.  The information contained on this page was provide  by The Humane Society of the United States, www.dogstardaily.com and Animal Behavior Associates, Inc.

General Dog Training

Positive Reinforcement Training We all like to be praised rather than punished.  The same is true for your pet, and that's the theory behind positive reinforcement...

Nothing in Life is Free  Does your dog get on the furniture and refuse to get off?  Nudge your hand and insist on being petted or played with?  Refuse to come when called?  Defend his food bowl or toys from you?  If so, a training technique called "nothing in life is free" may be just the solution you're looking for...

Training Your Newly Adopted Dog

New Puppy Your puppy will grow up very quickly.  Know how to train him right and he will become a good natured and well mannered adult dog...

Crate Training Your Dog If you like nothing better than coming home from a hard day's work and finding that your dog decided to "go" on the couch or use your favorite slippers as a new chew toy, then crate training isn't for you...

Housetraining Housesoiling is a spatial problem.  Your puppydog has been allowed to eliminate in the wrong place.  Housesoiling becomes a bad habit...

Dog Elimination Problems  Dogs urinate and defecate to eliminate waste or to communicate with other individuals.  Sometimes, dogs will also urinate and defecate when anxious or afraid...

Dogs & Children  Babies and children should never be left unsupervised with puppies or dogs.  Learning to respect, understand, care for, and sussessfully control a dog gives a dramatic boost to any childs self-esteem....

Home Alone  Your new puppydog needs lots of attention (companionship, education, and play), but also to be taught how to entertain himself appropriately...

New Adult Dog  Adopting an adult dog can be a marvelous alternative to raising and training a puppy.  Alternatively, a new adult dog can be a full-time project...

Reducing Separation Anxiety in Dogs  Everyone needs a little time alone now and then - unless of course you are a dog who suffers from separation anxiety...


Puppy Training

 BEFORE YOU GET YOUR PUPPY

This book is simply a MUST READ for anyone thinking of getting a puppy.   With a little preparation, you can raise a dog that never makes a single house-soiling or destructive chewing mistake, is calm and quiet on command or when home alone, and is gentle and confident around people.

If you have your heart set on raising and training a puppy, do make sure you train yourself beforehand.  Remember, it takes only a few days to ruin an otherwise perfect puppy.  Without a doubt, the most important developmental deadline comes before you even think of getting your puppy - your education about puppy education!

Download Before You Get Your Puppy

 

 AFTER YOU GET YOUR PUPPY

This book explains how to easily housetrain and socialize your puppy, starting from Day One.  It covers: crate training, housesoiling, destructive chewing, socialization, preventing aggression, bite inhibition, on-leash walking, recalls, preventing adolescent problems and the importance of an off-leash puppy socialization and training class.

Congratulations!  So, you have a new puppy.  Now what?  Basically, you are at a fork in the road.  The success of the relationship depends on your teaching your puppy the rules and regulations of domestic living.  The most critical time in your dog's life is right now-puppyhood!

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Understanding Your Puppy's Behavior and Devopment  Well-socialized dogs are more likely to have well-socialized puppies.  Pups often mirror their mothers' calm or fearful attitude towards people; this is a normal part of thier socialization.  But you can play a vital role, too, by petting, talking, and playing with puppy to help him develop good "people skills"...

Dealing with Normal Puppy Behavior - Nipping and Rough Play 
It's not always easy to convince a new puppy not to bite the hand that feeds him...pets him...or plays with him, for that matter.  When puppies play with each other, they use their mouths, so they may also be inclinded to bite or "mouth" your hand during play...

Dealing with Normal Puppy Behavior - Chewing  Whoever thought that raising a child is the toughest thing to do may not have raised a puppy.  After all, at least babies can wear diapers!  Much like infants and toddlers, though, puppies explore their world by putting things in their mouths...

Come - Sit - Down - Stay
Leashless-training methods are essential for pet dogs, because they are useally off-leash indoors...

Socializing Your Dog The word "socialization" has several meanings.  When we talk about a "well socialized dog " we mean a dog that isn't afraid of everyday events, can be friendly toward unfamilar individuals, is easy to handle, gets along well with other dogs, people, even cats...

Puppy Training  When watching puppies in class having a good time playing off-leash and responding happily and willingly to verbal requests and handsignals to come, sit, heel, and down stay, one tends to forget the two most important reasons for attending puppy classes...

Adult Dog Training

Destructive Chewing  Chewing is essential for maintaining the health of your dog's teeth, jaws and gums.  Puppies especially have a strong need to chew...

Digging Problems 
Dogs dig to bury bones, and later to dig them up again.  Dogs dig cooling hollows in the summer, and warming pits in the winter...

Excessive Barking 
Some dogs get extremely worked up when visitors ring the doorbell, or when dogs walk by the house.  Some spaniels and terriers bark at the drop of a hat...

Fear of People 
Socializing a puppy to people is the easiest and most enjoyable aspect of raising a dog.  On a regular and ongoing basis, puppies need to meet, play with, and be handled and trained by a wide variety of people...

Hyperdog 
Puppies are naturally noisy and hyperactive.  Puppies are exuberant when greeting, playing, and when expressing friendliness and appeasement.  However, adult dogs are noisy and hyperactive because they are untrained...

Walking on Leash 
By and large, leash-pulling masks the real problem: without a leash you would probably be without a dog...

Solving Behavior Problems in Dogs

The Aggressive Dog 
What is aggressive behavior?  Not only does the word "aggression" evoke different images for different people, its definition also varies in the scientific literature.  Because of this confusion, behaviorists instead speak of agonistic behavior which includes a variety of behaviors dogs can show during social conflicts...

Dealing with a Dominant Dog 
For some people, the phrase "top dog" isn't just a saying.  It actually describes their dogs.  If you've got a dog who likes to boss you (or others) around, chances are you've got a dominance aggression problem in your household - a problem that could endanger you, your family, and others...

The Canine Escape Artist 
Does your dog's ability to escape from the back yard have you convinced that he's nothing less than a "Hairy Houdinin"?  Your never-ending attempts to keep your pet confined to your yard may seem comical at times...

Fighting with Dogs  Many people have unrealistic expectations about dog-dog social behavior.  Dogs are expected to behave perfectly and get along with all other dogs, even though people have difficulty being universally accepting and friendly...


General Cat Training

 

Positive Reinforcement Training  We all like to be praised rather than punished.  The same is true for your pet, and that's the theory behind positive reinforcement...

Cat Manners
  Before your get a new kitten or adopt an adult cat, make sure you complete your education about kitty education.  If you are already living with an untrained cat with existing problems, simply designate today as the first day at Kitty College for both of you...

Introducing Your New Cat to Your Other Pets  Wouldn't it be nice if all it took to introduce a new cat to your resident pet were a brief handshake and a couple of "HELLO, My Name Is..." name tags?  Unfortunately, it's not quite that simple, which means you'll need to have some realistic expectations from the outset...

Understanding Your Kitten's Behavior and Development  The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, especially for cats.  The fact is, well-socialized cats are more likely to have well-socialized kittens.  Kittens often mirror their mothers' calm or fearful attitudes towards people...

Introducing Your New Cat to the Litter Box  Most of us know cats are finicky eaters, but they can also be pretty picky when it comes to the other end of the digestive process - making use of a litter box.  Fortunately, the following suggestions should keep your cat from "thinking outside the box."...

Solving Behavior Problems in Cats

Solving Litter Box Problems  If you're having a hard time persuading your cat to head for the litter box when it's appropriate, it may be time to draw a line in the sand.  Most cats perfer eliminating on a loose, grainy substance, which is why they quickly learn to use a litter box.  But when their preferences include the laundry basket, the bed, or the Persian rug, you may find yourself with a difficult problem...

Solving Aggression Between Family Cats  If the battles between your feline family members are anything like the struggle between Cain and Able, there are a few things you can do to prevent the "sibling rivalry" from reaching biblical proportions...

Reducing Your Cat's Fearful Behavior  Fight, Flee or Freeze.  No, it isn't the latest game show sweeping the nation.  Instead, these three "f's" describe the ways that cats usually respond to objects, persons, or situations they perceive as a threat...

Destructive Scratching  Although some people think a cat's scratching behavior is a reflection of her distate for a couch's upholstery, a not-so-subtle hint to open the drapes, or a poorly conceived Zorro impersonation, the fact is that cats scratch objects in their environment for many perfectly normal reasons...