Dog Park Etiquette: Tips for Dogs and Their People

Dog parks can be one of the most fun social experiences for dogs, as they are able to play with others without leashes or constraints. It’s a perfect weekend activity to wear out your pup while also meeting some fellow dog owners. However, before going to a park, make sure both you and your dog are prepared. In this guide, we’ll be going over basic dog park etiquette, as well as dog park tips for...Read more

How to Train a Dog Not to Bark (Or to Stop Barking on Command)

While most dogs vocalize for a good reason, some seem to bark nonstop 24/7. As pet parents ourselves, we here at BarxBuddy get it: A dog that constantly barks can be a frustrating situation to deal with. Can you train a dog not to bark? We suppose you could, but why would you want to silence your best friend? Imagine never being able to speak your mind when you want or need to! Exactly. For...Read more

Dog, Meet Cat! Introducing a New Dog to Your Home (and Existing Pets)

Yes, dogs tend to be social creatures and enjoy being around fellow canines. But they’re also territorial and some breeds are very protective. The reality is, introducing a new dog into your home with existing pets, whether cats or dogs, can be stressful for all involved, including animals.  You set the tone for how well your animals adapt to each other. Get stressed out, and you’ll pass that on to your pets. Take a few...Read more

Where Should a Dog Sleep at Night? Is it Bad to Sleep With Your Dog?

To sleep or not to sleep with your dog — that is the question for many first-time pet parents. Although this dilemma isn’t exactly a Shakesperian drama, bed-sharing with your pets has plenty of impassioned devotees — and, naysayers. Why do dog owners in the United States have apprehension about letting their dogs sleep in the same bed? It comes down to a lack of information and perhaps some outdated beliefs. This uncertainty in pet...Read more

Which Are The Easiest Dogs To Train? Which Dog Breeds Are Most Obedient?

Trainability is a huge deal if you're a dog owner or soon-to-be pet parent. How well your dog responds to your commands can be the difference between a well-mannered pet and Stephen King's Cujo (ok, maybe not that bad, but you get the idea). Do some dogs have an inherent knack for following directions? The short answer is yes. Here, we list the easiest dogs to train, and we also throw a little shade on breeds...Read more

Alternatives to Crate Training Your Puppy to Control Barking

You want to control your puppy's nonstop barking, but you decided against crate training. We get it. It’s a personal choice, a matter of preference for both you and your dog. Some puppies don't do well with crate training, while others take to it quickly. Read on for alternatives to crate training your puppy, especially if you're trying to curb unwanted barking. By the way, we have a related post that offers tips for puppy...Read more

Prey Drive in Dogs: Breeds That Are Least and Most Likely to Bolt

Prey drive in dogs is a natural, innate urge to chase other animals or objects. Almost every dog has some level of prey drive, but dogs with high prey drive ... well, they're in a class of their own. Dogs with high prey drive live for the chase, whether it's squirrels, cats, rabbits or other critters. What is prey drive in dogs, and which breeds are most likely to run away? Which breeds are least...Read more

How Does Scent Training for Dogs Work? And Why Would You Need It?

You’ve seen the crime shows where a dog sniffs an article of clothing and leads the police to a missing person. Or perhaps you’ve been in an airport and seen police use dogs to sniff travelers and wondered, what are they looking for? These dogs are actually detection trained. While not every dog can become a detection dog, scent training can benefit your pet. You might be surprised to learn that scent training for dogs...Read more

What Are the Smartest Dog Breeds In The World?

Search the web for the smartest dog breeds in the world, and you’ll find plenty of resources that map back to Stanley Coren, author of “The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner lives of Our Canine Companions.” In the book, Coren answers questions like: Do dogs have feelings? Do dogs think like humans? Are dogs intelligent? We highly recommend this book for further details regarding your dog's IQ.  Coren’s List...Read more

How to Stop Dogs Barking at Night (And Restore Peace in the Neighborhood)

Is this your bedtime routine? You get comfy cozy and start dozing off only to be startled by your dog's barking? Perhaps it's the barks from your neighbor's dog that keep you up all night? Excessive barking, regardless of the time of day, can drive you and your neighborhood crazy. The good news is you don't have to lose sleep over dogs barking at night.  Here's the scoop on how you and your pet can...Read more

Adoption Tips on How to Choose a Rescue Dog

Between 6 million and 8 million dogs and cats enter the US’s more than 3,500 animal rescue shelters every year, according to the Humane Society. Sadly, most of them will not find forever homes. If you’ve decided to adopt a rescue dog, our hats are off to you, and we hope we can help you learn how to choose a rescue dog.  The first step, of course, is finding a good, reputable dog shelter near...Read more

How to Train a Chihuahua, Small Dog, or Teacup Breed to Stop Barking and Start Listening

Small dogs are so cute but they have a reputation for being hard to train, especially Chihuahuas. They come by that reputation honestly. Chihuahuas and many small or teacup breeds seem to be prone to barking at everything, including the wind. We’ll answer common questions about how to train a Chihuahua without using training collars ... and without losing your patience. Why Do Small Dogs Love to Bark? Like most small breeds, Chihuahuas make up...Read more

Aggressive Dog Training Tips — With and Without Hiring a Professional Trainer

Your and your family’s safety is always our highest priority. So, before we get into how to train an aggressive dog, a disclaimer: If you have a highly aggressive dog that bites or threatens to harm someone, seek the help of a professional trainer and your vet. Make sure your dog doesn’t have an underlying medical condition that's causing him or her to be aggressive.  Whether you are training your dog on your own or...Read more

Why Dogs Dig, and How to Stop a Dog From Digging

Do you have one of those back yards that resembles moon cheese, thanks to your hyper-digging dog? This rather annoying habit to us humans, aside from destruction, serves many purposes for our canine friends. The good news is, once you identify why your pet digs up your yard like it's a minefield, you can correct this behavior. We've got tips that'll answer the burning questions about why dogs dig and how to stop dogs from...Read more

Who’s the Boss When You’re Working From Home With a Dog?

Your dog has been working from home since the day you brought them home -- way longer than you have. Now that you're sharing a workspace, how do you all get along? Do you interrupt each other's meetings, work sessions, and nap times? Working from home with a dog can be frustrating, especially when your dog wants to stick to his routine.  The year 2020 saw a sharp rise in remote workers because of the...Read more

New Ways to Stop Barking Dogs

Before we get into the topic of how to get a dog to stop barking, we want to be clear: This is about stopping a dog from barking, not about preventing a dog from barking. We don't believe in never allowing a dog to bark. Dogs need to bark -- it is their primary means of communication. We find there are seven reasons dogs bark: alarm, anxiety, attention, frustration, greeting, injury/illness, and response. These are times...Read more

How to Calm an Aggressive Dog

What defines an aggressive dog? An aggressive dog is one that tends to growl, snap, bite and otherwise dominate other dogs, people and maybe even you. The common notion is that canine aggression is a large dog breed or "dangerous" breed issue. Unfortunately, this assumption couldn't be further from the truth. Given the "right" circumstances, any dog can show aggression to humans or other animals. While there's not a one-size-fits-all approach to aggressive dogs, there...Read more

Can Dogs Have Peanut Butter? Is PB Safe and OK to Use for Training Dogs?

As we were in the laboratory developing the recipe for our newly released dog training treats, we wanted to use wholesome ingredients that dogs can have without (a) toxic reactions, (b) too many calories and (c) too much fuss. Veterinarians often suggest peanut butter as a reward or palliative solution when he had to give dogs supplements or medications. Still, we wondered, can dogs have peanut butter? And if so, how much? We thought we'd...Read more

How To Train a Dog Not to Bark (… or How to Speak Dog)

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of how to make dogs stop barking, let us be clear: Dogs communicate by barking. The key to controlling their barking is (1) first understand why they’re barking, (2) acknowledging you understand their message, and (3) letting them know you’ve got it from here.  In other words ... you and your dog need to learn to speak the same language, so you can understand what your dog...Read more

#StoptheShock: Positive Dog Training Without Shock Collars

A campaign called “Stop the Shock” has been making its way through social media and email inboxes in an effort to educate dog owners about alternative and humane ways to train their pets. We love it! Positive-reinforcement training is exactly what we recommend in our “Train, Treat, Repeat” approach to dog training. More on that in a moment.  Here is a short video message from Petco’s national dog training manager about positive reinforcement dog training:...Read more