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

Best Large Dog Breeds and Why We Love Them

There's always more to love with a large dog. While they won't fit in a designer purse or easily tuck in a backpack, many large breeds insist they’d make good lap dogs.  Big dogs are often considered the hardest-working group of dog breeds and some of the gentlest giants. If you're looking to welcome a large dog into your family, you probably have questions. Do they bark a lot? How difficult are big dogs to...Read more

Tips for Training, Raising, and Grooming Big Dog Breeds

While many dog owners favor teacup and small dog breeds, it's time to give some love to the most popular large dog breeds. If you're interested in adopting a larger dog like an Akita or Saint Bernard, or you already own a large sized dog breed, you may have some training, raising, and grooming questions. Are big dogs harder to train than smaller dogs? How expensive is it to raise a large or giant dog? What...Read more

Recall Command: How to Teach a Dog to Come When Called

Of all the basic commands you can teach your dog, the "recall" command is the most important. Training your pet to come to you when called not only keeps you in control, but it can save him from dangerous situations. While it is a crucial command, it is often the most difficult to train. Why? Think about the world of distractions your pet can face everyday, SQUIRRELS, other dogs, toys, and kids. Let us not...Read more

Do Bark Collars Work on Dogs (and Are They Safe)?

Does your dog bark way more than the shelter or breeder led you to believe? Does he bark at inappropriate times all day and night? If you are looking for tools and solutions to train your dog to stop barking, you're probably finding a lot of information about bark collars, also known as anti-bark collars. As training devices, all bark collars interrupt unwanted behavior such as barking so that you can redirect your dog. Each...Read more

10 Tips for Raising Happy, Healthy Dogs so They Live Longer

What do food, friends, family, and your physician have in common? Together they are partly responsible for helping you stay happy and healthy. Surrounding yourself with loved ones, practicing proper nutrition, and minding your physical health add to your overall well-being.  Dogs, too, need the love and support of those around them to live their best life. And of course, regular visits to the vet help your dog stay well. Here are a few tips...Read more

Are Small Dogs Harder to Train?

If you're a small or toy dog person, you know the littlest canines are downright adorable. They cost less to care for, and they fit in your favorite designer bag. Everything about them is cute and cuddly. Even when they try to protect and defend, all you can do is smile.  While small dogs earn lovable points in just about every category, training them to follow your directions or stop barking isn't one of them....Read more

4 Humane Ways to Control Dog’s Barking

Barking is one of the most annoying behaviors that dogs have, but you can’t fault them for it. That’s how they communicate when (they think) something is wrong, when (they think) they need something, and when they’re excited about something or someone (you’re home!).  How can you humanely stop a dog from annoying barking, or train him to bark when you want him to? If there are two things we want you to take away...Read more