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

New Year’s Dog Resolution for 2021

Contemplating your New Year’s resolutions already? Thinking about changes you want to make to help you live a happier, healthier dog life? We have five New Years dog resolutions for 2021 to help you get started. Learn New Dog Tricks Hoping to learn a new skill or interested in taking some classes in the coming year? Teach your dog one new trick every month, using positive reinforcement dog training. Here are two to get you...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

Storm Anxiety: How to Calm a Dog During Thunder, Lightning and Loud Noises

Do you have astraphobia? Does your dog? Astraphobia, which can affect humans and animals, is the abnormal fear of thunder and lightning. One small study reported in the International Journal of Animal Health Development suggests that the majority of dogs suffer to some extent from astraphobia -- 66.66% of dogs in the study showed abnormal fears of thunder and lightning. For most people, the news of an impending storm may cause them to rethink outdoor...Read more

Handle With Care: Adopting and Training Abused Dogs

Any time you walk into an animal shelter, you can find any number of dogs that are desperate for a new home that provides stability, care, and above all else, an abundance of love. For many of these animals, only they know their histories. Some were abandoned, some abused, while others were simply neglected and surrendered to the shelter. While many people fear adopting abused dogs, some make it their life's mission to help those...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

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

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

Why You Should Use Ultrasonic Dog Repellers and Deterrents

If you research “ultrasonic dog training,” you might come across some older posts about ultrasonic dog repellers and deterrents that question the effectiveness of these tools in training dogs. It’s the problem with a lot of information on the internet, isn’t it? You can find information that supports pretty much any point of view.    Well, we want to set the records straight on ultrasonic dog training tools because much of the information you’ll find is...Read more