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Separation Anxiety to dogs

One of the most common complaints of pet parents is that their dogs are disruptive or destructive when left alone. Their dogs might urinate, defecate, bark, howl, chew, dig or try to escape.Although these problems often indicate that a dog needs to be taught polite house manners, they can also be symptoms of distress. When a dog’s problems are accompanied by other distress behaviors, such as drooling and showing anxiety when his pet parents prepare to leave the house, they aren’t evidence that the dog isn’t house trained or doesn’t know which toys are his to chew. Instead, they are indications that the dog has separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is triggered when dogs become upset because of separation from their...

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Dog training: How to teach your dog to sit

One of the first behaviors you will teach your dog is sit. After all, if your dog is sitting, they can’t be jumping on you or running around the house. But many dog owners struggle to get their dog to stay seated. Dogs often pop back up only moments after placing their rear end on the ground. Other times, dogs refuse to sit at all. If you’re struggling to get a solid sit from your dog, read on for tips and a fun trick.Teach Your Dog to SitThe most popular way to teach sit is with lure and reward training using a handful of delicious treats. A clicker can also help mark the exact moment your dog sits. To guarantee...

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What is positive dog training?

Positive training is not a scientific term.You will not find it in any scientific journals, and you will regularly hear it being mischaracterized by those who do not fully understand it. When we refer to the power of positive training, we are incorporating several philosophies, techniques and levels of awareness on certain misunderstood topics which cumulatively add up to the idea of positive training.The Four Pillars of Positive Training The use of positive reinforcement Avoiding the use of intimidation, physical punishment or fear A comprehension of the often misunderstood concept of dominance A commitment to understanding the canine experience from the dog's point of view Together, these four elements comprise the Positively concept of positive training. Without any one of...

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