Teaching your dog to fetch

Teaching your dog how to fetch is a wonderful way to exercise your pet without having to put forth too much effort yourself.  Teaching your dog to fetch can even be played from the comfort of your couch or in the garden while sipping your favourite beverage.  Any toy-motivated dog can learn how to fetch, and will do so with enthusiasm.

To begin, first teach your dog to chase an item.  Some dogs are already predisposed to chasing, but some will ...

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Best and worst breeds for flat living

Finding the best and worst breeds for flat living, but also the most compatible for flat living can be tough.  There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the perfect breed for small spaces, such as trainability, grooming habits, noise-level, and exercise requirements.  Listed below are some of the best and worst breeds for flat living in small quarters.


Best

Great Dane
Although most people would never consider this regal breed to be at the top of the list, ...

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Walk on a loose lead

Although some people will argue that a dog who pulls on a lead is trying to assert his dominance or be “alpha” over his owner, this simply is not the case.  Rather, dogs love to be outside and want to explore their surroundings.  For the owner, however, lead pulling can lead to decreased control, a sore shoulder, and an occasional passer-by to yell, “Who is walking who?”  So, lets look at how a dog can walk on a loose lead.

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Teaching your dog not to jump

Dog jumping can be an extremely frustrating behavior, especially if you have a large dog.  An excitable, jumping dog can easily knock over children or elderly family members and in general, can cause friends to avoid visiting the house.  If you are tired of having your dog greet you with paws on your chest every time you walk through the door, there are a number of techniques available to help make sure you are teaching your dog not to jump.

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Potty train a puppy

Purchasing or adopting a puppy is always a cause for celebration. The pitter-patter of little paws, puppy breath, cuddles and play time are all aspects of puppy ownership that people love.  Yet, even with all these great benefits, there is one part that most people hate: learning to potty train a puppy.  However, with patience, lots of positive reinforcement and the right technique, potty training doesn’t have to be a dreadful experience.

Puppies should not begin potty training until they are ...

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Crate training your dog

Although some dog lovers may regard crate-training a dog as cruel, there are a number of reasons why every dog should be well-acquainted with a crate whether the owner intends to use one or not.  The benefits of crate training your dog can mean the difference between life and death in some emergency situations.  It can also provide a necessary degree of safety and comfort for the dog during times of need.  Below is a list of situations in which crate-training ...

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Teach your dog to sit

Many commands can be taught to a dog without ever stepping foot inside an obedience class.  With proper technique and a small amount of patience, dogs can learn most basic commands within the span of a day or two.  Arguably the easiest command is to teach your dog to sit (and the most common). Although this trick may seem trivial, to teach your dog to sit on command will help with later lessons, such as “come” and “stay”.  Additionally, a good ...

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Teaching your dog to lie down

When going through obedience training at home, teaching your dog to lie down can be difficult but very rewarding.  Not only can a good “lie down” command impress your friends and family, but it is also can be used to calm a stressed or excited dog, and a way to eliminate jumping.  As a note of caution, this command is best taught once your dog has mastered “sit.”

Teaching Your Dog to Lie Down
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Whistle training for your dog

It’s a fact that you love dogs, but dogs are active creatures that consistently have to be supervised and in the ideal situation, be trained.  You will not always be able to run after your dog with a lead, which will again make your training imperative.  Whistle training for your dog enables your dog more freedom while you keep him disciplined.  Dogs can be handful and if you turn your back they may be causing trouble in your living room or ...

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The benefits of a dog walking service

Due to the busy and hectic schedules of most dog owners, they no longer have time for lengthy dog walking activities. They no longer have enough time to walk with their pets and if they do, chances are that they’ll be late for their work, classes or other appointments.  However there is nothing to worry about, there is already an available great, top quality dog walking service in Edinburgh offered to you by Dogtrax.

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