Invisible Fence For Your Dog: Pros and Cons

Many owners and trainers have very strong opinions, one way or another, about invisible fences and both arguments, are valid.  Our attempt isn’t to persuade or dissuade you from getting one, but rather give you the information you need to make your own decision.  We will give you the pros and cons of invisible fences so that you can weigh it for yourself.   What Is Invisible Fencing? An invisible fence for your dog is an underground wire that you install around the perimeter of your yard or garden. The wire emits a signal that triggers your dog’s collar. As…

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10 Puppy Training Tips for New Dog Owners

Having a well-trained puppy is not only something to be proud of, but it also makes your life as a dog owner much easier.  Believe it or not, you can teach your new puppy tricks as young as 6 to 8 weeks old.  Dogs are extremely intelligent, and you can take full advantage it if you start off on the right foot.  Eventually, you’ll have an obedient dog that will do pretty much anything you command him to (although he may not fetch you a beer).  You’re going to need the right tools to start off, and this article will…

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Dogs 101: What Exactly is Obedience Training for Puppies?

In order to have a long, healthy, and stress-free relationship with your dog, obedience training is a must. Training can start as soon as you get your new puppy home, although the consensus used to be that it was best to wait 6 months. Although many training facilities and puppy schools won’t accept puppies unless they are at least 6 months old, there’s no reason you can’t start the process right away. Training usually kicks off with 5 or 6 pretty basic commands such as “sit”, “heel”, “come”, “stay”, “stand” and “down”. The first and the easiest to achieve is…

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DIY Bitter Apple Spray to Stop Your Dog from Chewing

Canine teeth were made for chewing. During the first 18 months of puppyhood, it sometimes seems that they can’t get enough. Inevitably things get chewed that shouldn’t, like woodwork, furniture, and shoes. There are sprays on the market that are supposed to stop the chewing but they can be expensive, contain ingredients that are harmful to humans and pets, and can even be harsh on your furniture. Here we will show you how to make an effective bitter apple spray to help you curtail the chewing. The main ingredient in bitter apple spray is actually apple cider vinegar, which is…

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How to Master Leash Training with Your New Puppy

As an owner of a new puppy, this is one of the first things you should tackle. Once you master leash training, everything else will be much easier. Once leash trained, you will have better control over your dog while working on other complex skills and techniques. The best thing about leash training is that it is probably the easiest thing to teach your puppy, so let’s get started. You can start leash training as soon as soon as you bring your new puppy home, in fact, the sooner the better. When you first put a collar or harness on…

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Activities for Dogs with Separation Anxiety

Dog Separation Anxiety Overview Separation anxiety amongst dogs is pretty common, although many pet owners often don't recognize it from the behavior they are experiencing. Many pets seem to go on a rampage the second their owner leaves the house by chewing up furniture, scratching up doors, destroying windows and soiling floors. Owners tend to believe that it’s just a matter of training, but many of these misbehaviors could very well be separation anxiety. We’re going to give you a few simple ways that might help you deal with separation anxiety and hope you see a difference the next time…

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7 Ways To Get Fit With Your Dog

If you’re thinking of getting back into exercise and getting fit, there are lots of great ways you can involve your dog and make the task a little easier. One of the first things to consider is the breed of your dog. How much exercise does a dog need? Although most breeds are just fine with exercise, smaller ones and dogs with pug noses can have difficulty with some types of strenuous exercise. With that said, let's take a closer look at some different ways to get fit with your dog. Even if you don’t try all 7 of our…

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