Free Shaping Dog Training – Successive Approximations Model

Training dog to go to bed using free shaping

Free shaping is a type of dog training where behaviors are first broken down into smaller steps. Your dog is rewarded for successfully performing gradual steps using a marker, such as a clicker and rewards. Free shaping dog training relies on your dog’s problem-solving abilities to reach the desired behavior. This way your dog figures … Read more

What is the Most Effective Dog Training Method?

This article discusses a few of the most widely used training methods. However, I believe that positive reinforcement is the most effective dog training method. I will discuss why I believe this to be true. There are several schools of thought when it comes to dog training. They may be called something different but they … Read more

[VIDEO] Puppies Throwing The Most Adorable Temper Tantrums

[VIDEO] Puppies Throwing Adorable Temper Tantrums

Puppies Throwing The Most Adorable Temper Tantrums WARNING: This video compilation of puppies throwing adorable temper tantrums is the cutest thing you’ll ever see in your entire life.  via CrazyFunnyStuffCFS Just like human children, your cute little canine is also capable of throwing a tantrum.  And just like human children, there are ways to avoid this behavior.  There … Read more

The Importance of Socializing Your Puppy

The importance of socializing your puppy

Puppy Socialization is Critical! The importance of socializing your puppy cannot be overstated.  All puppy breeds behave differently in front of strangers, with some puppies choosing to ignore people altogether.  They may choose to glance at someone, then go on to pay no attention to him.  On the other hand, some puppies are the total opposite … Read more

Puppy Talk: Why Does Your Puppy Bark

Puppy Talk: Why Does Your Puppy Bark

Puppies bark because we humans want our puppies to bark. For years our domestication process and selective breeding have allowed our puppies to develop their barking abilities. Wolves don’t bark Barking was further developed in puppies in order to scare intruders or to help the master out (i.e. on farms to assist in gathering the … Read more

How To Keep Your Puppy From Jumping

how to keep your puppy from jumping

Puppies want to see and interact with people face to face.  This leads to many puppies jumping in order to have that face-to-face contact.  When your puppy is small, this may not be a problem, but large dogs can be intimidating when they jump, not to mention it can be painful. The first thing you … Read more