6 odd things that puppies do

Dogs are odd. You know this, and we know this. But if you really want to see some odd behaviors, watch a puppy for a day or two. There are all kinds of funny things puppies do without even realizing it. Some of these behaviors can be maddening, some hilarious, but they’re all head-scratching. Out-of-water […]

Permission-Based Training: How And Why It Works

One of our primary goals when training and rehabbing dogs is to shift them out of auto-pilot, reactionary, impulsive mode, and get them into a listening, processing, thinking mode. What does this auto-pilot/reactionary/impulsive behavior mode look like? It’s the mode where the dog sees, hears, smells something and instantly reacts to it. No asking for […]

How to create a puppy schedule

When you get a new puppy, it’s only natural to want to simply hang out with them and play and cuddle all day. Unfortunately, there are a number of things that you need to do in those first few days and weeks — both to make sure that your new pup stays healthy and to […]

Pack Leadership Technique 2: Provide exercise, discipline, affection

A balanced dog is one that is fulfilled in all three aspects of its being: body, mind, and heart. In nature, dogs instinctively find that balance. When dogs live in the human world, however, it’s up to us to ensure that they get that balance. Humans and dogs both have instinctual, intellectual and emotional dimensions. […]

The trick to training a dog

In a few sentences, I’m going to give you a command and I want you to do it. It’s nothing complicated or too physical, so don’t worry. This is just a test. Are you ready? Okay, here we go: Besloor. Did you do it? Come on, it’s easy. Anyone can do it. Besloor! You’re not […]

Well-trained but not well-behaved

A lot of people think that I’m a dog trainer, but that’s not what I do. I’m a dog behaviorist, which means that I rehabilitate dogs, and I train people. It’s an important distinction, and one that can be hard for people to understand. But people say, “You get the dog to behave. Isn’t that […]


Whether you are trying to potty train a puppy or retrain and older dog with soiling issues, this comprehensive house breaking schedule is the answer! If you stick to this schedule and follow the rules, your puppy will be house broken in less than 2 weeks (retraining and older dog might take a bit longer). […]

26 Quick & Simple Ways To Relieve Dog Boredom

Is your dog bored? When dogs get bored they can develop some destructive behaviors. For thousands of years we’ve bred dogs to work alongside us so they’ve developed quite a work ethic. The problem is most of us don’t have actual jobs for our dogs to do. They don’t have to work for their food, […]

30 Positive Reinforcement Training Tips For Your Pup

At a loss on how to train your new dog? Read below to learn all about Positive Reinforcement. We’ve got some great tips! Have you ever been told to “think positive”? This advice is more than just a platitude for test-taking or weight-loss, it can also be a method to which you apply towards any […]

Be the pack leader

Dogs are social pack animals with a leader and followers. In the wild, most dogs are followers, but if they don’t have a leader to follow, a dog ‘ or dogs ‘ will attempt to take control of the situation. The lack of strong leadership leaves the dogs in an unbalanced mental state, and they […]

Jump for joy

You’ve probably heard the expression “jump for joy.” While it’s usually not literal for humans, it’s a pretty good description of someone’s emotional state when they’re very happy. To jump implies moving upward, and human happiness can definitely elevate our mood. But, despite the expression, real happiness in humans is exhibited by an inner calmness […]

5 tips for building boundaries

It’s important to give a dog rules, boundaries, and limitations. In other words, our dogs need to know what they can do, where they can do it, and for how long. In this article, we’re going to focus on boundaries: teaching your dog where they are and are not allowed to go. Establishing boundaries can […]

5 essential commands you can teach your dog

Having a trained dog isn’t the same as having a balanced dog, but if your dog knows a few basic commands, it can be helpful when tackling problem behaviors — existing ones or those that may develop in the future. So where do you start with dog obedience training? You could take a class, but […]

Leash Training and Walking Your Puppy

1 Extra Notes It’s a well-known fact that puppies need to feel comfortable walking on a leash. Puppies like to explore their new world. So, from a practical standpoint, a leash gives you control and provides them with safety. But it can also mean good, quality time together as a family. Walking your puppy is […]

Puppy distracted on the walk

Dear Pawfessor Dion, I have a nine-month-old, 100 lb puppy who I walk every single day for the amount of time you recommend in your new book. My problem is he is getting to know a lot of people in my neighborhood and now every time I pass someone I know on a walk, he […]

How often should a dog urinate?

My Australian Shepherd is a wonderful girl (she’s a therapy dog). My only problem is on long drives (2 days) she will go 12 – 15 hours without urinating. When I stop for gas, I walk her. I walk her in the morning outside the hotel and again before we leave as well as soon […]

What is territorial marking and how to stop it?

By Ashley Bennett Let’s face it, dogs are territorial animals by nature. They like to protect their territory, their family, and their belongings. Territorial marking is different from urination because it is only a small amount to make other dogs aware that this is their territory. When people notice that their dog has been marking […]

Submissive urination problem

Dear Pawfessor, My daughter has a ten-month-old black cocker spaniel. She has a submissive urination problem, like all female cocker spaniels. My own cocker spaniel has outgrown this problem. However, my daughter’s cocker is getting worse. She has a six-year-old boy and four-year-old girl and a four-year-old viszla. My daughter’s cocker Ginny is now urinating […]

15 tips to overcome submissive urination

by Martin Deeley Submissive urination is a dog’s uncontrollable, instinctive reaction to the presence of another dog or human that they feel is superior or is intimidating to them. It is a subconscious response that cannot be controlled. It is not a housebreaking issue, although it is more likely to happen when the bladder is […]

Crate soiling

Dear Pawfessor, My husband and I have a male, 12 month old Cocker Spaniel/Pomeranian mix. We have been crate training him and he has virtually no problems at night. But since we’ve been crating him during the day for the last 2 weeks, he ALWAYS soils the crate in some way. It doesn’t seem to […]

Dog problem: Puppy soiling crate

Question from Jesica Mcauliff: I have a 3-month-old pit bull/boxer mix puppy that my husband and I have been crate training. Lilly had been doing really well not soiling her crate, but recently she has been doing it everyday, even if she is only in there for a few hours. We have tried everything to […]

Secrets to housebreaking adult dogs

By Juliana Weiss-Roessler When most people think about housebreaking a dog, they imagine an adorable little scamp that fits in the palm of their hand and plays with toys all day — in other words, a puppy. But what if you have an older dog that isn’t housebroken because she’s a rescue? The rules for […]

Prey drive problem

Pawfessor Dion, My dog is obsessed with cats, squirrels, birds, lizards, anything alive that moves. Does that mean she’s unbalanced? Is this normal, natural instinct? This summer, she’s been spending more and more time in our backyard stocking her prey, and less and less time in the house with the human pack. What am I […]

Chasing cars

Dear Pawfessor: I have a nine-month-old female Yorkshire terrier with several issues, most importantly one that may get her killed. She is only five pounds and wants to chase cars. A very dangerous combination. Correcting her, having her sit and look at me, walking in the opposite direction and even distracting her with toys is […]

Obsessive dog chasing shadows

Dear Pawfessor, I have a Border Collie and Australian Shepherd mix and she loves to play fetch. But lately my dog has become obsessive with chasing shadows. She will stand in the back yard and stare at shadows all day and chase the shadows. Even when we bring her inside she will find a shadow […]