Keeping your dog safe when the fireworks start

Some dogs have no problem with the sight and sound of fireworks if they’ve been desensitized — hunting dogs, for example, grow used to the sounds and smells of hunting rifles and gun powder. Most dogs, however, are not used to these things, so the Fourth of July can be a particularly stressful holiday for […]

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 […]

How to be calm and assertive

Dogs use constant energy to communicate.Dogs don’t know each other by name, but by the energy they project and the activities they share. They know humans in the same way. As humans, we too are communicating with energy – whether we realize it or not. And, though we may attempt to persuade, explain, and rationalize […]

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 […]

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 […]

Obsessive dog hoards my things

Dear Pawfessor, My bright, affectionate six-month-old Golden Retriever named Kipper was crate-trained very early and still spends lots of time in his crate. Kipper is gentle with his mouth and wonderful with my young grandchildren. The only problem is, he’s a sneak and obsessive dog. Although he has plenty of toys, what he enjoys most […]

Why dogs hoard…

By Pawfessor Dion Is your dog a hoarder? Does she hide food around the house? Has she collected up toys and stood guard over them? Like a lot of issues with dogs, hoarding is a behavior that has roots in a dog’s oldest instincts, which clash with a modern lifestyle around humans. In the wild, dogs […]

Why do dogs chase their tails?

By Josh Weiss-Roessler Man’s best friend can provide all kinds of fun and laughter just by being a dog, but perhaps nothing is more amusing than when your pup suddenly starts to obsess over her own tail and begins spinning around in circles, trying vainly to catch it. This is a sight that can incite […]

Why is my dog staring at me?

By Josh Weiss-Roessler You’re sitting watching TV — but your dog only has eyes for you. You’re cooking dinner, and the pooch is laser-focused on your face. You head to the bathroom and… you get the idea. If there’s one thing almost all dogs do well, it’s stare at their owners. And stare. And stare. […]

Dealing with obsessive dog behaviors

By Pawfessor Dion Obsessive dog behaviors and dog fixations can become as seriously harmful as addictions are for humans. When we laugh at a dog that is fanatically mad over a toy, a bone, a shaft of light, a game of fetch, or the neighbor’s cat, it’s like laughing at someone who is a falling-down […]

Dog park problems solved

By Nicole Pajer When my rat terrier puppy first started going to the dog park, he had an incredible fascination with watching other dogs urinate. So much so that he’d stand there mesmerized as they peed and would return from playing with a yellow-stained head. It took Rocky about six times of getting peed on […]

How do I handle other dogs at the dog park?

Dear Dion, I follow your advice on being a strong pack leader at the dog park. On the rare occasions that I take my dogs to the dog park, I notice humans not applying dog training discipline if their dogs get in a dog fight or potential dog fight. If I apply dog training discipline […]

Why do dogs lick?

by Josh Weiss-Roessler See if this sounds familiar: After going for a long walk with your dog and feeding her, you sit down to relax. She comes over, so you start petting her, but as soon as you do, the licking begins. You’re not a fan, but it isn’t a big deal at first… and […]

Obsessive dog licking

Dear Pawfessor Dion, I have a 3-year-old toy Australian shepherd dog named Gina. She is an absolutely wonderful dog with a few challenges, one in particular that I need some advice on… obsessive licking. She is completely obsessed with licking all the time! My dog licks the air, your arms, your face, in your mouth, […]

How to stop a puppy from jumping on people

Jumping up on people When a puppy comes running up to us and jumps on us, we think, “She loves me, she is so happy to see me!” We feel special and chosen and cherished. And who doesn’t thrill to watch puppies jumping and leaping about in play? They are so carefree, so full of […]

How To Keep Your Puppy From Jumping On People

1 Extra Notes Jumping on people can be bothersome, embarrassing and, at times, even dangerous. Like many inappropriate behaviors, jumping up can be corrected—ideally, the sooner the better. Why Puppies Jump On You
 Puppies jump on people because they have been reinforced to do so. When they jump up, they get attention. However, they need […]