Dog Training

Dog Training is much more than teaching your pooch to sit and stay. From puppy to adulthood, dog training should last throughout your dog’s lifetime. House training, tricks, obedience, agility, service, and therapy – there are many different types of training out there, not to mention the variety of trends and theories that go along with it. PetGuide.com goes through the basics and beyond to teach your dog some old and new tricks.

When it comes to efficient and successful Dog Training techniques, there are no universal tricks that work for all dogs. Find the right training strategy that will help you train your pooch in our articles that cover positive reinforcement, Schutzhund method, crate training and more. Looking for a solution to a specific behavioral problem? You’ll find all the answers you need in our complete guides on socialization, efficient training in multiple-dog household, preventing escapes and destructive behavior. Make sure to take a look at our top tips from various experts that cover an array of important Dog Training topics such as learning tricks, modifying unwanted behavior, and age-specific training techniques.

But, even when you learn about methods that work in theory, how can you be sure you’ll get the same results with your pooch? Our reviews of popular training strategies, training aid products, and mentally and physically stimulating activities over at Dog Exercise blog, will clear that up for you. Here at Petguide.com, you will learn about every little detail and get valuable insight that will make the choice easy!

No dog was trained overnight. When you start training your pooch, the most important thing you need to do is to be persistent and patient! Whether you’re trying to housebreak your dog or just want your pooch to learn some useful tricks, Petguide.com’s experts can help you succeed.

My Dog Has Too Much Energy. Should I Adopt a Second Dog?

If your current dog needs more exercise and stimulation, getting a second dog may (or may not!) help. Ask yourself these questions.

3 Easy Ways to Teach Your Dog to Calm Down

It's no secret that dogs aren't always the best at calming themselves down. These three training techniques teach your dog to cool his jets.

How to Connect With a Skittish Dog

Dogs can be nervous for various reasons in many different situations. Here's how to connect properly with a skittish dog.

How To Keep Your Senior Dog Active

Before you resign your aging pup to a sedentary retirement, consider these options to keep him physically active and mentally stimulated.

Winter Training Tips: Getting Started In Skijoring

Skijoring is a team sport. You and your dog work together to get around a trail, tour the back country or glide across the snow on your local golf course.

6 Common Mistakes You’re Making When Training Your Dog

We all make mistakes - even when it comes to our training our dogs. Let's go over the most common training mistakes and what you can do to correct them.

Head’s Up, Dog Trainers: Why You Should Treat Humans Like Dogs

Want to be a successful dog trainer? Take it from someone who’s taken more than a few classes. Kevin Roberts wants you to treat your human participants…

How To Stop Your Dog From Lunging While Walking

Nothing ruins a walk faster than when your dog lunges as other dogs or people. Here's what to do to stop your dog from lunging while walking.

Can a Dog Be Trained Not to Dig?

Some dogs can't help themselves - they just love to dig holes. But can a dog be training not to dig your yard up?

Teach the “Drop It” Command, For Safety’s Sake

You've heard the horror stories where dogs eat anything they find. Teach you pup a reliable Drop It cue before you have a traumatizing story of your own.

Mushing Dictionary: A Guide To Dog Mushing Language

Are you interested in dog mushing? Before you get started, you'll need to learn the language of dog mushing.

Beat the Winter Blues With Scent Games

Even when it's too cold to do much outdoors, you can create challenging activities for your dog to do inside your home. Curb your pup's cabin fever with these engaging scent games.

Why Dogs Go Through Potty Training Regression (And How to Fix It)

Pooch forgot where to go potty? This is what you need to do when your previously potty-trained dog pees or poops in the house.

How To Stop Your Dog From Pulling During Walks

Do you walk your dog, or does he walk you? If your dog drags you from shrub to shrub, it's time to brush up on his leash walking skills.

5 Things You Need to Know About Dog Growls

We all back off when we see a dog growling. There are a few reasons why a dog may be growling at you - here's what you need to know about this behavior.

Big City Dogs Can Now Earn The Urban Canine Good Citizen Title

You've heard of the AKC's Canine Good Citizen program. Now, there's one for city-dwelling dogs called the Urban Canine Good Citizen test. Are you up for it?

How to Teach Your Dog to Speak

One of the cutest, and easiest, tricks to teach your dog is to speak (or woof) on command. We've broken down the steps for you to follow.

How to Stop Begging at the Table

Can't resist those sad, puppy dog eyes? If your chowhound can't keep his paws off of you while you're eating, try these strategies.

Best Dog Training Books

Dog training books can offer invaluable insight into the expertise and experience of various professional trainers and dog behaviorist experts.

Should I Train My Dog With a Clicker?

A clicker can make training your dog easier and fun. But before bringing one more tool into your training routine, make sure a clicker is right for you.

Crate Alternatives for Dogs Who Hate the Crate

If you have a dog, you probably have a crate. But what do you do when your dog hates the crate? Here are a few alternatives.

Trick With a Purpose: Fetch

Does your dog play the can't-catch-me game? Plow you over as soon as you come home? These bad behaviors actually have a fun solution... Fetch!

Lending A Helping Paw: What’s Involved In Therapy Dog Training

Does your pooch have the right stuff to make a difference and help people who need a furry friend the most? Then you should consider therapy dog training.

Don’t Want to Train? Use Management Instead

Training isn't the only option to improve your dog's manners or behavior issue. Learn the important role that management plays to stop unwanted behavior.

What is a Facility Dog?

You've heard of therapy dogs and service dogs, but what about facility dogs? A facility dog is trained for work in a facility setting.

Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: A Dog By Any Other Name

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What’s the Right Collar or Harness for My Dog?

Harnesses, collars, and martingales, oh my! The pet industry is overflowing with dog-walking tools, but which one is right for your dog?

6 Easy Ways to Train Your Dog Every Day

Whether you're teaching your dog a new trick or brushing up on the basics, the key to success is to tackle training a bit every day!

How To Find The Right Dog Trainer For You And Your Dog

What’s the right way to train a dog? A professional explains how and why finding right dog trainer is personal. I’ve worked in the industry for a…

6 Bizarre Ways Our Dogs Talk to Us

Will dogs ever learn how to speak human? Until they do, we need to be able to interpret dog. Here are some of the strange ways the dogs communicate.

Pulling For Urban Mushing – Is It The Right Activity For Your Dog?

If you want to give your dog an exceptional workout, you should try your hand at Urban Mushing. This sport is perfect for dogs with a high energy drive.

What is Tracking Training for Dogs?

Ready to put your dog's nose to the test? A dog's nose is made for sniffing, so put it to good use - tracking training may be right for your pooch.

The Official Teething Puppy Survival Guide

Those fluffy little jowls are hiding a set of razor-sharp teeth, and between those floppy ears is a brain that is hard-wired to chew on everything in sight.

Pros and Cons of Adopting an Adult Dog

Thinking of adopting a dog - that's a great idea! While most adopters are drawn the puppies, adult dogs have a great deal to offer.

How To Teach Your Dog The Recall Command

Recall is an essential command your dog needs to learn to keep him safe – here’s how to teach it When it comes to training your puppy or dog, tea…

Dog Scouts: It’s Not Just for Humans Anymore

Be prepared... to have a great time with your dog at Dog Scouts of America. Does your dog have what it takes to earn badges and learn important skills?

Why Your Dog May Need a Muzzle

Don't assume the worst when you see a dog wearing a muzzle. There are plenty of reasons why one is needed, and it may have nothing to do with being vicious.

Dogs Get A Kick Out Of Kicksledding

Uur resident expert on all sports that include dog pulling wants to introduce you to another cold weather activity you can do with your dogs - kicksledding.

Why Kind Words Are Eternal to Your Pets

What are the words you'll use to your pets today? Remember that your words are eternal. Here are some examples of how to change your words to your pet.

Snoot to Snoot: Q&A With Surf Dog Turbo

Turbo is a loveable Golden Retriever who loves to surf. We had the chance to hang four and get the inside scoop on what it takes to ride the waves.

6 Cool Tricks to Teach Your Dog

How did you get your dog to do that?! Tongues and tails will be wagging about your pup's amazing abilities. Here are a few cool tricks to teach your dog.

AKC’s Lure-Coursing Test Turns Mixed-Breed Dogs Into Tracking Champs

Put your dog's instinct to track with training from the AKC's official coursing class. And everyone's welcome to join - even mixed breed dogs!

On-Leash Dog Greetings: Yea or Nay?

Letting your pup greet other dogs while on leash isn't always fun and games. Keep these tips in mind the next time you're on a walk.

Take a Hand’s Off Approach to Dog Walks With Hands-Free Walking Syst

Keeping your hands free while walking your dog offers a host of benefits. Kevin Roberts has some tips for going hands free while trekking with your pooches.

Teach Your Dog to Love His Carrier

Make sure your dog is as excited about a trip away from home as you are! Follow these guidelines to teach your dog to love his carrier.

School’s In Session – 101 Introduction To Agility Training For Dog

Agility Training for dogs has a multitude of benefits. Once your dog masters the basics, you may find that agility training is a natural progression.

How To Teach Your Dog Neighbor Etiquette

You love your dog, but do your neighbors? Make sure your dog has neighbor etiquette indoors and out, so he brings a smile to everyone's face.

Back-To-School Dog Tips From A Trainer

Going back to school isn't easy for anyone. Rachel Leavy, our dog training expert, offers a few tips on how to make the transition as painless as possible.

Why You Should Let Your Dog Sniff During Walks

It's important that your dog gets his daily walk for exercise purposes. But it's just as vital to let your dog sniff his surroundings.

A Quick Fix to Doggie Doorbell Drama

Does the doorbell send your dog into a frenzy? A simple management solution will keep your dog from going bonkers when he hears "ding-dong!"

Teach Your Dog to Love Coming to You

Does this frustrating behavior sound familiar when it comes to recall? "My dog always comes when called.... except at the dog park."

Why Is My Dog Aggressive When Woken Suddenly?

No one likes getting woken up suddenly from a deep slumber - but some dogs get aggressive in this situation. How do you wake your dog up safely?

Snout to Snout: Q&A With “Dog Nation” Star Cesar Millan

Before Cesar Millan, his brilliant white teeth, and son Andre, hit the road for their new TV series, we asked him a few questions about "Dog Nation."

Why Do Dogs Hump?

It starts as a cute or embarrassing moment, but can it turn into a mounting behavior? Before jumping to conclusions, learn the reasons why dogs hump.

7 Essential Commands Every Trail Dog Should Know

When you're out in the wilderness for a hike, you want to make sure your dog listens to you. Before heading out, be sure your dog knows these commands.

How to Manage Leash Reactivity in Your Dog

Is taking your dog for a walk a battle? He may be leash reactive. Let's talk about what causes this and how to manage it.

How Dog-Loving Strangers Ruin Well-Trained Dogs

Pet parents have heard this one: "It's okay, I love dogs!" Guess what - it's not okay! Here's how to deal with friendly strangers who undo your training.

“I Said ‘Sit’!” Help Your Dog Respond to Cues Outdoors

Does your dog know how to sit, stay, and come in the house? What about in the park? If that second question makes you cringe, you're not alone.

5 Tidy Tips for Keeping Your Dog Out of the Trash

Guess who got into the trash... again. An irresistible target for curious pups, there are ways to keep your dog out of the trash.

How To Train Your Dog to Take a Selfie

Say peanut butter and make those duck lips! Selfies are so in right now, so here's how to train your dog to take a selfie on his own.