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.

Your Dog Can Text You When He’s Gotta Go With New Barking Mat

Are indoor pee puddles a common sight in your home? Break the habit with the Barking Mat, a cool new house training tool available through Indiegogo.

7 Reasons Why It’s Important to Properly Socialize Your Dog

Think of it as networking for dogs! Socialization is important - your dog needs to get out there, meet new people, and experience new places.

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.

The Basics About Dog Body Language

Your pooch doesn't need to say a word for you to understand what he's feeling. Understanding dog body language tells you everything you need to know.

Curb Your Dog’s Destructive Chewing

To some dogs, everything is a chew toy. If your dog or puppy has an appetite for destruction, it's important to address it sooner rather than later.

How to Teach a Rock-Solid Stay

The doorbell rings. Lola starts frantically barking and clawing to get the door open. You howl, "Lola, sit... stay. Stay!" to no avail. Sound familiar?

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.

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!

Association Of Professional Dog Trainers A Valuable Resource For Train

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) is an organization dedicated to promoting dog training and education for trainers and pet owners.

Teach Your Dog Some Class In Puppy Kindergarten

At this point in your dog's life, it's the perfect time to start puppy kindergarten, which teaches training obedience, and socialization skills.

Can Dogs Be Racist?

Dogs love everyone... or do they? Is it possible for dogs to be racist? Let's look at a few reasons why you might think your dog a bias toward certain people.

Recall Checklist: Do You Make These Mistakes?

Recall, or "come," is a critical cue for every dog to learn. Set your dog up for success by avoiding these common recall mistakes.

Are Small Dogs Harder to Train Than Big Dogs?

Is it true that small dogs are harder to train than big dogs? Let’s take a look at the facts and settle the debate once and for all. A number of factor…

Best Dog Training Books

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

Dog Adolescence is Real: What to Expect From the Teen Years

The teen years are rebellious ones! Dogs may not be sneaking out of the house, but they may act out. Here's how you can survive your dog's adolescence.

My Dog is Getting Older–Should I Get a Second Dog Now?

A a house isn't a home unless it has a dog in it. As your dog gets on in years, you might consider bringing a second dog into your family.

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.

When Does Your Dog Need a Therapist?

When my private training clients are faced with their dog's behavior issue, I recommend "doggie therapy." But when does a dog need "therapy," as opposed to regular training?

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?

Why Kennels Aren’t Just For Puppies

The use of a kennel is key when training a puppy, but don't put it away when your dog gets older. Here's why you should keep using them when your dog's all grown up.

6 Life Lessons Your Dog Can Teach You

Think of it as "Human Training." We already know how to "sit" and "stay," but there are valuable lessons your dog can teach you, if you're willing to learn.

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.

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.

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.

How Important is Routine in Your Dog’s Life

Routine is important to our lives - so it's no surprise to learn that it's also vital to our dogs' well being. Here's why you should incorporate routine in your dog's life.

Pros And Cons: The Collar Vs. Harness Debate

Does your dog wear a collar or a harness? We’ve leashed in points to keep in mind before making a decision. When it comes to doing what is best for you…

Teaching Your Dog to Leave It

The "Leave It" command can come in handy in a variety of situations. Follow these tips on properly teaching your dog to leave it.

5 Ways Food-Dispensing Toys Will Enhance Your Dog’s Life

Does your dog bark when left alone? Eat your furniture to pass the time? Save your sanity by turning your pup's mealtime into playtime.

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.

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?

Basic Dog Tricks: Shake A Paw

The shake a paw trick is a basic trick that should be one of your dog's standards that he can pull out when guests come over and he wants to impress them.

Why Do Some Dogs Pee While Doing Handstands?

Have you ever seen a dog mark his territory while balancing on his front legs? Here's why dogs pee while doing a handstand.

5 Tips for Overly Friendly Dogs That Will Wander Off With Anyone

Is your dog too friendly and trusting, and will go off with a stranger? To avoid dangerous situations, learn how to handle your overly friendly dog.

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?

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 Use a Belly Band to Housebreak Your Dog

Some dogs are harder to housetrain than others. A possible solution? Using a belly band to housebreak your pooch.

How To House Train An Older Dog

Just because your dog's not puppy, it doesn't mean that indoor accidents won't happen. We've put together some tips on how to house train an older dog.

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?

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.

Stroller Training: Tips for Teaching Your Dog to Ride in a Stroller

Pet strollers have rolled their way into the lives of dogs and cats. Used to a variety of purposes, make sure your pet stays safe while being pushed around.

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.

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!

How to Teach Heel… on Both Sides!

Teaching your dog to heel, or walk alongside you, is a critical skill. But what's with only teaching it on the left side?

6 Tips for Managing a Territorial Dog

Everything belongs to your dog - and he's not afraid to tell anyone who comes close to his stuff. Here's what you can do to manage your territorial dog.

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.

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.

Best Dog Tunnels

Dog tunnels are an indispensable part of an agility training routine but can also be a fun accessory for playtime. Read on to find out which dog tunnels are the best on the market!

What is Schutzhund Training for Dogs?

You may not have heard of it, but you've seen it in action. Schutzhund training is used for police training, but your dog may also benefit from it.

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.

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.

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.

Pee Problems: A Pro Shares How to Housetrain Any Dog

Get a trainer's perspective on why your new dog or puppy is peeing on your rug, and what you can do about it.

How To Avoid Fido Fiascos When Training Multiple Dogs

Calgon… take me away! Step away from the bottle of wine – take a few tips from a pro on how to train successfully in a multi-dog household. Havi…

How To Deal With Dog Fights In Your Multiple-Dog Home

Break it up! Sibling rivalry between dogs is common and there’s bound to be disagreements. Here’s how to handle tense situations like a pro. Many…

How to Keep Your Dog From Escaping Out the Front Door

Are you afraid that your dog is going to make a break for it every time you open the door? Settle your fears with the right commands.

Fix Leash Walking Problems With Rally-O

Dogs can learn everyday manners by practicing canine sports. If your pup struggles to walk politely on leash, it's Rally Obedience to the rescue!

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.

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.

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 Are Dogs Afraid of Vacuums?

The terrorizing whirl of the motor; its almighty sucking strength; and the fearsome reach of the hose. Do you need to ask: Why are dogs afraid of vacuums?