Cowardly German Shepherd

Q & A: A Cowardly German Shepherd

Question: A Scared German Shepherd “I have a 18 month-old German Shepherd that has been obedience trained. I wanted to take my dog through a “personal protection” class and signed up to have him evaluated. The class is offered by a very highly recommended dog trainer.  The purpose of the evaluation was supposedly to see…

Collie Dog Profile

Q & A: Metal Training Collar

Question: Metal Training Collar “I have researched dozens of books and purchased a handful of dog training videos. The one thing I noticed is that many of the obedience training articles and instructions recommend the use of a metal training collar rather than a nylon collar. Can you tell me why? Personally, I own a…

Labrador Puppy Accident

Paper Training Your Puppy

Of all of the problems that dog owners face with raising a pet, the trouble involved in housebreaking stands out as the most common. In fact, of the tens of thousands of dogs that get trained by professional dog trainers in schools, 80 percent of the owners of these dogs complain of housebreaking difficulties upon…

Older Dog on Kitchen Floor

Re-housebreaking Your Mature Dog – Part 4

The personality and thought process of the dog is an extremely complex mechanism. Training, whether for toilet training or teaching to sit on command, is simply a matter of communication. That is, communicating your desires to your pet and requiring that he respond in a certain manner, all the time. But when a normally trained…

Poodle Marking His Territory

Re-housebreaking Your Mature Dog – Part 3

There are some isolated cases where the cause of a breakdown in toilet habits in a mature dog starts as a psychological motivation, but results in a problem becoming medically motivated. An example of this would be the dog that suddenly forgets his housebreaking and urinates out of jealousy and spite. A dog of this…