Goldendoodle Puppy Fetching a Toy

Preschool Puppy Training – Part 2: Fetching

The first positive command that your puppy should learn is the command to sit. By making it the first command, it therefore becomes the first positive word which we will write on the puppy’s “chalkboard mind”. In other words, at this age his mind is like a chalkboard – and not too much has been…

Angry Dog

Problem Dogs Are Made, Not Born

The personality of the canine develops most radically between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. What the average family dog will eventually turn out to be is determined by the environment in which the puppy lives during that critical emotional time period. When an eight-week-old puppy comes into his new home, he arrives with…

2 Month Old German Shepherd Puppy

Q & A: A Timid German Shepherd

Question: A Timid German Shepherd “I have an 11-month-old German Shepherd. We got him from a private breeder at the age of 8 weeks. He was a very happy puppy, and to this day he has never been beaten (at least that I know of). But now, he’s such an introvert that it’s pitiful! He’s…

Dog Tasting Hot Sauce

Q & A: Dog Obedience Through Hot Sauce

Question: Obedience Through Hot Sauce? “I’ve heard that pouring hot sauce on a piece of meat will teach a dog to ignore any food found lying on the ground. Is this practice of obedience acceptable? And is it safe?” Answer: No! and No! Any trainer advocating that method had better go back to school. It…

Dog Trainer with Bulldog

Q & A: How Can I Become A Dog Trainer?

Question: How To Become A Trainer “Could you tell me how I can go about becoming a professional dog trainer? I have trained a few dogs, but none for shows. I love dogs and I want to make my training my profession, but just don’t know how to go about it. I have 4-H experience…

Dog Afraid of the Water

Q & A: My Dog Is Afraid of Water

Question: Dog Afraid Of Water “Our 1 ½ year-old German Shorthair Pointer has a water phobia. His mother loves the water, and water doesn’t seem to bother the others that were in the litter. My dog’s pedigree (mostly champions) shows Duals and Field Champions so the problem isn’t there. Our dog is trained, but the…