What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Leash Training

There are many reasons to commit to obedience training for your dog. But the benefits go far beyond basic manners. In fact, sticking to the rules of dog training can help them find – and maintain –their rightful place in the household. 

Learning to follow commands like “stay,” “come,” and “leave it” can also prevent dogs from chasing prey, running into traffic, or encountering wildlife. But one of the greatest assets is leash training. When dogs know your expectations, you can both enjoy walks or runs together even more.

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Beyond Sit: Our Favorite Fun and Useful Dog Tricks

dog tricksAny veterinarian, groomer, or dog trainer would probably agree that teaching a dog essential commands is key to helping them live a harmonious life in human society. The staples, such as “sit”, “stay”, and “come”, make a dog easier to manage, which enhances the bond they share with their human family members. It also gives them enjoyable and life-affirming experiences, such as walks, outings, and social events.

Although many dog owners stop once their dog has mastered the basics of obedience training, there is much to be gained from taking it to the next level. The following dog tricks combine fun and usefulness with an increase in overall safety for your pet.

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Dog Ownership: A Lifetime of Love, a Lifetime of Loving Responsibility

iStock_000019599571_MediumAs pet guardians, one of the hardest things to witness is the irresponsibility of some pet owners who allow their dogs to run loose, stay chained in the yard, or remain un-spayed or un-neutered. Yet, we may be neglecting more subtle but important pet health responsibilities as well.

It’s often easier than it should be to put our pooch’s annual wellness exams on the backburner, especially with the start of the school and holiday seasons on our minds (and wallets). Likewise, few entertain the thought that their dogs will need additional attention over the years, such as in the areas of training and socialization and seasonal parasite protection.

Assuming you’ve given a wonderful pup a forever home and have considered the roughly 8-18+ year commitment (depending on breed), what are some of the most important aspects of dog ownership that should be addressed? And, what are some of the expenses a mindful canine guardian can expect to plan for during the course of a dog’s life? Continue…

A Perfect Stroll: Techniques for Walking Your Dog like a Pro

iStock_000016257088_MediumWith autumn just around the corner, you may be considering taking up jogging with your best friend or hitting those park trails with the family pooch. But, then you realize your pet may not yet have the leash walking skills needed to handle the challenge.

Likewise, you may have adopted a dog recently and are unsure of the best approach to leash training. Or, your new little puppy bundle of joy is old enough to start those fun walks in the park or around the neighborhood.

Whatever brings you to the next phase of dog walking, there are some effective techniques you can use when it comes to walking your dog like a pro. Continue…