Category Archives: Basic Training

The Number One Dog Training Secret REVEALED!!!11

Okay, guys. This is it. The big one. The dog training secret that could change everything. It’s a lot to handle. Are you ready for this? Are you sure? Are you POSITIVE? Okay. Here goes. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. The number one dog training secret is: There are no dog training secrets. Seriously.Continue Reading

Video post: My Dog Won’t Work for Food!

You’ve probably noticed that positive dog training uses a lot of food. Treat training is the easiest and most reliable way to teach a dog something new. And no wonder. I mean, dogs? Food? They kinda go together. Ninety percent of the dogs you work with will work quite happily for treats, but once inContinue Reading

How to Teach Your Dog Practically Anything: the Complete Series

Want to learn how to train your dog to do tricks? This video series will give you all the tools you need to start teaching your dog to do pretty much any trick, obedience command or dogsport you want. Now that the series is finished, here are all five parts neatly in one place forContinue Reading

Try This Useful Dog Trick (also: got a hyper dog?)

A video in which I talk about an upcoming project, introduce Dazee the pit bull, and show you how to teach your dog the “target” trick. The out-of-control-dog project/Dazee the pit bull Is your dog crazy? Hyper? A total nut who never listens to you? You ain’t alone. The most common questions I get asContinue Reading

Video: How to Teach Your Dog Practically Anything P2: Lure/Reward

How to Teach Your Dog Practically Anything – part one

Want to learn how to train your dog to do tricks? This video series will give you all the tools you need to start teaching your dog to do pretty much any trick, obedience command or dog sport you want. You’ll learn: Two training techniques that can be used to train almost any trick orContinue Reading

Play With Your (Dog) Food: The Easy Way to Prevent Food Aggression

If you’ve got a new dog, you’ve got a lot to think about. Your hands are full with training and socialization and vet visits and all that. I’m going to add one more “to do” to your list. Please don’t hate me. The thing is, this is an extremely important to-do. Especially if you haveContinue Reading

Dog Crates: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It is my humble opinion that the dog crate is the most awesome invention to hit the world of Dog Stuff since the tennis ball. They’re a great tool for keeping mischievous canines out of trouble, and for traveling. Crates make the dreaded housetraining process so much faster and easier, since dogs don’t like toContinue Reading

WAIT! (how to train it, that is)

Here’s a quick tutorial for teaching your dog to wait. Not to be confused with the stay command, Wait is a useful command to have in addition to Stay. “Stay” means “stay in that position until I release you.” Wait means “don’t move forward.” Tomorrow I’ll post a how-to that follows up on this, forContinue Reading

On Getting Your Dog To Come When You Call Him

As far as basic obedience goes, “come” is a pretty easy command to teach. You excitedly call your dog toward you, maybe tugging the leash or offering a treat. When he comes, you praise him. Eventually you attach the word “come” to it, and there ya go, you have taught the recall command. But that’sContinue Reading