A guide to navigating the challenge and adventure of life with your dogs.

Behavior Problems

Dogs are pretty awesome.

But sometimes, our dogs develop obnoxious behavior issues that make them into more of a burden than a companion. This section will help with that.

Read this first

How to Solve Practically Any Annoying Behavior Problem — A plan for dealing with most of the irritating issues, from pulling on leash to peeing on the carpet.

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Handling fear and aggression

General problem solving

Why You Can’t Get Your Dog to Listen to You – “I trained my dog, but he only listens in the kitchen when I have food.” Sound familiar?

What to do When Your Dog is Being a Pain in the Ass and You Feel Like Crap – For those days when you feel like trading your dog in for a goldfish.

Oh, Just Kill Me Now! Surviving Your Dog’s Teen Months – If your dog is between the ages of 6 – 18 months, he’s a teenager. Adolescence is a time when many behavior problems start for humans, and the same is true of dogs.

From Leash Puller to Urban Musher: When Dog “Behavior Problems” Are Opportunities in Disguise – The story of how my dog made me feel like an idiot, by showing me a better way of looking at behavior problems.

Mischief Managed – Half of solving problems is preventing them from happening.

How You Might Accidentally Be Training Your Dog to Misbehave – You know the worst part about behavior problems? In many cases, we, the dogs owners, cause them ourselves.

51 Ways to Have a Better-Behaved Dog By Next Week – A cheat-sheet for when your dog is driving you nuts.


Solutions for specific behavior problems

Got a hyper, out-of-control dog? There’s a whole ‘nother section on that. Click here.

Destructive Chewing

How to Stop Your Dog’s Destructive Chewing in 9 Easy(-ish?) Steps

Food Aggression/Resource Guarding

How to prevent it: Play With Your (Dog) Food: the Easy Way to Prevent Food Aggression
How to fix it: The Real Solution to Resource Guarding and Food Aggression

Door Dashing

WAIT! (how to train it, that is) – “Wait” is a useful command that can help prevent Fido from barging out the door.
How to Stop Your Dog From Bolting Out the Door
On Catching the Door-Dashing Dog – Here’s how to get your dog back when he does escape.


Four Easy Ways to Get Your Dog to Stop Begging at the Table

Poor Leash Manners

Leash Training a Leash-Hating Dog – What do you do when your dog hates his leash so much you can’t even walk him? This article explains.