Training – Dogs

Dog training requires patience and positive reinforcement. Read on to learn natural ways to teach your dog to stop barking, jumping on furniture and more!

The “Do Dogs Like You?” Quiz!

Do you know how to read your dog's body language or know when to advance and when to back off with a dog who doesn't know you?  Get your answers here in our piece, "Why do dogs dislike certain people?"

Why Do Dogs Dislike Certain People?

Dogs are similar to humans with respect to ‘vetting’ those who approach. In fact, they are generally much quicker at deciding who they like or dislike than their human parents are. Maybe dogs can tell a book by its cover.  …

Breed-Specific Legislation: Pros and Cons

Many cities in the United States and around the world have legislation which prohibits residents within the jurisdiction from owning certain dog breeds.  The genesis of this type of legislation is the idea that prohibiting the presence of certain dog …

Exercise – You AND your pup need it!

You’ve heard the saying: If you are too heavy, your dog isn’t getting enough exercise! Regular exercise, be it daily walks, agility, romping with other furry friends or any number of other types of exercise, is a necessary component of …

How to Achieve a No-Jumping Zone

This is part of our series of conversations with professional dog trainer and behaviorist, Russell Hartstein. 

How to train your pup not to jump on you…or your guests

Does your dog jump all over you when you come home after …

House Training Primer

This is part of our conversations with professional dog trainer and behaviorist, Russell Hartstein. 

 Who is smarter – you or your dog?

 We humans, with our allegedly superior brain power, take a couple of years to get out of diapers …

 Leash training primer

This is Part 4 of our 10-part series of conversations with professional dog trainer and behaviorist, Russell Hartstein. 

Drag – I mean walk – with me

One of the most common dog walking scenes is a pet parent being pulled …

How to Choose a Dog Trainer

This is the first of our series of conversations with professional dog trainer and behaviorist, Russell Hartstein. 

How to choose a dog trainer/behaviorist

Four words summarize the factors you should take into consideration when deciding who is going to train …