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Read This Page To Learn The Dog Training Techniques I’ve Found To Get Maximum Results In Minimal Time…

21 May 2013

An all-in-one dog training resource for owning, training and fixing your dog’s behavior problems. “I’ve  Spent The Past 20 Years Collecting The Best Dog Training Strategies From The World’s Greatest Dog Trainers… And I Want To Share What I’ve Learned, With You.”   Read: Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer

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Living With An Extreme Dog

What You Probably Don’t Know About Living With An Extreme Dog

17 June 2014

Extreme dogs require extreme owners. Perhaps you’ve adopted a dog that is either: High drive and super-intense; has a genetic basis for aggression; is pushy and dominant beyond your wildest imagination; has displayed “red zone” aggression that has you fearing death, dismemberment or a very unpleasant lawsuit. Regardless– you’ve already made a decision to make the best of it, […]

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From Beast To Beautifully Behaved Dog: Why I Teach My Dogs Good Manners

13 April 2014

I adopt a lot of dogs.  I train them and then place them in good homes.  If it’s a truly exceptional dog, I’ll keep him for myself.  When I first bring a new dog into the house, my objective is to teach the dog good manners as soon as possible.  Here’s how I do it: […]

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Dutch Shepherd

Adam Reveals His Daily Training Regimen With His New Dog

20 March 2014

As many of you know, I recently acquired a one year-old Dutch Shepherd named, “Petra.” Since Petra had only a minimal amount of training, I’ve been scrambling to get her “up to speed” so that  I can use her as my demonstration dog. A client recently asked me to write out a typical day’s schedule […]

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Should You Neuter Your Male Dog for BEHAVIOR Problems?

17 December 2013

At the post-end of the day (the awkward time at most vet’s offices in between official closing hours and the act of leaving with doors locked behind us), a client walked in with a question: her 6-year old intact Dachshund was being an absolute hormonal boy in reaction to a bitch in heat somewhere. The […]

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Using Holiday Distractions To Socialize Your Dog

08 November 2013

Don’t lock your dog in a back room for the holidays. He’s part of your family, so he needs to be included in the festivites. So, take advantage of holiday distractions to socialize your dog and work on problem behaviors. My approach to dog training works so well because it forces you to train your […]

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How To Know If You’ve Got A Good Dog

26 October 2013

How do you know if you’ve got a good dog?  Is it because he listens to you?  Is it because he comes when called, even around distractions?  Is it because she sits like a perfect little angel while you’re sipping your latte in front of a seaside cafe overlooking a beach in Sicily? No. You […]

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Even The Best Dogs Have This

19 October 2013

There is no such thing as a perfect dog.  Even the best dogs have problems.   Talk to any dog owner and they’ll admit that even their favorite dog has a few “quirks.” Either the dog will have those quirks when you first get ‘em or they will develop some sort of behavioral problem over […]

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How The Hippies Ruined Dog Training

03 October 2013

The Summer of Love.  Woodstock.  Free love.  No Boundaries.  No Rules.  No Limitations.  The hippies had it all, or so they thought. An attitude of “do your own thing,” and “do whatever feels good,” eventually gave way to drug overdoses, single parenthood and societal burn outs. “Turn on, tune in and drop out” evolved into […]

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e-collar

Why I’m Not A 100% E-Collar Trainer

19 September 2013

There’s no doubt that the remote electronic training collar (commonly called an “e-collar” or “shock collar”) has been one of the greatest advancements in the dog training world over the past thirty years.  If you use an e-collar intelligently, it is a safe, humane and highly effective way to train a dog. In fact, there […]

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Daily Training Rituals With Your Dog

11 September 2013

A member of our dog training forum wrote to ask me, “I was wondering if you would give us an example of a typical day with your dog. For example what games do you play with your dog throughout the day? What is involved in training sessions? How long do you leave your dog alone […]

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There Are No Dumb Dogs, Only Dumb Owners. Really?

10 September 2013

“There are no dumb dogs… only dumb owners,” they’ll tell you. That was the response we got when we first started using the headline in this ad. The idea that there are no dumb dogs is bunk. Nonsense.  Total fantasy.  There are dumb dogs just like there are dumb humans. “There are dumb dogs just like […]

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Top 10 Worst Dog Toys for your Christmas Puppy

Does Your Dog Have Anxiety While Traveling?

04 September 2013

“We rescued an 8 year-old springer/cocker spaniel from a puppy mill about 8 months ago. She is a loving dog and is a joy to have around the house. She is very friendly and gets along well with other dogs. We had her spayed in May and had some tumors removed. Our only concern is going […]

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Success Story: How An Abused, Terrified Dog Became Their County’s First Search And Rescue Dog

04 September 2013

Leslie wrote to me with a question about her dog chasing the postman.  But beyond a few dog problems, her story is interesting because of her success with her dog– and how it attracted the attention of a local Search and Rescue dog trainer: “Joey, who looks like your dog Forbes, is a new dog […]

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[Guest Post] Continuing Education For Your Dog

29 August 2013

Just like exercising your mind and body will help you live longer and healthier, the same is true for dogs. Dogs need mental stimulation on a daily basis just like they need physical exercise every day. Studies have shown that dogs who play and interact with people on a regular basis are healthier, smarter and […]

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Does Your Dog Have Drive?

27 August 2013

“One of my dogs does not have any drive other than chasing birds and digging. Can you suggest any way to make the training fun for him?” Adam replies: Some dogs just don’t have a lot of drive. For these dogs, you’ll just focus on the basic obedience/companion dog exercises. Even so, it’s up to […]

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Dog Growls At Husband

Dog Growls At Husband Sometimes

27 August 2013

“I have a husband who thinks he knows it all when it comes to dogs. However, one of my dogs will still growl at him to this day. The other day I gave her a bone that she took to her crate and was fine until my husband started walking around. Then she started growling. […]

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How To Calm Down An Excessively Excited Dog

How To Calm Down An Excessively Excited Dog

22 August 2013

Dianne asked, “Is there a way to calm down an excessively excited dog? My Belgian Malinois sometimes gets overly excited when people come over (and this can happen right after an hour-long walk) or even when she is just coming into the house. I make her sit until I give her the release command before allowing […]

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Do You Let Your Dog Sniff The Ground While Walking?

20 August 2013

A forum contributor asked, “Do you let your dog sniff around while walking them?” Adam replied: “No. If I want to stop and let him sniff, I tell him, “Free!” (or ‘take a break’). But otherwise, I only give him a chance to pee every 1/2 hour or so, during a walk.” Original poster: “Thanks Adam. […]

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How To Use The Prong Collar To Make Your Dog Obey

How To Use The Prong Collar To Make Your Dog Obey

20 August 2013

Arindam writes, “I have a Doberman pup who is 5.5 months old.  When I got your book he was already trained to know all of the basic command but I was not getting consistent response from him. After I read your book, now Pluto is always on prong collar (except when we play fetch and when […]

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This Dog Is Biting His Owners, But Is It Correctable?

18 August 2013

Kelly wrote:  “I desperately need your help. My husband and I adopted a dog from a shelter about a year and a half ago (the dog was 1 1/2 years old then; he turns 3 this month). He’s half German Shepherd, half Alaskan husky. He was abused (we’re not sure of the full extent, but […]

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Chihuahua Leash Training

Chihuahua Leash Training

09 August 2013

Many people think that Chihuahuas (and other toy breeds) can’t be trained with a leash and collar.  It’s not true: If you use the equipment correctly, they are perfectly safe.  The following dialogue is a good example of a smart dog owner who has been given bad advice: Chihuahua Leash Training I. Littman writes: My almost […]

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Larry Krohn

Morning Rituals For Your Dog

09 August 2013

Larry Krohn is a special agent for the U.S. Government Department of Homeland Security.  He also leads a secret double life as one of Nashville’s top professional dog trainers.  Although in truth… that’s probably not a secret to anybody living in the Nashville area. Larry recently wrote about his morning rituals with his dog, Luca. […]

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Bark Collar vs. Prong Collar

The Bark Collar vs. The Prong Collar

03 August 2013

“I just ordered bark collars for my dogs that are very vocal when they are out in the yard. What I’m wondering is will the pinch collar interfere with the bark collar? On another note, when walking my dogs one of them leans against me a lot and I’m constantly knocking him away with my […]

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Separation Anxiety

Adam’s Advice On What To Do About This Dog’s Separation Anxiety

29 July 2013

JB wrote to ask me about her dog having separation anxiety when she’s gone: “My 4 year old adopted English Cocker is almost perfect except for barking when in her crate and we are gone. The neighbors are complaining because she supposedly barks and howls all the time we are gone. Otherwise she NEVER barks […]

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Blackfish

On Killer Whales And Dogs

18 July 2013

My friend Paul Everson posted a trailer clip for the movie documentary, “Black Fish” on his Facebook page. From the documentary’s web site: Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the […]

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