Many dogs freak out when they're home alone because they were not eased into being on their own; they were never specifically taught how to handle it. Addressing full-blown separation anxiety takes time and patience. Preventing separation anxiety before it starts is a lot easier and that's what this video is about.
If you have a puppy or rescue dog, I highly recommend that you watch this video right away and start putting the tips into practice, *before* you have a real separation anxiety problem.
Continue reading (Video 75) Home Alone: 5 Ways to Prevent Separation Anxiety
The recall cue is one of the most important skills for dogs. This video goes over some useful ways to teach your dog to reliably come when called.
Continue reading (Video 67) Come Back! Train Your Dog for a Reliable Recall
Getting a new dog or puppy? Start out on the right paw, because first impressions really do count!
Take a few minutes to watch this video to get some tips on how to best introduce your new dog to the existing animals in the home. Following the tips in this video will help you prevent problems before they start, by avoiding fighting and reducing stress for everyone.
Continue reading (Video 63) Adding a New Dog to Your Home
Does your dog fight you when you try to trim his nails? Are you not even sure how to do it right? Or does it seem like a stupid thing to do, anyway? Check out this video for why and how to trim your pet's nails.
See also: (Video 59) Cooperative Grooming: 3 Tricks with a Purpose
Continue reading (Video 60) Mani-Pedi: How and Why to Trim Your Dog’s Nails
Does your dog freak out when you try to trim her nails or brush her? It doesn't have to be that way, and there are much better options than just holding her down until it's all over. This video goes through ways you can specifically train your dog to be a cooperative and enthusiastic partner for grooming. This helps prevent bites but also helps your dog stay comfortable and calm.
Continue reading (Video 59) Cooperative Grooming: 3 Tricks with a Purpose
Your dog's experience at the veterinarian's office doesn't have to be full of panic and fear. This video goes through ways you can specifically train your dog to be a cooperative partner in his veterinary care. This helps prevent bites but also helps your dog stay comfortable and calm.
See also: (Video 16) Vet Visit Stress Tips for Dogs
Continue reading (Video 58) Cooperative Vet Care: 3 Tricks with a Purpose
Touch is one of my very favorite dog training tools. Instead of physically grabbing your dog to get his body into a certain position, you can train him to touch his nose, hip, foot, etc. to a target. This is great for a range of things, from coming when called, to putting the harness on, to grooming and vet care. Touch is essential for all dogs.
See also: (Video 24) 6 Cue Words that Every Pet Should Know
Continue reading (Video 48) On Target: How and Why to Train Touch
Dogs have played with each other as probably as long as the species existed, but dog parks are a relatively new phenomenon. Dog parks are usually fenced in and can be great socialization locations but they also have a fair number of risks. Please watch this video before taking any dog to a dog park, particularly those who are most at risk - puppies, dogs with fear issues, and rescue dogs.
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Continue reading (Video 47) Dog Parks: How to Stay Safe and Have Fun!
Dogs should socialize with all kinds of other dogs, but how do you get them together? And what if you just want to have friends over and they're bringing their dog? Coordinating play dates can be a great way to set the dogs up for success and fun. This video shares some of the most useful tips to keep in mind for dog play dates.
Also check out Video 45: Why Dogs Should Play with Other Dogs
Continue reading (Video 46) Dog Playdate Safety
Play with other dogs is excellent physical and mental exercise, and that can solve a lot of behavior problems. Dogs also learn a lot from play and so can you! But how can you tell they are playing and be sure it's a good experience for all involved? Check out this video for a look at how to supervise safe play between dogs.
Also check out Video 46: Dog Playdate Safety
Continue reading (Video 45) How and Why to Let Dogs Play Together
Cues are often called 'commands' with punishment based training. It's the word or signal used to tell your dog which specific behavior you want and might reinforce. If you've already watched 6 Cue Words that Every Pet Should Know and want more cues to teach your dog to make life easier and more fun, check out this video.
Continue reading (Video 43) 20 Dog Training Cues to Make Life Easier!
If your dog is destroying your house or looks 'depressed' it may be that you just don't have enough mental stimulation. Brain games are excellent for preventing separation anxiety, teaching dogs not to chew your furniture or other items, and just generally making your dog smarter and happier. Dogs and puppies are not natural freeloaders - they would rather work for their food than lie around all day doing nothing. This video has several practical ideas to solve behavior problems and help your dog have more fun!
Also watch: Rainy Day Dogs: How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors
Continue reading (Video 41) Fun Dog Brain Games for Happiness and Mental Health
Does your dog or cat like the way you play? Are you sure? Each animal has his own preferences about what kind of play is actually fun and which kind is boring or even stressful. In this video, Grisha gives some tips on how to play with dogs other animals, how to know they are enjoying the games, what kind of play to avoid, and how to use play in training.
Continue reading (Video 28) Play With Me! How & Why To Play With Your Pet
Tug is fun to play with your dog and it is a great motivator for force-free training, but is it safe? In this video, Grisha explains 5 rules to keep tug safe without losing the fun. Continue reading (Video 32) 5 Essential Rules for Tug Games
Puppies are little chewing machines. We recommend puppy-proofing for any dog under 1 year old or dogs who have not yet lived indoors. In this video, Grisha gives tips on what to do to keep your puppy and your house safe. This advice also applies to kitten-proofing and preparing your home for any new pet that will able to move around your home.
Continue reading (Video 09) How to Puppy-Proof Your Home
In this video, Grisha goes over the list of the most important training cues for every pet to know, plus a bonus for dogs. Focus on early socialization and these 6 cues to strengthen your relationship and prevent a lot of problems before they even start. (p.s. cues are sort of like "commands")
Continue reading (Video 24) 6 Cue Words that Every Pet Should Know
Crate Training can give you a way to create a safe haven for dogs, puppies, cats, and other animals. The techniques in this helpful video also apply to teaching a horse to load or a bird to fly into her cage.
Continue reading (Video 19) How (and Why) to Crate Train Your Puppy or Dog
It may seem like it's taking forever to housetrain your dog or puppy. The good news is that puppies can be potty trained much faster than human babies using the advice in this video.
Continue reading (Video 18) Tired of Cleaning Messes? Housetraining 101
Learning when your pet is saying "I like that" or "more please" is really fun! Understanding happy communication gives you a better bond with your animals and also helps you meet their needs.
Continue reading (Video 12) 10 Ways that Your Pet Says “I’m OK”
Did you know that a wagging tail does not necessarily mean your dog is happy? Animals often ask us to back off because they are scared. Unfortunately, humans miss most of the signals and our pets have to bark, hiss, growl, or even bite to finally get the message across.
Continue reading (Video 11) 10 Ways that Your Pet Says “I need space”