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K9 DOG TRAINING CLUB

Award-winning dog trainer Dana Gallagher shares her many years of experience in her K9 Dog Training Club. Whether you choose just the Perfect Pooch Train-at-Home online course or the full package that includes information on food and nutrition, personal access to Dana herself for any questions you may have, and more, her videos will show you how to interact better with your pet. K9 Dog Training is our top choice for pet owners.

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SECRETS TO DOG TRAINING

This dog training program is worthy of its high rating and is a bargain at the price. It covers everything that a responsible dog owner should know about their dog. The bonus training books are icing on the cake.

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DOG OWNERS BOOT CAMP

With one of lowest prices in the dog training market and a generous 90-day money back guarantee, Dog Owners Boot Camp may be the most risk-free program currently available. Just be aware that creator Marilyn Burnham is addressing dog training from the perspective of her decades of experience as a groomer, not as a professional trainer.

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DOG TRAINING TUTOR

Dog trainer Kobie Lawson's debut guide to dog behavior aims to help you understand your pet's language and use it to interact more effectively with your furry friend. Unlike most dog training programs, Dog Training Tutor does not have a free trial: you'll have to pay $5 for a week of access. There's also not much information about Lawson's actual expertise, to know if it's even worth the non-refundable five dollars, but customer comments seem to have good things to say about his program.

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PUPPY N DOG TRAINING SECRETS

Though effective, this program is not as extensive as the first two programs and is definitely more expensive. A nice feature is Kevin Lynch's free email newsletter that covers some specific problems, but may not answer the question you need at the moment you need it.

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NO NONSENSE DOG TRAINING

No Nonsense Dog Training wants to help you establish yourself as the dominant member of your dog's "pack", though effective techniques that help your pet feel safe and secure while learning appropriate behaviors. We were confused by differences between the information about the program itself and the advice given in the articles on the site, leaving us questioning the effectiveness of the dog training offered.

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PUPPY COURSE

Puppy Course is an all-online dog training program focused on working with younger pets, and the course is broken down into modules accessed through the site's dashboard. However, multiple typos and other inconsistencies with the site left us questioning the reliability of the information provided in the program. We recommend that you choose one of the more highly-ranked dog training programs in our review.

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Dog Training

It's estimated that there are over 60 million dog owners in the U.S. Most of them have come to realize that dogs don't come already programmed, without the need for dog training. Just like children, pets need to be taught right from wrong, and how to behave in certain situations.

This can be especially challenging since animals don't speak the same language as humans. There are dozens of dog training resource materials available to you for purchase over the Internet. Some are built on a history of success, while others offer a single person's viewpoint. All have one thing in common - they try to give you an effective way to communicate with your dog.

When looking at all the different dog training programs available today, there are certain factors you need to consider. Some of these include:

  • Effectiveness.  Does the dog training program carry through on its claims? Is there a history of success in using the training?
  • Methods.  Are you comfortable with the dog training methods used? Does it cover the specific dog training needs you require?
  • Cost.  Is the cost of the dog training reasonable for the value it provides? Is there a refund available if you're not satisfied?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best dog training programs available today. We hope this information helps you train your dog right away!



Puppy Training Basics

When it comes to training your puppy, there are a few tips to keep in mind to help guide you through the process. By following a few key points, you can maintain consistent training and avoid letting things get ruff.

If you are using the crate method for housebreaking your puppy, never leave him/her inside of the crate for more than two hours at a time. Puppies cannot control their bathroom habits yet, so make sure to let them out frequently. Your pet will soon grow to understand that he/she should go outside of the home to relieve itself and your housebreaking approach will be a success.

Never use physical punishment as a form of puppy training. This will only result in your pet being afraid or nervous when you are near. Instead, reward good behavior and ignore them if they fail to respond on command. For instance, if you instruct your puppy to "sit", gently push down on his/her backside and repeat the command. When your puppy is seated, reward him/her with a treat and praise. If your pet refuses to sit, walk away and try again in a few minutes. Training takes time and patience, but should never involve your pet being afraid of you.

You can begin training your puppy as early as 8 weeks old. He/she may not respond immediately, but you will be building a foundation for your pet's learning at an early age. Continue working with him/her for short intervals every day and instill positive reinforcement as you train.

Whenever you plan to attempt obedience training with your puppy, make sure that you have his/her favorite treats on hand to serve as a reward. In addition, puppy training should be approached at a time that is calm for both you and your pet. If he/she is anxious about something, it is not likely that the training attempt will be successful. Instead, your puppy should be relaxed and able to focus on the training task at hand.

If you are housebreaking your puppy, be sure to watch him/her closely during the earliest days of training. If you allow your pet to roam freely throughout the house, it is especially important to be mindful of their whereabouts. If your puppy has an "accident" on the carpet, which is possible if he/she is unattended, catching them in the act is the only way to deter future behavior of the same. If you later find the problem spot and you verbally scold your pet, he/she will not understand or associate the "accident" with bad behavior. If you catch them in the act, however, a firm "NO!" will let them know that you are displeased with their actions.

When training your puppy, always be consistent in your commands. For instance, if you are attempting to teach your pet to sit, always use "sit" as your command. Avoid using alternate terms that may confuse your pet and never yell or shout your instructions as this will make your puppy feel as though he/she is being scolded. A normal, instructive tone will be much more effective in your approach to puppy training.

It's important to realize that the amount of obedience training, housebreaking and instruction needed will largely depend on your pet. Some breeds are highly intelligent and may learn quickly according to your puppy training techniques. If your pet does not respond as quickly as you think it should, simply spend additional time working with him/her and you will have a perfectly-trained pup in no time.

 



Dog Training In The News

He's still got some learning to do! Police forced to rip apart a wall to free guide dog-in-training, Baxter, after he got stuck between two terrace houses- and the rescue ...

They say dogs are a man's best friend. But police were this dog's best friend after the curious puppy got himself stuck inside a wall. Police rescued Baxter about 10.30am on Friday after he became wedged between two terrace houses on Harris Street in ...

Published:  Sat, 26 May 2018 05:51:00 GMT



How Chicken Camp Made Me a Better Dog Trainer

Train a what Yes, train a chicken. I was intrigued. How could using clicker training for poultry possibly improve my dog-training skills After all, isn't a dog smarter than a chicken Well, the point is not to win first place medals in the chicken obed ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 15:51:00 GMT



New Pet Service Facility at Forefront of Modern Dog Training Movement

Last Saturday, Rebecca Weiss flung open the doors of her Lucky Dog Pet Services facility in Little Egg Harbor and welcomed the public with music, food and training demonstrations. The event could've been the canine equivalent of a UN assembly. Dogs of ...

Published:  Wed, 23 May 2018 15:07:00 GMT



Six Expert Tips for Training Your Bird Dog

The biggest mistake dog owners make is failing to spend time with their dog and the trainer together. "They need to know how to correct the dog as much as the dog needs to know what is expected," Miller says. Learn how your trainer gives praise and ...

Published:  Wed, 23 May 2018 13:37:00 GMT



Free Dog Training Classes

Does your family have a new dog or puppy that needs to get trained You do not have to spend a fortune training Fido. Come to Passaic County's Free Dog Training Sessions in Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne. Classes are held every Monday and Thursday from 6pm ...

Published:  Wed, 23 May 2018 13:18:00 GMT



4 Tips for Finding a Good Playmate for Your Dog

Dog parks may offer suitable exercise and socialization for some dogs, but they also promote unwanted behavior like jumping up on people, blowing off recall cues, pulling on leash to enter the park, and mobbing or bullying other dogs. They also may be ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 06:53:00 GMT




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