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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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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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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 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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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 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 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 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.


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All About Dogs: Leash training protocols for older dogs, too

Question: I adopted an older dog who appears to sort of understand walking on the leash. Somebody already taught him to stay on my left hand side for example, but what do I need to be teaching him about the leash Answer: We've been talking about the ...

Published:  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:47:00 GMT

Dog training to become K-9 after being stabbed 13 times

A Mid-Michigan dog who endured a life of abuse is getting a second shot at a happy life. Remi was discovered last summer with severe injuries given to him at the hands of his former owner. Now, he has a new place to call home. He has even found his true ...

Published:  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:26:00 GMT

Dog Gone Problems: I need help potty training my Yorkie

Two weeks ago we adopted an 8-month-old Yorkie from a family who was getting rid of her because she could not be potty trained. Now that this has become my challenge, what can I do We take her outside and she just sits for up to 30. Then when she comes in ...

Published:  Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

He trained his girlfriend's dog to do a Nazi salute. He'll likely go to prison for it

Mark Meechan stared at the camera and described the training he had given to his girlfriend's pug, Buddha. "My girlfriend is always ranting and raving about how cute and adorable her wee dog is," he said in his Scottish brogue. "And so I thought I ...

Published:  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:14:00 GMT

Need for foster dog parents grows for prison dog training program

The Can Do Canine Prison Dog Training program kicked off it's second year at the Jackson Correctional Facility. Now they're reaching out to the public for this support to keep the program going. While Lori Roy works at the facility, she has a four legged ...

Published:  Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:16:00 GMT

Rescue dog looking for home after two years in Canton shelter

There is an adoption fee for Cesara, but the rescue said in this case, someone is sponsoring her, and that $450 will actually go toward additional training for this special dog and her new family. "Cesara has been through a lot and she's been in a shelter ...

Published:  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:56:00 GMT

10-year-old boy with diabetes got a dog who monitors his blood-sugar levels

The organization works with a prison system that uses the dog training as a work program for the prisoners. And then, the dogs are sent to families to get used to being in a home and school setting. A dog's expert nose is what allows Einstein to be ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:55:00 GMT

United CEO on dog's death in overhead bin: 'We got it wrong'

The airline says that the unidentified employee did not understand that there was actually a dog inside the carrier, a story the family and other passengers say is not true. He added that United will be putting thousands of workers through a new training ...

Published:  Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:13:00 GMT

Help find missing search and rescue dog, 'Trick'

The search is on for a dog trained to do just A West Mobile family is looking for their dog"Trick," who is training to be a search and rescue dog. He ran away Friday night from the Alpine Hills neighborhood. Trick's owner, Winona Leard ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:24:00 GMT

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