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Pet Owners’ Manual: Teach your dog to come when called – Toronto Star


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Pet Owners' Manual: Teach your dog to come when called
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Traditionally, in competition obedience, dogs learn to walk in heel position on the left side of the owner. Most pet owners do not compete so it does not matter on which side the dog walks. Do what works. Personally, I like dogs to learn to heel on

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Pet Owner’s Manual: Border collie’s squeal can be controlled – Toronto Star


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Pet Owner's Manual: Border collie's squeal can be controlled
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Real life and busy schedules can undermine obedience. No one person can effectively feed a busy family and train a dog. The expectations on the human are unrealistic. As long as the dog manages to self-reward by stealing food, scolding is not going to 

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Rewards will help teach dog not to jump – Toronto Star


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Rewards will help teach dog not to jump
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Obedience needs to mimic real life if you want a well-mannered dog. Introductory obedience classes are the right way to start. Dogs start by learning skills at kindergarten level. Glass plates, chicken bones and other dangerous items are more similar

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Dogs can be taught to sit and not bark – Toronto Star


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Dogs can be taught to sit and not bark
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Many owners become frustrated and complain about their dog's behaviour. Few take the next step of developing a plan to fix the problem. They practice obedience in the comfort of their home, but fail to practice in locations where the dog really needs

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Pet Owners’ Manual: Dog needing eardrops needs treatment first, training second – Toronto Star


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Pet Owners' Manual: Dog needing eardrops needs treatment first, training second
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Knowing that your individual dog is nervous means greater caution in screening potential training facilities. Ask trainers if you can sit and observe a class. Notice not how obedient the dogs are, but how the trainer reaches out to the puppies with

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Whole family should support dog training – Toronto Star


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Whole family should support dog training
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Our dog listens selectively to the come command. This might not be entirely the dog's fault. I spend considerable time doing training. My family likes to use the commands, but they do not spend time reinforcing the dog's good behaviour. Is it possible

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Pet Owners’ Manual: Lab puppy’s aggressive streak needs urgent fix – Toronto Star


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Pet Owners' Manual: Lab puppy's aggressive streak needs urgent fix
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We have signed our young dog, a social butterfly, into basic obedience training. Several dogs in class lie at their owner's feet behaving perfectly. I cannot help feeling frustrated that my dog just will not sit still. I almost feel like the trainer is

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Pet Owners’ Manual: Important to read dog’s body language while training – Toronto Star


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Pet Owners' Manual: Important to read dog's body language while training
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Our dog hates being brushed. We decided to offer her some treats. While we fed, we slowly tried to groom her. We felt the treats would create a positive experience and she would learn to like it. Instead, she now runs when we run for the treat jar

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