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By Eric Gillaspy CPDT-KA   A lot of my time is spent watching dogs and their owners interact. I learn a lot when I watch and listen. Recently, I was reminded why not to give a name to unwanted behaviors. A client came in with her very loud Labrador Retriever. She proceeded to tell me that her Lab wouldn’t stop …

By Eric Gillaspy CPDT-KA   I love to teach dogs tricks. It’s fun, no pressure, and it can really improve confidence in the owner and the dog. Teaching a trick follows the same formula that you will follow to teach your dog any new behavior. One of my very favorite tricks to teach a dog is, “salute.” It is important …

Eric Gillaspy, CPDT-KA   Sometimes we humans get stuck in ruts and do things over and over, and forgetting the reason why we are doing those things. I think training our dogs can be one of those situations.  Training your dog has many benefits, which would take a long time to list.  The main reason and best benefit of training …

Getting the most out of basic commands is important. Check out 15 uses for the “coming when called” dog command.

Not sure why to teach your dog to walk without pulling? Check out these 15 uses for loose leash walking.

Training your dog and teaching him tricks is important. Learn 20 reasons and uses for dog tricks here.

Getting the most out of basic commands is important. Check out 25 uses for the “down” dog command.

Sitting is useful for more than just teaching your dog how to earn treats. Check out 25 uses for the “sit” command.

Getting the most out of basic commands is important. Check out 25 uses for the “wait and stay” dog command.

Thinkstock The “come” cue – also known as recall – is one of the most important commands to teach your dog, both for her safety and your peace of mind. Because you understand this better than your pup does, few things are more frustrating than when she won’t come when called. This basic command isn’t always easy to teach, and …