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Obedience is skill that some dogs thrive at, while others simply don't. They do what they want, and no amount of coaxing or commanding is going to stop them. This Golden Retriever, for example, couldn't care less about an obedience competition. It has a very different set of priorities. Share this on Facebook? MORE ON PAWNATION: Dolphin Is Fascinated by Girl's Acrobatics Cat Is a Total Paper Pusher Owl Receives Awesome Massage...

I Want You...To Want Me

Dogs need to interact with us in order to have a healthy life with us. They really only repeat behaviors that work out for them. If we want them to be well-behaved dogs, we have to reward the appropriate behaviors. That is why it's so important to make our dogs want to spend time with us. If we spend fun time with our dogs, we can catch them doing things we like. Credit: Getty Creative If you want to make your dog want to be with you, food isn't the only way to reward or motivate your dog. Pick something that motivates your dog; a toy, a tug, a tennis ball, a flirt pole. Don't expect them to play with it on their own, playing is a two way street. RELATED: The Power of Play - Train Your Do...

Most dog owners would love a well-trained pooch. To achieve this, it is best to start the training while your dog is still a puppy and much more malleable. This will mean fewer accidents for you to clean up, multiple pairs of shoes that won't be chewed, and not to mention that it reflects well on you when your dog is well-behaved. Credit: Getty Creative 10. Be Patient Remember that your puppy is just a baby and you are training him because he truly doesn't know any better. There will be accidents in the beginning and you need to stay patient with him if you want to achieve success. 9. Be Consistent Consistency is the key to keeping your puppy from becoming confused. If you tell him one ...

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 barking. No matter how many times she said or yelled "Quiet!!!" the Lab barked, usually the second she said "Quiet." Credit: Getty Creative The Lab had associated that the name of the behavior of barking was named "Quiet." He heard the owner say "Quiet" every time he barked so it must mean that he was doing it right. RELATED: How to Train a Problem Barker Sometimes, it is hard to wrap our human brains around...

How to Train a Problem Barker

Nuisance barking can be a big problem for owners. No one wants to be the neighbor with the crazy barking dog. If you want to improve your dog's behavior, you first have to understand it. Dogs have different barks for different behaviors. Dogs will bark to alert, for attention or out of frustration and many will bark or howl when left alone. Credit: Getty Creative RELATED: To Treat or Not to Treat Barking is very hard for pet parents to work through, because a lot of our instincts end up reinforcing the behavior. For example, take a dog who is barking at a strange dog or person on the street. As nurturing human beings, pet parents often think they should sooth and calm him with petting, wh...