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Do's and Don'ts of Recall Training

By Pat Sullivan I sometimes wonder if "dog-sledding" was invented when some Eskimos gave up trying to train their dogs to come when called and tied them to their sleds instead. Okay, just kidding! But seriously, if we don't train our dogs to come when we call them, we may have to treat them as hostages! Credit: Getty Creative I think we all must know at least one person who has to watch the open front door or yard gate like a hawk when the dog is nearby lest Fluffy make a break for it and fail to return. Having a dog who comes immediately when you call him is sometimes a happy accident of nature. More often, it's the product of lengthy training, repetition and rewards. But before you...

Crate Training Dogs

Sometimes life, both in and outside of the home, gets overwhelming. There are times when each of us wishes to find a place of solitude where we can relax away from the stresses of the world. Credit: Getty Creative In this respect, we are very much like dogs. Even the friendliest, most social of dogs, needs a place to "get away from it all." Crate training a puppy or dog, when done correctly, provides them with just such a place. RELATED: Dog Collars: The Hidden Cause Behind Many Injuries Selecting A Crate The first step in crate training is purchasing an appropriate crate for your dog. Here are the dos and don'ts of crate buying: DO: Select a crate that is big enough for your dog to...

NEW DELHI - Stray canines roaming the Indian capital may soon find themselves attending police training school with civic authorities planning to turn the animals into security dogs, reports said Saturday. Credit: Associated Press New Delhi residents have long informally adopted some strays as watchdogs for their homes and shops and fed them, but this marks the first formal plan to turn them into municipal security dogs. City authorities said they would enlist police animal trainers to work with the strays and press the canines into service as guard dogs alongside a newly formed "May I Help You?" city security force which aims to assist the public and bolster safety. "If these dogs are...