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Most dogs can benefit tremendously from a well-taught obedience training class. "Most dogs" and "well taught" are the operative phrases. Is dog obedience training school for your dog? How do you evaluate basic dog obedience instructors? Even experienced dog owners can often benefit from some expert tips on how to train a dog, and a good instructor should provide valuable feedback on how you can improve your training skills. Credit: Getty Creative However, not all dogs are ready for group class, and some may benefit from private training instead. Finding a good trainer and knowing what type of services your dog needs is key to setting him up for training success. RELATED: 9 Tips for...

How to Walk Your Dog

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Canine Communication

Today you wake up and you can't speak. You can't write. You can't type which means you can't text either. How do you communicate with the world now? This is what every day is like being a dog. They lack the ability to talk but dogs have an amazing ability, the ability to read body language and interpret human intention. Credit: Getty Creative Whether you want to teach a dog a new skill or strengthen an old favorite, lose the language. Show your dog how to do a skill before you name the behavior with gestures and non-verbal communication. First, lure the dog into what you want (sit, down, touch your hand, etc.) using body language and bribing him with something motivating like a treat or...

Mistakes Dog Owners Make

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I'm starting to hate my dog's retractable leash. I bought it for Apollo as a Christmas present last year. His old one had broken, and he had been relegated to his 6 footer for several months. He seemed to miss the freedom his old leash provided so I figured it was time to spring for a new, retractable one. Now I've got buyer's remorse. Credit: Flickr/patchattack To be honest, this leash is a bit of a lemon. It doesn't retract all that well and will often get tangled around Apollo's legs, the wheels of our stroller ... pretty much anything within a few foot radius of the dog. Also, the button that should stop more of the leash from unfurling is unpredictable. I've had to grab onto the...