Is your dog making walks miserable by pulling on leash like a mad man? This is one of the most common struggles owners have with their dogs. No matter the size or breed, many dogs tend to pull badly on leash!

In my career as a dog trainer, I have even encountered owners who had to have rotator cuff surgery because their dog was pulling so badly!

Luckily, there are ways to teach your dog (positively!) to walk nicely besides you. Today I will share the top 7 ideas I give to my clients to help with leash pulling.


#1 Don’t let your dog pull you

The #1 reason that dogs pull on leash is because it works for them. They get to go on a walk while pulling – they are not sad that they pull or even know they are doing anything wrong! Instead, pulling works great for them. If you truly want to change your dog’s leash pulling habits, don’t let your dog pull you around. In the beginning this will mean that you cannot continue your walks as you have been doing them. Your dog has an ingrained behavioral history of dragging you around – unless we change how we train him, his behavior will not change. While you retrain leash walking, you need to be extremely consistent and not let your dog pull you around.


#2 Turn around as soon as your dog pulls

Many dog owners have a general idea of how they can stop leash pulling by turning around as soon as their dog pulls. However, they are not very consistent in applying it. If you own a dog that pulls badly, you will have to turn around every couple feet in the beginning! Your whole walk may only be in front of your driveway, going up and down without ever actually making it around the block at first. That is completely normal. You need to be consistent and turn around as soon as your dog reaches the end of the leash. This is the most effective way to show him that pulling is not going to work anymore in getting to go for a walk!


#3 Don’t confuse pulling with reactivity

Dogs that are reactive and dogs that have poor leash manners can look similar. You should not confuse leash pulling with reactivity – these two behavioral issues require very different solutions. If your dog is constantly pulling on the leash regardless of whether dogs and people are around, he most likely has a leash walking problem. If he only pulls on leash when he sees people or dogs (combined with barking and lunging), then he might need to have behavioral training for leash-reactivity.


#4 Separate training and exercise

If you follow the recommendation to truly turn around as soon as your dog pulls, you will not make it very far. Perhaps you are concerned about your dog getting enough exercise when you are just walking up and down in front of your house – and you yourself want to get your 3,000 steps in as well!

It is crucial to separate training and exercise when working on leash pulling. It will be impossible to have your dog at the same time learn to not pull and walk ½ mile every day. You need to separate the two – training will be turning around as soon as your dog pulls. Exercise can be playing fetch in the yard, running in an enclosed area with other dogs, going to doggy daycare etc.

Do not attempt to mix training and exercise, because it will not work.


#5 Go for walks – many, many walks

The dogs that pull the worst are usually the ones that do not go for walks very often. They may only hit the road 2 or 3 times a week, making each outing a really special occasion! You should strive to “normalize” walks for your dog. The more often you take him on your training walks, the less of a big deal they will become. If you have 30 minutes every day to walk your dog, you will make the best progress if you walk him 4 times for 7 minutes each! As with everything in your dog’s life – rarity makes the walks a huge deal. If your dog gets to go on short walks all the time, they will quickly become “just another walk” and his overall excitement will be much lower.


#6 Use treats smartly

You can definitely use treats in your leash training process, but make sure you do it smartly. A big mistake I see is that owners stop when their dog pulls, then the dog walks back to them to take a treat and heads right back to pulling. This is not a behavior chain you want to encourage your dog to form!

Instead, use treats when your dog is already walking nicely by your side. He should only be rewarded for staying in the position, not for dashing back, getting a treat and pulling again.

You should also watch out to always deliver the treats by your side and not in front of you. Otherwise you can end up with an overly motivated dog who always tries to get in front of you and get a treat – this will make walking very tedious.


#7 Don’t walk with a super-charged dog

Every dog has times of the day when they are “super-charged”. These are the periods when they have the most energy, usually right after waking up and before going to sleep at night. Walking a wound up dog is going to set you and the dog up for failure. Instead, try to tire out your dog in some other way – by playing with toys or hiding treats around the yard for him to find. Take him for his walks when he has already taken the edge off his energy, this will make it much more enjoyable and successful for the two of you!


The Bottom Line

Retraining leash walking comes down to consistency. The most effective way is to turn around every single time that your dog pulls. While this is not fun at all and also won’t allow you to walk your dog on his usual path, it is the best way to show him that pulling won’t let him go where he wants to go. You need to stick to the plan and carry it out several times a day if you want to fix your dog’s leash pulling quickly and with lasting results.

While the retraining process can seem tedious, don’t give up – it will all be worth it when you can walk your dog without having your arm pulled!

Dogs naturally have a chase instinct. It is a pleasurable and rewarding activity for them. For this reason, your dog can get into trouble for chasing more giant animals or chasing smaller animals like cats and getting scratched. Dogs are predators, and other animals are regarded as prey. In general, dogs belong to three different categories, i.e., the hunters, the herders, and the non-sporting. Some dogs have a higher prey drive than others. In worst-case scenarios, your dog may kill smaller animals.

For this reason, you must take the necessary precautions to tame this behavior. It may be entirely possible to stop the chasing behavior. It is, however, possible to divert their attention or train them to control their chase instincts. In this article, we share a guide on how to stop a dog from chasing other animals.


Keep the prey away in pen and the dog on a leash

It will be wise to keep the chicken in a pen and other livestock that can be locked away. You cannot instruct the dog to sit next to the chicken pen on in the chicken feeding area and not expect it to be triggered. Once the chicken is locked safely in the pen, walk the dog within a distance where the chicken is noticeable but will not be too close to be overstimulated. It would help if you also kept your dog on a leash at all times so that you can have control of their movements. Whenever they feel triggered to give a chase, you respond by restraining them or verbally to train them that No is No! If they ignore the chicken and look at you, reward them.


Train your dog to focus

SpiritDog Training wrote in their latest article that dog training requires patience and consistency (source). The best way to train your dog to focus is to have some of their favorite treats at hand. Take them for a walk and be ready to check them whenever they see other animals and want to give a chase. You can train them using a sound or whistle you make, then throw a treat at them when they make eye contact with you. Always keep the treats in the line of eye contact. Do this for as many times as possible or using as many treats as you can get. Over a while, your dog will start to associate the sound or whistle with a treat. This will help them to focus on your instructions. Whenever your dog starts chasing other animals, make the same sound, or say the same words, and they will understand that they need to retreat.


Train them using a stuffed animal

If the dog is too aggressive or the animal the dog loves chasing isn’t domesticated, you can train them using a stuffed animal that resembles the animal that they love to chase. This could be a rat, squirrel, or any other stuffed animal. Attach the stuffed animal to a string and shove in front of the dog unexpectedly. You should then drag it around as the dog naturally chases it. As soon as they start chasing, instruct them to leave the stuffed animal. This is the best way to train them to control their chase instincts.


Make your dog think you are always watching

Leave a stuffed animal unattended, then watch your dog from a distance. If they attempt to go towards the stuffed animal, shout ‘Leave it’ from across the room. This will make them think you have your eyes on them all the time.


Add a bell to your dog’s collar

Some people believe in tying the dead chicken killed by the dog on its neck. This isn’t entirely fair to the dog as the dead chicken may scare the dog or be an intriguing meal for the dog. This is also an act of animal cruelty. Instead of tying the dead animal to the dog’s neck, simply add a bell to their collar. The bell will signal any other animal that the dog is about to give them a chase and notify you about the whereabouts of your dog.


Change your walking routine

If there are wild animals along your route, then it would be best to change your routine. Wild animals are most active in the evenings and early mornings. You can opt to walk your dog during the afternoon to avoid running into wild animals and ending up in a chase. Dogs can chase larger animals such as deer and get injured in the process.


Keep animals that frequent your yard away

If animals like squirrels and birds frequent your yard, you should get rid of food sources such as grains that attract the animals. You can also use animal repellants to keep these critters away. Some people use orange and lemon peels to repel birds and squirrels.


Manage your dog’s energy

One way of controlling your dog is to control their energy. Keep your dog tired, especially before walks, to prevent them from chasing other animals. Walk them regularly to keep them tired. If they are tired, chances are they will be disinterested in chasing.


Give them an alternative

Dogs are predatory animals. They love to sniff and smell. Take advantage of this to give them an alternative. You can hide some food treats in several parts of your home and let them sniff and find the food. This game of hide and seek will keep them active and will help satisfy their chasing drive.


Observe your dog’s body language

Watch how your dog behaves, and over time, you will tell when they have spotted potential prey. If you take time to observe your dog, you will be able to get some cues when they have spotted an animal and are about to chase. These cues will help you stop the dog before they get on their heels.



Dog training needs patience. Dogs can be great company once both you and the dog have established a means of communication and necessary boundaries. We hope these tips will help you train your dog not to chase other animals. If you need extra help with the training, you can always find a professional dog trainer.

If you are a new owner of a cute little ball of fluff and are looking for tips on how to calm your puppy at bedtime, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. Puppies tend to be very sensitive to their environment, and if they are not used to it, they may act up. You can learn how to do this in your own home, or even in a local dog obedience class.

Puppy bedtime is going to take some time to get into a routine, so it will help to start this early.


First things first

A puppy is like an infant who needs to have a routine. When you bring a new puppy home, it will take some time before they become accustomed to their new home. This is where it’s crucial to create a routine so that you don’t confuse them with all the different activities in your house at other times. When you first bring them home, try to create a daily schedule for them to use. You can have a daily routine consisting of feeding them, playing with their toys, taking them outside, and walking them.

The first thing you need to do is get the puppy used to the idea that he will be sleeping if he is in his bed at nighttime. Just as with adults, the bed should not be associated with playtime. This may sound like a chore, but the more that you give him time to adjust, the easier it will be. One way is to invest in a high-quality dog bed specifically for this task, and bobby dog beds are often regarded as excellent choices.

As soon as you see that your puppy is comfortable in his bed at night, put him there. You can do this by putting him down and giving him a small treat. After that, slowly take him out in circles around the room and gradually get him to the point where you are not touching him when he wakes up in the morning.


Calm crates

One interesting method is purchasing what is known as a calm crate. The crate is an enclosed room that will prevent your puppy from escaping the room you want it to associate with sleep. You can place toys in the crate as well as the food that your dog eats.


Understand what food your puppy needs

It is essential that the food you feed your dog to be high in protein and low on carbohydrates.

When you put food into the crate for your dog to eat, you should never give it the same food each day. Instead, give them a new type of food and have them try their favorite food. Repeat this process for several weeks until your dog knows which food they prefer. After that, you will begin switching between foods so that your dog gets used to being in their crate with their food.

You may even decide that you would rather your dog eat only dry food. You can still make the crate comfortable so that the dog feels like it is safe when they are eating in it. You can also have a small water bowl in the crate to fill up with water to keep the dog hydrated.

If you don’t like to take your dog to the store or aren’t sure what food to give them, you can find food that will provide a mixture of both dry and canned food. This way, you can have some protein but be sure that you are giving them the proper amount of carbohydrates and vitamins.


Benefits of hiring a trainer

Most people who have ever tried training a dog with treats or by themselves wonder if they would have had more success if they had been hiring a professional dog trainer. After all, there is an enormous amount of work involved, and you want to be sure that the job gets done right.

Firstly, you can expect your puppy to be much more obedient and safe when trained by someone who knows what they are doing. A dog is a highly intelligent animal that can learn things quickly. It doesn’t matter what age or breed of dog you have, the majority of these animals will be more likely to be compliant once you train them.

They have to be able to distinguish between their owners’ voices and that of strangers, for example, and most are very adaptable to being around people for any length of time. This means that there will be fewer accidents if you are away from home when training your dog. You also don’t want your puppy to get bored or become destructive when they’re not taught. With a professional, you can be confident that they give your dog their full attention and are happy and healthy as they are training.

If you want to learn how to calm a dog, you must teach it to understand your voice. By ensuring your pup recognizes your voice as the person giving commands, it should calm it down when it is becoming over-excited. It helps to meter your tone when trying to calm it down. Yelling and loud noises have the same effect on dogs as they do with humans, i.e., it is far more stressful and makes it harder to fall asleep naturally.

Secondly, you won’t have to worry about overtraining your puppy when they aren’t being trained. Many puppies are naturally very playful and eager to try new things. However, it can be hard to find time to give your puppy their needs when working and have other obligations. When you have a professional working with your dog, however, you can rest assured that you’ll be spending some quality time together, and this alone will make them much more enjoyable to be around. This time together will make it easier for them to learn various things without being bored and frustrated.



Learning how to calm a puppy at bedtime takes some time and effort, but it is ultimately not that difficult. The more you use positive reinforcement and consistency, the sooner your puppy will figure it out. Once they understand commands and have a routine, the less he will try to bark and misbehave. Simultaneously, you will not have to spend hours training him, as long as you do it right from the start.

Are you wondering why your dog is the loudest one on the street and what to do about it?

Someone once said that the only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants. Undoubtedly, dogs are peoples’ friends for life. They will wait for you at home when you come back from work. They will cheer you up on a bad day. They will show you what true loyalty means. That is, however, an idealized picture of a dog.

Surely puppies will bring joy and life into your house, but like any other living creature, they are not solely perfect. Dogs toss their food around, sometimes bite, and bark. While the first two problems disappear as the animal gets older, the third issue might stay forever.

Barking is a natural way of communicating with other dogs and humans as well. However, some dogs tend to do it excessively and drive their owners crazy.

Unfortunately, the list of reasons why dogs bark is just endless. Each breed has its natural tendencies and preferences. For example, smaller dogs, such as Yorks or Chihuahuas, will naturally bark more often than other kinds, like Basenji. In case of the stray dogs, their excessive barking may be caused by their traumatic past.

If you are worried about your puppy’s excessive barking, the best thing to do is to contact a specialist like a dog trainer or a veterinarian. They are most likely to find the right cause and the best solution.

However, if you have tried all possible options and nothing worked, you should consider getting a bark collar for your dog.


What are Bark Collars?

Anti-bark collars are specific types of necklaces designed to train the dog not to bark too much. It is supposed to reinforce undesired negative behavior.

Most bark collars are electronic. They detect barking based on the dog’s vocal cords vibration and send a short, low-level shock to the animal’s neck. The excessively barking dog, with time, should start connecting barking with necessity rather than pleasure, thus stop doing it so often.

It may sound a little cruel. That is why using bark collars has become a controversial topic among animal lovers. Some perceive it as the only way of teaching the dog “good manners,” others think of it as a form of animal abuse and fight against it.

Opinions are divided, and at the end of the day, you decide to buy it or not. If you are still in doubt, wondering if a barking collar is the right solution to the problem, make sure to read the best bark collar reviews and take a look at some of their advantages and disadvantages:



  • It is an effective way of controlling your dog.
  • Most likely, the dog will learn where the shock comes from and will stop barking.
  • You can adjust the intensity of the shock.
  • Some of the collars light in the dark, which is helpful during the late-night walks.



  • The dog feels discomfort when he barks.
  • Barking may not decrease despite wearing the collar.
  • Using an external electrical tool to train a dog may be morally wrong.



Do the Anti-Barking Collars Work?

One of the main factors to consider when deciding whether or not to train a dog while using an anti-barking collar is the effectiveness of that system. Dog owners reviewing training collars claim that they work.

Most of the dogs are described as aggressive, always alert, and oversensitive at the beginning, and peaceful, relaxed, as well as more human-friendly, after the anti-barking collar usage.

The insignificant hurt done during the training is minor compared to the long-lasting effect of quieting a dog.



Deciding if a barking collar is the right thing to use may be difficult. It definitely should not be the first thing to purchase when the dog starts barking excessively. It may turn out there are some internal or external factors easy to identify that trigger the loud barking. Avoiding or getting rid of them should be a less invasive, cheaper, and more straightforward decision.

If that is not the case, and it is impossible to define what makes the dog react aggressively, considering a barking collar may turn out to be the best solution. There are some anti-barking collars available on the market that are cheap, effective, and at the same time, do not hurt the dog.


There’s no denying that teaching your puppy how to walk with a leash is essential. As experts from My Sweet Puppy say, “It’s important for your pup to be obedient while leash walking, especially when you’re taking them around the neighborhood. An unruly dog lunging or pulling can cause a lot of problems with other dogs in the area. Not to mention, some dogs like to run and can get lost in their surroundings.”

After your puppy has mastered leash walking, it’s time for the next step – letting it off the lead. That way, your pup will, for example, be able to burn out the excess energy without you slowing it down. To help you and other dog owners who want to let their puppy off the lead, we created this 5-step guide. Follow it, and you’ll be able to go on lead-free walks with your furry friend in no time.

So, without any further ado, let’s just jump right into it.


Step 1: Start the Process In a Quiet, Enclosed Area

The first thing you want to do is getting your puppy used to not being on a leash. To do that, you should let it off the leash in a small, enclosed area – preferably your backyard, as it is already used to it. However, if you do not have a back garden, you can ask one of your friends or relatives to use theirs or go to a small, enclosed area in the park that is usually not visited.

When you are there, practice calling your dog’s name and getting it to come back to you. You have to keep in mind that it may be difficult at first, as many things, such as noises and smells, will probably distract it. Apart from getting your dog back to you, you can also practice getting it to sit once it returns to you so it will be attentive and still when with you. You can try using treats to get it to come to you.


Step 2: Take It on Walks with Loud Noises and Other Dogs

As we already mentioned – before your puppy gets used to coming to you after you call it, it will get distracted by many things. That’s why you should be taking it on plenty of walks so that it can get used to people, other dogs, and loud noises.

Once you are on the walk, call its name constantly, and try getting it to pay attention to you by using treats and commands (e.g., sit).


Step 3: Let It Off in an Enclosed Area with Other Dogs

Once your puppy is used to not being on a leash and being let off on its own, you can, again, let it off in a small, enclosed area, but this time with other dogs around. Many training facilities have secure areas where dogs can play with each other. However, if you’re not sure that it’s a good idea, you can always let your puppy run around your backyard with your friends’ dogs.

It doesn’t really matter which option you’ll choose – what matters is that your puppy gets used to socializing with other dogs while being let off the lead.


Step 4: Practice Recalling Your Puppy in an Enclosed Area with Other Dogs Around

While this might be the most challenging step, it needs to be taken. This way, you’ll teach your dog that it’s okay to play with other dogs, but as soon as you call it, it has to come back to you. Use treats whenever possible. After a while, your puppy will start listening to you.

If your puppy will be too busy playing with other dogs and won’t listen to your command, let it tire itself out first and then try again.


Step 5: Let It off on a Walk

Once your puppy has learned to react to your voice and listens to you when you give it simple commands, you can let it off the lead. If you’re still a bit skeptical, you can try letting it off on a quiet enclosed walk, such as a fenced-off pathway.

Remember that if you feel that you should put its lead back on, do it immediately – don’t wait until the last moment. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.


Final Thoughts

Now you know all about letting your puppy off the lead – remember, practice is the key – practice with your puppy as much as you can, and soon you’ll be able to go on a walk with it without a lead on all the time.

With that being said, we have reached the end of our short guide. The only thing that we can say to you at this point is good luck!



I guess that the thought of putting a dog in a crate doesn’t sound pleasant or acceptable to most of people.  Still, the crate has its function – it is a peaceful and safe oasis where your dog relaxes and takes a nap. The space that is covered and acts as a lair is attractive and comfortable for them. So, if your dog get used to crate properly – it can function as a heaven place for it.

Of course, a crate is not necessary in all cases, but at the very least it can be useful and practical. Puppies get used to this space more easily, while crate training an older dog can be a challenge.  With a little patience and willpower anything is possible. When the crate is a useful thing? Well, when we want to leave the house for a couple of hours, crates are perfect shelters for our loved four-legged pets. Also, we can occasionally close the dog into a crate when we are having guests who are not feeling safe in their company. The crate is a perfect solution while traveling to the veterinarian or in case of longer travel journeys. This can be a safe space in stressful situations or shelter if your older dog is injured or has some kind of illness.

Sometimes older dogs aren’t acquainted with crate training because they were not presented to crates all through puppyhood. Some older dogs have separation anxieties and don’t deal with crates quite  well. In the event that your senior isn’t prepared, that is alright!  We’ll tell you the best way to crate train you’re an older dog so he feels safe and happy there.

  1. Let the dog get to know crate on his own. Put some super comfortable sleeping pad, his favorite toys and, open the door. Give him time to sniff around and get in and out when he wants. Try not to lure him, don’t tell ,, Come on inside my dear, look what we have there’’ or another annoying sweet talk.  Just let your dog explore new place freely – his natural instinct and curiosity will surely take him to the desired place.
  2. Another good trick – fill in the crate with his favorite treats. The smell of them will help him get used to new place easily. You can stuff  the food inside his favorite toys as well.  When you see him coming in and out of it on his own and staying on a comfortable sleeping pad, start closing the boxing door – first for just a few seconds, then gradually extend that time. There you must be wise and make sure that you always open the door before the dog starts scratching it or starts  whining, barking, or showing other signs of frustration. When you close the door, be at the end of the crate at first, and then slowly start to get up, make a small circle and come back, go sit on the couch and come back. This is an important part of the habituation process.
  3. Once your dog starts sleeping in the crate it is a sign of accommodation. Every time he leaves his safe place, give him a little treat. This way, he will develop positive association to his new surrounding. Gradually, you can prolong his time inside the crate, even during the day. Take a closer look at his behavior, if he starts barking or scratching – take him out. You want to listen to his needs, not to put him into prison.
  4. Start associating crate with some name whatever seems convenient to you. So when your dog heads towards crate, you will associate that entry with the same word. When you are sure that the dog understands what that word means – you will begin to verbalize entering the crate before he decides to enter it.


Hope this tips will be useful to you! Good luck and take care of your loved pet.

So, you bought a new puppy and you are now wondering how do I go about leash training the little guy?

Leash training is fairly straight forward, and you should be able to leash train almost any breed of dog fairly quickly, although there are a few exceptions.

Some dogs like the English mastiff or the bullmastiff for example can be really stubborn and require persistence and a little can do attitude to be successful when leash training or with any obedience training for that matter.


A Basic Guide to Leash Training for Your New Pup

It is important that obedience training and in this specific case, leash training is begun as soon as possible. Ideally you want to begin the leash training process before your new pup even ventures out for their first walk. Your first step should be to acclimatize them to wearing a collar, this can be a strange experience for them as they most likely have never worn one before.

Once they have stopped trying to chew at the collar or scratch it off, it is time to attach the leash to your pups collar. From this point you can teach your dog his first commands, such as sit down, or lay down.

Once your pup can perform these commands reasonably for its age, you must then begin the act of walking. This should first be done in your garden or house, to acclimate the dog to the exercise. It is important to teach the puppy how to heel, you should focus on keeping your dog to your side and walking at your pace slightly behind you, this reinforces your position as the “Alpha” so to speak.

If your dog tries to pull on the leash or move ahead of you, you should make it stop or “heel” and sit down thereby ceasing the walk temporarily, this will show your pup that you dictate the pace of the walk and that by pulling the walk will cease to happen.

Once your pup has mastered this to a reasonable extent it is time for you to being leash training your dog to walk correctly outside of your home, this is really important as your pup must get used to the sounds or cars passing by or pedestrians and other dogs walking by.

You should follow the same steps when leash training outside as you did inside, always correct behavior you do not want your pup to perform, such as pulling etc. It is important to make your pup sit and stay before crossing roads and awarding them with treats to reinforce positive behavior such as ignoring the distraction of other dogs, cars or people.

An important point to remember is always to use positive reinforcement when training your puppy/dog, and never to use punishment and this can negatively impact your dog’s behavior.

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Sometimes, your puppy needs to act and behave appropriately to avoid the potential hassle of being disobedient to your commands. While they can be considered as lovable animals, they can cause a lot of inconvenience when they’re unresponsive and stubborn. As such, training your puppy as early as now can be a great idea.

Although you can do the training yourself, hiring professional trainers can provide you with the outcome you expect. Using their knowledge on several different methods, they can help prepare and train your furry friend sufficiently.

Below are the six benefits of hiring a puppy trainer:


  1. Take Advantage Of Expertise And Experience

Unless you’re a dog trainer yourself, you probably need to work with a professional for your pet training. Typically, experience and expertise are crucial when you decide to train your puppy at a young age. Also, since puppy training can be a challenging job, it might be best if it’s handled by dedicated puppy trainers who are equipped with a variety of training methods.

Moreover, given their experience, you can rest knowing that they’ll teach your puppy the proper tricks it should learn. That way, you can get the most out of your time, money, and energy by entrusting the training to a professional trainer.

If you’re looking for the best pet training services, companies like H&H Dog Training can be an ideal option.


  1. Help Improve Your Relationship With Your Puppy

In addition to experience and expertise, hiring a puppy trainer can help boost your relationship with your furry friend. Since they understand how dogs behave and react to situations, they can encourage you to become a good owner by strengthening your connection with your puppy.

In addition, working with a trainer can be time-efficient. If you can’t train your puppy due to your hectic schedule, a pet training session from a good trainer ensures that you’ll spend some time with your furry buddy. The trainer, for instance, can carry out some activities that allow you to understand your puppy’s needs and react to it accordingly.


  1. Come With Convenience

Again, you might not have enough time to train your puppy on your own. Maybe you’re too busy at work and other essential things that you might experience several inconveniences if you do the process by yourself. Besides, pet training can consume a lot of your time, attention, and energy.

Thankfully, with the help of a puppy trainer, you can make sure that your pet will be trained appropriately and well-taken care of. Since most professionals conduct pet training as part of their job, you can rest knowing that your puppy will learn the things that you want them to learn.


  1. Teach You How To Act In Specific Conditions

 Another benefit of enlisting a puppy trainer is that you’re able to learn the proper behavior in specific conditions. Sometimes, your pet might be hard to please. In extreme cases, you end up committing mistakes that can lead to bad behaviors.

Because of these circumstances, hiring a pet trainer can be very beneficial. The professional can explain and demonstrate to you the most effective methods of responding to your puppy in particular circumstances.

For instance, when you work with a trainer, you allow yourself to learn how and when you should compensate or rebuff your pet.


  1. Allows Your Puppy To Get Emotional And Physical Exercise

Getting a pet training is also helpful to your puppy. With an expert dog trainer, your furry companion will have an opportunity to experience emotional and physical exercise in the long-term.

The trainer can also apply some training activities that can help improve your pet’s overall emotional and physical health. Whatever training your dog is exposed to, a trusted professional will always have your pet’s best interests in mind.


  1. Provides A Fast Learning Process

 If you want your puppy to grow up as a good guard dog, then hiring a trainer can be a great option. Your pet’s exposure to an experienced trainer can make the learning process much quicker and smoother.

With an expert’s knowledge about some of the best training methods, your furry friend can master the tricks in the fastest time possible.


Final Thoughts

 Now that you’re already aware of how professional pet training can benefit you and your pet, it’s time to find the perfect dog trainer for the job. While there can be lots of options to choose from, be sure to conduct some research and determine how trustworthy the trainer is.

Remember, a well-trained puppy is much safer and less likely to be exposed to a dangerous situation.

Dog with a kid

The best way to make sure that your child and pet get along is through training and rescue dogs need different modes of training like obedience, crate, etc. Some dogs are child lovers while others are afraid of them. However, all pets need training, especially if there are infants at home.

Below are 7 tips to train your dog to safely play with kids, making it a children friendly dog:

  1. Socializing

Puppies are the easiest to train because exposing them to family members and other people at the early ages of 8 and 16 weeks builds their confidence. Adult canines can also be trained although it requires you to be spontaneous. Incorporating puppy training methods with rewards yields positive results. Making sure your friend with four paws interacts with children of all ages is among many dog training tips.

  1. Consider Your Friend

Just like humans, dogs have feelings which they express through their body language. They experience pain, pleasure and even depression. Before embarking on training your pet, it is good to bear this in mind. Use praises and try to avoid negative reinforcements through punishment which will only cause your friend to feel ashamed.

  1. Rules and Regulations

Establishing principles around the house and making sure everybody sticks to them can make it easy to establish dog obedience tips. For example, they should not lick or eat food from the children’s plates.

  1. Positive Reinforcement

Puppies learn well by associating an outcome to certain behavior or things. Rewarding your dog using treats and praises whenever they associate with kids will encourage a positive outcome. This is one of the most effective ways to make your pet a children friendly dog.

  1. Think Like a Child

Adults have different thoughts that help them shape their worldviews. Thinking like a child will enable you to come up with the best dog training methods. Use gestures, run around and use other behaviors that are associated with children.

  1. Get Your Baby Familiar with the Dog

Parents are cautious with what they allow to get into contact with their babies. Acquainting your friend to baby sounds, scents, toys, prams, and other baby stuff helps him to be better prepared in case one is expecting a baby.

  1. Supervision

Dog playing with a kid


Leaving your child and dog unattended can cause life-threatening injuries; for example, a child might chase after a pet without checking for cars and end up in an accident. Other times, pets might scratch or even bite children in case they misunderstand each other.

Parents can keep their kids and dogs in sight by introducing dog games for kids. As you get toys for your kids, don’t make your pet feel left out, also get him the best puppy toys for teething – he’ll have fun and at the same time develop stronger teeth.


Making your dog child friendly can be a very involving task but one that’s paramount. Children tend to be naïve, active and very sensitive. Ensuring that your pet knows how to handle them with gentleness is very important.

We’d like to hear from you; which dog breeds do you think are the most aggressive with kids?

Author’s BIO: The article was written by Betti Wilson from Springfield, Illinois, who is a free-time writer and a full-time mother. Betti loves dogs and kids as much as they love her. Betty also writes for

According to research by the American Humane Association, one in every ten pets adopted from a shelter is returned within six months. Sometimes this is for unforeseen reasons, such as money troubles, or the health of the owners. But very often, it’s due to behavioral issues with the pet that could have been avoided. Here are five common mistakes of new pet owners that can lead to undesirable behaviors.


Not Researching Breeds

Many people choose the breed they want based on the cuteness factor alone. There’s nothing wrong with taking appearance into account, but not all breeds are created equal — temperament, energy, grooming needs, and behavior can vary massively. Some breeds are more likely to set off allergies, such as German shepherds. Before you get a pet, make sure the breed you want is suitable for your living situation and lifestyle, but keep in mind that purebreds aren’t the only way to go. A specific breed might be known for a certain temperament, but that doesn’t mean it will always act that way. Shelters have plenty of cute, loving mixed breed dogs waiting for a forever home. While you might be looking for a certain appearance, Dr. Emily Weiss of the ASPCA says there are many families looking for a dog with particular characteristics as opposed to looks, making mixed breeds an excellent option. “Say they want a dog who is smart or good with kids. That opens the door to dogs in the shelter who behave that certain way and gets them away from appearances to behaviors,” Weiss says.


Forgetting to Pet Proof Your Home

Until your pet is house trained – and even afterwards – keep in mind that they can’t destroy things they can’t access. The internet is rife with stories from new pet owners who didn’t pet proof their home. Cats scratching up furniture, dogs chewing through shoes, pets going through trash. Sadly, some of these stories are tragic, such as pets chewing through cables or consuming hazardous substances. Pet proof your home in much the same way you would for a child — remove choking hazards, cover up electrical cables, and hide dangerous items like medication. Also, keep expensive items out of reach until your pet is trained. For more information, have a look at this guide by Houzz.


Smothering Your Pet in the First Few Days

Moving to a new house with a new group of people is a very confusing experience. Both dogs and cats need attention and interaction, but in the first few days, you need to go easy and let them adjust on their own. This is especially true of rescue pets. For cats, you should start them off in one room and let them get comfortable there, before showing them more of the house. Give an adult cat 3 weeks before you let it outside, and a kitten 6 months. For dogs, be calm and assertive — they need more interaction than cats, but ignore them unless they come to you first. In both cases, let the pet get used to the residents of the home for a few days before introducing them to friends.


Not Teaching Kids how to Act Around Your Pet

Even well-behaved dogs will become aggressive if they feel scared, confused, or agitated. Cats are generally more temperamental and if they are not in the mood to be petted, they may take a swipe at people who persist in trying. Teach your children how to behave around your pet before it arrives. This means knowing not to grab or squeeze the pet, or pull on their ears or tail. They should also learn to interpret signals from their pet — for example, cats with flat ears, wagging tails, or who are hissing do not want interaction and should be left alone.


Not Exercising Your Pet Enough

Another common mistake is not giving your pet enough exercise, a mistake that often stems from not researching breeds enough. In dogs, lack of exercise leads to excess energy. This might manifest itself in rough play, barking, or destructive behavior. Dogs need at least one walk each day to be mentally stable, and high-energy breeds will need more — if you can’t keep that up, hire a dog walker to help you. You also need to play with them regularly — not just for exercise but to help you bond. Cats also need exercise, so remember to play with them, especially if you keep them indoors. Cats don’t play fetch, but a remote controlled mouse will do the same job. You can also hide treats in high places to encourage climbing.

It can be heartbreaking to have to return a pet to the shelter — not only for you, but for the pet, too. That’s why the first few weeks are really important. By doing your homework, setting up your house properly, and helping your pet settle in, you’ll go a long way towards a long, happy life together with your new pet.


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