Is it bad to allow dogs on the couch?

I get this question quite often, and I always ask people to clarify why they are concerned that this might be a problem. They usually tell me that they heard from someone else or saw a television show that talks about "putting dogs in their place" or making sure dogs do not become the "alpha" in the house.

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Jeff Millman
Hi Matthew. The key is to reward him BEFORE he jumps on the couch. Talking, treating, petting, etc. to let him know he is making g... Read More
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Positive reinforcement dog training strategies

Did you know that there are different styles of training within the positive reinforcement "camp"? There are trainers that only use one style and others (like myself) use many different strategies depending on what works in a given situation. However, I NEVER use pain or fear when training.

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Safely play tug with your dog

There are a lot of misconceptions about playing tug with your dog. In my experience, (and lots of other trainers I respect) as long as you teach your dog some ground rules, tug is a great way to condition your dog to have a soft mouth as well as providing your dog exercise.

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Lots of dog poop? Might be the food

When clients report that their dog is going potty numerous times per day and they are having house training problems, I always recommend that they look at the quality of the food.

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Dog training myths

There are so many dog training myths perpetuated by old school techniques, bad trainers, or trainers that do not give their clients the benefit of the doubt and "dumb down" everything into simple sound bites.

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