Dog Training Articles

Everyone wants a well-mannered dog who listens to commands, is great with people and knows a few cool tricks. Our dog training advice can make this happen. Get up to speed with training best practices, find out what motivates dogs, and learn creative ways to redirect their behavior.

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    6 Genius Games To Keep Your Dog Mentally Stimulated

    A key ingredient to having a happy and healthy dog is ensuring they have adequate mental stimulation. After all, a bored or restless dog can quickly turn to destructive behavior. (Chewed shoes, anyone?) Or worse, they can become depressed and irritable – something you definitely don’t want as a pup parent. But with how busy life […]

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    How To Get Your Dog To Stop Licking You

    Most people don’t mind a few puppy kisses, but when it turns into a full-out bath, it sure can get annoying. For the most part, my dog Toby doesn’t lick too much. He does, however, go on spells where he just can’t stop. Sometimes it’s because I just worked out and he likes to lick […]

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    6 Super Simple Ways How to Stop a Dog From Peeing in the House

    Accidents in the house are an inevitable occurrence when you get a dog. Especially if that dog is a young puppy. I’m pretty sure all pup parents have been ready to pull their hair out over this problem at some point. When my dog Toby was a puppy, I remember waking up at 5 a.m. […]

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    Teach Your Dog A New Trick In 5 Minutes Or Less

    Many of us dog parents have taught our pups how to sit, shake and lie down. You know, the basics. I think we all would love if our dogs could do a few extra tricks, but the thought of spending hours going through this over and over again seems exhausting. At least it does to me! […]

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    Puppy Socialization & Training

    How you train your dog in the first several months and what you do to socialize them can make all the difference in your dog’s demeanor and behavior for the rest of their life. No pressure, right? It may sound intimidating, but really, by doing your homework and instilling good habits in your dog early […]

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    10 Genius Ways How To Stop a Dog From Barking

    Dogs bark to communicate. It’s a natural thing. But what do you do when a dog barks excessively? We’re having that problem right now with Toby. He loves to stare out the window to see what’s going on in the neighborhood, but as soon as he sees someone, he barks like crazy. So much so […]

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    3 Tricks That Will Make Your Dog Look Like A Genius

    Most dogs can do basic tricks, like sit or shake, but if you want your pup to really stand out, you’ve got to up their game and try some more advanced tricks. That’s easy said than done, of course. But with a little bit of patience and a handful of treats, you can teach your […]

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    Puppy Guide – All the Steps to Getting a New Pup

    Are you looking to get a new dog? Congrats!!! Dogs can be tons of fun and an amazing companion, but it’s important to consider the responsibilities involved and make sure you’re up for the challenge. This puppy guide will help you decide if you’re ready for a dog, explain the steps to getting a dog, […]

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    How To Teach Your Dog To Roll Over

    Back when Toby was a puppy, he was a pro at rolling over. In fact, I distinctly remember being such a proud mama when he was the first in his puppy training class to pick up on this trick. This was our go-to trick for impressing friends and family. But after the novelty wore off and […]

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    5 Things You Should Never Do At The Dog Park

    The dog park has been a big part of my life ever since we got our dog Toby in the summer of 2013. We are very fortunate to live in a city that has not one but three really awesome dog parks, including one right by my work, so I had to check them out. […]

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    7 Genius Ways to Exercise Your Dog Indoors

    Most dogs need a healthy dose of exercise each and every day. The trouble is, often times the weather just doesn’t want to cooperate. Depending on where you live, it could be frigid temperatures, heatwaves, rainstorms – or all of the above. This kind of weather can make walking your dog precarious, if not downright dangerous. […]

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    Cats vs. Dogs: How To Help Them Get Along

    A few weeks ago a friend told us how her parents were having issues with their new puppy. The problem? He didn’t get along with the cat. The previous dog, who sadly passed away, had gotten along swimmingly with their feline family member. But with this new pup, it was war. So what can you […]

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    4 Crazy Cool (and Easy!) Tricks to Teach Your Dog

    So your dog has mastered the basic commands. Sit. Shake. Lay down. Maybe they even know how to roll over. But for some pup parents, the big question is: What’s next? We love the idea of teaching dogs new tricks to keep them mentally stimulated and engaged. It’s also a fabulous way to connect with […]

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    How to Stop Your Dog Begging for Food

    How frustrating is it when you’ve just sat down to eat and suddenly you have an eager little furball looking up at you, begging for food? This behavior can range from adorable to obnoxious. Either way, it’s best to nip it in the bud. After all, you’re not the only one who has to deal […]

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    10 Tips to Make Your Rescue Dog Feel at Home ASAP

    Adopting a dog is one of the coolest things you can do. These pups are in desperate need of a loving, structured home where they feel safe and secure. You’re ready to step up and give them that! The big question, however, is how do you help them feel that this is their home as soon as […]

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    How to Calm Your Scared Dog

    Our giant yellow lab Toby isn’t scared of much. This past New Year’s Eve, however, he had an epic – I mean epic – freak-out session in reaction to a small party favor. Let me explain. We spent the holiday with my parents, my brother and his fiancé and had a bunch of random party […]

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    Dog Park Etiquette 101

    You just got home from work. You’ve had a long day and you’re exhausted, but your dog has been home resting and is now bouncing off the walls with energy. A normal walk won’t cut it. What do you do? Take your pup to the dog park, of course. At My Dog’s Name, we’re huge […]

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    Hosting the holidays? Tips for good dog behavior

    The best part of the holiday season is spending time with family and friends. Chances are you will end up hosting some sort of event at your home, which is exciting, fun and so-so stressful, especially when you have a dog in the house. Visions of perturbed guests and a crazy, hyper dog may swirl […]