Teach Loose-Leash Walking

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With longer, warmer days ahead, it’s a good time to enjoy the outdoors together with your dog. Why not prepare now by teaching your dog to walk nicely on a leash? One of the easiest and most effective ways to train a dog to walk properly on a dog leash is to reward the dog for paying attention to you and for being in the desired position (next to you or close to you) when you are out for a walk. Your dog should remain close enough to you, either by your side or slightly ahead of you, that his leash remains loose, forming a U-shape.

Helping Dogs Overcome the Fear of Objects

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Is your dog afraid of ordinary objects? Does he freeze or try to run away when he sees a bag blowing in the wind? Does he bark or growl at cardboard boxes, ladders, or brooms? There are many reasons why dogs may be fearful of certain objects, including exposure to something scary during the developmental period, lack of early socialization, or even a negative experience with the object (perhaps the broom or ladder tipped over and startled the dog). Fortunately, you can help put your dog at ease by creating positive associations with objects that he may fear.

Dog Trainer Foundations Skills in Action!

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Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Foundation course offers dogs and their humans what they really crave: fun together! When you build a solid foundation of positive reinforcement skills, your dog will transform into an excited and enthusiastic learner and you will have created a new level of partnership that will last a lifetime. In this video, Dog Trainer Foundations student Alison Shore and her Boston terrier, Alfie, demonstrate what is possible!

Teach Go to Place

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With the holiday season around the corner, now is the time to begin holiday training. What if instead of jumping around like a lunatic when the doorbell rings, your dog waits politely in a down position? Or, instead of circling the dinner table like a shark, your dog lies quietly in the other room? Training a dog to go to a specific place, such as a mat or bed, is one of the most useful behaviors for holiday training and beyond. Since the mat is portable, your dog will have a place to settle down on-the-go, too!

Teach Your Dog to Offer a Paw

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If your dog pulls away when you touch his paws, you are not alone. Many dogs dislike having their paws touched. However, there are circumstances when you need to handle your dog’s paws, such as wiping them after he comes in from outside, trimming his nails, or during medical procedures. Fortunately, teaching your dog to offer a paw voluntarily and hold still is easy and fun!

Wait at a Boundary: Part 2

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Teaching your dog to wait at a boundary, like the threshold of a door, is not only a useful skill but could also save his life! In Wait at a Boundary: Part 1, KPA faculty member Shelly Brouwer began teaching her dog Bert to wait at an interior doorway using a leash on the ground as a boundary. Shelly clicked and rewarded Bert as he approached the leash. In Part 2 of this series, Shelly waits until Bert pauses at the boundary and inserts the cue “wait.”