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January is National Train Your Dog Month.

That’s right, there’s a whole month devoted to training the family dog! We’ve all read the sobering statistics of the thousands of homeless pets, and despite all our rescue efforts, the number continues to increase. Although people give a myriad of reasons for turning in their pets, more often than not it comes down to an inability to manage or cope with a behavior issue that could have been alleviated or prevented entirely through early training and socialization. 

You might be thinking, “but my dog is already trained” and doesn’t need any more training.” For some reason, there is a misconception that training is finite and has a beginning and a specified end.

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Whether you plan on getting a new puppy for Christmas or just want Fido to finally nail the “sit” command in time for your relatives to arrive, it is never too late to begin training your dog. Here are some tips for having a well-behaved pooch just in time for the holiday season.

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Whether you plan on getting a new puppy for Christmas or just want Fido to finally nail the “sit” command in time for your relatives to arrive, it is never too late to begin training your dog. Here are some tips for having a well-behaved pooch just in time for the holiday season.

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US"Whether you plan on getting a new puppy for Christmas or just want Fido to finally nail the “sit” command in time for your relatives to arrive, it is never too late to begin training your dog.

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'Cesar 911' host, Cesar Millan, says it's a human's lack of understanding that influences a dog's bad behavior. VPC

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LAS VEGAS — At first blush, the notion of a live Las Vegas show about dog training seems a little odd.

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By Dogster Jun 5th 2014

If you have no idea how to train a dog, fear not! Whether you seek effective puppy house training methods or basic dog obedience training, training your dog will probably be easier than you think.

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Puppy training should always focus on socialization and the prevention of unwanted behaviors.

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If you talk to dog trainers, they will all give you their keys to dog training success. They will tout great pearls like being the alpha dog, or consistent rewards, or good relationship. These are all good and should be given consideration.

tv. to be done when not dog trainingFor the rest of us...those of us who actually have a job and kids and would like to have the time to watch an episode of CSI once in a while, here is my key to dog training success: lower your expectations.

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This May Solution K9 Dog Trainers opened their front doors for local Taranaki and New Plymouth businesses within New Zealand.

(Newswire.net -- May 24, 2014) -- Dog Trainer, Luzelle, of Solution K9 Dog Training New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand has announced the launch of their new website.

This May Solution K9 Dog Trainers opened their front doors for local Taranaki and New Plymouth businesses within New Zealand.

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VERO BEACH — Nail care for your dog does not need to be a traumatic event. Careful training can teach your dog to accept toe nail trims. Last week I wrote about training your dog to allow his feet to be handled. We are starting with slow, simple steps. Perhaps by now your pup allows you to touch his feet and gently squeeze his toes.

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As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to keep your dog healthy. Keeping your dog healthy involves taking him to the veterinarian, meeting his exercise needs, feeding him a nutritious diet and keeping him at his optimum weight. You should take your dog to his veterinarian for annual checkups and for any required vaccinations or treatments.… Read the full post here