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Consider Your Compatibility

Before you fall head over heels for the first puppy you see, consider whether it'll be a good fit for your family.
   Making the decision to expand your family to include a dog is a big one. Get the facts to help you select the dog most appropriate for your lifestyle, and to help you make an … https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/article-library/consider-your-compatibility/

Adoption Option

Ready to head to your local shelter or rescue group to save a dog's life? Awesome! Here are some important things to consider.
 Whether you’re seeking a mixed breed or a purebred (according to the ASPCA, approximately 25% of dogs in shelters are purebreds), you’re sure to find your ideal canine companion a… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/article-library/adoption-option/

Puppy Behavior and Management

What you should be doing right now to ensure your puppy gets the best start in life!
  From day one puppy is learning both good and bad habits.  Between 5 and 10 months of age many puppies move into adolescence, and any problem behaviors you haven’t dealt with ar… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/article-library/puppy-behavior-and-management/

Dog Behavior and Training

Our roots at The Local Bark run deep in dog training.  Here we share articles we've written on the topic of training and behavior. https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/resources/get-dog-smart/dog-behavior-and-training/

Housetraining Your Puppy

Think rubbing your puppy's nose in it is still the best practice? We've come along way, Baby.
Housetraining will be one of the most important skills your puppy will learn. There are some very simple tips that will help with this process.   1. Crate Training. By nat… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/article-library/housetraining-your-puppy/

Indoor Housetraining

Raising a puppy in a high-rise? Read on for tips on creating a restroom indoors for Puppy.
  Housetraining is one of the most important skills your puppy will learn. Most information on housetraining is related to teaching a dog to go outside when nature calls. But the… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/article-library/house-training-your-puppy/

Crate Training

Why it can be so important for your puppy and tips to make it easier for you both.
Don’t fret – dogs love (or can learn to love) their crate! Dog owners are oftentimes hesitant about using a crate for their dog because they think it’s ‘mean’. Not so! Dogs, ev… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/article-library/crate-training/

Affection Do's and Don'ts

Did you realize there are good and not so good ways to show your love for your dog? Yep. Read what you should and shouldn't be doing.
Do not reward bossy soliciting with affection. This includes mouthing, jumping, pawing, leaning, etc. To do this undermines the nature of your desired relationship and lessons… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/article-library/affection-dos-and-donts/

Puppy Handling

Learn why puppy handling is so important, and how to do it right.
What is “handling”? “Handling” is a broad term used in training, specifically in teaching a puppy to remain calm and confident while his body is handled. While it is importan… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/article-library/puppy-handling/

Get Puppy S.M.A.R.T.

Management Create a no-mistakes environment for puppy to learn valuable life skills, like housebreaking and learning to be alone. Activity Play with p… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/resources/get-puppy-smart/

Getting a New Dog

Making the decision to expand your family to include a dog is a big one. Get the facts to help you select the dog most appropriate for your lifestyle, and to help you make an accu… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/resources/get-dog-smart/getting-new-dog/

Get Dog S.M.A.R.T.

Considering fostering, adopting, or buying a new dog? Things to consider. Questions about behavior and training? We've got you covered. Dog Health: Imp… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/resources/get-dog-smart/

Are Dog Parks Good For My Dog?

Wonder if a trip to the dog park is in the cards? Consider the risks vs. benefits.
Ask several different dog professionals what their opinion is of the dog park, and you should expect several different answers. Depending on whom you ask, dog parks are the highli… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/article-library/are-dog-parks-good-my-dog/

Selecting a Responsible Breeder

Looking for a breeder to select your new perfect puppy? Arm yourself with knowledge first.
If you decide that purchasing a puppy through a breeder is the best option for your family, choosing a responsible breeder that promotes the welfare of dogs and their owners is… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/article-library/selecting-responsible-breeder/

Resources

Welcome to The Local Bark.  It's our goal to assist you on your journey as a dog owner.  So please grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and peruse.  Don’t see what you’re looking for? … https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/resources/

Top Family Breeds

Trying to choose a dog for your family? Here's a list of the top family breeds.
Trying to choose a dog for your family? petMD.com recently put out their Top 10 list of family-friendly dogs, and for the most part, we agree. However, our trainers have taken the… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/article-library/trying-choose-dog-your-family-heres-list-top-family-breeds/

5 Essential Tools to Train Your Dog

While it's important to recognize that all dogs are different, and can be motivated by different things, most dogs will respond quite well if it means he can earn a treat, or a quick game of tug. Use this list to get you started on the right path to train…
In the spirit of the Best Of’s at The Local Bark, I thought I'd take a moment to share with you what I consider the 5 Essential Tools You’ll Need to Train Your Dog. While it's imp… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/5-essential-tools-train-your-dog/

Class Enrollment

You are enrolling in: Darn! You need to be logged into our website in order to enroll in our training classes.  Login here.   Not registered on our website? It is easy t… https://www.localbark.com/dog-training/class-enrollment/

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