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Therapy Dog Training - Help Yourself So You Can Help Others!

Training your dog to become a therapy animal can be a great way of providing comfort and joy to those who need it most: the sick, the young, the elderly, and others who are coping with stressful chapters in their lives.
Do you have a dog who is warm, loving, and calm? And do you have a desire to bring emotional support and moments of joy to those who need it most, such as people in hospitals, nur… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/therapy-dog-training-help-yourself-so-you-can-help-others/

Rally Training: An Awesome Way to Get Into the Hottest New Dog Sport, or to Just Better Connect With Your Dog

AKC Rally Training classes are a great way to get into competition, or simply to improve your dog's discipline and your skills as a dog owner and handler.
Almost every dog owner has stumbled across an AKC competition on TV at some time or another. It’s impossible not to be inspired by the sight of so many incredibly well-trained… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/rally-training-awesome-way-get-hottest-new-dog-sport-or-just-better-connect-your-dog/

Dog Boarding School - Residency Training Programs

Dog training can be a very challenging process, but training your dog yourself at home isn’t the only option: dog boarding school can be a great solution!
Maybe you’ve been meaning to really buckle down on training your dog, but work has been particularly busy, or your human family has been eating up the hours. Or perhaps you adop… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/dog-boarding-school-residency-training-programs/

The Benefits of Dog Agility Training

Dog agility training classes are a great way to improve your dog's confidence and overall behavior.
Many parents put their children into sports or other extracurricular activities because the benefits of such programs help kids to grow as a whole: learning the value of teamwork,… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/benefits-dog-agility-training/

When to Start Training Your Puppy

It's important to start training your puppy as soon as possible. If you wait, you'll end up with a fearful, difficult to train young dog.
Due to concerns about vaccinations, it used to be that socialization and behavioral training for dogs didn’t start until a puppy was around six months old. However, this route oft… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/when-start-training-your-puppy/

Overcoming Your Dog's Leash Reactivity

Leash reactivity--when a dog tends to approach other dogs aggressively while on a leash--is a very common issue for dog owners to face. However, there are ways of overcoming this problem.
When you take your dog for a walk, do you find yourself cringing every time you see another dog coming your way? Many dog owners dread these encounters, as they end up having to d… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/overcoming-your-dogs-leash-reactivity/

Finding Substitute Behaviors for Your Dog's Bad Habits: How to Deal With Excitement and Distractions - Part 2

Today we conclude a two-part blog post on getting away from using the word "no," and learning how to redirect and modify your dog's unwanted or disruptive behaviors.
In our last blog post, we talked about the importance of not overusing the word "no," and instead being more constructive in reshaping and modifying your dog's problematic beh… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/finding-substitute-behaviors-your-dogs-bad-habits-how-deal-excitement-and-distractions-part-2/

Finding Substitute Behaviors for Your Dog's Bad Habits: How to Deal With Excitement and Distractions - Part 1

People love using the word "no." But if you want to have success in training your dog, you need to expand your vocabulary, and think about how your dog thinks and feels.
People love the word “no.” It’s one of the first words that we pick up in infancy, which says a lot about how human beings react to unwanted behavior. When we see someone doin… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/finding-substitute-behaviors-your-dogs-bad-habits-how-deal-excitement-and-distractions-part-1/

Getting Ready for Boarding Your Dog

Boarding your dog while your family is on vacation can be a stressful situation, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips on how to get your pup ready for a stress-free stay at Local Bark!
With summer coming up, we’re getting ourselves ready for the surge of customers who are heading out on the open road or getting on a plane, and need to board the furry members of … https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/getting-ready-boarding-your-dog/

Where to Draw the Line with Your Puppy’s Play

Puppies play in different ways, and it’s helpful knowing what to look for when determining what is appropriate play, and what is too much.
There is nothing cuter than playful puppies. They play with each other, with toys, with their own tails, and with us. They chase, pounce, bounce, and wrestle. Their instincts dr… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/your-puppy-playing-normally/

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

During the first few months puppy is in your home, it’s easy to get into problem-solving mode and forget about actually training puppy. Most training at this stage is focused on prevention so that normal-but-annoying puppy behaviors don’t become habits. …
During the first few months puppy is in your home, it’s easy to get into problem-solving mode (as discussed in the previous articles of the Get Puppy S.M.A.R.T. series and for… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/get-puppy-smrt-training/

Get Puppy S.M.A.R.T.: Red Flags

Even when we’re doing everything we can to be Puppy SMART, sometimes we see red flags in our puppy’s behavior that should immediately be addressed. As trainers and behavior professionals, we spend a lot of time dealing with issues in adolescent and adult …
Behaviors that require help NOW Even when we’re doing everything we can to be Puppy SMART, sometimes we see red flags in our puppy’s behavior that should immediately be address… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/get-puppy-smart-red-flags/

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

Activity - Every puppy owner wants to know what activities they can do with puppy to burn off some of that puppy energy. The key is to play in a way that doesn’t encourage behaviors that, although normal for dog play, are unsafe for play with humans, like…
Practice Proper Play Every puppy owner wants to know what activities they can do with puppy to burn off some of that puppy energy. The key is to play in a way that doesn’t enco… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/get-puppy-smart-activity/

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

Getting Puppy SMART means during the first few months puppy is in your home you should be focused on Socialization, Management, Activity, spotting Red flags, and Training. Today we discuss management and its importance in puppy training.
Getting Puppy SMART means that during the first few months puppy is in your home, you should be focused on Socialization, Management, Activity, spotting Red flags, and Trainin… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/get-puppy-smart-management/

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

If you're bringing home a new puppy, you're probably focusing on things like potty-training and home breaking. But don't forget one of the most essential needs in a puppy's early life: socialization.
We know people don’t bring home a happy puppy aiming to turn it into a hyperactive, uncontrollable dog. We know that new puppy owners are focused on essential – not to mention… https://www.localbark.com/bark-all-about-it/how-avoid-messing-perfectly-good-puppy/

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/

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