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Dog Dental Hygiene: How to Keep Your Pup’s Teeth Clean

Many people go years and years without paying any attention to their dog’s teeth. Then, suddenly, a dog stops eating or gets sick and it turns out the dog has a rotten tooth or tooth infection. If this has happened to your dog, you’re not alone. In fact, most people have no idea that their […]

National Service Dog Month: Decoding the Difference Between Service Dogs and ESAs

For hundreds of years, dogs have been trained to support humans in a variety of work tasks. It’s amazing to think that our canine counterparts can be trained to… Work in the police force/military. Hunt/protect farm animals/herd. Alert security to drugs/bombs in airports, stadiums, etc. Assist people with special needs. Detect medical emergencies like seizures. […]

6 Popular Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds for Dog Lovers with Allergies

If you’re a dog lover but have an allergy to pet dander, the hope of owning a dog might sound far-fetched to you. The good news…there are dog breeds out there that are allergy-friendly! In fact, nowadays you can find hypoallergenic dog breeds just about anywhere–including your local shelter! So, what dog breeds won’t cause […]

Happy National Dog Day! 6 Ways to Celebrate the Amazing Dogs in Your Life

August 26th is National Dog Day—a day where we celebrate how amazing our canine companions are and remember all the incredible things dogs have done to positively enhance our lives. Whether you have your own dog, work as a vet/vet tech, are a dog sitter, or simply just love dogs, we hope you’ll take some […]

10 Things I Want Every Dog Lover to Know…

(In celebration of our online anniversary!) While I’ve been training dogs for many years, this August marks the 10th anniversary of taking my training methods and creating an online program for dog owners around the world. How wild is that? I have so much gratitude for the opportunities that my career as a dog trainer […]

5 Fun Brain Games to Test Your Dog’s Intelligence

Dogs are incredibly smart animals. It’s no surprise as they can be trained to do all kinds of amazing things, such as serve as service animals or aid the police or military to accomplish important tasks. In fact, dogs are so brilliant that, if you don’t take the time to keep them mentally stimulated, they […]

Doggy Dan’s Ultimate Summer Holiday Safety Guide

By far one of the best things about summer is the parties! From 4th of July firework shows to backyard BBQ and pool parties, there is no shortage of opportunities to get together with friends and family and celebrate everything this season has to offer. For us humans, this time of year is a lot […]

10 Awesome Father’s Day Gifts for Dog Dads

Father’s Day is just around the corner. And, while this holiday is typically celebrated for dads with human kids, we think it’s just as important to honor all the dog dads around the world too. After all, being a dog dad is a big responsibility. From daily walks to vet appointments and cleaning up the […]

3 Common Misconceptions About What Makes a Dog Aggressive

If you watch the news or read the paper, it’s likely that you’ve come across a story about someone getting attacked by a dog. And I bet you that 9 out of 10 times, the dog in the story is some sort of large male dog—perhaps a specific breed, like a Pitbull or German Shepherd. […]

Jack’s Intuition: A Dog’s Amazing Ability to Understand Life and Death

It’s almost a year ago that my beloved dog peanut passed away. And on that day something very mysterious occurred. It’s taken me all this time to get to a place where I was ready to tell this story. But, I’ve reached the point in which I’m ready to share. So today I’d like to […]

The Pros and Cons of Puppy Training Classes

You’ve just brought home your adorable new puppy, and what happens?… He pees on your carpet… And starts chewing on your shoes. Time for puppy training classes? My answer is maybe— All dogs need some form of training in order to live happy, relaxed lives, but is Puppy School really the best answer? There are […]

Food Aggression: Why Some Dogs Feel the Need to Aggressively Protect Their Dinner

Food aggression is a dangerous behavioral issue that often results in accidental injuries to both humans and other household pets. The worst part… While this type of behavioral issue is often found in dogs who have been rescued from neglectful situations, the behavior also pops up frequently in dogs who don’t have a proper training […]

Winter Skin and Paw Care: How to Keep Your Dog Healthy in Cold Weather

It’s a scorcher here in New Zealand! But a lot of folks in the Northern Hemisphere are having other problems… During the winter months, it’s common for humans to suffer from dry skin or chapped lips. The reason: cold weather literally sucks the moisture out of us. What you might not know is that dogs […]

Should I Get Rid of My Dog? What to Do If Your Dog Bites

Dogs—while they are amazing, beautiful, wonderful creatures—are animals. And, anytime you’re spending time with an animal, there’s the potential for something to go wrong. Thankfully, over decades and decades of breeding and training, our pups have become so domesticated that they are mostly lovers, not fighters. However, there are many factors such as… Age Training […]

Why Does My Dog Sniff That? The Science Behind Your Dog’s Incredible Sense of Smell

Do you ever wonder why your dog’s nose is always running a mile a minute? The answer is simple: A dog’s sense of smell is his most powerful sense. A dog can use his nose to sniff out food, his friends, and danger from miles away. So, even when we can’t smell anything around, it’s […]

6 Great Reasons to Foster a Dog in Need

According to the ASPCA, over 7.6 million cats and dogs end up in shelters every year. What’s even worse…according to the statistic, only 2.7 million of them end up finding homes. That means nearly 4.9 million animals are put down every year, simply because they can’t find homes and shelters can’t care for them all. […]

7 Winter Safety Myths about Dogs You Shouldn’t Believe

During the summer months, there’s a lot of talk about the dangers of leaving your dogs out in the summer heat. However, once winter rolls around, people don’t seem to be as concerned about the temperatures. Of course, it’s common for people to remind dog owners to bring their pups indoors overnight when the weather […]

ScritchSpot: The Must-Have App Doggy Dan Recommends for All Dog Owners

If you enjoy technology, there’s a good chance you have a variety of apps on your computer, phone, or tablet. And, if you love dogs, it’s likely that a handful of those apps have to do with dog care. I myself even have a few dog-related apps I use from time to time that are […]

Dog Chewing: How to Keep Your Dog from Destroying Your Stuff

If you’ve ever had a dog… Chew up your brand-new shoes Gnaw on your furniture Tear up your carpet …you’re not alone. One of the most common behavioral issues dog owners come across is chewing. (See how I’ve helped train over 37,000 dogs- many of which had a bad chewing habit here!) This makes sense […]

The Dog Calming Code: My #1 Secret to Successfully Training Over 37,000 Dogs

If you’ve been asking yourself any of the following questions… When did I lose the love for owning my dog? When did it stop being fun to have my dog around? What would my life look like if I had a training manual for my dog? …then it’s possible that your dog’s behavior has become […]

Dog Safety: What to Do If You Encounter an Aggressive Dog

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year. Out of those 4.7 million bites, 800,000 of them result in the need for medical care. According to these statistics, 1 out of every 69 people in the US has been bitten by a […]

The Great Shave Debate: 5 Things to Consider Before You Shave Your Dog

For years, dogs owners, dog trainers, and even veterinarians have argued about whether it’s ok, or even beneficial, to shave your dog’s coat. So…to shave or not to shave…what is the right choice? As a dog owner myself, I know that the answer isn’t necessarily black or white. In fact, there are many factors (both […]

Why Does My Dog Do This?…10 Odd Dog Behaviors Defined

It’s no secret that dogs and humans often exhibit very different behavioral habits. After all, if you walked around sniffing others people’s butts in an attempt to get to know them, you might be sent in for a mental evaluation. Yet, some of these odd behaviors—like sniffing butts or rolling around in stinky things—are very […]

How to Determine If Your Dog’s Bad Behavior Is Caused by Boredom or Stress

As a dog trainer, I am often approached with questions about different dog behavioral problems. Some people believe the issues that arise due to boredom are caused by lack of exercise or a lack of attention given to a dog. And these things certainly can make the behavior worse. However, many of these behaviors are […]

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