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Rescue Dog Series Part 5: Solving Inappropriate Elimination Issues

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When you think about potty accidents in the house, you most likely picture a new puppy who is just learning where it’s appropriate to use the bathroom. But, what happens when you bring home a two-year-old dog…or a six-year-old or a ten-year-old that you find out still uses your carpet as a spot to relieve […]

Christmas Puppies: Are You Truly Ready for the Responsibility of a Dog?

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Imagine this… You wake up on Christmas morning. The trimmed tree is glimmering with lights. A fresh pot of coffee is brewing in the kitchen. Snowflakes are gently falling outside the window. And to top it all off, a tiny little puppy is snuggled up under a tree branch waiting for your children to wake […]

Rescue Dog Series Part 4: 5 Methods for Helping Your Rescue Dog Overcome Anxiety

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If you’ve ever dealt with anxiety in your own life, you know how unpleasant the experience is. Now think about what it must feel like for a rescue dog who doesn’t understand why they are feeling nervous, anxious, and fearful. It’s devastating to watch a dog suffer with anxiety as they are unable to relax, […]

Rescue Dog Series Part 3: 5 Steps to Successfully Acclimate A Rescue Dog Into Your Home

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There’s a lot of excitement and anticipation about bringing a new dog into your home! And much like bringing home a new baby, there’s also some prep work involved to ensure the transition is smooth. While most dogs—regardless of whether they are adults or puppies—require similar setups and routines, there are a few things to […]

Doggy Dan’s 7-Step System for Keeping Your Dog Off the Furniture

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You’ve just bought a brand-new furniture set and you’ve set it up in your living room. Fifteen minutes later your dog comes in from digging in the dirt, jumps on your new couch, and leaves muddy footprints all over your new upholstery. How frustrating is that? If you’re struggling to keep your pup off your […]

Rescue Dog Series Part 2: Putting an End to Aggressive Behaviors

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As we dive into part two of my rescue dog series, we’re going to be talking about a very serious issue…aggression. Aggression (toward people and other animals) is one of the biggest reasons shelter dog’s get sent back to their rescue facility. It’s also a reason some people dump their rescue dogs on the side […]

Rescue Dog Series (Part 1): 5 Ways to Help Your Dog Overcome Resource Guarding Behavioral Issues

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If you’ve followed me for any period of time, have read my blogs, watched my podcasts, or followed me on social media, you know that I am a huge advocate for rescuing dogs. Adopt don’t shop! It warms my heart to see and hear from so many of you that have rescued dogs. Thanks for […]

Doggy Dan’s Training Tips: How to Potty Train an Adult Dog

A lot of people tend to struggle with potty training their pets…particularly new puppies! But, over the last few months I’ve gotten many requests asking me to talk about potty training older dogs. I can see where people might struggle here…especially if your new canine companion is an older dog who came from a rescue! […]

Dog-On-Dog Aggression Solved: Transforming Two Dogs Who Tried to Kill Each Other

Dog-on-dog aggression is a serious behavioral issue that many dog owners face when bringing a new canine into their home. If you’re struggling with dog-on-dog aggression in your home, I want you to know two things. First, you are not alone. Second, there IS a solution that can help you put an end to your […]

8-Week-Old Puppy Schedule: The Ultimate Guide to Training Your New Puppy

Congrats! You’re getting a new puppy OR you’ve just brought your new puppy home! It’s a very exciting time in the life of new fur parents…but figuring out how to integrate a new puppy into your daily life isn’t always as easy as spending time cuddling on the couch and playing with toys in the […]

The Missing Link: Why You’re Struggling to Train Your Pup and How a Comprehensive Dog Training Program Can Help

The second you bring a new dog into your home, your life changes forever. While most of the changes are positive, you might also find yourself wondering, “what did I get myself into?” Just like humans, dogs can come with a variety of behavioral challenges that occur in both puppyhood and adulthood. Challenges such as… […]

Celebrating Diversity: Doggy Dan’s Dog Training Programs Made Accessible for Deaf Dog Owners

One of the greatest joys in life is dog ownership. Knowing this, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from the companionship of a canine! This being said, we know there are some circumstances that make owning and training a dog a little more challenging. And upon reflection of our own training programs, […]

How to Get Kids Involved While Training Your Dog at Home

In order to properly train your dog at home, you need to establish a clear, consistent training routine for your pup. This means… Setting firm boundaries. Sticking to a set routine (meal times, potty breaks, walks,etc.). Strategically rewarding your dog for good behavior. Following through with time outs when your pup struggles to listen. Maintaining […]

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. […]

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 […]

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! Or, if you […]

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 […]

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