Doggy Dan Shares His Top 10 Favorite Dog Books List

There’s nothing better than curling up after a long day with a cup of tea, your dog, and your favorite dog book. It’s a great way to relax, unwind, and spend some quality time with your pup. However, as someone who reads a lot of dog books, I often find myself at a loss for […]

The Big Fix Uganda: Amazing Dog Names Inspired by Real Stories

Jack, Molly, Bella, Max…we all know these common dog names. In the western world, it turns out that a lot of the time we are not that original when it comes to naming our dogs! (I have a dog named Jack!) But, it’s not the same way everywhere in the world. In fact, in Africa, […]

Is it Cruel to Dress Up Your Dog for Halloween?

Halloween is just around the corner, and pet shops are full of adorable doggy costumes. From the traditional hot dog costume to monsters, superheroes, and everything in between, it’s hard to resist picking up an outfit for your dog to wear. You might get a kick out of taking pics (and posting them) of your […]

Common German Shepherd Behavioral Problems and Personality Traits

Over the years working as a dog trainer, I’ve probably worked with as many German shepherd dogs as any other breed. Most often, they are an incredibly loyal breed, are devoted to their owners, and have really sweet and fun personalities. And so, to those of you who love the breed and wouldn’t consider anything […]

Recall Training: How to Get a Dog to Come When You Call

There’s nothing scarier than watching your dog run off across the beach, down the street, or through the woods while you helplessly call for him to come back to you without any luck. It only takes seconds, for a dog to vanish before your eyes—all because your dog is excited and decided to chase a […]

Crate Training a New Puppy: Tips and Tools for Setting Up Your Pup

Today, I want to talk about a very useful tool when it comes to training your puppy—a crate. Even more important, I want to discuss how to set yourself up for effectively crate training a new puppy. To some people, a crate looks a bit like jail cell. However, most puppies and dogs (once they’re […]

Begin a Dog Training Career: What it Takes to Become a Great Dog Trainer

If you’ve thought about becoming a dog trainer, but aren’t quite sure you have what is takes to become a great dog trainer, you’re not alone. In fact, there are tons of dog-lovers around the world who dream of living a life where they get up every morning and actually get paid to work with […]

Puppy Training Tips: How to Set Your New Puppy Up for Success

Bringing a new puppy home is one of the most exciting things in the world. And when it goes smoothly, it’s a wonderful experience. However, amongst this joy, it’s also very easy for things to go pear-shaped quickly if you don’t know what you’re doing. Especially if you’re a first-time puppy parent. I believe it’s […]

How to Stop Dog Barking: Doggy Dan’s Ultimate Guide

Out of all the bad dog behaviors that exist, how to stop dog barking has to be one of the most frustrating issues to deal with. Think about it… If your dog has a barking problem, it’s unlikely that you’re able to control when he barks. This can lead to his howling keeping you up […]

How to Overcome Your Fear of Aggressive Dogs to Become a Dog Trainer

If you’re somebody who’s thought about becoming a dog trainer, but you’ve been put off because you’re concerned about the dangers of working with aggressive dogs, you’re not alone. In fact, I encounter people every day who absolutely love dogs, but who also have fears about working with them–especially if they have aggressive tendencies. If […]

Best Behaved Dog Breeds: Does Breed Determine a Dog’s Personality?

I often get asked the question, “What are the best behaved dog breeds?” And here’s my answer… The idea that a breed can determine a dog’s personality is one of the biggest dog myths in the world. There’s simply not such thing as a “best behaved dog breed.” For example, people assume that if you […]

Vet Tech Careers: 5 Reasons Vet Techs Make Great Dog Trainers

If you read the title of this blog, and it made you smile or caused you to become intrigued, it’s possible that you work as a vet tech in your local animal hospital. First of all, I want to say thank you for doing a thankless job. I know how hard you work to ensure […]

Correcting Bad Dog Behavior: Why Your Dog Is like a Mirror

A lot of people ask me, how do I train my dog? Or even more important, how do I go about correcting bad dog behavior that already exists? And the answer is always this. When it comes to training a dog it’s important that we first start with a solid foundation. That’s where you get […]

The Ultimate Guide to Dealing with Dangerous Dog Aggression Issues

Dog aggression. It’s one of the biggest reasons that people… Dump their dogs on the side of the road. Send their dogs to shelters. Have their dogs euthanized. It’s heartbreaking and tragic, but it happens every day. Why? Because people truly don’t believe that there is hope to change the behaviour of a dog. And […]

Doggy Dan’s Dog Training Tips: Why Smart Dogs Need Smart Owners

Out of all the animals in the world, dogs appear to be one of the smartest. Think about it for a minute… Your dog knows when you’re sad, angry or happy. He knows when it’s mealtime without being able to read a clock. He can sense danger when a stranger knocks at the door. And […]

Dog Adoption: When Is the Best Time to Adopt a Dog?

If you’ve been thinking about adding a four-legged addition to your home, you may be asking yourself the following questions… “Should I get a puppy or should I rescue a dog?” “Do I need to get a puppy so I can form a better bond with him?” “How long does it take for a dog […]

Dog Training Tips: How to Help Your Dog Overcome the Fear of Fireworks

Dogs who are scared of fireworks–as well as thunder, gun shots, or other loud noises–is a topic that I am passionate about. There’s nothing I hate more than seeing animals in fear, especially dogs. For those of you that own dogs with a true fear of loud noises, you may feel overwhelmed when challenging dog […]

Dog Training: The Power of Mind Space Connections in Dogs

Hi there! Today, I want to share with you something that I call “mind space.” I coined the term after something that kept happening to me when I was walking one of my dogs–my dear dog Tamar, who has since passed away. Over the years that I had Tamar, it became very apparent that she […]

Doggy Dan’s Top 10 Favorite Dog Movies

Hi there… Usually I like to share about dog training, but today I want to do something different and fun. Ready? Get excited, because tonight, it’s movie night! As a guy who loves dogs, you can bet that I’ve watched a fair share of dog movies in my life. And while I love them all, […]

Time Out: One of The Most Effective Dog Training Methods

When you hear the word “time out,” you probably envision a small child getting sent to his or her room for a few minutes as a punishment for doing something naughty. Why? Because it’s a safe, kind and effective discipline method that works to help children understand and cool down when their behavior has been […]

Doggy Dan’s Ultimate Guide to Leash Training

Providing dogs with routine daily exercise is an incredibly important part of caring for a canine. Why? Because excess energy can quickly lead to your dog turning to naughty behaviors like chewing furniture and getting into the rubbish bin. This is even true for all dogs–including well trained dogs. And poor obedience due to a […]

A Dog’s Sixth Sense: The Unexplained Power of Dogs

I’ve always been fascinated with how amazing nature is. It seems as though every day we discover new things about animals—things that previously may have seemed like the stuff of a science fiction novel or movie. And as a dog trainer, I’ve certainly seen my fair share of interesting and sometimes even unexplainable behaviour. One […]

What Training Dogs Has Taught Me about Parenting

Have you ever looked at your dog, then at your child, and thought to yourself, “I wonder how similar raising a children is to training a dog?” I have! In fact, after a decade of training over 3,000 dogs, owning 4 dogs, and having two human children of my own, I ended up writing a […]

Treat Your Pet: 7 Dog Foods Canines Crave

Dogs love food! Why? Well, same reason you do! It tastes delicious! Word of WARNING! Before we begin I would like to say that these foods ARE NOT necessarily the best foods for your dogs. They are simply treats and foods that I have found dogs love over the years that I’ve lived and worked […]

MYTH BUSTERS: Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

When I hear the myth “You can’t teach an old dog a new trick,” I also think of a quote which I believe to be true… “If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always got!” In other words, if you want to train a dog, no matter his […]

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