Dog Training

Train your dog like a pro with our expert behavioral tips and tricks.

Slide into your rightful place as pack leader with help from our dog training section, your one-stop shop for information and advice on common behavior problems and primers on basic commands and dog training techniques. Learn about common aggression triggers in dogs, the importance of socialization and how to deal with everything from excessive barking and separation anxiety to housebreaking a puppy. Get expert advice from our resident dog trainer, Casey Lomonaco, read about how other dog owners have dealt with dog training and behavior issues of their own, and use our Dogster Local search box to find a dog trainer near you.

Talk About Behavior & Training

Using Sports to Burn Energy and Bond with Your Pet

I just wanted to send out a reminder that getting involved in a dog sport is a great way to burn off your dog's energy and to have an activity that both you and your dog will enjoy. Dog sports are both socially and physically invigorating. I used to have a lot of problems with one of my older dogs (she is no longer with me due to an accident) until I got my current dog involved in rally obedience and informal "competitions" where we would show off newly taught behaviors and tricks. My dog literally changed over a period of about a month after implementing a training regimen that focused on only a handful of behaviors. Rally obedience is a great place to start because of the tiered exercises and the acceptance of using a leash in the novice level. A lot of the novice (level 1) exercises are also very brief, easy to understand, and are intuitive to dogs and humans. The advanced exercises are another story, but they are labeled advanced for a reason!

Victor V., owner of a Border Collie

Helping a Dog with Severe Separation Anxiety

Having a good dog walker or sitter visit your house to be with your dog when you are not there can be a good way to help a dog with severe separation anxiety.

Linda M., owner of a German Shepherd

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