Dog Training: Everything You Need to Know About Training Your Dog With Love & Respect

Dog Training

We think you might agree when we say:

Dog training is a really scary prospect!

We all want a well-behaved, good-natured dog. But the thought of getting it wrong and ending up with a hound that chews your furniture, steals your dinner and uses your bedroom for a toilet is enough to make many would-be dog owners get a cat instead.

Not that there’s anything wrong with cats, we love them!

But here’s the truth:

Dog training isn’t as scary as it seems.

The fact is, a well-trained, obedient dog is a pure joy to spend time with and be around. He’ll be happier, more fulfilled and you’ll create a bond with him built on love, trust, and understanding.

But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

You need the patience and commitment to training your dog for a lifetime.

With the correct understanding, training methods, and equipment, you’ll be able to shape his behavior and mold him into the dog you want him to be. You’ll prevent behavioral issues, and make your life together on of love, respect, and fun.

If the advice in this section of our website can prevent just one dog from being abandoned into a rescue shelter as a result of behavioral issues that could have been prevented with the correct training, we’re really happy with that.

This page is and will continue to be a work-in-progress as we update it with more articles, expert guides, and product reviews.

Make sure you bookmark it and come back regularly.

Dog Training: Essential Theory

Before you blindly dive into training your dog, it helps to know the theory behind what you’re doing.

In this section, we’ll be looking at what dog training is, why it’s important, how dogs learn and the different methods and techniques you can use. Plus other fundamentals.

why should I train my dog Theory
27th September 2017

Why Should I Train my Dog? The Importance of Dog Training and Where to Start?

If you’re asking yourself, ‘Why should I train my dog?’ then read on because this article is going to answer that question. In detail. Not only that, but we're going to tell you where to start with your dog's training. The importance of dog training cannot be underestimated. If you want to share a long and happy life with your…
positive reinforcement Theory
20th September 2017

Positive Reinforcement: Training Your Dog With Love & Respect

Positive reinforcement in dog training is a relatively new concept. But thanks to dog trainers like Victoria Stilwell and Zak George, it's becoming more and more popular. But what is it? How does it work? And can you really use it to train your dog? Well, in this article, we're going to explore the world of positive reinforcement and how to use it…

Basic Commands All Dogs Should Know

All dogs should know the basic commands.

Not only are they essential for a well-behaved dog.the safety of you, your dog, other

Not only that, they are incredibly important when it comes to your safety and that of your dogs, and other dogs and people.

They also form the foundations for more complex training.

how to teach a dog to sit Basic Commands
22nd September 2017

How to Teach a Dog to Sit (Step-by-Step-Video)

In this post, we're going to show you how to teach a dog to sit. This is one of the first things we teach our dogs when we bring them into our lives. This basic command is the foundation for many other training exercises. It’s also the go-too cue when you need her to focus her attention on you, like…
how to teach a dog to lay down Basic Commands
22nd September 2017

How to Teach a Dog to Lay Down (Step-by-Step Video)

In this post, we’re going to show you how to teach a dog to lay down. The ‘Down’ is useful when you want your dog to lay on her bed, if you want her to settle down and stay out of the way when you have company, or when you want to eat your tea in peace! Teaching your dog how to…
how to teach a dog to stay Basic Commands
22nd September 2017

How to Teach a Dog to Stay (Step-by-Step Video)

In this article, we’re going to show you how to teach a dog to stay. Like 'leave it’ and the recall, learning how to teach a dog to stay has the potential to save your dog from serious injury, and even death. We have seen and heard about dogs getting hit by cars, attacked by other dogs and scaring the wits…
leash training Basic Commands
22nd September 2017

Leash Training: How to Stop Your Dog Pulling on the Lead (Step-by-Step Videos)

Good leash training is something millions of dog owners struggle with. Believe it or not, it’s also a major factor in why there are so many dogs in rescue centers. Not being able to properly control your dog while you’re out walking can cause embarrassment and danger. It can be painful too! If you’ve ever had a dog just take…
how to teach dogs to heel Basic Commands
22nd September 2017

How to Teach Dogs to Heel (Step-by-Step Video)

In this article, we're going to show you how to teach dogs to heel. Once you have taught your dog to walk to properly on his lead, heel training is a good additional discipline to teach him. Heeling is most commonly used when you want to keep your dog close to you. This could be when you’re walking along a busy road…
how to teach a dog to come Basic Commands
22nd September 2017

Recall Training: How to Train a Dog to Come When Called (Step-by-Step Video)

In this article, we’re going to show you how to train a dog to come when called. Dog recall training is probably the most important kind of training you can do and in many cases, the most difficult one to master. The average person doesn’t spend anywhere near enough time teaching their pooch the ‘come’ command. We generally use it in situations when we…
how to teach a dog to drop it Basic Commands
22nd September 2017

How to Teach a Dog to Drop it / Take it (Step-by-Step Video)

In this article, we're going to show you how to teach a dog to drop it and take. Using the take it / drop it cue is the perfect way to prevent resource guarding ever developing in your puppy or dog. There will also be times in your dog's life when he will pick something up that you don't want…
how to teach a dog to leave it Basic Commands
22nd September 2017

How to Teach a Dog to Leave it (Step-by-Step Video)

Want to learn how to teach a dog to leave it? You’ve come to the right place! The ‘leave it’ command is a safety cue that could literally save your dog’s life. I’m lucky enough to be able to work with dogs (and other animals) every day. As a result, I’ve seen and heard about all the weird, wonderful and sometimes dangerous…
how to teach a dog to stand Basic Commands
22nd September 2017

How to Teach a Dog to Stand (Step-by-Step)

In this article, we're going to show you how to teach a dog to stand. Teaching a dog to stand is something that most people don’t even think about but it’s a cue that can be useful in a number of situations. Essentially, the ‘stand’ cue the opposite of sit but it’s to be used in situations when you don’t want her to actually…
how to teach your dog to watch you Basic Commands
22nd September 2017

How to Teach Your Dog to Watch You (Step-by-Step)

In this post, we're going to show you how to teach your dog to watch you. Once you’ve taught your dog how to walk on a loose leash, teaching him to watch you is actually pretty important. However, it’s something that so many people don’t even know to teach their dog. Apart from being useful when heel training, the ‘watch me’ cue is designed to…
how to teach a dog to relax Basic Commands
22nd September 2017

How to Teach a Dog to Relax (Step-by-Step)

This is is a cue that isn’t very well known but in this article, we're going to show you how to teach a dog to relax. It’s perfect when you need her to be calm and relaxed, like traveling the car. It can also be used in conjunction with the go settle or lay down commands. However, it’s not the cue to use situations…
How to teach your dog to go settle Basic Commands
21st September 2017

How to Teach Your Dog to Go Settle (Step-by-Step)

In this post, we're going to show you how to teach your dog to go settle. The ‘Go Settle’ or, ‘On your bed’ cue is similar to lie down or relax, except you’re asking her to settle in a desired spot. That might be on her bed or in her crate, for example. It’s the go-to command when you don’t want her begging at the table,…

Dog Training Products and Reviews

Dog training is much easier when you have the right tools for the job. We’re always looking for the best dog training products and supplies and we test them thoroughly.

This means you can buy the right products for you and your dog, saving time and money!

best no pull dog harness Training Products
14th October 2016

Best No Pull Dog Harness Reviews (2017 Update). Plus, Complete Buyers Guide

Taking your dog out for a walk should be fun. Instead, many dog owners suffer the indignity (and pain) of being pulled around by their dogs as they pick up a scent, chase the birds or greet their canine buddies. This pulling doesn't just cause pain and embarrassment for you, it can do serious harm to your dog. Especially if you walk…