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Training your pet should be positive and fun. Our expert Trainer, Susan Girodano - K9U Training, provides tips and advice to assist with basic training as well as how to teach an old dog some cool new tricks. Learn why training your pet with positive reinforcement is a effective method.

Giving Your Dog A Bone? Here is the #1 Dog Bone Safety Tip

Whether you give your dog a raw hide, a raw bone, a deer antler or some other kind of chew toy, there is one safety measure that everyone should follow. Regardless of what you may have...

How To Train Your Dog To Find Your Cell Phone With Wellness RawRev

This post is sponsored by Wellness® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™.  I am being compensated to help share information about the Wellness® CORE® RawRev™ raw food dog food but WagBrag only shares information...
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7 Fun Things To Do With Your Dog

  When you think of exercising your dog, the first thing that likely comes to mind is going on a walk.  Daily walks are very beneficial and essential part of having a dog. Walks provide...
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Ruffwear Front Range Harness Review

I've been waiting for the right occasion to do another Ruffwear product review. Finally, the perfect opportunity had arrived - I had just registered my labrador retriever for the CGC (Canine Good Citizen) training class. I...
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Tips On How To Pass The CGC Test For Dogs – Canine Good Citizen...

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test is comprised of 10 different tests that you must perform with your dog. Your dog must successfully complete all 10 tests for a passing grade. The tests represent...
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12 Snake Bite Prevention Tips For Dogs – Snake Bites On The Rise

It's summer time! As the weather heats up, it's a good idea to keep an eye out for snakes - for the safety of both you and your dog. According to PetMD approximately, 8,000...
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A Perfect Dog Treat For Training – Bonito Fish Flakes

  I received Bonito Fish Flakes & compensation from Chef Asako. However, the opinions and text are all mine. I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers. Dog Training Tip - How To Hold...
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How To Get Started In Dog Agility Training

One of the most rewarding things about being owned and loved by a canine companion is the ability to do some sort of exercise with him or her such as dog agility.  There are...
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Retractable Dog Leashes – Pros & Cons

Are Retractable Leashes Safe For Dogs? Although the retractable dog leash receives bad reviews by some, I believe it can be used effectively and safely if you know and follow a few common sense rules. I've...

Teach Your Dog To Wear A Backpack With These 5 Easy Steps

  As I prepare for my upcoming camping trip in November, I look forward to trying out some new hiking gear for my dog. I'm especially eager for Rio to test out his new doggie backpack...
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Dog And Puppy Training Tips For Kids

Bringing a dog into your family is joyous and your kids will certainly be excited. However, this situation can be tricky. It may take some time for your dog to get acquainted with her new...
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Preparing To Bring Home A New Puppy? Here Is What You Need To...

You’ve planned, you’ve searched and you’ve found him – the new love of your life. It’s time for your new puppy to come home with you and meet his or her new family. It’s a...
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Dig This! How To Stop Your Dog From Digging Up Your Yard

Authored By Susan Giordano: K9U Dog Trainer and Behaviorist  People frequently ask me how they can stop their dog from digging holes in the yard, or how to stop them from digging up newly planted flowers...
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Dog Surfing Video: Watch Tenacious Corgi Surf Through Waves

Tenacious Little Corgi Surfs Through The Waves It's summertime and nothing beats hanging out at the beach with your friends, family....and watching a dog surfing. For those of you who are at the beach, heading...
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Cat Expert Tips – How to Communicate with Your Cat

Dr. Tony Buffington, of the College of Veterinary Medicine, professor at the Ohio State University has dedicated his life to the general mystery of cats. He has spent the last few years studying interstitial...
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Getting Your Cat Outdoors – Leash Walking Tips for Cats

      Springtime is here, and if you haven’t already, you should make some time to venture outdoors. Whether you’re going on a hiking trip, or just taking a walk in the park, get out and...
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Video: What Can Dogs Eat?

Table Scraps - Tips and Reminders When it comes to table scraps, there are some foods that are okay to give our dogs and other foods we should avoid. Some table scraps are not healthy...
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12 Things You Need To Know About Dog Training With Positive Reinforcement

Positive training is a method of training animals that does not use force, coercion, or other harsh methods.  The basis of positive reinforcement training is to help the dog do what you are asking him...
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Video: Dog Playing Pool – Best In The World

Dog Playing Pool Video People have been amazed at this dog playing pool.  Videos of Halo, the pool playing dog, have been circulating since 2009.  It's almost unbelievable how accurate he seems to be. There...
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How to Train Your Cat to Fetch

Uh, what? Yeah, that’s what we said when one of our staffers suggested this as a hot topic to cover. Play fetch with a cat? Well, as a matter of fact cats are very trainable despite...
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How to Clicker Train Your … Fish?

All you need is some patience and a few good tips to clicker train fish. Yes, it may seem daunting and impossible but follow these tips watch your fish perform. You’ve heard about the effectiveness...
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Tips on Potty Training Your Puppy

CRATE TRAINING A PUPPY FOR HOUSE TRAINING PURPOSES Important Note: One of the most successful methods for house training your puppy - is to use a crate.  First and foremost, you want your puppy to...
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5 Steps For Teaching Your Cat To Walk On A Harness

Cats Need Exercise Animal professionals, veterinarians, and rescue workers agree that cats belong indoors and need to be kept from going outside. There are many health and safety concerns associated with cats being outdoors. However, cats...
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10 Tips to Avoid a Dog Bite

  It's important to understand why dogs bite and to follow the safety tips below around all dogs, including those in your home. Why Dogs Bite The vast majority of dog bites are the result of an...

How to Calm Your Cat

Some cats can be nervous nellies. This can come from a wide variety of things including growing up as a stray and then being introduced to a loving home or even living in unfortunate...
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Crate Training Made Easy With These Simple Steps

Why Crate Train? Crate training a puppy is a great way to ensure you will have fewer, if any, accidents while you teach your puppy where s/he should eliminate. Crate training an adult dog can...
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Dog Training Myths Explained

New science sheds light on effective dog training. Check out this video if you want to learn more about the top dog training myths. http://youtu.be/pEXQsYEaYcI?list=PLL9CA3Yl8kWEcACwOJ3jJ8lbvhpUcyV53

Easy Ways to Keep Pets off Your Furniture

Dogs on the furniture, or not?  Cat on the chair?  Maybe.  Cat on the dinner table?  NO!  Every pet and every pet owner is different, just as some people are more laid back and...
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Tips for Living With A Blind Dog

I Can See Clearly Now Whether your dog was born blind, slowly lost his vision, or abruptly lost his vision through illness or a traumatic event, there are ways to help them function in their...
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Shock Collars No Good – New Study Says

  We've all heard that shock collars can be an effective dog training method. But new research suggests that shock collars are much less effective than positive reward training and can, in fact, traumatize your...
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5 Behaviors YOU Need to Stop Doing With Your Dog

  As a dog guardian, you may find yourself developing certain habits that not only reflect badly on you and your dog, but also set you both up for failure down the road. Many of...
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What is Clicker Training – and Why it Works

  Clicker training is a method used to train animals of any kind to repeat wanted behaviors by marking and reinforcing them. Clicker training works especially well for training dogs, as they quickly learn if they repeat...
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How to Teach Your Dog to Swim

AUTHORED BY: Russ Boles and Susan Giordano - K9U Training & Behavior Modification. All dogs naturally know how to swim, right?  Wrong!  Depending upon the breed, some dogs are fabulous swimmers, and some cannot swim at all. ...
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Tips On How To Stop Your Dog From Barking

I’m sure you’ve lived in neighborhoods or apartment buildings where there’s a dog that loves the sound of his voice! Night, day or in between, there they are, barking away, loudly, annoyingly and forever. Or...
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How to Get Your Cat to Stop Biting You

Some cats can be more aggressive than others. Cat attacks are a fairly common problem. Approximately 400,000 cat bites are reported annually in the United States. Many times this behavior happens simply because...
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Teach Your Dog to Wave With 12 Easy Steps

One of my favorite tricks to teach a dog is “wave”.  Most dogs can perform this wave trick, provided they are able to sit straight, with even weight on both sides of their body. ...
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Calming Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Many years ago, a friend of mine adopted a yellow labrador from her local humane society. Since it was Taz’s third home in just his first year of life, it wasn’t surprising he suffered...
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The #1 Puppy Proofing Tip

// Puppy Proofing Your Apartment Are you thinking of getting a new puppy? Look out for toxic household plants, get rid of pesticides, lock food and medicines safely away.  These are all good common sense...
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Dog Fitness – Add Variety to Your Dog’s Fitness Routine

When you think of exercising your dog, the first thing that likely comes to mind is going on a walk.  Dog fitness routines should include daily walks - they are very beneficial and an essential...
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Fixes for Cat Litter Box Accidents

We all love our cats, but we can do without the litter box accidents. Accidents can ruin your floors or carpets, causing costly damages, and stress everyone out. There is good news. This can...
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“Down Boy!” How To Stop Your Dog from Jumping?

What’s more satisfying than coming home to an excited greeting from your dog? It’s like a one dog parade just for you! It can make even the worst day seem ok. But should you...
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Bikejoring

What Is Bikejoring Bikejoring is a canine sport considered a “mushing” sport.  In this sport a dog or team of dogs is harnessed to a towline and run ahead pulling a cyclist.  This sport is...

TEN MYTHS About Raising and Training a Puppy

When it comes to raising and training a puppy, how do you know what advice to follow? Wagbrag's expert dog trainer & behaviorist, Susan Girodano, shares her knowledge on the following top 10 puppy...
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Why Training with Positive Reinforcement Works

Positive training is a method of training animals that does not use force, coercion, or other harsh methods.  The basis of positive reinforcement training is to help the dog do what you are asking him...

Eliminating Your Dog’s Unwanted Chewing

By Sherry L. Granader. Chewing is as natural to dogs as sleeping and barking. But when a dog is constantly destroying your home, you need to address this behavioral problem sooner rather than later. The...

How To House Train Your Dog

For some reason, house training a puppy, or even an older dog, seems to be problematic for many people. Maybe it's that they aren't prepared for the commitment of house training. Maybe they don't...
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How to Litter Box Train a Kitten

Kittens start to dig and scratch in the dirt at about four weeks old. This is a natural instinct they are born with, and we can use this instinct to help litter box train...

It’s Mine! Dealing with Guarding Behavior

What’s mine is mine; what’s yours is mine; what I found is mine; YOU are mine; and what I stole is mine too!  This is the mindset of a typical dog.  Dogs are resource...

Great Expectations – How To Change Your Dog’s Behavior

Setting Realistic Goals for Your Dog’s Training Timeline As a trainer and animal behaviorist, one of the most important lessons I have learned from working with my clients relates to setting realistic expectations.  I receive...
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Alpha and Pack Training Philosophies

Renowned Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist talks with WagBrag Wagbrag is excited to publish an exclusive interview with John Wright, Ph.D., a renowned Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist.    Susan Giordano, Wagbrag’s expert on dog training and behavior modification,...
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Puppy Socialization… Top 6 Steps To Raise a Well-Adjusted Dog

Puppy Socialization Philosophy When it comes to puppy socialization we recall the words from a great dog trainer who said,“Good dogs are made, not born.” These are words from Pat Miller, owner of Peaceable Paws Training...

Socializing Your Puppy: An Animal Behaviorist’s Perspective

Wagbrag is excited to publish an exclusive interview with John C. Wright, Ph.D., a renowned Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB).    Susan Giordano, Wagbrag’s expert on dog training and behavior modification, recently had the opportunity...

Give Your Dog the Sit Test

How To Teach Your Dog To Sit - 5 Steps Most dogs know how to sit on cue, provided the circumstances are right.  You have to be facing your dog, and often I hear people...
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5 Fitness Activities – Change Up Your Dog’s Routine

When you think of exercising your dog, the first thing that likely comes to mind is going on a walk.  Daily walks are an essential part of having a dog.  Walks provide an excellent...
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How to Train Your Cat

(Yes, We Said “Cat”) Cat Training Tips For many centuries, it was believed that humans could train their only dogs to do a wide variety of things. At the same time, very few people believed you...

How To Tame a Feral Cat

Most cat lovers have been through a similar situation – they have had their hearts broken by a feral cat.  The cat will eat the food and drink the water which you leave on...

7 Tips – How to Stop Your Cat From Peeing In The House

One of the worst nightmares that all people who live with cats have to face is the possibility that their cat will either refuse to use the litter box or will stop using it...

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