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Fun tricks to teach your puppy

After your puppy has learned the basics of dog training, you can now turn your practice sessions into fun. For instance, put your puppy in a Sit-Stay position, back off a foot or two, show him a toy and throw it to him. Try to avoid going for a catch that requires a super hero leap into the air. The idea is to have him actually catch it!

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Housebreaking your dog

Most puppies that are born in a nest have a natural desire to move leave the nest to alleviate themselves. Pups will do this without being trained as soon as they are able. At the age of three weeks, puppies will start to leave their bed to relieve themselves.

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Your dog's body language

Dogs use their bodies and paws to express a variety of different things. Below are some examples and what they mean. Dog crouches with front legs extended, rear up, and head near the ground: This is the classic play-bow and means simply "I want to play!"

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How to prevent dog biting

If your dog is less than 16 weeks old and nips and bites non-stop, this is normal behavior - young dogs mouth a lot. Puppies mouth while playing and they mouth when communicating their wants. If your dog begins mouthing, he may be hungry or thirsty. Ask yourself: Does he need to remove waste? Is he tired? Does he want to play? Dogs nip when they feel a sense of neediness – like when a baby cries.

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The social rankings of the wolfpack: Understanding of your dog's ancestors

It is believed that members of the pack selflessly subordinate their own interests to the greater interests of the pack, but this is really not a clear description of the evolutionary forces or causes at work. In wolf packs of the group establish their own social rankings. The top male and top female irately disrupts any attempts by their inferiors to breed. These rankings are usually stable for a long time, and when this is the case the lower-ranking animals often give way to their superiors without a brawl.
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Dog training - How to control biting

One thing you can count on when bringing home a new dog is the fact that he will nip and bite at your fingertips during the first few days or weeks. This is totally normal and there is no reason to get frantic that you may have purchased an aggressive dog. However, like any hostile behavior you wish to change about your dog, you need to take a few steps so that your dog understands that biting is not something you as the “pack leader” want him to continue doing. In other words he has to understand that biting is a huge no-no.

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