Top 19 Dog Toys Your Pup Will Love

Most dogs are incredibly smart as well as curious and above all, playful.  With our busy lives sometimes it’s hard to find time to play with our beloved dogs, and there are certain dog breeds that are known to spell disaster for your home should they get bored or feel like they are not getting enough attention.  In order to keep our pups happy we can always offer them some toys that give them something to chew, and possibly something to comfort them when we are not around.  Not all dog toys are created equal and good toys for your dog may involve some thought on the type of dog that you have and what will make them the most happy.  Below are the 20 highly recommended dog toys; again consider the type of dog that you have prior to purchasing toys for them.

KONG Medium Cozie Dog Squeaky Toy

While some squeaky toys can be very annoying for any dog owner, the squeaky noise does simulate play time for your pooch.  This toy is offered in 10 different characters and has an extra layer of material to keep those sharp teeth from punching through.  This toy is definitely for supervised play and not made for a time where your pup can just sit down and chew.

Dog Squeaky Toy

KONG Air Dog Squeak air Birthday Balls

This toy comes in a pack of three and is made from a softer fabric material around the ball so it doesn’t wear your best friend’s teeth.  The rubber of the ball is formed around the squeaker making it difficult to get to, though not impossible.  Again, keep in mind that both tennis balls and the squeak air balls are made for supervised play.

Dog Squeak air Birthday Balls

KONG Classic

You may recognize the classic dog toy called the KONG.  This is normally an interactive toy that owners fill with KONG Treats or your favorite spray treats.  When thrown the KONG has an unpredictable bounce making it fun for the dogs to chase when there are no treats inside.  You may be able to leave this toy with your dog for a small amount of time to chew on depending on how powerful of a chewer the dog is.

KONG Classic

Benebone Bacon Flavored wishbone chew toy

The Benebone comes in a couple of different flavors and it is specifically for a supervised chew session, but what makes this bone so special is the fact that it is shaped like a wishbone.  With the wishbone shape it is easy for the dog to grip it with its front paws and it would make for a good tug-a-war toy.

Benebone Bacon Flavored wishbone chew toy

Chuckit! Ultra Ball

This toy is made entirely of rubber and floats in water.  Because they are made entirely of rubber they are very easy to clean while still be durable for a good game of fetch.  There is no need to worry about your dog eating or leaving pieces all over the house.

Chuckit Ultra Ball

IQ Treat Ball

If your dog gets easily bored then you may want to consider the IQ treat ball; just put treats in the center of the ball and adjust the difficulty of the challenge as you see fit and as your pet figures out the process of rolling the ball on the floor for the treats to spill out.  How often the treats spill out is the variable that you are adjusting

IQ Treat Ball

Hide A Squirrel Plush dog squeak toy by Outward Hound

The toy comes in three different sizes with small squeaky squirrels that hide in what looks like a tree stump, and the dog needs to dig them out of the stump.

Hide A Squirrel Plush dog squeak toy

Duckworth the Yellow Duck dog toy

Duckworth is a plush dog toy with a squeaker that is wonderful for tug-of-war or some fetch.  Because of all the plush filling and the squeaker your dog should not be left alone to play with this toy.

Duckworth the Yellow Duck dog toy

Nylabone Dura Chew

Made with extremely touch nylon, the dura chew has the ability to stand up again the biggest power chewer.  In the process of being chewed it will naturally raise bristles that will help with the dog’s teeth and control plaque.  The dura chew allows dogs to chew in a satisfying way without seeking random items around your home.

Nylabone Dura Chew

KONG Pet Stix dog toy

This is a stuffed toy made from nylon and poly-fill.  It is a good fetching toy, but do not let your dog keep this toy alone for it is easy to puncture with teeth.

KONG Pet Stix dog toy

KONG Rubber Flyer

As the name implies this Frisbee is made of rubber so it won’t cut your dog’s mouth.  The flyer toy is made specifically with playing fetch in mind and with a small amount of tug-a-war, however a dog should not be left alone with this toy.  If the dog is a power chewer that enjoys ripping things up check out the page dog toys for aggressive chewers.

KONG Rubber Flyer

Chuckit! Launcher

For all of those times you are playing fetch with your pup and end up getting a slobbery hand the launcher fixes this problem.  With the launcher you are able to throw the ball at least three times as far.  The launcher works with the Chuckit! Medium sized balls.

Flossy Chews Knot Rope

Made from Cotton blend fibers this rope toy would provide hours of tug-a-war fun with your dog; however it is an item that should not be left alone with chewer as they have the potential of chewing and swallowing pieces of the rope.

Flossy Chews Knot Rope

Chuckit! Kick fetch toy ball

This toy it the same size as a standard kick ball with large grooves for you dog to pick up and fetch.  The ball is puncture resistant and made from high bounce materials.  This keeps your hands from being slobbery and is perfect for those dogs that have trouble giving back the ball after a toss.

Chuckit Kick fetch toy ball

KONG Traxx dog toy

This toy is listed as being “extremely durable” and is able to have treats in the middle of the tire shape.  It is for dogs that are 30-65 pounds.

KONG Traxx dog toy

Loofa dog plush dog toy

This dog toy was made famous by a pet store commercial, however keep in mind if you have destructive power chewer at home you may end up with plush stuffing all over your home.  It does squeak and dogs do have the potential of swallowing the plastic squeaker plug, so this is toy should not be given unless supervised.  It would make a great tug-a-war toy with a medium sized dog.

Cool Teething stick

This toy is specifically for puppies who are teething.  Sometimes cool objects feel good against their sore gums but straight ice cubes can be a little sharp at times.  This toy goes into the freezer and once frozen your puppy can chew until it needs to be frozen again.  For best results wet the toy prior to placing it in the freezer.

Cool Teething stick

SmartBones Dog chews

These dog chews are chews that dogs can actually swallow.  They are made from all natural ingredients and are rawhide free.  Rawhide can be hard on a dog’s digestive track so finding alternative to rawhide will make your pet’s tummy happier.  Buy the right size of SmartBones for your dog otherwise it may become a choking hazard.

SmartBones Dog chews

KONG Wubba dog toy

This is another interactive, supervised play toy, that is great for fetching.  With various shapes and areas to grab ahold of, your dog may play for hours.  Because of the toy’s shape it will bounce in unpredictable directions making it entertaining for your dog.  The toy comes in different sizes, so find a size that best fits your dog’s needs.

KONG Wubba dog toy




Online Pet Stores Extravaganza

The rapid development of online shopping has seen the web flare up with websites that provide everything you need with a click of a mouse, and dog products are no exception. For pet lovers out there, dogs are a part of the family today. With online pet stores you can find everything you need for your dog without physically going out to actually get what they need. So free up your time, we have listed some cool online pet stores for you. The stores are divided to categories, so you can just easily scroll down to whatever most interests you.

 

Dog Collars and apparel

http://www.dogcollarsboutique.com

dog collars boutique

For anyone looking to pamper their animals with some high end dog collars, this site is amazing. Our favorite item here was the Halloween dog collars that they have on sale and are currently a new item. It’s a great new, fun, and festive way to enjoy the holidays with your pets.

Yellow Dog Design – Halloween Dog Collar – 13 designs

www.HotDogCollars.com

Hot Dog Collars

HotDogCollars offers a range of products from collars to harnesses, dog beds and more. For those who are just signing up, they have a promotional offer of $15 off their first purchase with no minimum purchase requirements.

Check out the car seat for dogs that they offer. This allows dogs to ride in the car with owners without risking their safety. The seat straps in with a seatbelt and allows your dog to sit with all around soft protection.

The Lookout Pet Car Seat – $64.95
Retail Price: $89.99
You Save: $25.04

www.muttropolis.com

Muttropolis

Muttropolis has a great selection of collars and other merchandise for those dog lovers out there. There prices are fair and they offer quality products that can be viewed in their inventory.

Coupon: Get 10% off a collar and leash set at Muttropolis.com

www.rogueroyalty.com.au

Rogue royalty has a great selection of collars and harnesses. We absolutely love the look and durability of the products they have to offer, and all for good value.

Check out their extra strength dog harnesses. For those who have bigger dogs and are worried about taking them out or restraining them when others are around, I was impresses with the black leather extra thick harness.

Rogue-Royalty-Dog-Harness

 

Dog Gear

www.petswarehouse.com

This online pet store has a little bit of everything for everyone. Whether you’re looking to buy a collar, harnesses, or other animal gear this is the place for you. They have great specials and sales constantly going.

 

ID tags

www.Dogids.com

dogids

Fully customizable dog tags which allows you to engrave your dog’s name and contact number amongst with a lot of other options. Upon signing up they even offer an awesome ten percent off your first order just for letting them send you a newsletter in your email inbox. While it’s not unusual to see dog tags to help identify your dog as well as contact information should they go missing, they offer a very unique service.

Coupon: 10% off at dogIDs

www.mypetdmv.com

This site is pretty genius when it comes to finding a new way to identify your pet and provide all their personal information- Your dog’s very own driver’s license!

You can simply custom order a license and strap it to your dog!

my pet dmv

Pet Supplies

www.wysong.net

Wysong

With great prices and organic pet food, pet owners will agree Wysong are the way to go.

Check out are Wysong review here.

 

www.RadioFence.com

Much like a few other sites out there, this one has a bit of everything no matter what type of pet owner you are. They constantly have sales going on so it’s a matter of stopping by to find something that fits your taste.

radiofence

The have a cool doggy fountain for this one which breaks outside the usual doggy bowl decorations you see, and allows you to spoil your dog a bit in the process.

Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain – $59.95

www.Pet-Dog.com

This site seems to focus more on items specific to certain animals based on their needs. We think it’s a great place to shop if you’re looking to find something new and natural to please your pet.

petdog

www.kurgo.com

Kurgo is an amazing site as it stands to let animals be what they are naturally. With that in mind they’ve come up with a line of products to protect your vehicle from animals that have gotten dirty or wet while traveling and playing with their owner, and many other cool outdoor products for dogs.

kurgo

 

www.entirelypets.com

Entirely pets specialize in animal care and grooming products for your pet. From heart worm medication to grooming essentials they have it all covered. Their prices are great and they definitely look out for your pet’s health.

Animal health

www.entirelypetspharmacy.com

entirelypets

Just as the name implies, this site is for purchasing medicine to keep your animal free of things that could harm them such as heartworms, fleas and ticks among other health conditions. They offer various packages to help meet your pet’s medical needs.

It’s really important to make sure you’re dog or cat get these types of medicine to remain healthy and happy. They offer a great package rate so if you have more than one animal they can be treated as well.

www.embracepetinsurance.com

For those who worry about their pet’s future or what to do in case of an emergency, embrace pets insurance is a great place to turn to. They sell a great variety of pet insurance plans to help you take care for your pet in case of emergency. Vet bills aren’t cheap and some vets will even refuse to assist you with medical assistance if you can’t pay something up front. For this reasons it’s important to have insurance so you can get your pet the care they deserve with pet insurance.

embracepets

 




Best Dog Food by Dog Types- Detailed Guide

Hi. Last time I wrote a complete guide describing How to train your dog. This week, I’ll deal with another topic- Best Dog Food by Dog Types.

Although there are a few kinds of dog foods that can be fed to all dog breeds, for healthy growth and development, most dog types have diets more suited for them. These specific dog foods are largely dependent on the characteristics of each dog type. In other words, you need to consider the natural behavioral and physiological features of your dog types if you want to get the most suitable dog food for them. Apart from their features, you also need to consider the purpose for which you want the dog. In this overview I touch on some recommended dog food according to specific dog types. Please note that most of the recommended products here are Wysong’s– that’s the brand that worked for me and the one I endorse, but we do provide other recommendations as well, so make your own judgment and adjustments as needed.

Please remember- always consult your vet what food and diet is appropriate for your dog.

You can easily scroll down the dog types for your specific dog breed in the links below. If your dog breed is not in this list, I provided some general recommendations in the end:

Best Dog Foods for Labradors
Dog Food for Bulldogs
Dog Food for Boxers
Dog Food for Pitbulls
Dog Food for Rottweilers
Dog Food for Golden Retrievers
Dog Food for German shepherds
Dog Food for a Large Breed Puppy
Dog Food for Small Dogs
Best Dog Food for Older Dogs
Best Dog Food For Skin Allergies – Hypoallergenic Dog Foods and dogs with allergies
High fiber dog food
Best Food for Dogs with a Sensitive Stomach

 

Best Dog Food for Labradors

This dog type has a great water resistant coat and is also a great retriever. Labradors are relatively more intelligent than other breeds and they are known to obey instructions to the letter. This is why this is one of the dog types preferred by the police and the armed forces. Naturally, they enjoy regular long walks with the company of their owner. Labradors are relatively more active than most other dog types so they need more of energy from protein- lamb, chicken and fish. For your Labrador, my recommended dog foods are Wysong’s Archetype (Chicken Variant), Wysong’s Archetype Burgers and Wysong’s fundamentals.

 Wysong’s Archetype Burgers    Wysong’s Archetype

Best Dog Food for Bulldogs

This dog type is usually muscular in nature. Bulldogs like being cuddled all the time and that is why they are referred to as lapdogs. You need to pay more attention to their food as they are very vulnerable to a few health issues. Bulldogs are known to have a very sensitive digestive system. Apart from that, they are also susceptible to allergies, hip dysplasia and flatulence. You need to take note of every food you give your bulldog so that if it develops any allergy, you will be able to easily pinpoint the particular food the dog is reacting to. You also need to take note of the quantities as he may be reacting to the quantity, not to the food itself. This dog type needs less protein because he is not as active as other dog types. Due to their sensitive digestive system, Wysong’s Anergen is recommended for them, but note that due to sensitivity of the digestive system, they should not be fed with ingredients like wheat, corn, soy, added colors, sweeteners and artificial flavors as they are known to trigger allergies. This is not to say that all these ingredients will give your bulldog problems. The point is you have to avoid all of them until you are able to discover all what triggers your dog’s allergies and what doesn’t.

Wysong’s Anergen

Best Dog Food for Boxers

This dog type is known to be very athletic and active naturally. Boxers usually need at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Due to its restless nature, this dog type requires a highly nutritious diet to maintain its level of energy. Boxers are known to be very friendly and very energetic. For this dog type, a daily exercise is a must to remain healthy. Boxers can be very restless and that makes them a little difficult to handle. Boxers need all the basic nutritional ingredients in their food to be able to maintain their high energy level. Apart from that, they also require diets with very high protein ingredients. You also have to ensure they get all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for healthy and rapid growth. Of all the essential minerals, calcium seems to be the most important as it enhances strong bones and healthy joints. Due to their high energy level, this dog type also requires taurine and L-carnitine for a healthy heart.

Recommended: Wysong’s Synorgon, Wysong’s Fundamentals, Wysong’s Growth, Natural Balance Limited ingredients, Buffalo Blue wilderness, Orijen Grain-free and Wysong’s Senior.
If your boxer is a puppy, you might want to go for Orijen Puppy and Wellness Core Grain-free.

Boxers are quite susceptible to allergies from protein. So be very careful with the kind of protein you give your boxer. Due to these allergies, it is advisable that whenever you are able to get the right dog food, just stick to it.

Wysong’s Synorgon   Wysong’s Growth    Natural Balance Limited ingredients    Buffalo Blue wilderness

Best Dog Food for Pitbulls

This dog type is agile, muscular and very strong. The biggest problem with Pitbulls is their aggression. Pitbulls are generally aggressive in nature and that is why it is better to own this dog type from the time he is a puppy. When you buy an adult Pitbull it would take time and effort for the dog to see you as a friend. As strong as Pitbulls are, their digestive system is very sensitive so don’t just make them eat anything. Despite being prone to allergies, Pitbulls have a huge appetite so you will need to minimize how often your dog eats to avoid obesity and health problems as the dog gets older.

Despite being known for aggression, Pitbulls can be affectionate and very playful. Generally, most dog types are energetic except when they get old. Pitbulls are one of the most energetic dog type. So they are always ready for a long walk. An adult Pitbull requires about 1400 calories every single day and a lot of protein. Pitbull puppies require about 22 percent protein while an adult Pitbull needs about 18 percent protein. Since this dog type is an energetic one, it requires a lot of fat as a major source of energy so you need to consider dog food with a lot of protein and fat. Puppies require about 8 percent of fat while adult Pitbulls require about 5 percent in their diet.

This dog type can be fed with any variant of Wysong’s Archetype, Wysong’s Archetype Burgers and Wysong’s fundamentals Due to its allergies, Wysong’s Anergen, Purina pro plan sensitive skin & stomach and Eukanuba sensitive skin are also recommended for your Pitbull. Other suitable dog foods are Acana & Bartlett pear, Taste of the wild wetlands and Orijen adult.

Purina pro plan sensitive skin and stomach    Acana & Bartlett pear    Taste of the wild wetlands

Best Dog Food for Rottweilers

This dog type is known for its quick and easy adaptability to different environment, and is also quite easy to train as he obeys instructions well. Rottweilers are generally friendly and they also need regular exercise like most other dog types. Rottweilers are generally fearless, they have natural instincts to protect their territory and they can be ferocious towards intruders. This is the major reason they are commonly used as guard dogs. For Rotties, there is a very thin line between being protective and being aggressive and this is why it is a must to train your dog. It can be dangerous when your Rottweiler lacks control. Power without control is very dangerous, so any dog type with the kind of courage, strength and intelligence like Rottweilers without control portends great danger.

To maintain its high level of strength, Rottweilers need a lot of protein and fat in their diet. You can feed your Rottie with any of the following dog foods: Any variant of Taste of the wild, Wellness Super5Mix Complete Health, any of Wysong’s archetype, archetype burgers, dream treats and uncanny.

Wellness Super5Mix Complete Health    Dream Treats   Wysong Uncanny Variety Pack

Best Dog Food for Golden Retrievers

This dog type has been known to be lively, loyal and full of love. They can be restless so they are always busy. They are always full of energy and a daily long walk is a must for this dog type. It is an established fact that any dog that is full of energy needs to eat well to be able to maintain his energy level. Retrievers are also known to have allergies and a few other health issues that may become more prominent as they grow older. Due to their allergies, getting the right dog food for them may be a bit difficult. But when you eventually get suitable dog food for them, you need to stick with it.
The following dog foods are suitable for Goldens: Blue Buffalo wilderness, Nature’s variety instinct raw boost, Dr. Tim’s Grain-free formula, Purina Pro plan for sensitive skin & stomach, Wysong’s Archetype, Wysong’s Uncanny, Wysong’s Synorgon and Wysong’s Anergen.

Nature’s variety instinct raw boost

Best Dog Food for German shepherds

This dog type is known to be fiercely devoted to his owners. German shepherds have naturally muscular bodies that become prominent as they grow older. They need highly nutritional dog food in the right quantity to be able to maintain their muscular body and their health generally. On the average, German Shepherds weigh about 75 pounds and what contribute mostly to their general body weight are their bones and muscles. This dog type is strong, intelligent, athletic and overly active.
While a typical adult German shepherd requires an average of about 1900 daily calories, much older and less active ones require a little less. This statistics was given by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences. You must ensure you give your German shepherd a daily long walk or other forms of rigorous exercise not only because he likes it, but also because it is necessary to maintain his health.
All athletic dog types require highly nutritional dog food at the right time and quantity. To maintain their energy, they need food with high fat content. And they also require a lot of protein for healthy growth and development of their muscle. According to Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), a puppy German shepherd requires at least 22 percent of protein in his food for rapid and healthy growths, while the adult requires just 18 percent for general health maintenance. To maintain their relatively high energy level, puppies require 8 percent fat in their diet while adults need just 5 percent. Since German Shepherds are known for their rapid growth, it is advisable to switch from puppy diet to adult’s dog food after about 6 to 7 months. This is important as feeding an adult German shepherd with a puppy formula will make him prone to joint and bone issues.
The following dog foods are suitable for your German Shepherd: All variants of Wysong’s Epigen Canned Diets (Epigen Canned beef, Epigen Canned chicken, Epigen Canned duck, Epigen Canned rabbit, Epigen Canned salmon and Epigen Canned turkey), and some other ones like Wysong’s Growth, Wysong’s Fundamental, Wysong’s Synorgon, Wysong’s Archetype Burgers, Royal Canin Breed Specific and Nutro Natural Choice for large breed adult.

Wysong’s Epigen Canned Diets       Royal Canin German Shepherd     Nutro Natural Choice for large breed adult

Best Dog Food for Large Breed Puppy

This general dog type requires dog food with meat based protein and fewer carbohydrates. They also need diets with low calcium. Furthermore, vitamins and minerals are highly essential for large breed puppies. Large Breeds are prone to health issues when they begin to grow old. They are prone to hip dysplasia, arthritis and even cancer. You can help them to prevent some of this health issues by putting them on a foundation of sound nutritional diet in their early days.
For the healthy growth consider the following dog foods from known brands: Orijen large breed puppy food and Blue Buffalo Wilderness puppy food.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness puppy food

Best Dog Food for Small Dogs

Small dogs can be fed with any variant of Wysong’s Archetype, Wysong’s Archetype Burgers and Wysong’s fundamentals. Other suitable dog foods are Acana & Bartlett pear, Taste of the wild wetlands and Orijen adult. Your dog does not have to be fed with all the dog foods listed above. Just stick to what he is comfortable with.

Best Dog Food for Older Dogs

Since older dogs are less active, less agile and less energetic, they do less exercise so they need fewer calories, fat and protein. On the other hand, they need a whole lot of vitamins and minerals as they are highly susceptible to a lot of health issues at this stage of their lives. Apart from that, old dogs have more allergies than young ones. These are the main issues you need to consider before you choose the right diet for an older dog. Wysong’s Synorgon will be just perfect for your old dog. Other suitable dog foods are Wysong’s Vegan, Wysong’s Nurture with Quail and last but not the least, Wysong’s Anergen to avoid allergies.

Wysong’s Vegan     nurture-with-quail

Best Dog Food For Skin Allergies- Hypoallergenic Dog Foods for dogs with allergies

Wysong’s Anergen is very suitable food for dogs with allergies. Another good dog formula is Purina Pro plan for sensitive skin and Stomach. These great dog foods will provide needed protein, fat, essential minerals and vitamins while preventing all forms of allergies at the same time.

High fiber dog food

There are two kinds of fibers in dog foods: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Whether soluble or insoluble, both kinds of fibers are highly important in a dog’s diet. According to the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, the main benefits of fibers are:

• Fibers promote rapid and healthy weight loss in both dogs and humans.

• Fibers reduce the chances of the emergence of colon cancer in both dogs and humans.

• Fibers prevent diarrhea.

• Fibers prevent constipations.

These are the reasons you must ensure your dog’s diets include a reasonable percentage of fiber. Fiber does not come from any kind of meat. Rather, fibers come from either vegetables or grains. The best and most nutritional fiber dog foods are Wysong’s biscuits, Wellness Core reduced fat formula and Purina Canine calorie control fiber.

BiscuitsWellness Core reduced fat formula

Best Food for Dogs with a Sensitive Stomach

In summary, the best three formulas for dogs with a Sensitive Stomach are Wysong’s Anergen, Biljac Sensitive Solutions and Purina Pro Plan for sensitive skin and stomach.

As always I hope this was useful.
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How to train your dog – The complete guide

Hi. Last time I wrote about aging in dogs. This week, I’ll deal with another topic- How to train your dog.

There are many dog training resources out there trying to provide information on exactly how to train your dog. Most people don’t know how to begin, and change their lifestyle to accommodate their dog’s behaviors. In this post I’ll try to do the impossible and give you a detailed outlook of all the best dog training methods out there.

Dog Behavior

Dogs have some deeply rooted, hardwired behaviors like jumping when they say hello, barking, chewing everything and digging. These behaviors can make it challenging to actually live with a dog. In order to enjoy life with your dog it’s highly recommended that you teach him (or her) skills that will allow you to live together in harmony.

how to train your dog

how to train your dog

Learning how to train your dog will improve your life and your dog’s life, enhance the bond between you, and ensure his safety. It can also be a lot of fun.

Dogs are usually eager to learn, and the key to success is good communication. Your dog needs to understand how you want him to behave and why he should act in the way you want.

Dog obedience training is not something cruel- It’s an amazing opportunity to improve the connection between you and your dog so you can enjoy a far greater understanding throughout the years.

When it comes to dog obedience training, most of the dog training resources out there do not specify all the best dog training methods, and are mainly focused on one dog training resource. My hope is that by the end of this article you will know exactly how to train your dog in the way that best fits your personality and lifestyle.

The article is divided into several categories:

– The benefits of dog training
– General dog training tips
– Dog training skills
– Free dog training resources
– Best dog training books and DVD’s
– Live dog trainers
– Online dog training courses
– Dog training equipment

You can quickly scroll down by clicking on the links above.

The benefits of Dog training

There are a lot of benefits for dog training. We listed some above, but the major ones are:

Positive beginning-

Puppy training classes give your dog the chance for a positive beginning in your house and family. It provides your puppy with the social skills he needs in new places.

‘Know-how’-

When you know how to train your puppy with general puppy house training, you get the knowledge to deal with dog behavioral problems, like leash training, and aggressive dog chewing.

You get the good behavior-

When you know how to house train a puppy then all the good dog behavior you always wanted is possible; from welcoming people coming to your house, to peeing only when outside. All making your dog easier to handle. Dog obedience training creates all the simple behaviors; like politely greeting people and coming back when called, possible. So when you know how to train your puppy, your dog becomes a fun family member and can join all the family activities. You won’t need to put your dog in another room when you have visitors and can take your dog everywhere!

Prevents your dog from running away-

House training puppies is the best and top reason that a dog stays at home.

Unbelievable connection-

Training your puppy is known to create an unbelievable connection between you and your dog and makes your dog happier. You understand your dog far better, and research show that owners that went through obedience training with their dog get more pleasure and have a better connection with their pet, which is quite understandable- when your dog isn’t pulling on the leash and is potty trained, it’s easier for you as a dog owner.

It’s fun! –

Training your puppy is fun for you and the dog. It’s an uplifting and engaging experience for you both and can be quite an amusing experience as well.

Security-

This is one benefit of dog training which is obvious but people don’t think about so much. When you know how to train a dog you can limit safety risks for your dog. A dog that comes back when called is less likely to get hit by a car for example. Furthermore, if unfortunately you had no reason but to place your dog in a shelter, a trained dog is more likely to find a new home after obedience training than without obedience training.

Dog obedience classes can take up a lot of time, therefore it isn’t right for everyone, so I tried to provide all the best dog training methods that we know of in this article. By a disciplined training you can have a well behaving dog, which could save you from years of stress handling a misbehaving dog.

General dog training tips

Generally speaking, dogs learn through the immediate consequences of their behavior. If the consequences of their behavior are good, they will do them more. If not, they will probably stop. In other words, if a dog’s behavior results in something pleasant like food, or a petting, your dog will do that action more. On the contrary, if a behavior’s result is unpleasant, like being ignored, he will do that behavior less.

Taking this into consideration, here are a couple of general dog training tips:

Positive training-

Most dog behaviorists think that punishments are ineffective in the long run. Your dog just doesn’t understand the reason you are angry with him. Research shows that aversion training techniques provoke fearful or defensively aggressive behavior, while positive training makes your dog know you are happy with him and makes him behave well- You can read the full research here.  Positive training can be dog toys, food or petting. The basic idea is to give your dog a positive reinforcement, a reward, every time he behaves “right” so he knows he is good.

Keep Training Brief-

No more than fifteen minutes. Keep in mind that your dog won’t learn everything on the first go, so you can repeat later the day. Use dog treats when your dog performs a good behavior. As treats, you can use a couple of the dog food treat products that we listed at the end of the article.

Take it easy

A dog can learn everything at once. Take your time, be patient and enjoy the dog training process. Practice makes perfect so be disciplined.

Pick a time when you won’t get interrupted-

Turn off your phone and other distractions. You want to create a clear concise association between a behavior and reward. You want your dog to know he is getting rewarded for sitting when you say “sit” and not because your phone is ringing. Furthermore- this is dog fun time! Don’t waste it.

Use specific words, all the time-

Dogs don’t understand English; therefore only use concise, specific words like “sit”.

Reward immediately (!!)- 

After your dog behaves correctly. You want to create an association between the good behavior and being rewarded. You can follow the reward with verbal reinforcements like “good dog!”

Only give the reward if your dog behaves in the proper way

Remember, the number one rule for effective dog training is controlling the consequences of your dog’s behavior. Reward behaviors you like. Make sure behaviors you don’t like are not rewarded.

Don’t get angry with your dog-

Try some other time if your dog doesn’t get it.

Check your dog’s attitude-

Only train when your dog is up for it, for example: NOT when he is sleeping like an angel on his mat.

MatBe the pack leader-

This does not mean being a dominating jerk, but only being in control of what your dog want’s and using this to train him properly.

Dog training skills

Dogs are able to learn a huge amount of training skills and tricks. Each dog owner has a style of his own and different ideas about what he or she wants from a dog.

Polite dog skills-

Obviously, the first thing you should probably teach your dog is some polite dog behaviors. These polite dog behaviors vary from teaching your dog basic house training, dog crate training, potty training, teaching your dog how to sit, teach your dog how to stay, wait at doors, or come when called. If you’re planning to take your dog out on walks (and you should), start teaching your dog not to pull on the leash. If you have a large dog you should be teaching your dog not to jump on people as well.

Dog tricks-

There are some easy dog tricks that you can teach your dog and other cool dog tricks like “high five”, tug of war or rolling on a skateboard! There really are no limits to dog tricks. You can check specific dog skills and tricks for dogs online, but here is a free resource to give you an idea of what is possible and how to train your dog to do it: https://www.doggiebuddy.com/topics/Trainingtopics/traintopic3.html

Free dog training resources

The best way to learn how to train your dog for free is by watching.

YouTube-

In my YouTube channel I gathered over 50 of the best free dog training videos, so you can easily sit back on your chair and enjoy learning how to train your dog from the comfort of your own home. You will also find puppy training tips, and learn how to potty train a puppy. You can check out our free dog training videos playlist here.

Howcast-

You can also check out these free dog obedience training videos by Howcast which are good too.

APDT

APDT is another great resource for free online dog training courses and provide free dog training webinars and information.

Best dog training books

If you want the review of the books listed here, I wrote a review about the top 10 best dog training books.

These are the list of what I found as the best dog training books out there:

Best dog training DVDs

For those of you who are still on DVDs, These are the best dog training DVDs out there:

Live dog trainers

Taking puppy training classes or dog obedience classes with a certified dog trainer is by far the best way to train your dog. With that being said, it is also the most expensive way and could cost up to several hundreds of dollars for just a couple of hours.

Although it isn’t a must, if this is your first dog, consider a private dog trainer or sign up for a training class. Make sure you check the number of dogs already signed up before agreeing to attend. Eight to ten dogs are the Maximum amount for a trainer to give full attention.

If you want to locate the best dog trainer near you I recommend that you check out this article by ASPCA.

A lot of Professional Dog Trainers (CPDTs) offer telephone consultations, in-home private consultations, training sessions, and dog training classes.

Online dog training courses

Paying a live dog trainer for a house visit costs on average of $400; this puts it directly out of budget for a lot of people.

I highly recommend that you invest in some training. Not just to learn how to teach your dog to behave, but also to teach you how to better communicate with your pet. Therefore, the solution of an online dog training course is good if you don’t want to pay a lot of money for training.

There are many online dog training sites on the internet. We listed the most popular ones.

The Online Dog Trainer

Complete dog training course by well-respected dog trainer Doggy Dan. This is by far one of the best dog training solutions available.

For example, in his “Project Moses”, Dan provides a full puppy training course filming his puppy training method. Dan shows you how he trains his puppy Moses, from the age of 8 weeks to the age of one year. Thus, providing you with a complete step by step guide.

It costs 1$ for a 3 day trial and then you pay 37$ for month.

You can read my full review here.

Or you can go directly to The online dog trainer.

Udemy

Udemy is the giant of online courses, and dog training is no exception.

Try these recommended online dog training courses:

Training Your Dog 101. Price: $9 Review: 4 stars (69 reviews)

Dr. Ian Dunbar’s SIRIUS® Dog Trainer Academy.  Price: $300 Review: 5 stars (15 reviews)

Polite Puppy Dog Training Class. Price: $60 Reviews: 5 stars (7 reviews)

Dog Training Tricks Level 1. Price: $49. Reviews: 5 stars (4 reviews)

Dog obedience training by Kingdomofpets

This is another highly popular online training course running around.

You can check out their page here.

If you decide to sign up for their course please share your results with me.

 Dog training equipment

There is so much dog training equipment out there that it’s hard to decide what to get your dog. My recommendation is stick to the basics at the start.

Here are a couple of products to start you out-

You can also find the best selling Dog Training & Behavior Aids here.

Ok, we covered a lot of distance here… I hope it was helpful and you both enjoy learning how to train your dog.

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Top 10 Best Dog Training Books

A question I get asked a lot is what are the best dog training books?

So… in this post I try to answer what are my top 10 best dog training books.

The answer I always give is that I recommend that you invest in some training. Not just to learn how to teach your dog to behave, but also to teach you how to better communicate with your pet. So consider private consultations or dog training classes. Another great solution is an online dog training course if you don’t want to pay a lot of money for private training.

– However-

If you are one of those autodidacts that can learn anything by a book, these are the best dog training books out there (random order):

The Power of Positive Training by Pat Miller

Pat Miller gives you the positive training tools you need to ensure that you and your dog share a lifetime of fun, companionship, and respect.

The book is divided into three main sections:

  1. Positive training
  2. Basic obedience
  3. Common behavioral problems, such as house training, separation anxiety, aggression, socialization.

This really is one of the best books out there for learning about positive training and how to implement it with your dog.

Maran Illustrated Dog Training

This book Features a unique two-page spread and over 500 full-color photographs that helps you visual learners out there. The numerous photographs are very well done and the text is very simple to understand. The techniques are very up-to-date and emphasize positive training.

Dog-Friendly Dog Training by Andrea Arden

Andrea Arden is a pet expert best known as the trainer for The Pet Department show.

The methods in the book are clear and concise and it teaches Reward training and Lure/Reward training techniques, so following the training guidelines in this book will also help strengthen the connection between you and your dog.

The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson is one of the best books on canine behavior and provides very useful, how-to information. The book is also humorous and a pleasure to read.

Donaldson does a great job of explaining how dogs think, and why humans often misunderstand them.

How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks by Ian Dunbar, PhD

Written by Veterinarian and animal behaviorist, Dr. Ian Dunbar and called by many dog trainers as “the best dog training book ever written”.

The book is in easy and fun to read, and the techniques suggested are fun for you and your dog alike. Some of the techniques here work within minutes.

Puppy Training Guide by James J Jackson

This book is specifically designed for puppy training. It provides the fundamentals of obedience training, crate training, potty training and is incredibly helpful. The book does a great job at teaching how to train your puppy without much frustration for both you and your new puppy.

Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog

Another book from the guy who sparked a dramatic shift in dog training toward the positive approach we have today.

The book contains easy to read and apply information, teaching you how to raise a well-adjusted puppy.

Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals

Karen Pryor is a behavioral biologist with an international reputation in two fields, marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology. She turns her knowledge to positive dog training with the “clicker training”- a widely praised humane approach to shaping animal behavior, which is based on operant conditioning.

12 Terrible Dog Training Mistakes Owners Make That Ruin Their Dog’s Behavior…And How To Avoid Them

The title says it all. This book is easy to read, concise, and provides a fantastic resource to help dog owners prevent training mistakes. You will learn to solve the problem behavior and prevent it in the future.

Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5-Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement

The presidential dog trainer- author Dawn Sylvia Stasiewicz used to train the White House dog, Bo Obama, and each of Senator Ted Kennedy’s dogs.

This is a five-week dog training regime that takes about twenty minutes of practice per day for puppies and adult dogs.

There you have it- my top 10 best dog training books.

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DOGTV Review

Who would have thought I would write a DOGTV review? Funny life. It’s a DOG TV! – An actual TV channel for dogs.

Before we get to the DOGTV itself, we first need to address the question-

Do dogs really watch DOGTV?

Some dog owners swear that their dog watches TV. Others think that a TV channel for dogs is a terrible idea.

Well, it appears that there are a number of variables to this. So if you discover after reading this DOGTV Review that the product is of interest to you, the best thing you can do is to try it out with your dog and see if it works for him (or her) – decide by your dog’s actual reaction.

What is DOGTV?

DOGTV is TV’s first network for dogs, which provides television for dogs as a 24/7 digital TV channel with the purpose of offering your dog some quality time while you’re away. The content in the channel was scientifically developed to provide special positive programming for your dog through significant research from top pet experts. The content in DOGTV was designed specifically for the sense of vision and hearing of dogs in support of a dog’s natural inclinations. For example: dogs are very sensitive to motion, so a lot of the content features running dogs and animals.

DOGTV is currently available on PC, Mac, IOS, Android, Roku, and Samsung or LG Smart TV.

“A television can provide all important mental stimulation for dogs and help prevent boredom behavior” – PIAS (The Petcare and Information Advisory Service)

DOGTV Components

DOGTV has three main components: relaxation, stimulation, and exposure.

  1. Relaxation

Meant to keep your dog calm and features beautiful visuals and landscapes with classical music in the background.

  1. Stimulation

Helps encourage dog’s playfulness and combines animations and moving objects.

  1. Exposure

Meant to slowly expose dogs to everyday sounds and visuals that might scare them so they get used to them.

DOGTV screens the right balance of the three for a dog’s daily routines.

The result: DOGTV should help your dog be calmer, ease separation anxiety, and help other behavioral problems. Income from DOGTV helps support The HSUS’s Pets for Life program.

DOGTV as a solution for pet loneliness

The reality is that a lot of dogs stay at home while their owner is away. So is a dog TV a good solution?

The answer is- it depends. If your dog actually likes to watch DOGTV it is quite awesome. Obviously if not it won’t be of much help.

As a dog owner you shouldn’t mistake TV time for quality time and this isn’t a substitute of play time with your dog.

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Summary: It’s a DOG TV! – An actual TV channel for dogs!!!

Five paws out of five!

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Dog Toys For Aggressive Chewers

Let’s face it- a dog loves to chew on everything. Some are more aggressive chewers than others.

 

First time dog owners want to make their dog stop chewing but a dog’s chew instinct is hardwired and no training will remove it. The truth is that this dog chewing behavior needs to be redirected instead. Your dog is chewing on everything because he is either a puppy just exploring the world through his mouth or he is anxious or bored. When your puppy starts replacing his baby teeth (dogs 3 to 6 months of age) dog chew toys can help ease the pain. More durable dog toys are required for aggressive chewers.

The most important thing is to provide your dog with means to chew which are appropriate. Start by trying out different types of dog chew toys with a wide range of textures and tastes, and if you’re looking for dog toys for aggressive chewers than nylon and rubber are the better choice.

The Kong obviously is a much known brand that provides great durability and considered amongst the safest chew toys for dogs. Made in the USA of nontoxic extremely durable natural rubber- it’s appeal can be improved by placing a piece of food inside or freezing soup items to make a dog popsicle. This creates the situation where the dog has to work to get a reward- that way your dog gets rewarded for chewing an appropriate item instead of your glasses 🙂 .

NOT a toy for aggressive chewers

NOT a toy for aggressive chewers

KONG Extreme Goodie Bone Dog Toy and The Kong Extreme Ball should do the trick for the aggressive chewers.

With that being said, as a dog owner you still need to watch your dog’s toys because even the most durable toys might be damaged and create problems for your dog.

These are the recommended dog toys for aggressive chewers:

KONG Extreme Dog Toys –The most durable and made in the USA of nontoxic extremely durable natural rubber.

GoughNuts Dog Chew Toy – GoughNuts toys have been designed by mechanical and polymer engineers. They promise that if your pet can chew through the outer layer to the inner red layer, they will replace your toy. They say they made an Indestructible chew toy.

Mammoth TireBiter Rubber Tire Chew Toys –TireBiter is made from real tires, which makes it extremely durable for aggressive chewers.

Ruff Dawg Flavored Rubber Bone Dog Chew Toy – A mint flavored durable solid rubber bone made in the US and is quite popular as well.

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Greenies Dental Chews Review: Chew on this!

Greenies Canine Treats for dogs is the Number One dental chew for dogs which has been recommended by vets from all over the nation.

In this Greenies Dental Chews Review, I explore why the product is so popular.

Healthy teeth and gums

Just like a human, dogs also tend to develop bacteria and plague in their mouth. As a dog owner your probably know how hard it is to wash your dog’s teeth, we don’t really like it. But the bacteria that develops in our mouth needs to be scraped away regularly to prevent infection and periodontal diseases, whether we like it or not. This is why The Greenies Canine dental chew is a great solution. It has been clinically proven to fight against plague and bad breath, and helps your dog maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Greenies Canine Dog Treats features

Let us take a look at some of the important features of the Greenies Canine Dog Treats

  • Greenies Canine is the number one dental chew recommended by veterinarians.
  • It has been clinically proven that Greenies Canine would prevent the build up of tartar which leads to pain and gum inflammation.
  • It would scrape the teeth of your dog when they start chewing on this exciting treat.
  • It would help your dog maintain healthy teeth and gums and also help his breath.
  • Greenies Canine dental chews for oral care contain minimum fat and are specially formulated to give your adult dog a balanced and complete nutrition.
  • Independent researches have proved that this dental chew tastes great for your dog. Plus you have my word for it.
  • Greenies Canine Dental Chews is the only product of its kind that has been certified by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) as capable of fighting against plague and tartar.

Greenies vitamins and minerals

Greenies Canine dental chews come with additional vitamins and minerals which would keep your dog healthy. This unique dog chew comes in 4 different treat sizes. Every dog treat size has been specially created to give the correct surface and hardness for different breeds with different bite force capacities. While I for one most certainly don’t, there are dogs that love to taste whatever comes their way, and obviously don’t smell as fresh as they can. Greenies Canine dog chew will help them have fresher breath so that you can always be ready for the lick.

Note: The Greenies Canine Dog treats can only be used for dogs which are over 6 months old and which weigh between 5 to 15 pounds.

Summary: Great Chew, but I couldn’t decide whether I prefer the taste of my lemons.

Four paws out of five!

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Wysong Review: Dog Food

There are so many food options on the market for your dog; it can be overwhelming trying to choose which one is the best option. There is a lot of pressure when making this decision because the food that you choose for your dog can have a huge impact on its quality of life and how long it will live.

As a dog owner, you want your dog to have the longest and best life possible. Choosing the right dog food can help you with this. In my latest Dog post, I wrote some great tips for choosing the right dog food for your dog.

While food selection should be made individually for each dog; as a brand, my all-time favorite is Wysong.

In this Wysong review, I explain exactly why this is the case.

Ingredients

Wysong is a highly recommended dog food brand. Their fresh and whole ingredients have high levels of important micronutrients that can really help your dog have a longer and more energetic life. They have a complete line of products to provide your dog with any nutritional needs they may need. Wysong has no artificial additives and no non-natural ingredients. The ingredients seem of much better quality than the traditional commercial food that you can find within your grocery store aisle.

As for the taste, check out this doog food tase test below:

Suitability

This brand is great for dogs of all sizes and ages. The kibble is small enough for even the smallest dog to be able to safely eat. If you have different breeds of dogs in your house of different sizes, this can be a great option for your house to feed all of your dogs the same food. Not only will you appreciate the nutritional value of this line of products, dogs love the flavors that are offered.

Because of the lack of additives, this is an especially great option if you have dogs that suffer from allergies to other foods. This is also great for those dogs that have sensitive stomachs, as well as an option for those dogs that suffer from diabetes. If you notice that your dog has problems with your current dog food, this could be a great option for you to switch to.

Effects

Pet owners will notice that their dog’s fur is shinier, and that their dog has more energy. This means that you are choosing the right food for your dog. Wysong has been a big name in dog food for years, offering a consistently quality and natural product. This natural aspect of this product is what makes it a great option for dogs of all life stages and health conditions, which can help families with multiple dogs feed everyone the same food. If you are looking for a natural and quality product for your pet, Wysong is the brand for you.

Summary: My all-time favorite grub.

Five paws out of five!

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Kenko PetPad Review: Rest with the best!

The Kenko PetPad provides your pet with the breathable warmth of ceramicreflective fibers. Combined with Advanced Magnetic Technology and specially placed magnets, it’s the ultimate in sleep and comfort technology for your pet.

One of the best gifts that my owners got for me was the Kenko PetPad by Nikken; I love it and use it about five times per day.

This mat provides the perfect comfort, and in this Kenko PetPad review I hope to explain exactly how.

The Kenko PetPad design

This comfortable pad is designed with far infrared technology that creates perfect breathable warmness of ceramicreflective fibers. Its soft stuff is really very impressive and the soft cloth is really top notch.

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These pat pads are made up with high class far infrared technology that can soak up energy from all natural sources such as sunlight, ambient temperature as well as the body, which is reflected back in terms of signals that create gentle warmness. This designing technique has self-limiting property so the Kenko PetPad creates a really pleasant temperature.

Replicating the natural magnetic field

Nikken Kenko PetPad consists of magnets that are capable of replicating the natural magnetic field of the earth; studies show that all animals love to live with this natural magnetic field that is sometimes interrupted in the modern world.

You can learn more about this magnetic benefit in the video below:

 

Durability

The Kenko PetPad possesses a durable and strong base that is created to reduce slipping and it works perfectly. I’ve been using it for a long time and it still looks brand new. My owner washes it, and we were both surprised by the durability, comfort and softness that never faded. Kenko PetPad can be easily washed using a washing machine as well.

Summary: It’s like floating on a warm fuzzy cloud!

Five paws out of five!

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