Instinct Dog Behavior & Training® BLOG

Your resource for helpful articles, videos, and quick tips from our certified dog trainers and behavior consultants.

Canine Teenagers: Navigating Early Adolescence with Your Growing Pup

A Behavioral Guide for Owners of Dogs Ages 6- to 12-Months Your puppy is growing up! As puppies enter early adolescence, it is important to understand that – just like human teenagers – their behavior will naturally change and develop, particularly when it comes to play with other dogs; listening skills & manners; and conflict...
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How to Potty Train Your Puppy

The Essential Info You Need to Get (& Keep) Your Pup’s Potty Training on Track! Potty training a puppy takes effort and consistency, but it is generally a fairly straightforward process if you follow some simple rules and guidelines.   KEY #1: MAINTAIN A PREDICTABLE SCHEDULE Maintaining a consistent, predictable schedule helps your puppy get...
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6 Reasons Your Puppy is Biting You

Puppies. So soft and cute. So snuggly and playful. And sometimes, SO BITEY. While 99.5% of puppy biting isn’t meant to cause us harm, those needle-sharp teeth can still really hurt! It’s not surprising that puppy biting is a behavior many owners want to curb ASAP. A certain amount of bitey, mouthy behavior is an...
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What Can Sprained Ankles Teach Us About Dog Behavior Modification?

Parallels in Physical Rehabilitation & Behavior Modification Programs If you’re working on a behavior modification plan to help your dog with fear, anxiety, or aggression issues, chances are you’ve pondered (or asked your trainer) at least one of the following questions along the way: Is all this “management” really necessary right now? Aren’t we just avoiding...
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How-to: Use Tether Time to Teach Your Dog Settling Skills

Do you have an active young dog who never stops moving, except when they’re asleep? Tether Time can be a great, effective way to teach puppies and adolescent dogs how to relax and settle at home. With practice, your busy young dog will begin to appreciate (or at least tolerate) The Art of Doing Nothing...
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Counterconditioning & Desensitization: Changing an Emotional Response

Most dogs who display reactive or aggressive behaviors – lunging, barking, growling – do so in large part because they FEEL a certain way about their triggers: fearful, anxious, frustrated, or some combination of the three. Just like with people, a dog’s emotions have a big influence on their behavior. If they no longer feel...
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