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The 9 Best Online Communities for Reactive Dog Parents

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Comprehensive Guide to Scent Training for Dogs (Facts + Infographic)

As almost every dog owner is aware, the nose of a dog is an amazing thing. Just as they can pick up sounds we can’t hear, their sense of smell and ability to pick up scents is well beyond ours. In fact, dogs have 40 times the number of olfactory receptors as humans.

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How to Train a Reactive Dog: Beginner’s Guide

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How to Deal With Food Aggression in Dogs (Facts + Infographic)

Does your dog ever growl when you walk by their food dish? Maybe they get possessive of treats, carrying them far away and giving you side-eye when you start to approach — or snarling at your other pets or children if they get too close.

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How to Train Your Dog Not to Run Away

Picture this: A sunny day at the park, the breeze rustling through the leaves, and the joyous laughter of time spent with your dog. You decide to let your furry friend off the leash for some well-deserved freedom… only to find yourself in a heart-pounding chase as your pup takes off on an unexpected sprint as fast as they can.

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How to Treat Puppy Leash Aggression

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How to Train a Barrier Reactive Dog

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How to Train Your Dog That's Reactive to Other Dogs

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How to Train Your Dog to Ignore Other Dogs (Facts + Infographic)

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The Best Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers (Facts + Infographic)

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Complete Guide to Dog Training Hand Signals (Facts + Infographic)

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Definitive Guide: What is Dog Reactivity?

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How to Understand and Fix Dog Leash Reactivity

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Canicross: Guide to Trail Racing With Your Dog

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Dog Exercise Calculator: How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

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How to Socialize Your Reactive Dog

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Comprehensive Guide to Skijoring With Dogs

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How to Train a Herding Dog: Common Problems and Techniques

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Coprophagia: Why Does Your Dog Eat Poop?

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How to Train Your Dog Not to Run Away

Picture this: A sunny day at the park, the breeze rustling through the leaves, and the joyous laughter of time spent with your dog. You decide to let your furry friend off the leash for some well-deserved freedom… only to find yourself in a heart-pounding chase as your pup takes off on an unexpected sprint as fast as they can.

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How to Treat Puppy Leash Aggression

Aggression is usually rare in puppies — but some dogs can start displaying reactivity at a young age. If you're worried about puppy leash aggression or think your family's new addition might be leash reactive, you've come to the right place.

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How to Train a Barrier Reactive Dog

Dogs that are repeatedly prevented from reaching a desired stimulus, such as other dogs or people, can develop barrier or frustration-based reactivity. This frustration may manifest as barking, lunging, growling, and otherwise making a scene in your yard or while out on a walk.

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How to Train Your Dog That's Reactive to Other Dogs

There are many types of dog reactivity out there. In this article, we’re going to talk specifically about pups who are reactive to other dogs — they might bark, growl, lunge, and otherwise make a scene when they see another canine out and about.

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How to Train Your Dog to Ignore Other Dogs (Facts + Infographic)

Does your dog pull you towards dogs you see out and about on walks in an attempt to say hi? Is your dog reactive, fearful, or showing some sort of aggressive behavior toward other dogs? No matter the situation, if your dog has trouble with their behavior around fellow pets, it’s time to train them to ignore other dogs!

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The Best Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers (Facts + Infographic)

Does your dog destroy every toy you give them? Is your house littered with remnants of fabric and stuffing of all different sizes? Are you tired of investing in “indestructible” toys only for your pup to still dismantle (or worse, get bored of) them in just a few days?

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Complete Guide to Dog Training Hand Signals (Facts + Infographic)

Have you ever wondered whether you should teach your dog with verbal cues or with hand signals? Does it make a difference? 

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Definitive Guide: What is Dog Reactivity?

Do you have a reactive dog or suspect you may have one? You’re not alone!

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How to Understand and Fix Dog Leash Reactivity

You're out on a walk with your furry best friend after a long day of work. It's one of your favorite times of the evening — we've all had visions of classic neighborhood strolls alongside our canine companions!

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Canicross: Guide to Trail Racing With Your Dog

One of the countless benefits of being a dog parent is having a built-in exercise buddy who is always ready to explore the outdoors and have fun with you. Of course, casual walking, jogging, and hiking are great ways to do so. But if you want to take it up a notch or two? Canicross might be just the activity for you!

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Dog Exercise Calculator: How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

You’ve been told that your dog needs regular exercise. There’s a reason “walking the dog” is a classic daily activity: Frequent excursions give your pup a chance to stretch their legs, experience the world, maintain a healthy weight, and spend time with you! Consistent physical activity will also improve their strength, muscle tone, coordination, and mental ability over time.

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How to Socialize Your Reactive Dog

* All Sniffspot articles are reviewed by certified trainers for quality, please see bottom of article for details *

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Comprehensive Guide to Skijoring With Dogs

Adventure is out there, and our dogs make it better.

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How to Train a Herding Dog: Common Problems and Techniques

Herding dogs are known for being smart. Border Collies, Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherds, and related breeds are consistently ranked among “most intelligent dog” lists!

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Coprophagia: Why Does Your Dog Eat Poop?

Ah, poop. We humans think it’s disgusting… but many of our dogs seem to love the stuff. If you’re wondering why your canine companion tries to eat feces (either his own or that of other animals) you’re not alone!

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The Best Dog Trainers in Worcester, MA of 2023

Welcome to the Worcester, MA Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Worcester based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This list is a subset of the broader Top Trainers in Massachusetts list. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.

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The Best Dog Trainers in California of 2023

Welcome to the California Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in California based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.

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The Best Dog Trainers in Vallejo, CA of 2023

Welcome to the Vallejo, CA Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Vallejo based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This list is a subset of the broader Top Trainers in California list. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.