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What is Dog Sledding and How to Do It

Dog sledding is the stuff of legends — and indeed, of many movies and books. Balto is a household name for his role in transporting medicine to the village of Nome. Disney movies like Eight Below have further popularized (and romanticized) dog sledding teams. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about dog sledding — or even wondered if your dog has what it takes to participate — we’ve got you covered.

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Comprehensive Guide to Enrichment Activities for Dogs

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

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The Best Mental Exercises for Dogs

Giving our dog’s problem-solving challenges is a great way to productively wear them out and build relevant skills for navigating the world around us. Win-win, right?

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Comprehensive Guide to Dog Exercise

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

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How to Teach a Dog to Shake Paws

Looking for something new to teach your dog? Interested in getting into the trick training world with a simple, low-stakes start? We’ve got you covered — “shake” is the perfect thing to learn!

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How to Teach a Dog to Sit

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How to Teach Your Dog to Roll Over

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Why Dogs Growl and How to Address Your Pup’s Vocalizations

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Why Do Puppies and Dogs Nip? And How to Control It

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Dog Training 101: How to Train Your Dog

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Meet the Sniffspot Host Who Wants Every Owner to be Able to Fulfill Their Dogs

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How Sniffspot Provided Peace After an Off-Leash Dog Attack

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How Sniffspot Opened up a Foster Dog’s New World

How Sniffspot Helped a Nervous Rescue Work Through His Fears and Change His Family’s Life thumbnail

How Sniffspot Helped a Nervous Rescue Work Through His Fears and Change His Family’s Life

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What to Do if Your Dog is Choking

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Dog Walking Safety: How to Avoid Risks

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Definitive Guide To Off Leash Training With Your Dog

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Is Your Pup a Good Fit for the Dog Park?

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Do All Dogs Need Off-Leash Exercise Time?

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Where Can You Bring Your Reactive Dog?

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How Long Does it Take to Potty Train a Puppy?

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What to Know About Homemade Dog Treats (With Recipes)

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How to Teach a Dog to Shake Paws

Looking for something new to teach your dog? Interested in getting into the trick training world with a simple, low-stakes start? We’ve got you covered — “shake” is the perfect thing to learn!

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How to Teach a Dog to Sit

Sitting on cue is one of the most common basic obedience training skills — and for good reason! “Sit” is a simple, versatile behavior that can make it easier to live with your dog when they know it well.

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How to Teach Your Dog to Roll Over

Looking to teach your dog how to roll over? We’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about teaching a simple trick, from reinforcers and reward markers to step-by-step instructions and troubleshooting.

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Why Dogs Growl and How to Address Your Pup’s Vocalizations

Hearing your dog growl can be scary. We love our four-legged best friends as part of the family, but sometimes their communication can be confusing. What does the growl mean — is it a sign of aggression? Did we do something wrong as owners? Is it going to lead to a bite?

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Why Do Puppies and Dogs Nip? And How to Control It

Ah, nipping. Everyone who has raised a dog — or simply been around one who is in their adolescence — knows what we’re talking about. While puppies have little mouths to start with, their teeth are razor sharp from the time they leave their mothers through the end of the teething process. (Young dogs don’t get the nickname “baby shark” for nothing.)

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Dog Training 101: How to Train Your Dog

Dog training can feel overwhelming. It’s an integral part of dog ownership — in fact, we train our dogs all the time without even realizing it — but that doesn’t mean it’s simple. The training process are made only more complicated by all the conflicting information out there in the age of the internet, not to mention the huge range of training goals you might have.

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Meet the Sniffspot Host Who Wants Every Owner to be Able to Fulfill Their Dogs

Lifelong animal lover Leticia has always felt connected to canines. She grew up with dogs of her own and recalls that she used to be the person people would reach out to when a pet was abandoned. “I was the house where someone would come and say ‘hey, we’ve got this dog’ and I’d have a backyard full of them,” she said of her efforts to help as many pets as she could. “I’ve always been the dog person. I’m just a sucker for them.”

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How Sniffspot Provided Peace After an Off-Leash Dog Attack

Shoshana grew up as the child of two dog trainers. When the time came to bring a dog into her adult life, she was excited about the opportunity to raise a puppy of her own! She did her research and settled on a Shiloh shepherd: a breed with German shepherd and malamute ancestry selected for a gentle nature. (“I loved the idea of a large, fluffy dog who didn’t drool,” she said.)

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How Sniffspot Opened up a Foster Dog’s New World

In September 2021, Miranda got a call from the Family Dogs New Life shelter. She had previously fostered a bully breed through the organization, and they wanted to know if she’d open her home to a new dog.

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How Sniffspot Helped a Nervous Rescue Work Through His Fears and Change His Family’s Life

This is the story of a family and dog rescuing each other.

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What to Do if Your Dog is Choking

Choking is a serious risk for pet dogs. The world is full of interesting things our companions can’t wait to investigate… using their mouths, of course. Add in a canine’s natural scavenging nature and you can quickly have a recipe for disaster if they get a foreign object stuck in their airway.

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Dog Walking Safety: How to Avoid Risks

Most of us walk our dogs on a regular basis. It's important for our pups to get out and exercise! Ambling around a park or neighborhood is often a pretty peaceful activity for both our furry friends and us pet owners — but sometimes things can go wrong, too.

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Definitive Guide To Off Leash Training With Your Dog

Looking for ways to add some variety to your dog’s daily routine? You might want to try some off leash excursions.

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Is Your Pup a Good Fit for the Dog Park?

It is important for many dogs to have off-leash exercise and plenty of opportunities to explore. But the free and open nature of public dog parks can have drawbacks.

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Do All Dogs Need Off-Leash Exercise Time?

Watching our dogs run off leash can be one of the best feelings in the world. (It's one of the reasons Sniffspot's private dog park network was founded in the first place!)

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Where Can You Bring Your Reactive Dog?

If you live with a reactive dog, you know it can be tough to plan adventures. You and your pup absolutely still deserve to get out of the house and explore the world around you! But how do you know what the environment will be like? What if you encounter out-of-control off-leash dogs? Or startling noises? Or something else you can't prepare for that results in reactive behavior from your canine companion?

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How Long Does it Take to Potty Train a Puppy?

You want your puppy to be potty trained as quickly as possible. We get it! Cleaning up accidents is no fun. And you'll be able to take your pup on more adventures, like to indoor pet-friendly stores and restaurant patios, if you're able to trust that they won't use the bathroom where they shouldn't.

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What to Know About Homemade Dog Treats (With Recipes)

Pet parents across the internet (and in person) love to share their favorite homemade dog treat recipes. Cooking for our pups is more common than ever! If you're not sure where to start, we've got you covered. Here's everything to know about homemade dog treats, including why they can be a great option for your dog, what types are most common, and a few go-to recipes.

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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.