Basic Commands

Working with your dog to obey commands can help your dog become a model canine citizen. A dog that understands what is expected of him is happier and has a more enjoyable relationship with his people. Here are some basic commands ways to teach your dog what you expect.

Crate and Leash Training

It is important to ensure your pet’s safety at all times. Outside of your home, there are local laws that require that pets to be appropriately restrained. It is also important for your pet (and sometimes for your belongings) that he be contained within your house and your property. Here are some ideas on how to keep your pet safe.


Puppyhood is a fun but challenging time. It is important that you introduce your puppy to different people and animals and teach them what behavior is appropriate. Here are some tips to help your pup grow into a model canine citizen!

What Your Dog Is Telling You

Dogs cannot speak English but they still communicate with us everyday!  Check out these two great posters and find out what your dog is saying!

House Training

One of the most frustrating things for a human is to wake up and step in a yellow puddle (or worse). Here are some tips to help you teach your companion where to go!


Dogs need exercise and stimulation to help them be both physically and mentally healthy. Here are some ideas for safe and fun exercise for your dog.

Common Issues

Most dog owners share similar problems with their pets, especially when they are new to a home. Here are some ideas of how to work on common behavior issues.


The general belief is that if a dog growls and barks, he is angry. While this can be true, it’s often a sign of some other behavior. Here are some guidelines to look at in determining why your dog is acting in an aggressive way.

Multiple Animal Households

Having multiple pets is a lot of fun and a great way for your animals to socialize. However, it can be exhausting and difficult as well. There are different issues and needs that dogs have when they are around other pets. Here are some ideas on how to introduce your pet to new friends in a safe way.

Tips for New or Expectant Parents

If you have questions about introducing your pet to your new baby, register for the next session of Baby Ready Pets through Animal Friends University.

Related Reading

Open arms communities worldwide with valuable user- and animal-friendly training and behavior information with the goal of keeping cats and dogs out of shelters in the first place.

Check out the San Francisco SPCA for a list of great resources, including information on grooming to safety.

Visit Denver’s Dumb Friends League’s page for dog behavior tips. Hint: Use the menu on the left side of the page to navigate the articles.

The Center for Shelter Dogs also has more information on managing problem behaviors.