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What Not to Do While Celebrating 4th of July with Pets

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It is reported that more pets go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year. In an effort to help keep everyone safe, we have put together our top list of what not to do while celebrating with your dog. 1. Do Not Forget Identification Make sure all of your pet’s identification […]

Anxiety in Dogs

Becoming a Beyond the Dog Trainer – Abby’s Story

The condensed version of how I got here to Beyond the Dog, is that I initially in college wasn’t set on what I wanted to do. I was leaning toward working with either exotics or canine rehab and so I went to Southwestern University in Georgetown Texas for their Animal Behavior Program. I always knew […]


Essential Training Tips for Puppy Owners

When you get a new puppy, they are adorable balls of fur. However, puppies know very little about behaving, which means they can develop bad behaviors if left untreated. Beyond the Dog wants to offer you some essential puppy training tips. These tips will help you develop your puppy into a happy and healthy adult. […]

Puppy Training

What to do about shock collars?

The Dangers of Shock Beyond the Dog focuses on training that builds positive relationships. In general, we avoid the use of harsh aversive stimuli. In fact, using aversive stimuli such as shock collars, prong collars, or choke chains can be detrimental to the animal’s overall wellbeing, and more effective (and humane) training methods lead to […]

Training an Adult Dog

Training the Easy Way – Shaping (3)

Now that we have introduced shaping and talked about how to shape new behaviors in our animals, we are going to spend some time on WHY Beyond the Dog focuses on shaping appropriate behaviors.  Shaping uses positive reinforcement – rewarding the behaviors we want to see. These behaviors are more likely to occur if they […]

Obedience Training

Training the Easy Way – Shaping (2)

If you have been following along our blog, we have been talking about shaping to teach new behaviors! It is one way dog trainers teach obedience skills to your puppy or dog.  To shape a new behavior, pick a target and provide treats for anything that resembles that target. As your dog gets better at […]

Obedience Training

Training the Easy Way – Shaping (1)

Did you know that many dog trainers focus on teaching appropriate behaviors? The way they do this is through a procedure called shaping.  B.F. Skinner was a proponent of shaping behaviors in different types of animals. A reporter challenged Skinner to train a dog to do something new because he did not believe how quickly […]

Obedience Training

Don’t Delay Crate Training Your Puppy: Follow These Easy Steps Today!

For most puppies, crate training is necessary to help manage their behavior. A crate can be an invaluable tool to help potty train or to prevent unwanted chewing. Unfortunately, most puppies don’t immediately love their crate, but with some guidance and training you can help to create a positive experience. For starters monitor your puppy […]

Puppy Training

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