Training Tips for Dogs Archives

Play Ball Anyone?

So, we used to grab the tennis balls out of the bin at the pet store (Cooper would rather play ball than anything) and thought it was a good idea. But the balls would only last a little while before they came apart; they were  useless after that.

Then I got the bright idea to get real tennis balls. It worked! They last for a long time. But there are a couple of things to watch for.

Some people have said that the dye on real tennis balls is not good for your dog – can even cause cancer. And if they chew on them a lot, the abrasiveness of the fuzz can damage teeth. Also, consider the choking hazard! Don’t risk having a ball lodged in your pet’s throat! If you have any info on this please let us know.

So, to be on the safe side, we’re going to get some “dog safe” rubber balls. I just hope I can find some that have about the same bounciness as regular tennis balls. Cooper really has his timing down to snag a ball on the first bounce at about 6 feet or more! Hmm – maybe a video is in order.

Look forward to hearing from you!


Free Dog Training Tips on YouTube

Here’s a great way to get some free tips for training your dog.!

Now we all know there are some crazy things on YouTube so you definitely need to be picky but there are some great tips for training your dog at that site. Plus, you get to actually watch the training in action.

One title I found particularly interesting is, “Training Your Dog To Poop and Pee On Command” . Go figure!

Just go to YouTube and do a search for “Dog Training Tips”. You will have a wealth of information – for free!

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E-Collar Conundrum


I ran across a post by Gina Spadafori over at and it really hits home about the proper use of training collars. E-collars are a tool used in the training of your dog. Used properly, they are a marvelous tool. Here’s a couple of things  Gina had to say:



No, I’m not training Faith with an e-collar. It’s there to remind her of what she knows, if she needs to be reminded.  She knows “here” perfectly well, and responds to it 99.99 percent of the time. But when we’re on the bridle trail, that’s not good enough. A failure to come when called .01 percent of the time on a bridle trail that’s 500 yards from a street could be deadly.

…But then, see, I am one of those people who believes an e-collar is a tool, not an instrument of torture

…I also believe that someone who uses a head halter and a reel-type leash — which I see all the freakin’ time and no one ever says a thing — is putting a dog at more risk of pain or injury than I ever have or ever will. Tools used incorrectly are dangerous, no matter now well-intentioned their design or intended use.

Read the whole post at

Bottom line:
Train your dog! Use ALL training aids properly and safely!

Whew – glad I got that off my chest.

Correction Collar Tip