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Dog Ownership, Nutrition and Care: Training

How to choose the right canine companion; facts about puppy stores, rescues, breeders; basic dog training, health, care and safety; choosing the right food for your dog; understanding dog food ingredient labels; behavior and training; giving up your dog.

Basic Obedience

Why train?

Little or no training of dogs, whether adopted or acquired as puppies, is perhaps the leading reason they end up in shelters or put to sleep. As a responsible dog owner, it is your duty to spend time training your pet in basic obedience, at the very least.

The added benefit of training your dog is, aside from teaching him to behave well, that it strengthens the bond between you and your dog. The stronger the bond, the better the relationship and your role as his pack leader. A well-behaved dog whose world revolves around pleasing you is the key to ensuring many years of happy dog days in your lives.


Which dog training method to use?

There are several methods of training your dog. Each has been developed over time by people or groups that subscribe to different schools of thought and learning theories.

In general terms, they can be categorized as follows:

Learning theory-based techniques:

  1. Traditional: Involves the use of different collars in the teaching of commands and obedience, such as martingale, choke, prong, shock, head collars, and no-pull harnesses.
  2. Positive: Using treats and praise with the aid of a clicker to mark and associate desired behavior. Timing and consistency are crucial. 

Canine Training techniques:

  1. Clicker Training: Clicker training, a common form of positive reinforcement, is a simple and effective dog training method.
  2. Leash Training: Learn how to introduce your dog or puppy to the leash, then teach him how to walk properly on the leash.


For more in-depth information, see "How to Train You Dog," from


Training on a Dime

Training your dog does not have to cost hundreds of dollars. That said, whether you can enlist the help of a reputable trainer or prefer to do it yourself, YOU are the key to the success here, and as long as you are consistent you will see results. Trainers recommend repeating three 15-minute sessions per day.

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Train to Help Others

Canine Assisted Therapy

Canine Assisted Therapy (C.A.T.) is a non-profit organization in Broward County, Florida founded in August of 2009 to address the need of companionship and to provide unconditional love to those in need in nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, etc. The dogs are evaluated for the necessary temperament and personality and are also required to pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certification for obedience. All volunteers have submitted to a level 2 criminal background screening and are eligible to volunteer to work with the elderly, children, special needs, and at risk populations according to Florida state law. Training and ongoing support is provided by C.A.T. to both facilities and the volunteer.  C.A.T. also provides $1,000,000 in liability insurance for all current volunteers while they are representing C.A.T. as a volunteer in a facility.


Citing a personal email submitted by Debra Berger, Executive Director of Canine Assisted Therapy, a summary of the programs offered by C.A.T. is below (click on the names to read more):

Pack Readers Program

Teen Corps

Senior Corps

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

Education Program