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Training & Behavior

Your questions about dog behavior, answered. Get training tips and techniques from Embark and professional dog trainers, best practices for establishing routines with your dog, and more.

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Training & Behavior

How to Entertain Your Dog Indoors

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Dogs need regular exercise, whether that’s a daily walk or playing with friends at the dog park. But when the weather is too hot or too cold for long walks, it can be challenging to find ways to keep your dog entertained indoors. A mix of activities your dog can do on their own and...

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Training & Behavior

Why Do Dogs Eat Weird Things?

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Has your dog ever eaten something they shouldn’t have?  You’re certainly not alone! Although some of the things dogs eat are surprising to us, often they are instinctively appealing to them. Some of these “weird” things are not usually problematic for your dog to consume in small quantities (grass is a good example). Others can...

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How to Help a Rescue Dog Adjust to Their New Home

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Bringing home a new pet is exciting and joyful, but welcoming a dog — particularly if he or she is a rescue — can also be a bit nerve wracking at the same time. And if you, as the pet parent, are feeling this kind of anxiety, just think about how your new puppy or...

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Training & Behavior

Why Does My Dog Lick So Much?

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If your dog licks you a lot, you aren’t alone! Licking is a very natural canine behavior and highly enjoyable for dogs like nipping and mouthing. After giving birth, mother dogs will lick their newborn puppies to stimulate them to breathe and eat. Licking also releases endorphins that make dogs of all ages feel relaxed...

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Training & Behavior

How to Introduce a New Cat to Your Dog

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With an estimated 3.2 million cats entering the shelter system across the U.S. every year, there are clearly many deserving cats and kittens who would love nothing more than to curl up on a warm pillow next to you. The only problem? There’s currently a resident dog curled up in that exact spot — and...

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Training & Behavior

5 Dog Games That Practice Stay

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Looking for fun activities with your pup this summer? All you need are some of their favorite toys and treats and a backyard. These 5 dog games will get you and your dog moving with the bonus of practicing your dog’s stay skills. Dog games that use stay If your dog already has the stay...

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Training & Behavior

Post-Pandemic Separation Anxiety in Dogs

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Pet adoptions soared during the pandemic lockdown and now the world for many of us is beginning to open up. While going back to school or the office may feel like returning to normal for many humans, the opposite is true for pets and pandemic puppies who will be spending less time with their owners....

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Training & Behavior

Adopting a Dog: The First Week

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Adopting a dog is an exciting time. When the time comes to finally bring your new pet home, though, it’s important to keep a level-head to set you and your new pup up for success.  It takes more than buying the right supplies and dog-proofing your home to prepare for your new dog. Once they’re...

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How to Train a Shelter Dog

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One of the more popular reasons people rescue older dogs instead of adopting puppies is because training a puppy is harder work. While it’s true that older dogs require less maintenance than puppies, they usually don’t come fully trained. If you’re thinking of adopting soon, keep in mind these tips for how to train a...

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Training & Behavior

Top Dog Training Tips and Techniques

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Looking for advice on how to train your shelter dog or new puppy? Embark spoke with Carrie Weber of Good Dog Training to learn more about dog behavior and how DNA testing can help you and your trainer better assist your pup. Whether you have a puppy that’s still learning their manners or a senior...

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Why Does My Dog Shake?

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Trembling or shaking can be a telltale sign your dog is feeling particularly cold or fearful, but it can also be an indicator that they are sick or in pain. Understanding some of the common behavioral, medical, and genetic reasons for shaking in dogs can help you better evaluate if there is a cause for...

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How to Stop Your Dog from Barking

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Sometimes your dog just wants to be heard. Barking is a natural means of communication for dogs, but it can be disruptive if left unchecked. If you want to stop your dog barking, the first step is to figure out why they’re barking in the first place. Here are the top 5 reasons why your...

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