dog behavior

Girl with her family's foster care dog, a white Labrador Retriever mix
Best Friends' dog foster care manual has information on preparing for, bringing home and caring for a foster dog to prepare him or her for a forever home....Read More
Well-mannered dog walking on a leash with her person
If you want a well-trained, well-mannered, well-socialized dog, interact multiple times every day with your dog, with the goal of building a foundation of trust and a healt...Read More
Woman and her pitbull mix. Bringing a new dog home is a fun and exciting time, but requires preparation.
Before you bring your new dog home, there are a number of ways that you can prepare for the new addition to your family....Read More
Woman using positive reinforcement to train a shelter dog
Tara’s Run is a facility for training shelter dogs at Best Friends that contains real-life equipment to help dogs become familiar with structures they’ll encounter in a hom...Read More
Dogs at the shelter are taught to wait while a door or gate is being opened. This skill makes them more adoptable.
Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: This training plan will teach your dog not to bolt out of a door when it’s opened....Read More
Dog who has a tendency to guard his resources is learning self-control by sitting.
Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: Guarding resources (food, toys, locations, etc.) is a common and natural behavior in many dogs....Read More
Frenchie dog who knows the command "off"
Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: You can teach “off” to get your dog to move when you want his spot on the couch....Read More
Dog who has been taught to go to his place, and is waiting patiently in his spot.
Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: Teaching a dog to go to a specific place can be helpful at those times when you need your dog to settle down o...Read More
Teaching your dog to come is important, for instance, during times when you are hiking in remote areas as shown in this picture.
Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: Recall (getting your dog to come when called) is the most important behavior you can teach your dog....Read More