Tips

Mouse over each photo for a Dog Sense tip.

Don't be an alpha.  Trying to control dogs by acting dominant will just frighten them.
Avoid punishment.  As a general rule, positive reinforcement is the best way to control a dog's behavior.
Look beyond breed.  Personality and trainability should be the priorities when selecting a pet.
Understand your dog's emotional limitations.  The latest research suggests that dogs can feel love, but not guilt.
Respect your dog's senses.  Dogs have extremely sensitive ears and noses, and intense stimuli can make them miserable.
Teach your dog to cope with being left alone.  Dogs are emotionally dependent upon humans, and can become distressed without us.