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The longer your dog has been practicing the barking behavior, the longer it will take for him to change his ways. Some of these training techniques require you to have an idea as to why your dog barks.


It’s a natural part of dog behavior: You can no more train a dog to stop chewing completely than you can train him to stop breathing.

Collar Grabbing

Chances are you do not know much about your adopted dog’s past so take caution in making assumptions about his personality or behavior. Here are a few suggestions to make the transition easy and safe for the entire family.


Unfortunately, once your dog has learned there’s tasty stuff to be found on kitchen counters, in cupboards and buried in garbage cans, he’s more likely to look for food in those places again.

Crate Training

Crates can be an excellent way to provide a den for your dog – a safe, quite place to “turn off” and have a break from light, sound and stimuli.


Step one in solving the problem is to diagnose why your dog digs. Then you can follow advice tailored to your (and your dog’s) situation.


Adopt A Golden Atlanta requires a fenced in yard for all homes with children 6 years old and under. In addition, Adopt A Golden Atlanta reserves the right to require standard fencing for certain dogs in the program.


If you have a dog, chances are that at some point you may need to break up a dog fight. These may range from low-level altercations with no real contact to a no-bites-spared brawl.


It’s done by males and females: “It’s a play behavior that dogs do because no one has told them it’s not acceptable. It can become enjoyable or a normal part of the dog’s day, so it keeps doing it. It’s the same as jumping up or barking at the door.”

Introducing a New Dog to Your Cat

Your dog and cat can learn to live together peacefully but it will take time and a little patience on your part.

Introducing a New Dog to Your Child

With time, commitment and the steady application of love and praise, a child and the family dog (or dogs) will grow together, experiencing a bond that is unique and unceasing. It is a miracle to be sought after and treasured by parents everywhere.

Introducing a New Dog to Your Dog

There are a few things that will make your introduction of your new dog as successful as possible.

Jumping Up

Having a dog that jumps on anybody that approaches is not only annoying, it can be dangerous; they could knock over or injure someone.

Leashes and Collars

There are many leashes and collars out on the market today. Like many areas of new dog ownership, the individual can be very overwhelmed with all the different opinions and options available.


ANY TIME a dog starts peeing around the house, he needs to be restricted unless you have eyes on so he can be corrected. That is the only way to train this away.


Mouthing is a natural, non-aggressive instinct for a retrieving breed that finds comfort in holding something in its mouth. However, when it is your hand, arm or clothing, it can be annoying and even scary for visitors who are unfamiliar with this habit.

Poop Eating

Dogs eat poop for a variety of reasons including nutritional imbalance, stress, boredom, or enjoyment.

Resource Gaurding

Resource guarding is aggressive behavior over food, treats, toys, objects, space and even humans. To avoid it you need to teach your dog to trade something good for something better.

Selecting a Trainer

Aside from the obedience skills you hope to teach, you and your dog will learn how to communicate and read one another, solve problems and most importantly, it is a great way to build mutual trust and bond…if you have the right trainer.

Separation Anxiety

When left alone, most dogs find a familiar spot and go to sleep. However, a dog suffering from separation anxiety will become extremely anxious.