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The City Dog: Dog Training Tips For City Living
by Katherine Kane   

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Copyright:  Jan, 2010

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The City Dog: Dog Training Tips For City Living is a survival manual for living in a city with a dog. It is packed with dog training tips with an urban perspective. Reader feedback says it is great for non-city dogs and dog owners, too. Katherine, an urban dog owner, has more than 30 years experience training and working with dogs.

The City Dog: Dog Training Tips For City Living is a survival manual for living in a city with a dog, with tips on the customs and etiquette city people have created for handling city situations.  It gives you dog training tips with an urban perspective:    

  • housebreaking when you live in a highrise
  • dealing with a wide variety of people and animals
  • commands for navigating city sidewalks, streets, and parks
  • legal and health matters
  • barking control
  • what to do if your dog gets lost
  • how to deal with your dog and things like fire alarms and elevators

And many more topics that help city dogs and their owners survive, thrive, and love life in the city.

Katherine, an urban dog owner, has more than 30 years of experience training and working with dogs.


Whether Moppet is new to city life or is a brand new puppy, she will probably just give you a second or two of warning at first. Eventually the bell will ring and you will have time to make the mad dash for the nearest magic spot. Don’t forget little Moppet in your hurry to get outside! No kidding – that happens to even the smartest of urban dog owners...  

...Who knows what goes through doggie brains when confronted with the elevator experience. If you live on an upper floor, Floppy will have to learn to deal with elevators, so the sooner you start, the better...

...Friday and Saturday nights, and most any lovely evening bring on the pub crawl. And of course Sadie the Saluki will need to go out for a walk at some point in the evening. After a few too many drinks, an unbelievable number of people, including even the firmest dog-haters, seem to love dogs. However, a lot of dogs who normally love people do not feel the same affinity for people who have had a bit too much to drink...If you have to go through a crowd of tipsy people, just repeat loud and clear, over and over, that your dog is definitely not at all friendly and needs to potty right now. That will generally clear a path for you to get through. There are sometimes a few fuzzy-brained folks who won’t get it, but one of their buddies will generally pull them out of the way. This is not the time for you to be timid. This is not the time to amble or mumble. Put on your game face, crank up your voice volume, and stride ahead at a good clip with Sadie trotting along right beside you...

...Dog boots are not just something some human thought up to make dogs more like people. In the snow-belt, road salt and sidewalk salt are harmful to your pet. It is harsh on paw pads and even harsher on tummies when licked off of paw pads...If you are lucky enough to start with a puppy, your dog will learn to deal with boots with only a small amount of drama. If you have a grown dog...boot training will be more of a challenge...Once Dude figures out that the boots are not going to come off, he may lift each foot up very, very high one at a time. He may violently shake his paws. He may make himself fall over to make his point. He may howl. He may attack the boots...

...There are some breeds of dogs that tend to bark more than other breeds. But there are so-called “quiet breed” dogs that are yappers and there are so-called “barking breed” dogs that are quiet as little mice. The main idea of this section is that dogs can be trained to not bark when barking is not appropriate. Exceptions to this are very, very rare.

...Your dog may get lost. Sometimes stuff happens in spite of all our best efforts...Whether you have or don’t have some identifying information on your dog’s person, after you have looked around and it has hit you that your dog is missing, take the following steps immediately...

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