Resources

 
Links for articles, videos, and other information to help train your dog.

Training Articles

Online articles about animal training and behavior.

 

by Dr. Sophia Yin 

On a warm and slightly overcast morning in 1967, a rusty, mustard-colored station wagon slowly approached the terminal at San Francisco International Airport. Wheels still rolling, a door opened and something gray jumped out. As the wagon continued on its way, an animal headed toward the terminal. It was a cat...

Speak Dog

www.doggonesafe.com

Use these checklists at dog class or at the dog park, or even at home with your own. See how many of these signs you see to help you decide how dogs are feeling in different situations. See below for interpretations of dog body language signs.

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YouTube Channels

Each channel has a great library of how-to training videos.

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Online Shopping

Where to buy dog training products and supplies.

Training books, videos, supplies, and library of articles.

Dogwise.com

The Best Books, DVDs, and eBooks on Dogs

Large variety of training supplies with expert reviews.

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Recommended Reading

Some of my favorite books about dog training.

Puppy Start Right

by Kenneth and Debbie Martin

Ideal for puppies and dogs of all ages, this book is a must-have resource for dog trainers, puppy socialization class instructors, and dog parents. Whether you are raising a new puppy or have an adolescent or adult dog, Puppy Start Right can help solve many common nuisance behaviors. Puppy Start Right is a positive approach to problem-solving, prevention, and training—without the use of punishment.

Don't Shoot the Dog

by Karen Pryor

This is the "Bible" on positive reinforcement training, or operant conditioning, and how it works - with people, and of course with animals. Fun to read too! Over 300,000 in print. Karen Pryor's clear and entertaining explanation of behavioral training methods made "Don't Shoot the Dog" a bestselling classic! Now this revised edition, published by Bantam, presents more of her insights into animal and human behavior.

Reaching the Animal Mind

by Karen Pryor

“This is a book about loving, understanding, and communicating with animals. Animals are a lot smarter and more aware than we used to think. Now you can share my personal experiences training and communicating with animals ranging from an elephant to a hermit crab. You’ll learn how you, too, can bring out the intelligence, personality, warmth, even humor, in dogs, cats, horses, and other pets, and have fun doing it, too.”

 

The Other End of the Leash

by Patricia McConnell

The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends. 

For the Love of a Dog

by Patricia McConnell

Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we vary. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.

Plenty in Life is Free

by Kathy Sdao

What if the secret to great dog training is to be a frequent feeder rather than a strong leader? A skilled reinforcer rather than a strict enforcer? Over the past two decades, countless dog trainers across the world have embraced the liberal use of positive reinforcement. However, often accompanying this trend is an underlying emphasis, inherited from more coercive models of dog training, that each human in the family must be the dog's leader. But by adopting the role of leader using what is known as the "Nothing in Life is Free" training protocol can result in stifling rules that constrain people's ability to share affection and attention with their dogs... 

Happy Kids, Happy Dogs

by Barbara Shumanfangn

Children are the most frequent victims of dog bites and 80% of such bites come from the family dog, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Help your dog and your baby become friends. Happy Kids, Happy Dogs offers easy to follow exercises and practical dog training tips presented according to your child's developmental stages.

Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out

by Laura Van Arendonk Baugh

Some dogs need a little help.

Some dogs are afraid, or excited, or reactive. Dogs that "don't listen" and "go crazy" don't live the lives we—or they—want.

Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out can change that. Simple steps and an accessible, conversational tone from award-winning, internationally known trainer Laura VanArendonk Baugh, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, make calming the agitated dog not only possible, but pleasant...

Chill Out Fido

by Nan Arthur

Does your dog go bonkers when the doorbell rings or when you grab the leash to take him for a walk? If you find your dog is often difficult to control, you are not alone! Getting your dog to calm down and relax is one of the most common challenges pet parents face. This two-part book will help you first identify the factors that cause this kind of behavior in dogs. Then it provides eleven key training exercises to teach your dog how to calm down, pay attention to you, relax, and respond to everyday situations with confidence and composure. Chill Out will show you how to help your dog become the great dog you always knew he could be...

Control Unleashed

by Leslie McDevitt

Control Unleashed, by advanced clicker trainer Leslie McDevitt, is designed to help excitable, reactive, anxious, or impulsive dogs to learn how to relax, focus, and work off leash in all kinds of situations. Control Unleashed uses good solid operant conditioning and clicker training. The author is an expert at her chosen behavioral niche, bringing control to those over-the-top dogs. Her thrust is two-pronged--aimed at owners and instructors both, in almost every paragraph...

Treating Separation Anxiety

by Malena Demartini-Price

Committed trainers and owners can solve this problem!
Treating separation anxiety in dogs is not quick or easy but it can be done. The successful ingredients are cooperation, commitment and time on the part of the dog trainer and the owners. In this important new book, author Malena DeMartini-Price shares her 5 Phase Treatment Protocol and related strategies to help dogs overcome the fear of being left alone and addresses the trauma it can inflict on both the dog and their owners. Trainer handouts, detailed step-by-step training tips...

by Caryl Wolff

Would you like to learn how to keep your dog safe by preventing accidents from happening? Dogs are a part of our families, and we need to keep them safe. Doggie Dangers and Safety Tips – Preventing Accidents In and Around Your Home and Yard alerts you to common dangers that you don’t think twice about. 

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals

by Turid Rugaas

Yawning, lip-licking, sneezing, even scratching are just a few of the 30-plus signals or that dogs use to communicate with one another. Now, with On Talking Terms with Dogs, you can learn to recognize these signals and use them to interact with your dog. The new second edition has color photographs throughout with detailed captions explaining the behavior. 

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Rescues

Dog rescue links and organizations that I collaborate with.

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