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Alpha Dog/Dominance?
The truth revealed! Click here

 

If You're Aggressive, Your Dog Will Be Too, Says Veterinary Study

 

http://www.banshockcollars.ca/ has tons of info including studies, and horror stories that support the ban of these devices.

 

Beyond Cesar Milan
The information found in this link is the single most comprehensive compilation of information found on the topic written by some of the world's foremost experts in canine behavior and training, all warning of the dangers associated with the techniques depicted. An excerpt of a letter written to National Geographic by our President Lisa Patrona before the pilot episode aired in the summer of 2004, appears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Training Tips & Behavior 
Note: This page is organized by category, and it is not arranged alphabetically.

WARNING: The use of electric shock as a dog training tool (including "invisible"/electronic fencing) is NOT a safe choice for your beloved  companion.  There are plenty of very good reasons that entire countries around the globe like Germany, Denmark, Australia, Switzerland, Slovenia, and Wales have adopted laws banning their use!  Click Electronic Training Devices to learn more about the dangers, and why it's never a good idea!

If you're considering electronic shock fencing, read this article by the President of Trainers Academy, LLC first:


Click Health & Safety Tips for links to important health & safety info.

WARNING: Flea/tick preventives that can kill your dog or cat!!! 
Click here to see a video

Click Grooming Tips for information on helping your dog accept, and even enjoy grooming processes, such as nail trims.

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Dominance and the alpha dog myth

The truth revealed! Click here

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Puppy Issues & Housetraining (for older dogs too!)

Click Housetraining Tips to find all of our resources for house training in one place, including House training 101, a free step-by-step guide to successful house training.



Providing your puppy with broad-ranging, appropriate socialization opportunities is the single most important part of your job as a new   puppy parent. Doing so decreases the likelihood of problems in the future, particularly fear-based behavior problems. Read The Importance of Socialization and http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/puppy-socialization-stop-fear-before-it-starts to learn more, and get started!


Next, click Checklist for Socialization by Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS for a guide to follow that will help you to keep track of the socialization bases you've covered  properly with your puppy, and which ones still need some work!

When should you get started socializing your new puppy?  Read the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement on Puppy socialization for their opinion:http://avsabonline.org/uploads/position_statements/puppy_socialization.pdf 

How to Find the Right Doggy Daycare  Be careful when selecting a daycare program for your puppy. Daycare places are not all created equal!  

Here's our section on resource guarding. Yes, it's very common in puppies as well as adult dogs, and yes, it's normal canine behavior! 


A great book to consider for you and your new pup: 
Control Unleashed; The Puppy Program By Leslie McDevitt

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Crate Training

Crate training, why it's important and how to go about the training process

Videos of using the technique known as "shaping" to teach a dog to enter the crate:

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Dogs and Kids (of all ages!!)

The time to prepare your dog for the new addition to the family is well before the baby has arrived. Get started now!
A booklet by Lisa Patrona, Dip. CBST, CPDT-KA, ACDBC

American Humane Association's Pet Meets Baby

A Guide for Families Bringing Children Home to Pets

Safety and dog bite prevention:  
Click here for everything you need to know about kids (of any age) and dogs, including what you as parents (and grandparents!) can do to create a happy and safe household for everyone, including your canine family member! 

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Dog to Dog Communication and Dog Parks




The Dog Park, is it really a good thing for your dog?

If you choose to take your dog to the dog park, here's a good video clip of what to watch (and listen!) for, while your dog is interacting:

Introducing strange dogs to one another


Video from Victoria Stilwell on the topic of dog/dog introductions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlGIZtTrg60

Thinking of allowing your dog to "greet" strange dog/s during your on-leash walks?  Just say no!  Click here to read why it's not a good idea. 
 

Is your dog shy? Does he bark at dogs or people? If you're not sure class is right for you and your dog, read this.

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Dog to Dog Relationships/Fighting
Note: This section provides insight into resident dog-dog relationship problems. Even if the specifics of the problem written about aren't exactly what you're experiencing, read the information thoroughly, you should find it helpful for your situation.

See below for articles on problems between dogs who live together:
 Dog Fights and Fear

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Aggression & Fear This section provides information on aggressive behavior, including resource guarding toward humans, and dog/dog problems. We've placed the archives on these topics near to one another because they are so very closely related; the motivation behind the use of aggressive behavior in dogs (particularly toward humans) is almost always fear. If your dog has used "aggressive" behavior already, read the information found here in the Aggression Archive as well as the Fearful Dog Archive

NOTE:
 See the On Leash Reactivity section, if you're having problems with your dog while out on walks. 

Fearful Dog Archive
 - Click here for tips on fear in dogs. Note: If your dog is fearful, s/he's at risk to learn to use aggressive behavior.  Be sure to read the information at the Aggression Archive as well.

Medication can be helpful to your dog as you work through a behavior modification plan with him. 
Click below to learn more:

http://paws4udogs.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/myth-anxiety-medication-should-only-be-used-as-a-last-resort/

Methods Matter. Click here to read about the dangers of attempting "quick fix" solutions, especially for fear-based behavior/s  
http://www.woofology.info/methodsmatter.htm

 Join this yahoo group if your dog is fearful. You'll find helpful information from a community of people who  also have shy/fearful dogs.!  http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/shy-k9s/info 

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On Leash Reactivity




Barking at dogs behind fences on walks - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n_fPKPLA2g&feature=related

Video of David the Dog Trainer teaching a dog to stay calm when cars pass, instead of lunging:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y55fiFfMZ28&feature=player_detailpage

An extremely important concept for people to understand when working with a dog with a behavioral challenge such as on-leash reactivity is that if 'thresholds.' In other words, your dog has "limits" for what he can effectively handle when he's exposed to something that triggers his reactive behavior. Putting your dog into situations where he's exposed to a trigger in a way that forces him beyond his threshold/limit (usually this means you've gotten too close to the trigger!) will only serve to cause greater undue stress, and make matters worse for him. So for starters, be sure to only expose your dog to whatever it is that causes him to react - to the point of intensity well below his reactivity threshold. Click the following link to learn more about thresholds and how to control your dogs environment more effectively: http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/16_4/features/across-a-threshold_20726-1.html?ET=wholedogjournal:p80468:50034870a:&st=pmail&s=weekendtip041313&t=tl 

After you've read the above article on thresholds, click on this linkhttp://www.successjustclicks.com/trigger-stacking-but-hes-normally-fine/ It's a terrific article from a human perspective about what happens to stress thresholds when too many anxiety producing events occur at the same time. A concept within the realm of behavior modification known as "trigger stacking". 

Here is another link to a technique called Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT). BAT helps dogs learn to use calm behavior, rather than reactivity (lunging, barking, etc.) to satisfy the reason they use the reactive and or aggressive behavior in the first place, which in most cases, is to increase distance away from something they're worried about. This technique combines reinforcement and desensitization to help the dog learn to make better choices in behavior. Click http://empoweredanimals.com/ for more information
 
Also consider joining the BAT yahoo group. Click the link below to take a look! You'll find a community of people using this technique to help   their reactive dogs.  It's a great source of support! http://functionalrewards.com/yahoo-group/ 
Excellent for any dog, but especially the reactive dog, this video provides a step-by-step video tutorial for teaching Leslie McDevitt's "Look at That!" Game -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdraNF2hcgA

Click here for a link to the book Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt

 


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Barking







Citronella collars are also dangerous to your dogs physical health! 

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Behavior at the Door - Help!


Clicker training calm visitor-to-your-home greeting behavior. This video demonstrates how to use proper management to prevent unwanted behavior, and how to "capture" calmer, more appropriate behavior instead: 

A terrific article including a step by step training plan! http://www.clickertraining.com/node/1208?source=mnl_01_1113

A training tutorial from Kikopup to stop your dog barking at the door; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpzvqN9JNUA




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Separation Anxiety

A Conversation About Separation Anxiety

Is this Separation Anxiety?

Another article that will help you to identify and understand if you're dog is really suffering with Separation Anxiety, or something else.
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/11_7/features/Canine-Separation-Anxiety_16044-1.html

Here's the link to a great booklet on how to help your dog learn to relax while being alone;
I'll Be Home Soon

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Dogs and Cats Living Together

Click here for all of our articles on Dogs and cats living together:
Cats & Dogs Living Together Tips

Be sure to check out these great articles too, for awesome advice on how to train your dog to relax around your cat!

http://www.clickertraining.com/node/1403
http://www.helium.com/items/1586774-how-to-use-clicker-training-to-stop-your-dog-chasing-cats

http://www.clickertraining.com/node/1687

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Choosing a Training Professional and Training Methods


Click Training Methodology Tips for articles on the use of various methods in dog training

Methods Matter. Click here to read about the dangers of attempting "quick fix" solutions http://www.woofology.info/methodsmatter.htm

From the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

Good Trainers 
From the Journal of Veterinary Behavior

http://dogtrainer.quickanddirtytips.com/find-behavior-expert.aspx
By Jolanta Benal CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, PMCT-2 another article with great advice for how to be sure you're doing the best you can when hiring someone to help you and your dog!



It's not just the American Veterinary Society who advocates for Positive Reinforcement based training methods - click here to read what the Australian Veterinary Association has to say!

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WOOF's Favorite Things

Books

Toys

Treats

Calming Music

The Comfy Cone - a more comfortable alternative (for you and your dog!) to the plastic cone
(Available in Extra SmallSmall, Medium, Large
 & Extra Large)

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Training for the Special Needs Dog

Training a Blind Dog

Training a Deaf Dog

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Dog Trainer Education

Companion Animal Sciences Institute

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior

The Academy for Dog Trainers

Pat Miller's Peacable Paws Apprenticeship Program

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

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Miscellaneous Tips and Information

 

   

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