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Are your thoughts on how to train from this century or last?
Dr. Dodman on training!
Dr. Karen Overall is one of the top veterinary behaviorists. Please read parts 1 and 2 of this article!
Down with dominance
A must-read about dominance theory!
The myth of the alpha dog
Debunking the Alpha myth
Rethinking The Dog Whisperer
Aggression predicted by training methods
Dogs on the bed!?
"Dogs don't want to control people, they want to control their own lives." John Bradshaw
Teaching and Learning
One size fits all leadership? Not really...
Change your way of thinking!
Treats are not bribery!
"Being a good leader for your dog is a lot like being a good parent. Be patient, confident and forgiving of errors. We all forget the rules sometimes. Give guidance and direction as opposed to correction. Be an educator and a translator instead of a dominator."
A great article from Victoria Stilwell
We all have good days and bad days...
Dogs' varying personalities and reactions
More on dogs' personalities
Dogs' varying need for pressure
He knows what I'm telling him...or does he?
"If your dog is having issues, look first at what you're doing."
Your dog watches you and interprets your behavior
A more in-depth read about the energy that you project and its effects
Dogs learn from other dogs, too!
An excellent article by Pat Miller about canine body language
Can you read stress in dogs?
To socialize...or not...
Before you pet a dog, please get his/her permission first!
Stand up for your dog!
Nature, nurture,....and management!
What you're probably doing wrong...
Control the environment
Management is key!
Train the DOG, not the STORY!
The ALL important impulse control!
Your dog's name and training
Why isn't my dog listening to me?
Food as a reinforcer
Predictability and the element of surprise
So you have a high-energy dog?
Please don't intimidate your dog!
Punishment and behavior modification
The myth of "Suddenly, out of the blue..." behaviors
Stress and learning
5 tips for traumatized dogs
Understanding stress and anxiety
The protective dog
You are a safe haven for your fearful dog!
More about fear
An article on storm phobias
Some guidelines for time-outs
Does your dog door dart?
The rules of Tug (which certainly CAN be played with Bully Breeds!)
Frustration tolerance and impulse control
7 things to teach a new puppy
How to properly introduce dogs
More on introductions: the 3 second rule
Managing behavior in a multi-dog household
Dogs and kids
How to keep your dog safe around law enforcement
Aggression and Reactivity
Living with occasionally aggressive dogs
Are you causing your dog's aggression?
A physically punished dog is more likely to become an aggressive dog
Why dogs really bite: rethinking canine aggression
Leash aggression and frustration
Aggression/leash reactivity article
Training your reactive dog
More training for your reactive dog
More great stuff on leash reactivity:
Even more...important considerations when dealing with leash reactivity
A must-read on reactivity and thresholds:
This is an article for any owner who has a dog that barks or lunges
What to do if an off-leash approaches you and your on-leash dogs: very helpful!
A slightly more "in your face" approach for off-leash dogs. See which you prefer.
What to do if your dog is attacked by another dog
Dr. Sophia Yin has created what I consider the Gold Standard as an objective way to evaluate a bite. It's very similar to Ian Dunbar's scale.
Anyone with a shelter or rescue dog of any kind should own and read this book:
Do-Over Dogs: Give your Dog a Second Chance for a First Class Life, by Pat Miller
A light read for trainers of any animal, primate included!
What Shamu Taught Me about Life, Love, and Marriage, by Amy Sutherland
This book is a real eye-opener in many ways!
The Culture Clash: a Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs, by Jean Donaldson
This book is one of my favorites by a fabulous trainer:
If a Dog's Prayers were Answered, Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening our Relationships with Dogs, by Suzanne Clothier
TTouch is short for trust touch. Linda Tellington-Jones started these principles with horses and has transferred them with much success to dogs. Her book oulines the theory behind the Ttouches and presents them.
Getting in TTouch with your Dog, by Linda Tellingon-Jones
This book is a wonderful study on behaviorism and how it applies to training! I can't say enough about Dr. Sophia Yin. Her death was a huge loss.
How to Behave so your Dog Behaves
This is an amazing book that asks and answers important questions about emotions in dogs. For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in you and your Best Friend, by Patricia McConnell. The Other End of the Leash is also excellent. Anything by Patricia McConnell is excellent!
In my mind, Pat Miller is the best of the best!
Suzanne Clothier is also one of my favorites! She has oodles of excellent articles on her site. Also check out her videos on youtube (search for her name.)
Dr. Sophia Yin's website is filled with great information, including some FANTASTIC videos under resources. She is another one of my faves!
Patricia McConnell is an AMAZING behaviorist with some wonderful resources!!!
Emily Larlham, yet another awesome +R trainer, has great stuff on her site and also on youtube:
LOVE the Pit Bull Guru!
Turid Rugass has done some really interesting and useful research on calming signals:
A great website about aggression
A fantastic resource for owners of shy, fearful dogs
Dog bite prevention through education
Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic has a nice collection on how-tos for common problems.
Got kids? You've got to check out this website, then! There are 2 National programs embedded in the site.
Is your dog an AKC Canine Good Citizen? We can work with you to help you pass, and we can also evaluate you!
This site is FULL of great information on integrated veterinary care! Also Dr Becker's video library on youtube is filled with amazingly helpful clips!