There is an overwhelming amount of information available now, especially with the easy access of the internet. Unfortunately, anyone can offer advice. Whether it is good information or not, is a whole different matter. The people we direct you to here are the scientists and experts in their fields (not just self-proclaimed ones). Their methods and principles are based on up-to-date research and information. They are also the leading proponents of dog-friendly, positive methods.
The Dog Days Top 10 List
These are game-changers. Some were the first of their kind – starting a new way of thinking; some are the best of their kind. All worth a read (or view!)
One of the very best teaching and training books. Not exclusively a dog training book – it outlines 8 methods for putting an end to all kinds of unwanted behavior without yelling, threats, force, punishment, guilt trips. The 10 laws of shaping behavior through affection training; how to combat your own addictions; how to deal with such difficult problems as a moody spouse, an trying teen, or an elderly parent; AND housetraining the dog, improving your golf game, keeping the cat off the table, and way more! Although this book does not go into the hands on methods, it is an invaluable read to get you ready and give you a whole new approach.
Whatever the task, whether keeping a four-year-old quiet in public, housetraining a puppy, coaching a team, or memorizing a poem, it will go faster, better, and be more fun if you know how to use reinforcement. — Karen Pryor
Reaching the Animal Mind is about an entirely new way to see, understand ,and communicate with animals. Animals are a lot smarter and more aware than we used to think. They show humor, affection, and regret, uncanny intelligence and depth of thought, but you have to know how to bring it out.
* How management works
* One thing that prevents 75% of all problem behavior before it happens
* Which leashes and collars to use… and not to
* Which clicker training is so popular and effective
* One toy no doggie household should be without
It is a joy to work with a dog who actively engages in the learning process—not blindly following orders—but actively problem-solving with you. Cooperation between human and dog will help you build a relationship that will surprise you in its depth and versatility and The Thinking Dog is your road map!
The book that has shaped modern thinking about canine behavior and the relationship between dogs and humans has been revised. Dogs are not humans. Dogs are clever and complex creatures that humans need to take the time to understand in order to live together successfully.
Trish McConnell takes a look at canine emotions and body language. Like all her books, this one is written in a way that the average dog owner can follow but brings the latest scientific information that trainers and dog enthusiasts can use.
Some breeds of dogs and mixes have a reputation as impossible to train. Hounds, terriers, and other breeds are often called pig-headed and even untrainable. Learn these When Pigs Fly methods and take advantage of the natural strengths of these independent and intelligent dogs. Help your dog become a wonderful companion or a formidable canine athlete. Clicker and reward-based training that is fun to use.
This extraordinary book fills the gap between contemporary training technology and ethics. With indelible wit and wisdom, Sdao exposes the naked emperor of excessive control and replaces him with the keys to healthful behavior and lasting relationships. This book will improve more than a dog’s life—it will be required reading for the students in all my behavior classes.
Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, Utah State University, www.behaviorworks.org
Kathy Sdao is as wise, witty, warm, and adventurous on paper as she is on the lecture platform. This is a wonderful book about an issue deep and dear to all of us: how to learn to be thoughtful, kind, and generous to our dogs, to each other, and to ourselves, in a world that pressures us to be harsh, resistant, and controlling instead.
Karen Pryor, Author of Reaching the Animal Mind, founder of www.clickertraining.com
Leslie Nelson’s Really Reliable Recall DVD shows easy to follow steps to train your dog to come when called, especially when it really counts – in an emergency! This dog training DVD also contains chapters focusing on difficult to train breeds.
Crate Games by Susan Garrett is designed for puppies as young as 9 weeks as well as older dogs. This DVD provides step-by-step instruction and is the cornerstone of her amazingly successful dog and puppy training program, which is now being implemented in dog training schools all over the world.
Jane Killion, author of When Pigs Fly, has assembled a team of experts to give fascinating insight, deep wisdom, and practical instruction for breeders, puppy owners or anyone else who touches puppies. Over 50 lessons are organized on a logical, week-by-week timeline to give breeders and puppy owners a clear roadmap for raising a puppy. The film follows one litter of puppies through the program and checks back on them over the next three years so you can see the profound, almost unbelievable results of the Puppy Culture program
An excellent source of books, DVDs and eBooks for just about everything related to dogs and their care.
This is a wonderful monthly publication that has behavioural, health, diet and equipment information. It also includes regular articles on fun things to do with your dog. In addition to offering a holistic approach, it does not accept any advertising. Because of this, the journal is able to provide an unbiased opinion in its articles. Sold by online subscription. Also available at Dog Days Daycare in hardcopy.
This site has easy dog training & behaviour info for dog lovers. There is also lots of info for new puppy parents.
I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with this lovely lady a number of years ago at an international conference. She is gracious and kind and so is the way she trains. Oh, and by the way, if you get your hands on For The Love of Dogs, have lots of tissues handy.
This is an excellent site for information on a wide variety of health and diet topics from a leading vet. Her videos and articles on longterm health using appropriate feeding are some of the best I’ve found. I use her resources for safe pest management, day-to-day health questions and the latest vaccine protocols on a regular basis.
Keep an Eye On
For Your Pup
Some of the reasons getting your young puppy into a GOOD puppy class is so important.
This is a great article. The information in it needs to hit the mainstream. After almost 20 years of teaching puppy classes, there still are far too few puppies making it into puppy classes and not enough starting early enough. Please read this and spread the word.
This is a great little video! I would reiterate that your dog does NOT need to contact dogs to accomplish socialization. Staying at a distance will keep them safe with dogs that you don’t know and allow your pup to get socialized to a greater variety of dogs.
Straight from the horses mouth, so to speak. Vaccination and socialization need to occur together. Find out why.
Nipping and Biting
Good tips on surviving nipping and biting from Karen Pryor.
A great video on setting yourself and your pup up for success.
Spaying and Neutering
Leaving your dog intact into adolescence is something that only committed and responsible people should consider. I am not advocating that everyone delay spaying and neutering. I AM encouraging people to educate themselves and consider the pros and cons on both sides. Then you can make the right choice for your particular dog, lifestyle and family. If you would like more information, Dr. Becker has 3 additional videos on this topic on her YouTube channel.
This is an aspect of training and living with dogs that is often missed. Once you become familiar with more subtle signs, you will realize our dogs are constantly communicating. When we learn to listen, we can improve the quality of their lives by recognizing when they are stressed, unsure or over-aroused.
If you are labeling your dog as dominant to describe their behaviour, or you think you need to be an alpha to have a well-behaved or happy dog, you need to read this.
A dog being comfortable on their own is a vital life skill. Without it, both the dog and the family will be impacted. Prevention is best. Start your puppy or new dog on home alone training!
Kids and Dogs
Teaching children to be appropriate and safe around dogs is so important. Whether you have a dog in your family or not, all children should be taught how to behave and interact.