Training

Of all the things we can do for our dogs, training is quite possibly the most beneficial. By training our dogs, we give them a framework to draw from when interacting in the human world. They gain confidence in us, and in themselves, as they learn the expected responses to the prompts given them. Learning new behaviors engages their minds and they become less prone to boredom. The act of training itself, imparts a sense structure that is important to dogs. In short, training our dogs is the best way to ensure their successful integration into our family.

We recognize that the methods employed in training range from those that are harsh, punishment based, to those dealing in primarily positive, reinforcement. According to this statement, released by the American Animal Hospital Association, the punishment based methods employed by such popular TV shows as “The Dog Whisperer” are, “outdated and — at times — dangerous for pets and their owners.” It is our goal to promote those training methods that would be considered “Dog Friendly.” We take our definition of “Dog Friendly” from this position paper published by The Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Choosing A Trainer

Following is a list of articles that offer good advice about things to consider when choosing a trainer for you and your dog.

Websites

  • AskDrYin.com – Website of Veterinarian, Author, Trainer, Dr. Sophia Yin DVM. Her bio page alone is worth visiting this site, but there is also a ton of useful and relevant information on training and behavior. Not to be missed.
  • Dog Star Daily – Thinking of getting a dog or puppy? Need to train a dog you already have? This site should be at the top of your favorites! Advice and articles from experts like Dr. Ian Dunbar, Patricia McConnell PhD, Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, and many many more!
  • clickertraining.com – Karen Pryor is an Internationally known trainer and author. This website has a good deal of free information and advice on training as well as books, dvds, videos, classes, seminars, etc.

Articles

Following is a list of “Behavior Blueprints” provided courtesy of Dog Star Daily

Videos

Following are some really good training videos that use positive methods.

Books

Following is a list of some of our favorite books dealing with “Dog Friendly” methods of training.

If you know of a book that you think should be added to our list, let us know!

DVDs

If you know of a DVD that is missing from our list, please tell us.