Dog Resources

 

 

Training Help

 

Voluntary Attention

 

 

Leash Walking:

 

 

Crate Training:

 

 

Counter Surfing:

 

 

Jumping Up:

 

  • A video by Domesticated Manners

 

Indoor Tethering:

 

 

Coming when Called:

 

  • A wonderful video by the DogsTrust on Recall

 

  • An excellent article on off leash recall work by The Positive Gun Dog Trainer

 

Help for Chasing Squirrels: 

 

  • An article by Karen Baragona, CPDT-KA

 

Mat Work:

 

  • Here is a video of a dog being shown how to go to the mat and lie down.

 

  • This video shows how quickly to reward on the mat.

 

Nail Trimming: 

 

  • An article by the fabulous Patricia McConnell

 

Games to Play:

 

 

 

 

 

Short training videos by The Dogs Trust:

 

 

Drop:

 

  • A wonderful video by Domesticated Manners on a way to teach a drop cue. 

 

Calming Chin Rest:

 

  • One of the things we love teaching dogs is nice handling and calm behavior with the chin rest. We teach dogs to rest the weight of their head in our hand in stages. Here is a video of a puppy class doing the chin rest!
     

  • Using the chin rest for teeeth cleaning by trainer Donna Hill

 

 

When Too Much Exercise is a Bad Thing:

 

 

 

 

 

Behavior Information

 

Separation Anxiety:

 

 

 

  • An online course by Malena DeMartini-Price to resolve separation anxiety

 

  • A wonderful Facebook group with help for dogs with separation anxiety

  • Another Facebook group by same trainer with more separation anxiety information

 

 

Reactive dogs: (dogs who bark and lunge on leash and off)

 

Please remember reactive dogs are fearful dogs too, so check out the Fearful Dogs resources too.

 

  • CARE for reactive dogs

 

  • BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training) for reactive dogs

 

 

  • Look At That: helping your reactive dog deal with things in the environment

 

This is an exercise from Leslie McDevitt's book "Control Unleashed." It is a great exercise to teach your dog to look at his "triggers" (things that may bother him in the environment) and still be able to function.

 

 Video 1  Pipo working on Look at That with deer nearby.

 

 Video 2  Pipo working on the same exercise in a harder situation.

 

 Video 3 Trainer Sara Owings helping her dog adjust to the presence of the yard workers. The fluffy dog is learning, the brindle dog knows this exercise well.

 

 

 

Fearful Dogs:

 

  • Helping a fearful dog feel safe by Eileen Anderson. Following the links in the article, and at the bottom, will give you lots of information about helping fearful dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Socializing an adult dog:

 

  • An article on what not to do, followed by good advice on alternatives to help your dog be successful

 

 Introducing your new puppy to your dog:

 

 

 

Help for Thunder Storm Phobia:

 

 

 

Dogs Body Language

 

Dog-Dog Interactions:

 

  • A wonderful video by Bad Rap on dog to dog sociability (it applies to all dogs not just pit bulls)

 

  •  A video of "The Magic Triangle" to reduce competitiveness in multiple dogs

 

  • An article by Laura Brody about whether domestic dogs are losing the ability to get along. 

 

  • This video by Donna Hill shows dog play techniques and dog body language.

 

  • This video by Donna Hill shows how to stop over aroused play in dogs by teaching a "cut off" signal. This is an essential exercise for all dogs who live or play together

 

  • This article by Leah Roberts talks about the actual games dogs play among themselves

 

  • This article by Barbara Smuts and Camille Ward, PhD goes into whether the rough play your dog is doing is appropriate. 

 

  • This article by Turid Rugaas explains how dogs communicate with each other and us using subtle body language and calming signals.

 

  • An excellent article on dog sociability. Mature dogs have a range of social interactions that are normal and that includes only liking your friend group.

 

 

  • When your dog plays too rough: an article by Kristi Benson

 

 

 

Dog Parks: 

  • Why we don't recommend that you go to the dog park. An article by By Peter Goldenthal, Ph.D. ABPP

  • A video by Sue Sternberg about how important participation is at the dog park.

 

 

Equipment: 

 

 

 

 

Helping a Dog with Car Sickness:

 

  • Step by step instructions for helping your dog learn to like the car. 

 

 

Older Dogs and Dementia:

 

  • A wonderful site about caring for your older dog who is living with dementia. This site is also by Eileen Anderson of Eileenanddogs. 

 

 

Kids and Dogs: please check out the fearful dogs section above too

 

 

 

 

  • Stop the 77 A video teaching kids to be safe by better dog handling. The first video is for parents, but there are other wonderful videos on this site aimed at kids

  • An excellent article on the 5 steps to living with babies and dogs (includes toddlers)

  • A cute video for kids encouraging them to keep their face out of dogs faces: How to Kiss a Dog

 

 

 Pack Leader Myths:

 

  • A fantastic blog post by Eileenanddogs about why you don't need to be the pack leader.

 

  • An article debunking "leader of the pack" myths

 

 

 

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