Training & Behavior Resources

If you’d like to learn how to train your dog or if your dog has a behavior problem you’d like to resolve, don’t hesitate get help from a qualified professional trainer or behaviorist.  Many Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDTs) and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAABs or ACAABs) offer telephone consultations, in-home private consultations and training sessions, and group classes.

There are also a number of excellent books and DVDs to explore. Here are some of our favorites:

  • The Power of Positive Training by Pat Miller (and other books by her)
  • Maran Illustrated Dog Training
  • Dog-Friendly Dog Training by Andrea Arden
  • The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
  • How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks by Ian Dunbar, PhD
  • Take a Bow-Wow! video series by Virginia Broitman and Sherri Lippman
  • New Puppy, Now What? DVD by Victoria Schade
  • Clicker Magic DVD by Karen Pryo

You can also locate certified animal training and behavior professionals through Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

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Using Time Outs

If your dog is engaging in unwanted behaviors, you might want to try a “time-out” method. The time-out method is a useful tool for discouraging your dog from engaging in behaviors such as jumping up or begging during mealtimes. Follow these steps to ensure your time-outs are effective.

A dog crate is an effective short-term tool for managing and training your dog. It is important to consider the size of the crate, and the length of time your dog is spending in the crate at a time. Read these helpful tips for training your dog to spend time in her crate.
Sitting when told is a very useful skill for a dog to learn. It is relatively easy to teach your dog to sit on demand, and it is one of the best ways for your dog to behave in order to encourage others to say hello.
When you teach your dog to “leave it,” you’ll teach them to avoid potentially harmful things such as trash or debris, or a dog or human who are averse to interacting with your dog. This is a useful skill that could potentially save your dog’s life.
Teaching your dog to touch her nose to your outstretched hand, also known as hand targeting, can be useful in a variety of situations. For example, you can use this technique to lead her through doorways when she’s nervous, or to jump off of your off-limits furniture.
It is important to teach your dog to lie down on cue. When your dog is lying down, he can’t jump up, run off or beg at the table. There are several steps you can take to teach your dog this useful skill.
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