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
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.