There’s so much misinformation online now that it’s really hard to figure out who’s right, or what’s best. The resources below are what I recommend: Equipment, websites, other trainers, Facebook groups, and books.
Dog Training Equipment
Blue Buffalo Dog Treats
Zuke’s Dog Treats
Big Sky Natural Elk Dog Chew
Interactive Food Dispensing Toys for Dogs
Kong Gyro Dog Toy
Nina Ottosson Qulan
Nina Ottosson Dog Spinny
Interactive Toy Puzzle
Dog Management in the House
Richell Wood Free Standing Gate
Exercise Pet Pens
Pet Gate (or any baby gate)
Dog Calming Aids
Be sure to discuss with your veterinarian the use of any oral or topical aid prior to use:
- iCalm Pet (music)
- ThunderShirt (body wrap)
- Rescue Remedy or Composure Tablets (oral aids)
- Essential Oils (oral and topical)
- Adaptil (appeasing pheromones)
Anytime we are training our animals, a visit with our veterinarian should be included. Additional consults with a holistic or integrative veterinarian (such as Dr. Aldridge or Dr. Yelinek ), or one of LA’s three Veterinarian Behaviorists (Dr. Rachel or Dr. Sueda or Dr. Cho) may be advised.
Dog Behavior Website Learning Centers
- ASPCA is a great resource for animal welfare, adoption, and training. Be sure to check out my group classes on Reducing Reactivity at the Long Beach spcaLA location.
- If you like hard copy newsletters the Whole Dog Journal is an excellent source, especially for nutrition and supplement information. They have an online version, too.
- As the Co-Chairperson of the Dog Trainers Alliance of Southern California, I’m fortunate to learn from a lot of great local trainers. On a national level, the below are a few I highly respect and from whom I learn, too!
|Ken Ramirez is one of the most prolific animal trainers in the world. I’ve had the privilege of learning from him directly at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.||Victoria Stilwell was the first TV personality promoting Positive Reinforcement in dog training. Her website is loaded with accurate information and helpful videos.||Grisha Stewart is the developer of BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training) and a leader in today’s movement towards Empowerment Training.
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Dog Behavior Books
If you like to read books, these are a few of my top picks:
Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0: New Practical Techniques for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs by Grisha Stewart
Empower your dog to gain confidence and social skills
With BAT 2.0, trainer/author Grisha Stewart has completely overhauled Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) to create a new efficient and practical tool for dog reactivity. BAT 2.0 builds resilience and self-reliance by giving dogs safe opportunities to learn about people, dogs, or other “triggers.” Clear enough for all readers to follow, this book also includes technical tips and bonus chapters just for dog behavior professionals.Learn how to:
- Rehabilitate aggression, frustration, and fear.
- Use survival skills to prevent reactivity on walks and at home.
- Use a long line to safely maximize your dog’s freedom of movement.
Apply Grisha’s BAT philosophy to all dogs and puppies…and get your life back!
Better Together: The Collected Wisdom of Modern Dog Trainers by Ken Ramirez
The days of using a rolled-up newspaper to punish a potty mistake are long gone. Modern dog training relies on the thoughtful application of the science of learning to teach your dog while you build a lifelong bond. Better Together: The Collected Wisdom of Modern Dog Trainers is a comprehensive collection of both practical and inspirational advice from some of the best trainers in the world. Learn the methods of modern dog training through more than 60 articles from 28 experts, specially selected by world-renowned trainer Ken Ramirez. Better Together addresses the most common, the most vexing, and the most important challenges faced by pet owners today—from nuisance barking to reactivity—without the use of force or punishment. Re-imagine what your dog can learn.
Whether you are a first-time dog owner or a seasoned trainer, Better Together is the indispensable guide to make both you and your dog happy, smart, and confident. Topics and trainers you’ll find in Better Together include:
- Benefits of modern training — Ken Ramirez
- Principles of modern training — Kathy Sdao
- Getting started — Karen Pryor
- House training — Debbie Martin
- Polite greetings — Laura VanArendonk Baugh
- Relaxation — Nan Arthur
- Reactivity — Emma Parsons
- Resource guarding — Hannah Branigan
and many more!
Chill Out Fido! How to Calm Your Dog by Nan Kene Arthur
Getting your dog to calm down when over-excited may be one of the most important skills you can teach her. Chill out covers the effect of diet gives step-by-step instructions on how to help your dog “chill out.”
The book applies to all areas of training, from family life (e.g., polite leash walking, being handled by veterinarian) to dog sports. The basic premise is that excessive stress interferes with learning and performance, and any dog can become excessively stressed at times. The training exercises are well chosen, appropriately ordered, and build on each other. Even a beginning dog owner should be able to teach the dog the basic essentials. Professional trainers will find the book useful as a template for teaching a beginning dog training course. –Dani Weinberg, Ph.D., CDBC, author of Teaching People, Teaching Dogs
Nan Arthur addresses the real life needs of regular people and the dogs they love. Whether your dog jumps all over, barks like a maniac, or pulls on the leash like a freight train, Chill Out Fido! is here to confidently say it doesn t have to be that way. Whatever you ve tried in the past, you haven t tried this. Chill Out Fido! provides a step-by-step guide to uncovering what makes your dog act wild and crazy and, most importantly, sets out the tools you need to rebuild a foundation of calm, attentive behavior. Both you and your dog will breathe a sigh of relief! –Madeline Gabriel, CPDT, Former Manager of Behavior and Training, San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
Karen Pryor’s clear and entertaining explanation of behavioral training methods made Don’t Shoot the Dog! a bestselling classic. Now this revised edition presents more of her insights into animal—and human—behavior.
A groundbreaking behavioral scientist and dynamic animal trainer, Karen Pryor is a powerful proponent of the principles and practical uses of positive reinforcement in teaching new behaviors. Here are the secrets of changing behavior in pets, kids—even yourself—without yelling, threats, force, punishment, guilt trips…or shooting the dog:
- The principles of the revolutionary “clicker training” method, which owes its phenomenal success to its immediacy of response—so there is no question what action you are rewarding
- 8 methods of ending undesirable habits—from furniture-clawing cats to sloppy roommates
- The 10 laws of “shaping” behavior–for results without strain or pain through “affection training”
- Tips for house-training the dog, improving your tennis game, or dealing with an impossible teen
- Explorations of exciting new uses for reinforcement training
Learn why pet owners rave, “This book changed our lives!” and how these pioneering techniques can work for you too.
The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell
The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.
After all, although humans and dogs share a remarkable relationship that is unique in the animal world, we are still two entirely different species, each shaped by our individual evolutionary heritage. Quite simply, humans are primates and dogs are canids (like wolves, coyotes, and foxes). Since we each speak a different native tongue, a lot gets lost in the translation.
The Other End of the Leash demonstrates how even the slightest changes in your voice and the way you stand can help your dog understand what you want. Once you start to think about your own behavior from the perspective of your dog, you’ll understand why much of what appears to be doggy-disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication. Inside you will learn
• How to use your voice so that your dog is more likely to do what you ask.
• Why “getting dominance” over your dog is a bad idea.
• Why “rough and tumble primate play” can lead to trouble–and how to play with your dog in ways that are fun and keep him out of trouble.
• How dogs and humans share personality types–and why most dogs want to live with benevolent leaders rather than “alphawannabees!”
In her own insightful, compelling style, Patricia McConnell combines wonderful true stories about people and dogs with a new, accessible scientific perspective on how they should behave around each other. This is a book that strives to help you make the most of life with your dog, and to prevent problems that might arise in that most rewarding of relationships.