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.

Equipment 

  BAT Leash    Balance Harness 
     
     

Management in the House

   

Calming Aids

Through A Dog’s Ears (music), ThunderShirt (body wrap), Rescue Remedy or Composure Tablets (oral aids), Essential Oils (oral and topical), Adaptil (appeasing pheromones). Be sure to discuss with your veterinarian the use of any oral or topical aid prior to use.

 

Veterinarian Assistance

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.

 

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 Southern CA Dog Trainers Forum, 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 Rameriz 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media

If you do Facebook, please ask to join Grisha Stewart’s Animal Building Blocks group or The Official Behavior Adjustment Group. You’ll often find me there, moderating the group and answering questions.

Books

If you like to read books, these are a few of my top picks:

Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0 – Grisha Stewart (This is required reading for Reducing Reactivity)

 

 

 

 

Better Together: The Collected Wisdom of Modern Dog Trainers – Ken Ramirez

 

 

 

 

 

The Other End of The Leash – Patricia McConnell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chill Out Fido!  – Nan Arthur