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.
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Interactive Food Dispensing Toys
Management in the House
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
The Other End of The Leash – Patricia McConnell
Chill Out Fido! – Nan Arthur