Dog Training Resources

Books:

Puppy:

Before and After Getting Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar: All you need to know about choosing the right puppy, as well as what to do once you bring them home.  This book outlines crucial exercises that shouldn’t be missed when raising your puppy and explains them in everyday language anyone can understand.  *My favorite puppy book!

Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right by Dr. Sophia Yin: Though no puppy will ever be “perfect” with only 7 days of training (they are just babies after all), this book sets a great foundation for having a happy and well-behaved dog.  This book includes lots of pictures showing the exercises as they progress.  Great for a visual learner!

Behavior Problems:

I’ll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety by Patricia McConnell: Separation anxiety is a difficult and complex behavior problem to overcome.  This short booklet gives you tips on how to prevent your dog from developing separation anxiety, as well as steps to take to begin treating your dog if they already have separation anxiety.  It is a very short read, and gives you tons of information to digest in relation to separation anxiety.  However, if you are struggling with a dog who has severe separation anxiety, it is always recommended to contact a positive professional dog trainer to help.

DVDs:

Dog Body Language/Behavior:

The Language of Dogs: Understanding Canine Body Language and Other Communication Signals by Sarah Kalnajs: This is a wonderful and comprehensive DVD about all kinds of dog communication signals.  It covers stress, calming signals, distance increasing signals, distance decreasing signals, displacement behaviors, abnormal behavior and behavior sequences.  I think this is a wonderful resource for dog owners and trainers alike to learn how to better communicate with their dogs.

The Bite-O-Meter by Sue Sternberg: This DVD focuses on teaching you the warning signs that a dog is going to bite. And dogs do tell us they are going to bite long before they growl, snarl or bite.  A must if you are currently dealing with an aggressive dog.  It is vital to learn how to read your dog so you can avoid setting yourself up for another bite.