Training, Socializing, Managing

Face it – there is no such thing as a perfect dog. Dogs, like humans, begin with a genetic grab bag from Mother Nature. Then, that basic temperament is shaped and influenced by a dog’s environment and experiences throughout its life.

Dog owners can’t change their dog’s genetics, but they do have immense control over a dog’s environment and experiences via training and socialization. All responsible dog owners must train and socialize their dog to ensure a well-adjusted, friendly, safe canine companion.

Rather than retype what has already been written on countless websites and in dozens of training books, I would like to provide my favorite training links here.

General Training Info

Obedience Training
Obedience Training Your Dog
Dog Training – Fast and Simple

Non-Confrontational Dominance
PBRC: Non-Confrontational Dominance
“No Free Lunch”

Crate Training
Dog Owner’s Guide: Dog Crates
ADTN: Crate Training
What is crate training?

Chewing and biting
Dogs Must Be Taught Not To Bite
Behavior Reasons for Dog Chewing

Kids and Dogs
Living with Kids and Dogs
Kids and Dogs: A Common Sense Approach
Safe Kids / Safe Dogs Project

Dogs and Cats
PBRC: Cat/Dog Households
Fighting furry furies?

Choosing a Professional
ADTN: How to Choose a Dog Trainer
Guide to Selecting a Behavior Consultant

New Puppy

Puppy Basics
Dog Days Behavior Center: Puppy Basics
Puppy training basics
Your New Puppy

Socializing
How to Socialize Your Puppy
Puppy Socialization

Housetraining
ADTN: Housebreaking
Dog Days: Housetraining

Puppy teething, biting, chewing
Puppy Chewing
Destructive Chewing
“No bite!”

Additional Links

Dr. P’s Dog Training & Behavior
Dog Owner’s Guide
American Dog Trainers Network
Dog Play
HealthyPet.com: Dog FAQs

Do You Need Professional Assistance?

If you are overwhelmed, confused, perplexed, frustrated, or frightened by your dog’s behavior, it may be time to get some professional help. A qualified dog trainer or canine behavior counselor can help you understand your dog’s problematic behavior and what to do about it. Check out these reputable organizations to find a professional that can assist you.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers
National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors
International Association of Canine Professionals
Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors

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