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Training on Your Own-I want to see dogs and owners have the best lives they can.

All owners and dogs deserve the best lives they can have together.  Training with success makes your dog a motivated learner who trusts and bonds with you.

If you have to  continue training on your own, I recommend going to the 1st Step Class at Pawsitive Experiences to get a start.  The cost is minimal, you will you get a training book, some supplies, learn starting training skills and I will do a consult with you and your dog.

Here are webpages I have reviewed that are good resources.   You understand I cannot guarantee each and every opinion or all the suggestions on them, but they are really good places to start for the kind of success-based and science supported training veterinary behavior specialists recommend.

Training as a profession is only recently emerging and remains unregulated.  Right now anyone can call themselves a trainer, master trainer or behaviorist simply because they say so.   Because much of training was previously based on charismatic personalities,  comparisons between dogs and wolves that even wolf experts have thoroughly rejected and a reliance on punishment, you are likely to encounter recommendations for training techniques that are ineffective, or potentially harmful "quick fixes".

Behavior science and success-based training starts with teaching the behavior you want  (instead of looking for a behavior to punish), teaching in steps to get the behavior for longer periods of time, around different distractions and at increasing distances and using management for problem behaviors in the meanwhile.  See the Humane Hierarchy for the ethics of when training techniques are used.

If you see someone jumping to punishment or coercion before using what can be done at the non-punishment end of the ladder-you will probably want to think again before doing or agreeing to something that can make the behavior worse when other alternatives are available.

No type of training of your dog should leave you feeling sick at your stomach, ashamed or unable to get negative images out of your mind.

Dog Behavior Library of the San Francisco SPCA-Click Here, recommended on the Veterinary College of Animal Behaviorists website-Click Here

AKC Dog Muzzles:  When, Why and How to Use One  American Kennel Club and Teach Your Dog to  Wear a Muzzle  Emily Larlham-Kikopup on Youtube

Watch my Pawsitive Experiences Training Videos-your quickest introduction to training

Watch Pawsitive Partners TV with Tom Heiskell, KPA-CTP, PhD and Mike Thomson, Rio Grande University   42  subjects Clicker Training House Training Part 1 House Training Part 2

Tips for Walking Your Dog Puppy Socialization Thunderstorms Biting

Making Vet Trips Enjoyable Muzzles (starts at 5 min)  The End of Life Training for Scenting/Finding People Introducing Dogs/Greetings Assistance Dogs with Nolan Crabb Developing Good Communication Between Dog and Trainer Grieving the Loss of a Pet What Goes Into Building a Dog/Trainer Team? Ways to Get and Keep Behavior Separation Anxiety Picking a Dog Trainer Training a Deaf Dog Who Are Dogs-Part 1 Who Are Dogs-Part 2 Online Training Resources  Introducing a Baby to Your Dog  Nail Clipping and Tooth Brushing  Ticks-Part 1  Tick Borne Diseases-Part 2  The Importance of Good Dog Food  Training Around the Food Bowl  Games to Play with Your Dog  Pets as Christmas Gifts  Safely Traveling with Your Dog  When to Get Emergency Care-Some Tips  Tips for Training 1  Tips for Training 2  The Alpha Dog Theory-Part 1  The Alpha Dog Theory-Part 2

If you have a puppy or young dog and are not in a puppy socialization class be sure to purchase Puppy Start Right:  Foundation Training for the Companion Dog on Amazon or at the Karen Pryor Clicker Training store.  Written by Ken and Debbie Martin-Board Certified Veterinary Animal Behaviorist, and KPA-Certified Training Partner and teacher, CPDT-KA and Veterinary Technican Behavior Specialist (both one of the very few in the country).

Emily Larlham-Kikopup   Emily has 94 videos and is committed to advancing dog welfare and showing success with force free positive training.

Karen Pryor Academy Clicker Training  website.  Interview with Karen.   Karen Pryor is the founder of the Karen  Pryor Academy for Animal Training.  She was the first person to train dolphin performances for the public in (give year).   add much more

Ken Ramirez training interview.  What Rewards to Use.  Ken is Executive Vice President and Chief Training Officer of the Karen Pryor Academy, prior Executive Vice-President of Animal Care and Animal Training at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago where he was responsible for thousands of animals.  He also worked as a trainer at Marineworld and Ocean Safari in Texas,  He previously worked with guide dogs and now consults with zoos around the world.  At great personal risk he helped change the behavior of migrating elephants to avoid being poached.  He consults with search and rescue, service dog and law enforcement bomb and narcotic dogs training organizations.  See Ken on YouTube and at his website Ken Ramirez Training and Consulting.

Dog Star Daily-by Ian Dunbar, DVM, animal behaviorist PhD.  Sections on Puppies, Adult Dogs and Behavior Problems

Susan Garrett top agility trainer about puppy raising, dog training and why she uses positive reinforcement blog topics about puppies, dogs and problem-solving training.   Audio interview with Susan...recommended.

Simpawtico Dog Training by Ian Stone  see the playlists for over 71 videos

Vancouver Island Assistance Dogs Training by Donna Hill  44 step by step videos for basic and advanced behavior

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ASPCA  help for dogs, cats, horses and other animals

Ahimsa Dog Training Seattle by Grisha Stewart  BAT Behavior Adjustment Training for fear and reactivity

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) about positive vet visits, dominance position statement,  punishment, puppy socialization, how to choose a trainer, breed specific legislation, AVSAB response statement to Cesar 911, also articles about other animals and topics

The Housebreaking Bible  very good resource with links to supplies and equipment

ASPCA Animal Poison Control   Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435

Steve White, police officer and police K9 trainer on the 8 Rules for Punishment    Why positive training is the foundation for training,how punishment is easily misused and leads to behavioral fallout and requires a very high level of trainer skill and ability to undo the problems punishement easily leads into. 

From his  website, Steve is  an Accredited as a Master Trainer in 1993 by the Washington State Police  Canine Association, Steve is also a past Executive Board Member of that  body.  He served as Vice President of the Certification Council for Pet  Dog Trainers, (now called the Certification Council for Professional Dog  Trainers) and has been an instructor for the K9 Academy for Law  Enforcement. Steve has instructed at seminars in the U.S., Australia,  Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, Mexico, Japan, Spain, the United  Kingdom, and New Zealand. He was a founding instructor at Karen Pryor’s  ClickerExpo. He has taught obedience classes at parks, community  centers, kennels, and the facility he and his wife Jennifer operate,  Rivendale Learning Center in Woodinville, Washington.

Larry Krohn, PakMasters dog training Nashville, TN  emphasizes first and foremost using positive reinforcement and building a relationship as the foundation for training.  For anyone thinking about using an  e-collar ( which Larry Krohn uses only for specific reasons late in training after building a positive foundation) he explains how their use, even by some who  present themselves as experts, often,  amounts to abuse.   He explains the very systematic steps and understanding  required to avoid falling  into a punishment trap,  You will see he  is describing a high level skill-set, and I hope you see this is far beyond the level of any  beginning dog owner to implement.  Good foundation training will teach what is needed for almost all pet dogs.  Punishment can leave a dog in worse shape with problems that will be even harder to fix.  If your dog has behaviors that are so intense, risky or dangerous  that they create a situation that must be changed quickly then I recommend you get a high level of expertise consultation with a Veterinary Animal Behaviorist at the Veterinary Behavior Clinic at the Ohio