There’s tons of dog behavior and training information out there. Some is solid gold; some, frankly, is complete rubbish–and some is downright inhumane. How can you tell which is which? These are a few of my go-to resources. The list is short on purpose, to help you zero in on some of the best guidance around.


Karen Pryor Clicker Training    (check out the LIBRARY section)

Your Dog’s Friend  a non-profit supporting dog owners with free training classes & seminars plus reliable, informative articles and a useful blog

Fearful Dogs website  a treasure trove of resources from expert Debbie Jacobs to help owners humanely and effectively rehabilitate their shy, scared pups.

APDT–the Association of Professional Dog Trainers   (especially the RESOURCE CENTER section)


The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia McConnell, PhD

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know by Alexandra Horowitz, PhD

Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey

Living with Kids and Dogs…without Losing your Mind by Colleen Pelar


Dog Spies: The science behind the dog in your bed by Julie Hecht for Scientific American magazine

Decoding your Pet: Veterinary behavior experts reveal why pets behave the way they do for Psychology Today magazine


Quick & Dirty Tips: The Dog Trainer   Advice in 10 (or so) minute snippets from training expert Jolanta Benal


Kikopup channel from Dogmantics owner Emily Larlham, with 200+ free, in-depth training tutorials


Dog Decoder   Primer on canine body language. Bonus: super cute cartoon dogs by Lili Chin