Resources

There’s a ton 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.

WEBSITES

Karen Pryor Clicker Training   (check out the LIBRARY section)

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

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

I Speak Dog  is for learning all about interpreting canine communication, reading your dog’s emotions, and understanding their reactions.

BOOKS

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

BLOGS

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

Companion Animal Psychology Intriguing stuff based on scientific research, made fun to read by Zazie Todd, PhD

PODCASTS

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

YOUTUBE

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

APPS

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