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Pet Education

Some of our favorite resources for your pet’s care, training and socialization with a focus on promoting positive methods, common courtesy and responsible ownership.
We clearly have a real soft spot for worried dogs and cats.

Dog stuff:

How Dogs Communicate
Jean Donaldson and her pals created iSpeak Dog, a ginormous reference for dog communication and so much more
Victoria Stilwell’s thorough and well-organized take on canine body language
Whoa! Look at all this dog-speak info. from Eileen and Dogs. Eileen Anderson is a superstar.

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) Position Statements on:
The Use of Punishment for Behavior Modification in Animals
Use of Dominance Theory in Behavior Modification of Animals
Puppy Socialization
Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL)

Positive Training
Jean Donaldson on compulsion training methods- Talk Softly and Carry a Carrot, Not a Stick
Lisa Mullinax explains some common misconceptions about positive reinforcement
When you Catch Your Dog Doing Something Good and reward her for it, she’ll do it more often 
The magic formula you need to know about positive training right this very moment. Nailed it, Jake Buvala.

The D Word
Learning Dog Training From Television? 
This site pulls back the curtain.
Dr. Patricia McConnell, explains what dominance is and isn’t
Dominance and “whispering” from Dr. Sophia Yin

Stop an Approaching Off-Leash Dog 
Off-leash dog safety by those DINO folks. Love them!
Dr. Patricia McConnell’s methods for stopping an approaching dog 
Jessica Dolce has all the answers for stopping off-leash dogs in their tracks

Dog-Dog Interactions
Bad Rap’s
Dog/Dog Tolerance levels in adult dogs
Why not the Dog Park? by Diamonds in the Ruff
Trail Etiquette for hiking with dogs by Nancy Tanner

Be Your Dog’s BFFF (best fur-less friend forever)
Petting dogs and the importance of consent from Paws Abilities
Jessica Dolce’s Stand up for your dogs. Yasss.

Dogs and Kids
Expert support for families with dogs can be found at Family Paws Parent Education 
I feel lucky to have Colleen Pelar’s parenting secrets for Living with and Kids and Dogs
The Family Dog’s Stop the 77 video. You’ll never see kids and dogs the same way again
Keep flipping through The Family Dog channel for more educational videos
Lisa Edwards has these fantastic go-to commands to teach dogs living with kids

Are You Ready for a LTR? Let’s Find Your New Best Friend!
Dogs Out Loud on expectations of adoption I Need to Return this Dog
Diamonds in the Ruff ask Are You Ready for a Dog in Your Life?
How Not to Pick a Rescue Dog – an excellent article by Grisha Stewart
Jen from DOL on the first days home So, You’ve Brought Home a New Dog

Worried, Shy, Fearful, Reactive, Anxious (still very loved) Dogs
Dogs in Need of Space– DINOS are good dogs, they just need space
Phydeaux has the best leash sleeves
Diamonds in the Ruff talk about SocializationTreat & Retreat and Thresholds. So very important
The Myth of “Reinforcing Fear” a lecture by Suzanne Clothier with bonus links
A helpful heap of reactive dog info called Leash Gremlins Need Love Too from Dogs Out Loud

You can help your reactive dog be his or her best dog. You can. I believe in you. Start here:
For counterconditioning & desensitization to work, Monsters ALWAYS cause Very Good Things 
Dr. Patricia McConnell’s blogs on dog-dog Reactivity Treatments and How to Handle Reactive Dogs
Marisa Scully’s Using Controlled Unleashed for Dog-Dog Aggression  and Look At That
Team Unruly shares how Look at That has helped their reactive dog and here’s how to teach LAT
Paws Abilities’ version of the same game is called Watch the World

Recommended Dog Walking Gear
Freedom No-Pull Harness, tried and true
Deluxe Easy Walk and the old school Easy Walk Harness
Ruffwear Front Range Harness A nice trail harness. So many colors! Could be a first-date harness.
Balance Harness This is a nice ride. 5 Stars. All the kids are wearing them.
Perfect Fit Harness custom-fit. Once you get the right parts, it’s really near perfect.
If head collars are used, we like Halti and Gentle Leader, in that order.
Kurgo Quantum Waist Leash Adjustable and reflective. (Just say no to springback leashes)
A good old 6’ flat leash. Nothing fancy.
(Keep it local, y’all. Check The Other End of the Leash before you buy it online.)

Muzzles Keep a Good Dog Good
The Muzzle-Up Project
Muzzles, Not Just for Aggression Anymore! by Nan Arthur
Chiraq Patel has THE video for conditioning your dog to wear a muzzle
When did muzzles get so cuuute? BUMAS USA

 

Cat Stuff:

Helping Your Cat be his or her Best Cat
The PPG recommends meeting your cat where he is

Medical Care
Ingrid Johnson’s medicating techniques are as positive as it gets
Only Dr. Sophia Yin could train a cat to love injections or actually enjoy the vaccination clinic

Introductions (you can’t hurry love)
What to do/not to do cat intros and dog intros from Ingrid Johnson
Best Friends knows that when it comes to cats and dogs, slow and steady desensitization is key
Everything about cat-dog intros from Positive Cattitudes

Lots more to come!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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