When asked what people can do to better communicate with their canine friends, Terry Ryan said,
"Learn dog instead of insisting that they learn human."
-Terry Ryan, Legacy Canine Behavior and Training
There comes a time when all of us humans need a little help understanding our four-legged pals. After all, they are a different species and communicate their needs differently than us.
The following information was collected by our volunteers in hopes that it will help you form a better understanding of dogs and ultimately increase the bond between you and your pet.
Waggin' Tails Dog Rescue supports positive, reward-based, training methods to get your dog to do what you want (or not to do). We believe that striking your dog or giving harsh collar corrections undermines your relationship. Your dog is your friend. Be worthy of his devotion and please seek professional advice when serious behavioral issues arise.
-Your friends at Waggin' Tails Dog Rescue
A WORD ABOUT AGGRESSION:
If your dog attacks another dog or person, please seek the advice of a qualified trainer/behaviorist immediately - for your own safety and the safety of your dog. There are many factors that can contribute to an aggressive dog. Read a short article about a recent study on aggression in dogs from the Journal of Veterinary Behavior.
A worthwhile 15 minute video about your dog's perspective from
renowned trainer/behaviorist Ian Dunbar.
Good place to purchase books and videos on dogs.
www.DogWise.com or www.tawzerdogvideos.com
Books We Like
How to Behave so Your Dog Behaves, Sophia Yin
Bonding With Your Dog, Victoria Schade
The Rosetta Bone, the Key to Communication Between Humans and Canines, Cheryl S. Smith
The Power of Positive Dog Training, Pat Miller
It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet, Victoria Stillwell
Do Over Dogs: Give Your Dog a Second Chance for a First Class Life, Pat Miller
How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication, Stanley Coren
Don't Shoot the Dog, Karen Pryor
Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog,
Parenting Your Dog: Develop Dog-Rearing Skills for a Well-Trained Companion, Trish King
Books for "Difficult" Dogs
Control Unleashed, Leslie McDevitt
When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs, Jane Killion
The Bark Stops Here, Terry Ryan
Mine, Jean Donaldson
Fight, Jean Donaldson
Feisty Fido, Help for the Leash-Reactive Dog, Pat McConnell
Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household, Karen London and Pat McConnell
Scaredy Dog, Ali Brown
I'll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety, Pat McConnell
We recommend the Thunder Shirt, www.thundershirt.com for high anxiety dogs and dogs afraid of thunder, fireworks, etc.
How to find a dog trainer / behaviorist in your area:
Association of Pet Dog Trainers - www.apdt.com
Locate a veterinary behaviorist in Michigan -
Trainers We Recommend:
Pawsitively Positive, Ann Arbor (Terry Jacobus)
Common Scents Training Center, Metamora (Steve Robinson)
Trust and Obey Pawsitive Dog Training, Plymouth (Judi Hales)
Training Buddies, LLC, Canton (Sandy Patton)
Top Dog Training Websites:
Victoria Stillwell - www.positively.com You can see her tv show, It's Me or the Dog.
Karen Pryor - www.Clickertraining.com Pioneer and expert in Clicker Training.
Sophia Yin - drsophiayin.com Veterinarian and Behaviorist. Good demo videos on site!
Ian Dunbar - www.dogstardaily.com
Patricia McConnell - www.patriciamcconnell.com
Just for fearful dogs - www.fearfuldogs.com
Smarter You, Happier Dog - Facebook www.facebook.com/SmarterYouHappierDog
SAFETY / Kids and Dogs:
Promoting Safety for Families and Dogs www.familypaws.com
Dog Bite Prevention - www.Doggonesafe.com
How Kids and Pets Should Not Interact
How Kids and Pets Should Interact
Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind, book by Colleen Pelar
Awesome Interactive Toys and Other Cool Stuff to Drool Over
(Remember to rotate your toys to keep things exiting for your dog!)
Kong Products - www.KongCompany.com
Premier Pet Toys - www.premier.com and www.busybuddytoys.com
West Paw Design - www.westpawdesign.com
Planet Dog - www.Planetdog.com
Intellitoys by Kyjen - Google it to purchase online
Chuck It! www.Chuckit.com For those who don't want to touch that slimy ball.
Resources Just for the Bully Breeds:
PIT BULL RESCUE CENTRAL
Pros and Cons of Invisible Fences
Backyard Dogs - Bring them inside!
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