Behavior & Training Resources
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 best fur pal.
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, using choke/prong collars, undermines your relationship. Your dog is your friend. It is your duty to be his advocate, protecting him from physical or emotional harm by being aware, alert and proactive on his behalf. Be worthy of his devotion and please seek professional advice if 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 threatening behavior.
A WORD ABOUT CONSENT - You want a healthy relationship with your dog? Read this. Your dog will thank you and we bet you'll say 'hmmm' while reading this article
BOOKS WE LIKE:
Before and After Getting Your Puppy, Dr. Ian Dunbar
Bonding With Your Dog, Victoria Schade
Decoding Your Dog, Debra F. Horwitz DVM
Do Over Dogs: Give Your Dog a Second Chance for a First Class Life, Pat Miller
How to Behave so Your Dog Behaves, Sophia Yin
How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication, Stanley Coren
It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet, Victoria Stillwell
Meet Your Dog, Kim Brophey, CDBC, BA
Parenting Your Dog: Develop Dog-Rearing Skills for a Well-trained Companion, Trish King
The Power of Positive Dog Training, Pat Miller
BOOKS FOR CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS:
Control Unleashed, Leslie McDevitt
Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household, Karen London and Patricia McConnell
Feisty Fido, Help for the Leash-Reactive Dog, Patricia McConnell
Fight, Jean Donaldson
From Fearful to Fear Free, Marty Becker DVM
I'll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety, Patricia McConnell
The Bark Stops Here, Terry Ryan
Mine, Jean Donaldson
Scaredy Dog, Ali Brown
The Bark Stops Here, Terry Ryan
When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs, Jane Killion
We recommend the Thunder Shirt, www.thundershirt.com for high anxiety dogs and dogs afraid of thunder, fireworks, etc.
HOW TO LOCATE A TRAINER IN YOUR AREA:
Association of Pet Dog Trainers - www.apdt.com
LOCAL TRAINERS WE RECOMMEND:
Training Buddies, LLC, Livonia
**Waggin' Tails foster dogs attend basic training class for free here!
Force Free Dale, Ferndale
Good Wolff, Ann Arbor
K9 Turbo Training
Kat Stevens Dog Training
Longsnouts Dog Training, Ann Arbor/Ypsi
Positive Pups Dog Training, Livonia
Trust and Obey Pawsitive Dog Training, Plymouth
VETERINARY BEHAVIOR IN MICHIGAN
Animal Behavior Consultants, Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit, Traverse City
Dr. Jill Sackman
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services OVRS, Bloomfield Hills
Theresa DePorter, DVM, MRCVS Diplomate, ACVB
Camille Ward, M.S., M.S., Ph.D., CAAB, Ann Arbor
Union Lake Veterinary, Dr. Hawker
Beyond the Bark
DOG TRAINING WEBSITES / VIDEOS:
Every Dog Austin FREE WEBINARS on many useful training topics!
DINOS, Dogs in Need of Space. For good dogs who just need space. Support for those living with challenging dogs
https://dogsinneedofspace.com/ For good dogs who just need space. Support for those living with challenging dogs.
Victoria Stillwell - www.positively.com Check out the Knowledge Center for tips on the basics.
Sophia Yin - drsophiayin.com Good books and DVDs available.
Patricia McConnell - www.patriciamcconnell.com Good resource on solving problem behaviors.
Resources for fearful, shy and anxious dogs www.fearfuldogs.com
Best Friends in Utah has great resources for new pet parents https://bestfriends.org/resources/dogs
The Wildest, sign up via email for free access to training, behavior, nutrition, ask a vet, and more.
Good Pup, online and remote / accessible training support.
SAFETY, KIDS AND DOGS:
Promoting Safety for Families and Dogs www.familypaws.com
Dog Bite Prevention - www.Doggonesafe.com
Book: Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind, book by Colleen Pelar
PODCASTS WE LIKE:
The Bitey End of the Dog, Michael Shikashio - Tackles topics on aggression in dogs.
Cog-Dog Radio, Sara Stremming at The Cognitive Canine
Dog Happi, Melissa Courtney - Explores wide range of topics to keep your dog healthy.
Drinking from the Toilet, Hannah Branigan
Shaped by Dog with Susan Garrett - Shares everything she knows related to dogs.