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Behavior & Training Resources

Dogs do speak but, only to those who know how to listen.  ~ Orhan Pamuk


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.

Please read the following

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.  


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


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, for high anxiety dogs and dogs afraid of thunder, fireworks, etc.


Association of Pet Dog Trainers -


Training Buddies, LLC, Livonia 

**Waggin' Tails foster dogs attend basic training class for free here!

Trust and Obey Pawsitive Dog Training, Plymouth

Longsnouts Dog Training, Ann Arbor/Ypsi

K9 Turbo Training

Good Wolff, Ann Arbor

Positive Pups Dog Training, Livonia

Kat Stevens Dog Training 



Theresa DePorter, DVM, MRCVS Diplomate, ACVB and European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioral Medicine in Bloomfield Hills

Camille Ward, M.S., M.S., Ph.D., CAAB  in Ann Arbor



DINOS, Dogs in Need of Space -  For good dogs who just need space. Support for those living with challenging dogs.

Victoria Stillwell - Check out the Knowledge Center for tips on the basics.

Sophia Yin -  Good books and DVDs available.

Patricia McConnell -   Good resource on solving problem behaviors.

Resources for fearful, shy and anxious dogs

Best Friends in Utah has great resources for new pet parents

BAD RAP   Training videos, multi-dog households, nail trimming, reactive dogs, etc.


Promoting Safety for Families and Dogs

Dog Bite Prevention -

Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind, book by Colleen Pelar


You can listen to a podcast through a website (aka streaming) or you can download an app on your smartphone to listen for free.

Animal Training Academy, Ryan Cartlidge - Positive Training Techniques

Dog Happi, Melissa Courtney - Explores wide range of topics to keep your dog healthy.

The Bitey End of the Dog, Michael Shikashio - Tackles topics on aggression in dogs.

Cog-Dog Radio, Sara Stremming at The Cognitive Canine

Drinking from the Toilet, Hannah Branigan

Pawsome University, Jaime Caponetta, John Caponetta - To better understand dogs and behavior they exhibit.

Shaped by Dog with Susan Garrett - Shares everything she knows related to dogs.

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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

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