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 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.
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.
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
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, Patricia McConnell
Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household, Karen London and Patricia McConnell
Scaredy Dog, Ali Brown
I'll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety, Patricia McConnell
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!
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
VETERINARY BEHAVIORISTS IN MICHIGAN
Theresa DePorter, DVM, MRCVS Diplomate, ACVB and European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioral Medicine in Bloomfield Hills https://www.ovrs.com/specialty-services/veterinary-behavior.html
Camille Ward, M.S., M.S., Ph.D., CAAB in Ann Arbor http://aboutdogsllc.com/
TOP DOG TRAINING WEBSITES:
DINOS, Dogs in Need of Space - 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
Search for pet-friendly apartments! No point in moving if you're best friend won't be allowed.
SAFETY KIDS AND DOGS:
Promoting Safety for Families and Dogs www.familypaws.com
Dog Bite Prevention - www.Doggonesafe.com
Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind, book by Colleen Pelar
First Step of Wayne County - Supporting domestic abuse survivors and their pets.
Read more about First Step's ARK (Animals Receiving Kindness) program here.
HEALTH & WELL BEING:
Pet food reviews and recall notifications. Sign up! https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine works with government and industry to replace the use of animal tests with more modern methods to test safety of cosmetics, chemicals, pesticides, drugs and other products. Sign up for newsletter / alerts so your voice can be heard on important issues. www.pcrm.org
Shop Cruelty Free with https://www.leapingbunny.org/
Disaster Preparedness. Be ready for the unknown. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness
ID TAG and MICROCHIP
Even if your dog is micro-chipped, the old school method of having an ID tag with current phone number on your pet at all times will help your best friend get back home quickly, if lost. We'll stand on our soap box and preach all day long about the power of the microchip and ID tag and how it helps the entire pet community. All of us want your pet home safe and sound if lost. Please keep up-to-date ID on your pets at all times!
A note about invisible fences: Please consider the dangers before making your purchase.
Never put a puppy on an invisible fence
ENDING PUPPY MILLS
We support Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan and the end to the mass production of dogs in commercial kennels ("puppy mills"). Join the effort! You can make a difference.
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ANIMAL LAW 101 (Submitted by Amelia, a young animal advocate via the Kellytown Reading Group)
Includes a breakdown of Animal Law, including the Animal Welfare Act, the Endangered Species Act, the PACT Act, and additional research resources.
ATTORNEYS FOR ANIMALS - Michigan-based organization whose mission is work within the legal system for the rights of animals to be treated humanely.
MICHIGAN HUMANE ADVOCACY