One of the most common reasons that dogs end up in shelters is because people don’t understand them, and training oftentimes seems overwhelming.
We are making available, free of charge, a series of dog training articles for dog owners and shelter workers and volunteers. Each link below will download a PDF of the complete article.
Although most of the articles contain information that will be beneficial for kennel workers, volunteers and pet dog owners alike, we’ve broken them down into two categories.
Articles for pet dog owners:
Separation Anxiety– This article discusses some common sense approaches to solving separation anxiety. Separation Anxiety is often caused because of human behavior and can be a behavior that lands, an otherwise good dog, in the shelter.
Socializing Your Dog – Socializing a dog is one of the most important things you will do for your dog. A dog that is properly socialized understands that the world is a safe and fun place. He has the tools to thrive. IT is best taught at an early age, but this articles contains tools that will help you socialize your dog no matter how old or what his issues are.
Bringing Home Your New Dog – Bringing home a new dog requires a little work to make the experience a positive one for both you and your dog. And, if you already have a dog, you should understand the correct way to introduce your current dog to his new friend.
The Binary Dog – This article is considered one of the most important articles to truly understand how a dog thinks and most importantly how to clearly and fairly communicate with your dog. It’s so simple to apply.
Building a Relationship Before Training – Too often people want to begin training their dog and they have not developed a positive relationship with the dog. The biggest secret to training your dog is the relationship you share. It should be based on fairness, and that fairness should be fair to the dog first and foremost. This article will teach you those skills.
Crate Training – Teaching your dog basic skills will keep him safe in your house and it will also keep your house safe from him. Crate training your dog involves more than just putting your dog into a crate. This article covers the proper way to introduce your dog to his crate and the steps to get him to actually enjoy the training and eventually look forward to being in his crate.
Solving Food Aggression – One of the most difficult behaviors to deal with is food aggression. This article covers food aggression in both scenarios: toward people and toward other dogs. Don’t take food aggression lightly: it will only get worse if unaddressed.
Fear Based Aggression– Dogs that are aggressive come in two primary categories: those that are fearful and those that are dominant. Fearful dogs account for the great majority of aggressive dogs and need special attention to solve the issue in a fair manner.
Corrections – Stopping your dog from doing something wrong requires a correction. Corrections should be well understood before they are given and they must be given in a fair manner.
Bark Busting – One of the most annoying behaviors dogs exhibit is excessive barking. Oftentimes people don’t know how to solve the problem and only make it worse. This article covers the causes and solutions.
Emotion Vs Instinct– The primary difference between man and dog is the way we see things; dogs respond with instinct while humans focus on emotions. When these two collide there is often a conflict in training. Understanding the differences makes training and the relationship between us fair and easier to understand.
Neutral vs Friendly Dogs– We all strive to have our dogs get along well with children, people and other dogs, but how we go about doing this is very important. Many people make some common mistakes that can be detrimental. Understanding how to make life fair for your dog is the key issue addressed in this article.
Dog Parks– Every dog owner should understand the risks involved with free running dog parks. Please read this article and share it with your friends.
Choosing a Collar for Your Dog– One of the most important things that you will buy for your dog will be his collar. Read the information in this article to get the details that your local pet store may not be able to provide.
Causes of Aggression– This article is listed on both sections because it is important for pet owners and rescue workers to understand the concepts in this article.
***new *** Piddlers -Some people mistake dogs that leak urine with dogs that are “marking.” This article focusses on understanding and solving the behavior.
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