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- Against crating: okay a bit sensationalist, I admit, but think about how long your best friend is crated! http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/08/10/542438808/dogs-and-pigs-get-bored-too
- Dog-friendly training! The way to a balanced dog and a balanced life with your dog! http://grishastewart.com/learning-theory/
- How to reprimand your puppy - give a positive command: http://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/practicing-reprimands-training-companion-dog-2-–-behavior-problems
- Should you tell your puppy when he does something wrong? https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201403/dog-aggression-is-predicted-training-methods-and-breed
- New puppy introductions: http://puppies.about.com/od/Training/a/Puppy-Introductions.htm
- Clarifying positive reinforcement for better training: http://denisefenzi.com/2016/02/29/is-avoiding-correctionwithholding-half-of-the-information/
- I like this concept: making sure your dog feels empowered (applicable to successful training and overall quality of life) --
- Socializing your puppy, passive socialization! http://caninepeaceofmind.com/socializing-a-puppy-with-people/
- Understanding and reacting to your dog: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/26/136497064/the-new-science-of-understanding-dog-behavior
- Shock collars are inhumane! http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/the-pet-professional-guild-formally-denounces-shock-collars-and-it-is-right-to-do-it
- Dog toys for the smart canine: http://www.ihelppets.com/DogToys.html
- How to teach your puppy not to nip: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=YpkCeqJaouAhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vrPDMc-I-k
- Can I walk my unvaccinated puppy? http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/09/01/protecting-dogs-from-deadly-parvo.aspx
- How often to give your puppy treats as reinforcement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXKgjg7wNpQ
- We will be bringing home a new puppy in the month of October and we are going to start the puppy on a raw diet. So I'm researching how, as Frida started her raw diet when she was about six months. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/starting-puppy-on-raw-diet/
- More puppy links! Frida will be helping us raise a puppy for my daughter, Caroline. Our American Alsatian puppy will grow into becoming Caroline's service dog! http://puppyintraining.com/how-to-handle-your-puppys-first-night-at-home/
- The importance of socializing your puppy: how to -- http://speakingofdogs.com/resources/articles/why-is-socialization-important-for-puppies/
- Understanding what your dog is telling you: http://www.wikihow.com/Communicate-With-Your-Dog
- No alpha rolls, screaming, chain jerking - how to train/guide your pup! http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/new_study_finds_popular_alpha_dog_training_techniques_can_cause_more_harm_
- Types of halters; which is better; why you should avoid attaching a leash to your dog's collar:http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/which-types-of-collars-and-harnesses-are-safe-for-your-dog
- Secrets from a professional trainer:
"Did you know that you only have 2.8 seconds to reward or correct a dog from the time the complete a command or start an unwanted behavior for them to clearly make the connection of what they are being rewarded or corrected for?
Professional trainers have great reflexes. They can administer a reward or correction in 1 - 1.5 seconds.
If you watch a professional work a dog, it is fluid and lightning fast with reward and correction. The can usually get a dog working well in 5 minutes. How do they do that? Great Timing and consistency in that timing. If you practice your timing to react to reward or correction within 2 seconds consistently, you will see a much improved level of communication and understanding between you and your dog.
How do you practice timing?
1. Tie a leash to a post (no dog) and have a friend randomly say now when they click a stop watch then stop it as soon as you pull the leash.
Your target time (considering lag time) doing it this way should be under 3 seconds.
2. Same as 1 but this time no leash just your left hand from waist level to your outer thigh.
Great consistent timing = great communication and results!"
- Superb on-line dog-training program for dedicated dog owners or professionals: https://leerburgonlineuniversity.com/Course/viewall
- Fear in young pups, socialization, fear aggression - watch this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOuwZcqnwcs
- Side note: so you're thinking of shaving your dog this summer? Perhaps you should rethink! http://albertnorthvetclinic.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/shaving-your-dogs-coat-should-you-or-shouldnt-you/
- A great training tool! The training lead. I just used this with my lab tonight and I can really see the results of this training tool. I am using it (along with other methods) to help with teaching her not to bark and run at certain things that frighten or excite her.
- Proofing your training with the training lead! Your dog listens only under certain conditions . . .
- Your dog's body expressions translated into English: http://thedo.gs/2012/05/training/30-dog-body-expressions-translated-into-english-85032/5986/
- Beware the crate! http://bukarella.hubpages.com/hub/Can-you-raise-a-puppy-without-a-crate - I agree with this article EXCEPT for the use of the crate as a "time out."
- Long leash training - I like this technique. The dog feels free, is in an off leash mode and still is available for successful training!
- Some good puppy training tips - video. Watch the video and then click on one of the squares to watch another segment.
- Before you get your puppy; after you get your puppy; and excellent articles on training by Dr. Ian Dunbar! http://www.dogstardaily.com/free-downloads
- Training your pup for reliable recall: http://www.regansdogtraining.co.uk/articles/recalls/
- Forget the old-school dominance/alpha theory when relating to your dog!
- Dr. Ian Bunbar - when your puppy arrives: socialization, house training, feeding. Get rid of the dog bowl - a new idea!http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/open-paw%E2%80%99s-guide-first-two-weeks-your-new-dog
- Just read about this new crate for puppies - perhaps a good idea for those who are away at work and have a young pup at home (although no substitute for personal care!) - http://modernpuppies.com/
- The American Alsatian is a really intelligent, intuitive breed that is being developed as a companion/service dog. Read about the power of watching (the dog watches you!) - http://americanalsatian.forummotion.com/t345-training-the-american-alsatian-that-watches
- http://www.mydoghasclass.com/ - really worthwhile! Train your pup toward the CLASS certificate. I am so impressed! And you can locate Toronto training schools offering this program.
- http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/dr-ian-dunbar/10-tips-current-and-future-puppy-owners-want-train-perfect-dog - Dr. Ian Dunbar, well known behaviorist
- http://www.vallecito-alsatians.com/lap-therapy.html - lap therapy is a wonderful, loving technique that teaches dogs patience and control. This technique has been developed by Lois Schwartz (American Alsatians). I think the technique might have profound results in personality development and this might be the case with dogs of all ages!
- Using food -
- Enrich your pup's life - or give your best friend the life he/she deserves: http://blog.smartanimaltraining.com/2014/02/06/enrichment-8-easy-ways-to-increase-your-dogs-quality-of-life/
Positive reinforcement is the most effective (and humane) approach in training your pup!