Training tips from your puppy and dog training expert.
Tips and Tricks
Tip sheets coming soon.
Raising Puppy Right - What you need to focus on in the short socialization window for puppies (10-20 weeks of age). Click here to download.
Why are dog bites to children so prevalent? Often it is because children aren't aware of or taught how to interact with dogs. Check out these fun and educational videos on Canine Body Language and How To Greet Dogs designed especially for children.
Healthy dog training treats - You can go through a lot of treats when you are training your dog. Store bought treats are often expensive and not always very healthy. Often my dogs are not that fond of them, which is really saying something given that they are golden retrievers. I came across this great recipe for Tuna Fudge (no chocolate involved) that has been a huge success with all the different dogs that I work with. It is easy to make, healthy and economical. Download the Tuna Fudge recipe here.
Enrichment Ideas and Activities:
Mental stimulation is very important for our dogs. Dogs were bred to be active and to problem solve. Unfortunately, they are not often given this chance is today's world. Many behaviour problems that I see can be traced back to boredom. If we can give our dogs activities to do that work their brains, tap into their natural instincts and give them a job to do we can help eliminate some of the unwanted behaviours we have to live with. These activities, combined with breed appropriate physical exercise can make a huge difference to the daily welfare of our dogs.
Position Statements - American Society of Veterinary Animal Behavior (ASVAB)
Humane Dog Training Position Statement: This statement reviews the current literature on the effects of training style on animal welfare, training effectiveness, and the dog-human relationship. The statement includes an FAQ with questions from addressing behaviour concerns to finding help and resources for more information. Based on current scientific evidence, AVSAB recommends that only reward-based training methods are used for all dog training, including the treatment of behaviour problems.
Dominance Position Statement: This statement has been developed for the purpose of clarifying how AVSAB views the theory of dominance relationships between animals. We also hope that it helps to dispel some myths that have recently become more prevalent among some who work in this field.
Puppy Socialization Position Statement: This statement hopes to increase awareness of the need for socialization in puppies and raise the issue of how vaccination protocols affect the socialization process in puppy classes.
How to Choose a Trainer Handout: This handout goes over guidelines for choosing a dog trainer so you and your dog can have a great experience.
Breed Specific Legislation Position Statement: This statement was developed as a review of the efficacy of breed-specific legislation, and AVSAB’s position on these policies.
Positive Vet Visit Position Statement: AVSAB promotes positive interactions between pets and people. We believe all people—even vets!—can learn better ways to interact with our animals. This paper explains the down side of the stress animals experience when they visit our clinics, and offers suggestions and resources for the entire veterinary team to reduce the stress and increase the fun.
AVSAB Response Statement to Reality TV Dog training shows: This statement was developed as response to the episode of the television show which raised questions about the use of humane training methods.
Useful links for dog owners.
- AnimalKind (BC SPCA)
- City of Victoria BC Animal Bylaws
- American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour - Position Statements
- Academy of Dog Trainers
- Karen Pryor Academy
- Pet Professional Guild
- Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers
- International Association of Animal Behavior Consultations
- Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers
- Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid Training
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