Trainer Tips

​It is always exciting to bring home a new pet, especially one that has just been adopted from a rescue agency, shelter, or adoption center. New pets need to have the​ rules established as quickly as possible. Everything f​rom house breaking, crate training, and nuisance behavior could come up while they adjust and settle in to their new home. The good news? These can all be easily addressed with training and patience.

We've set up three different sections to help you navigate to the area you need the most assistance.​​

Training Tips: from potty training and nuisance behaviors to challenging behaviors and looking for a local trainer.

Adopter Resources: Multi dog and species homes, safety tips, children and pets, cat resources and more.

Other info: Social media resources and FAQ's about pets in shelters.​ We get a lot of questions about how our shelter pets get along with kids, other dogs, other cats, and so much more. In this section we have articles that talk about why we can't answer these questions and what the best practices​ are for you to find your newest family member.​

​​It is always exciting to bring home a new pet, especially one that has just been adopted from a rescue agency, shelter, or adoption center. New pets need to have the​ rules established as quickly as possible. Everything f​rom house breaking, crate training, and nuisance behavior could come up while they adjust and settle in to their new home. The good news? These can all be easily addressed with training and patience.

​On this page you will find websites to certain behaviors that have been accredited by our staff dog trainers​. With these tips you can easily adjust your pet'​s behavior. If you've just adopted a new pet and you want to make sure that the transition from shelter to home is easy and stress-free, check out the Bringing Your Shelter Dog Home page!


Debunking Dominance

Dominance in Dogs is Not a Personality Trait

Debunking the "Alpha Dog" Theory By Behavior Expert Pat Miller


Breed Mislabels

DNA studies reveal that shelter workers often mislabel dogs as 'pit bulls'

Time to Stop Playing the Breed ID Game

No, "Pit Bull" Dogs Don't Lock Their Jaws, and Other Myth-Busting Facts

FAQs About "Pitbull" Type Dogs – Animal Farm Foundation


Nuisance Behaviors including potty training/crate training

apdt.com/pet-owners/common-problems

www.clickertraining.com/housetraining ​

www.petprofessionalguild.com - other great pet owner articles and resources


Challenging Behaviors

Funny Tips for Setting Boundaries with Your New Dog From the Onion

Mouthing/Biting

How to Survive Puppy Teething and Nipping

How to manage your dog's mounting

Anxiety

Separation Anxiety – Victoria Stilwell

Separation Anxiety – Will a Second Dog Help?

Crowd Sourcing Alone-Time Alternatives

Digging and Other Instinctive Dog Behaviors

Digging, Chewing, Chasing, Barking

Dig This: How to Get Your Dog to Stop Digging

How to Prevent Door Dashing

Resource Guarding

Resource Guarding: Treatment and Prevention

Resource Guarding – How to Teach Your Dog to Share

positively.com/dog-behavior/aggression/resource-guarding

www.whole-dog-journal.com/Resource-Guarding-Behavior-Modification

www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/puppy-behavior-emergency-resource-guarding


Dog Training Resources for Guardians

Animal Farm Foundation Dog Training Page 

Beginner Fundamentals: Why Can't I Just Use My Voice?

Beginner Fundamentals: The Eight Ways of Changing Behavior

How To Clicker Train Your Dog 

Consent: It's Not Just for People!

Confidence Building for Dogs by Behavior Expert Pat Miller

Leash Walking Skills Every Human Needs to Know

How to Train a Dog to Enjoy a Gentle Leader 

Loose Leash Walking 

What to Do When a Dog Hates Being Confined

How to Stop Leash Reactivity

How I Stopped My Dog's Leash Aggression

Why I'm Not (And Never Have Been) A Purely Positive Dog Trainer


Books & Videos

Love Has No Age Limit by Patricia McConnell – welcoming new dogs home

Train Your Dog Positively by Victoria Stilwell – training basics for laypeople

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell – dog behavior for laypeople

The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson – dog behavior

Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

Treating Separation Anxiety In Dogs by Malena De Martini-Price

Karen Pryor Clicker Training Video Database – paid content

Catification by Jackson Galaxy – how to make your home cat-friendly

Catify to Satisfy by Jackson Galaxy – cat-friendly homes


Directories

Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT)

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner – KPA CTP         

CSAT Trainer for Separation Anxiety

Veterinary Behaviorists


Finding a good trainer, consultant, behaviorist

How to Find a Good Dog Trainer – Petfinder

How to Choose a Good Dog Trainer – Positively

Find a Dog Trainer – Best Friends​

How do Horses Communicate with Humans?

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Finding a local trainer

apdt.com

positively.com

www.petprofessionalguild.com/PetGuil​dMembers

www.karenpryoracademy.com


Interactive Social Media Resources

Pet Professional Guild – force-free organization for professional animal trainers

Positively – network of positive, force-free trainers

Bad Rap – bully breed advocacy group

Patricia McConnell – behavior expert

Chirag Patel – behavior expert

Your Dog's Friend – humane education for dog guardians

Karen Pryor Clicker Training – positive training resource

Cold Nose College – training school

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

The Animal Scientist – dog trainer

Canine PhD Training and Behavior Consulting – dog trainer

Reisner Veterinary Behavior Services, LLC 


FAQ's asked by potential adopters about animals in shelters

"Is Fido Good With Cats?" – Alternatives to Dog-Cat Intros

"All I Want for Christmas" – Shelter Advocacy By Your Pitbull and You

Cats – A Touch May Make All the Difference​​​

Why Not to Do Dog Intros - ASPCA

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