Position Statements from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
- Dominance Position Statement
- Punishment Position Statement
- Puppy Socialization Position Statement
- Positive Veterinary Care Position Statement
- How to Choose a Dog Trainer
- “Research shows that dogs do not need to be physically punished to learn how to behave, and there are significant risks associated with using punishment (such as inhibiting learning, increasing fear, and/or stimulating aggressive events). Therefore, trainers who routinely use choke collars, pinch collars, shock collars, and other methods of physical punishment as a primary training method should be avoided.”
The Case AGAINST Prong/Pinch Collars (and other punishment collars)
Recommended Online Behavior Libraries
Recommended Resources for GENERAL Behavior Goals
General Training and Behavior – Puppies to Adults
Book: Culture Clash, by Jean Donaldson.
Book: Life Skills for Puppies, by Helen Zulch and Daniel Mills.
Games That Foster Training
Article: How to Play Tug with Your Dog
Recommended Resources for SPECIFIC Behavior Challenges
Aggression (including Leash Reactivity)
Book: Fight! A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-Dog Aggression, by Jean Donaldson.
Book: Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash-Reactive Dog, by Patricia McConnell, Ph. D. and Karen London, Ph.D.
See “Muzzle Training” below
Anxiety and Fear
Book: The Cautious Canine – How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears, by Patricia McConnell, PhD.
Online Booklet: Barking: What’s the Barking Deal?
Book: Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household, by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.
Website: Muzzle Up Project
Book: Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, by Jean Donaldson.
Book: Remember Me? Loving and Caring for a Dog with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, by Eileen Anderson.
Book: Treating Separation in Dogs, by Malena DiMartini, Order it here.
Website: Great information and resources about separation anxiety here, including online self-help course:
Trainer: Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer we recommend, Shelly Keel (please note, Certified Separation Anxiety Trainers work remotely with their clients using technology – in fact, we don’t want to be in the room with you and your dog because we don’t want our presence to alter their behavior – so distance from your separation anxiety trainer should not be a factor). You can reach Shelly through her website here: