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Dog Training and Behavior

"Good training needs a kind heart as
well as a cool and well-informed head..."

-- Konrad Most




           (Brandy and Joe)

          Successful Housetraining
          (Robin Kovary)

  • Livestock Guarding

    Livestock Guardian Dogs

  • Problem Prevention & Problem Solving

    Dog trainers, behaviorists, and canine behavioral counselors, counsel dog owners and help them to prevent or solve their dogs' behavior problems. These may include: lunging at other dogs or passersby, phobias, separation anxiety, destructive chewing, aggression, and excessive barking, to name a few.

    Campbell's Pet Behavior Resources
    (William Campbell, PhD)

    Dog-Play: Behavior, Socialization and Training
    (Diane Blackman)

    Dr. P's Dog Training Library
    (Dr. Mark Plonsky, PhD)

    Problem Solving -- American Dog Trainers Network
    (Robin Kovary)

    Punishment -- How Not To Do It
    (Gary Wilkes)
    I highly recommend this very worthwhile article

  • Schutzhund

    This popular competitive sport includes three phases: obedience training, tracking, and protection. Dogs with high prey and fight drives (including many German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Rotties, Dobies, APBTs, and American Bulldogs) are often used in this exciting sport.


  • Search and Rescue

    What could be more rewarding than saving people's lives? Search and rescue teams are devoted to doing this on a regular basis, locating and rescuing lost and injured people. These courageous teams are some of the today's true heroes.

    American Rescue Dog Association

    Avalanche Rescue Dog's World

    National Association for Search and Rescue

  • Service Dog

    Paws With A Cause

  • Sheep Herding Trials

  • Socialization

    When it comes to raising a confident well-adjusted puppy, an ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure. By socializing one's puppy early on with a variety of new and unfamiliar people (including calm and gentle children), on a regular and ongoing basis (for at least the first two years of the dog's life), you can help prevent serious behavioral problems such as shyness, timidity, and aggression from developing as the puppy matures. Once a puppy has all of his puppy shots (usually by 16 weeks of age), he should also be socialized with other friendly dogs, and acclimated to new environments beyond the owner's home and property, by being taken for regular daily walks on a leash. Fully immunized puppies raised in country and suburban environments should be gradually acclimated to city noises such as traffic noise, crowds of people and other everyday life scenerios early on.

    The Importance of Early Socialization
    (Robin Kovary)

  • Temperament Training

  • Tracking

    The Tracking Page

  • Trick Training

    Dog Tricks
    (Robin Kovary)

  • Water Rescue

  • Working Dogs

  • Weight Pulling

    International Weight Pulling Association



"There is a considerable portion of dog training which is actually thinly disguised abuse. It has little to do with education of an animal, but it does have a lot to do with our egos, our assignment of importance to relatively unimportant actions, and our own deeply seated beliefs about animals. Humane training begins with a critical look at the premises and assumptions which undergird many traditional approaches. We become better trainers by refusing to swallow uncritically what is tossed to us as truth, by developing our powers of empathy and observation, and by searching for better ways to teach and educate the dogs we love."

-- Suzanne Clothier

  • After-The-Fact Discipline
    Behaviorally unsound approach to correcting undesirable behavior(s).  After-the-fact punishment is NOT an effective way to correct undesirable behaviors (such as destructive chewing or housesoiling accidents, which occur when the owner is absent or unaware). NOT recommended.

  • Clicker Training
    Developed by noted animal behaviorist Karen Pryor. Excellent, motivational  method of teaching and reinforcing desired behaviors.

  • Eclectic Training Method
    A combination of different methods, with a specific emphasis on whichever  method(s) are best suited to each individual dog being trained.

  • Koehler Method
    Heavy-handed, compulsion-style dog obedience training method developed by William Koehler. Some of his problem-solving and disciplinary techniques are extremely harsh (which we do NOT recommend.)  Strong emphasis on compulsion and physical correction, as well as after-the-fact discipline.

  • Lure Training
    Uses an object of attraction (toys, treats, etc.) to teach obedience commands  (such as "Sit", "Down", "Heel", etc.). Lure is gradually phased out. Excellent  motivational way to teach commands using or incorporating hand signals. Often proves very successful where other methods fail. Highly recommended for puppies, sensitive or timid dogs, as well as aggressive and "difficult"  dogs.

  • Playtraining
    Motivational training method that incorporates both play and prey drives. Recommended for many dogs.

  • Target Wand Training
    Developed by noted animal behaviorist and dog trainer Gary Wilkes. Excellent, "non-force" training method. Works well with puppies and dogs of all ages.



  • Aggressiontwo dogs sitting on the front steps
  • Aversive
  • Blocking
  • Conditioned Reinforcer
  • Conditioning
  • Consequence
  • Backwards Chaining
  • Behavior Modification
  • Classical Conditioning
  • Conditioned Reinforcer
  • Conditioned Stimulus (CS)
  • Contingency
  • Counterconditioning
  • Deprivation
  • Desensitizing
  • Discriminative Stimulus (SD)
  • Extinction
  • Habituation
  • Learned Irrelevance
  • Learning Theory
  • Negative Punishment
  • Negative Reinforcement
  • Neutral Stimulus
  • Operant Conditioning (OC)
  • Overshadowing
  • Phobias
  • Positive Punishment
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Primary Reinforcer
  • Prompting
  • Reward
  • Secondary Reinforcer
  • Shaping
  • Stimulus
  • Variable Schedule of Reinforcement (VRS)



  • Defense
  • Fight
  • Food
  • Maternal
  • Pack
  • Play
  • Prey
  • Sexual



  • Displacementaggressive dog
  • Dominance
  • Fear-Elicited
  • Intra-Male
  • Intra-Species
  • Maternal
  • Object Possessive
  • Pain-Elicited
  • Predatory
  • Territorial


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