I am a vigorous advocate of hands on, owner-involved, training. While there may be occasional situations and circumstances that indicate the use of a professional trainer, please attend puppy kindergarten and a basic training class with your dog, yourself.

Providing proper socialization and
training for your dog is ESSENTIAL

If you cannot, or are not willing to, invest the time and effort necessary to effectively train and socialize your dog -

By involving yourself directly in your dog's training, not only will you learn valuable and practical training tips, techniques, and behavioral information, but, it will also provide an opportunity for you to spend some focused, 'quality time' with your dog. These classes provide controlled socialization opportunities for your dog; can help you identify additional local resources (other dog owners, clubs, enthusiasts & professionals); and, will allow you to provide ongoing training and guidance to your dog in his or her own environment.

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  • Read "The Life and Death of an Untrained Dog" by Robert J. Hoffman, Humane Society of Ventura County, California, to gain more personal insight into the importance of properly training your dog.

    Although, there are professional trainers and behavior consultant sites included at the DogInfomat, when the information presented at the site warranted, this is in no way to be construed as an endorsement of these particular trainers, consultants or organizations. The selection process you use to select your trainer or consultant is just as important as your selection of a breeder, vet or any other professional service provider. You must, directly and thoroughly research any professional service provider you may be considering. This includes, but is not limited to, gathering references and information from a VARIETY of sources and source types and VERIFYING the information with independent sources. For more tips about selecting a trainer, read the late Robin Kovary's How to Choose a Dog Trainer.

    PREMIER BEHAVIOR & TRAINING SITES      The Best of the Best!
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    All About Dogs: Obedience & Training
    American Dog Trainers Network
    CLICKTRAIN eMail List Keeper Pages
    Dr. P's Dog Training
    Dog Related eMail Lists
    Dogpatch Obedience and Training Page
    <--- Other Clicker Links are also available

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    NOTE 3/23/2006: It appears that the site is still being reorganized. Many links are not active.

    Pat Kalbaugh's All About Dogs is a great site for dog lovers, especially those looking for both formal, and information, obedience information. The Obedience Training section of the site is a must with separate sections covering Puppy & Basic Training and Advanced and Competition Obedience. Pat also maintains an abundant library of UKC Info. Additional sections available at the site include: Humor, K9 Pics, and Hotlinks.

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    NOTE: Robin Kovary was a dog trainer and dog writer. She also ran a free telephone help line from her home. Robin passed away in January 2001 after a long bout with breast cancer. She is greatly missed by the many people who knew and loved her. Although, she is gone her website remains available and contains a wealth of information for dog lovers.

    Original Review: Robin Kovary, author of "From Good Puppy, To Great Dog!" and other titles, is a co-founding member of the Society of North American Dog Trainers and the current director of the Canine Resource and Referral Helpline. "The American Dog Trainers Network is a not-for-profit organization whose primary goal is to promote humane education, responsible pet care, and positive motivational dog training." The FREE Canine Resource and Referral Helpline -- sponsored by the American Dog Trainers Network, was founded in 1989 to assist the general public and media with all aspects of information pertaining to dogs, and to offer referrals to a wide variety of dog-related professionals, services and organizations throughout North America. The American Dog Trainers Network Website, provides visitors with information about Helpline services, educational and informative articles, helpful tips, direction to recommended resources, as well as links to external websites.

    Major features include Resources - General & NYC Specific DOG covering Publications, Videos, Seminars & Workshops, Articles, Safety Tips, K9 Quotes, Product & Supply Vendors, Dog Links by Category and much more. Visit the Directory for a complete listing of site contents.

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    NOTE: The Keeper Pages are now hosted at The Well Mannered Dog website.

    For those interested in learning more about Clicker Training, the CLICKTRAIN eMail List Keeper Pages is a MUST SEE! The archive was created by Helix Fairweather with the assistance of Niki Lampropolos, Stacy Braslau-Schneck, Carol Dunster, and Marg MacFadden who, by organizing and arranging these informative and educational posts, by topic, have provided these resources to web site visitors in a user-friendly, convenient, format. You'll also learn how Clicker Training can be used with Critters other than Dogs.

    This is a really NEAT way to recycle/share information and maximize the usefulness of eMail lists as a resource!

    Besides the ClickTrain email discussion list mentioned above, two other clicker lists CLICK-L and ClickerSolutions have comprehensive websites with articles, training information and information about each list.

    While a commercial site, I've included Karen Pryor's ClickerTraining.Com due to the popularity of this successful training method and the quality of the content available at the site.

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    Dr. P's Home Page Dr. P's Dog Training, a site by Dr. M. Plonsky, Professor of Psychology at UWSP, is a comprehensive and efficient "jump off point" to a wealth of information related to dog behavior and training. The LibraryThe site is incredibly user-friendly, with quick and easy access to a wealth of online articles available in "The Library". Frequently updated to repair broken links and add new ones, two or three major revisions are also completed, each year. You can access a chronology of these activities in the very well maintained, Revision History area.

    Additional sections include: Obedience - the sport, Protection - martial arts for dogs, Assistance Dogs - help folks with disabilities, The Nose Knows - including: Tracking, Search & Rescue, and Other Scents, Other Dog "Work" - including: Agility, Flyball & Frisbees, Freestyle, Herding, Hunting, Sledding & Such, Therapy, Racing, etc., CreeMiscellaneous Info & Resources - including: Associations, Books, Videos, & Magazines, Career Information, Email Lists, Equipment, Ezines, Humor, Links to Dog Info, Upcoming Events, Veterinary Info, and, a COOL and very informative, virtual demonstrations and photos of the family's GSDs, Cree, Schatze, and Lobo (RIP 1989-2000). This is a noncommercial site sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. If you like the site, you can make a donation to help support it.

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    Yahoo! Groups Animals/Mammals
    Yahoo! Groups Pets
    Hoflin Publishing Dog Lists
    i-dog Message Boards & Discussion Lists
    Pets.Ca Boards
    K9Community UK
    Francis' DogHouse Discussion List Directory
    DogMania.Com Forums
    MSN Groups Pets
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Please review each group's policies before joining. Be especially cautious before sharing your email address or any other personal information. * It is impossible for me to individually review every dog related email list available. However, it has been my experience that these lists often have very knowledgeable and experienced members who are helpful and supportive. Of course, as with any information, referencing a variety of credible sources, to allow you to properly weight and verify the information, is prudent and recommended.

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    NOTE: This site's ownership has transferred to Gordon Thomas of OnBoard Signs and does contain advertisements. However, the material originally developed by Mary Jo (1999-2001) remains available free of charge.

    Original Review: Mary Jo Sminkey's excellent dog related 'sites' are referenced many times throughout the DogInfomat. The Dog Obedience and Training Page is a comprehensive example of her work. This searchable site contains a wealth of conveniently organized information and resources including: Discussion Forums featuring email lists, chat rooms, and bulletin boards; Basic Training with FAQS, articles, including puppy training, housebreaking & crating; Competitive Obedience; loads of Clicker Training information & links; Musical Freestyle; Training Schools & Clubs; Upcoming Trials; and links to lots of other Obedience Sites, products, and Mary Jo's other dog-related topic areas.

    OTHER GREAT BEHAVIOR & TRAINING SITES     More wonderful resources!
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    Canines of America's World of Dog Training
    Canine Behavior Series @ VeterinaryPartner
    European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology
    Flying Dog Press
    New Skete Website
    PBS/WGBH's Animal Hospital & Woof!
    Pet Place for Dogs: Training Basics
    HSUS Pets for Life Campaign

    Doggie Door to Canine Behavior

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    The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (UK) is a network of experienced behaviour counsellors who, on referral from a veterinary surgeon, are able to offer the time and expertise necessary to achieve these objectives. The Association works within a Constitution and its members agree to abide by a written Code of Conduct. You can read more about the organization at the website or visit other sections, including: Pet Tips, Articles and Links.

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    Bob DeFranco's Canines.Com is home to the Animal Behavior Center of New York, the American Institute for Animal Science, the Association of Canine Behavior Counselors, and the American Foundation for Animal Rescue (AFAR). AFAR operates a no-kill shelter in Queens, NY; the Animal Behavior Center of New York, a companion animal training and behavioral treatment facility, which provides low-cost companion animal training and behavioral treatment services to the community; produces educational radio and public-access TV programs; and, more.

    At the site, you can read Bob's "It's About Animals" columns which appear weekly in New York newspapers. The Canine Behavior Solutions Library hosts several articles that will be of interest to dog owners. The site also hosts a Chat Room, Memorial, and the Top Dog Award.

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    PER THE WEBSITE: We are very sorry that we have experienced a severe hardware crash and a corrupt back up. We believe the entire DoggieDoor.com site was lost. We would like to thank everyone form the bottom of our hearts who participated and supported DoggieDoor.com for nearly ten years! We have lost invaluable information given to hundreds of thousands of dog people from dedicated and committed volunteers. We can not express how sorry we are that this has happened. We have not made any decisions as of yet regarding the web site.

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    The ESVCE gathers veterinarians and others involved in clinical ethology (the practice of modifying behavioral problems and disorders) and in research in ethology. The organization was established in 1994. They hold an international meeting nearly every year. The 2003 meeting will be held on September 19th in Salzburg, Austria.

    The website hosts content including: the Newsletter & Publications; a directory of Behavior Education opportunities at European Universities; a Calendar (Diary); Links and more. Also, visit the European College of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine
    for information about their insitutution. Additional links to veterinary websites can be found in the Health & Genetics section of this website.

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    The Canine Behavior Series at Veterinary Partners has articles covering subjects such as Abused Dogs, The Teenage Dog, Adopting A Shelter Dog, Aggression, Housetraining, Barking, Before the New Baby Comes Home, Bonding with Your Dog, Carsickness, Choosing the Right Dog to Join Your Pack, Destructive Chewing, Digging, Dogproofing Your House, Food Guarding, Grooming, Traveling, Jumping, Multiple Dogs, Safety, Seperation Anxiety, and much more.

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    Suzanne Clothier has been involved with dogs professionally since 1977, in a variety of ways. She has authored and coauthored several booklets as well as books and videos covering several topics related to dog behavior and training. While the focus of much of her work is on agility and the canine athlete, there are several pieces available which will be of interest to all dog owners.

    At the Flying Dog Press website, several of her articles and some co-authored with husband, John Rice, related to training and behavior, are made available free of charge for use by individuals and nonprofits. Credit must be given to the author and articles are to be reproduced in their entirety (i.e., no edits or revisions). Additional products, company, and ordering information is also available at the site.

    Suzanne also currently hosts the dog camp "Camp Dances With Dogs" (No Camp Scheduled for 2003). If you are interested, you can read more about the camp and keep informed of any future camps.

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    While their training methods are frequently debated (as most are) the Monks of New Skete's, "How to be Your Dog's Best Friend" and "The Art of Raising A Puppy" are often two of the first titles recommended when one asks *those in the know* about recommended dog books. Besides learning more about the order and the monastery, itself, the site provides insight into the history and philosophy behind the order's involvement with dogs. The Puppies & Dogs section includes and interview with Dr. Thomas Wolski DVM, the monks' veterinarian; Training Advice - an overview of the New Skete philosphy related to behavior and training; a Q & A section and more. Detailed information about their books, videos and accessories is available and may be ordered through the site's online store.

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    At PBS/WGBH's NOVA Online: Animal Hospital website you can read the transcript of this popular special which originally aired in February '98. Additionally, you can read more about problem behavior in pets; and, read the questions and responses to specific behavioral questions, which were answered by animal behaviorists, during the run of the program.

    Also, at the PBS site, the WOOF! It's a Dog's Life with Matthew Margolis website provides information from the 13-week series of the same name.

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    This subsection of The Pet Place, The Pet Place for Dogs, at Detroit Downtown Central, features several original articles on "Dog Training Basics", by Pam Young, LVT. Titles include: "Why Won't My Dog LISTEN to me?", Hear the proper way to use commands & get results!; "Using the Leash for Control and Leadership"; Who's in charge? Take control of the food bowl!"; "Helpful hints for more fun and less stress!"; "Nipping the Hand that Feeds You - stopping those tiny teeth!"; "How to Train Your Dog NOT to Come"; and, more.

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    The Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life Campaign The site features dog and cat behavior and training content.

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