Here are some trusted recommendations on equipment as well as resources rooted in Positive Reinforcement. Keep the fun going!
When people ask us what equipment to use for their puppy or adult dog, we always recommend a flat collar and harness combination. The goal is to not cause any discomfort on your pup. Walking your dog on a harness ensures better control and a more comfortable walk for your dog. We do not endorse the use of prong, choke or other corrective collars.
Here are some recommended harnesses:
Animal Building Blocks Academy is a convenient online pet training school helps busy families and pet professionals. Video lessons by dog trainer Grisha Stewart, live video Q&A sessions, and discussions in the ABBA Clubhouse give members the best tools for problem solving and care.
YouTube Channels you should know about for examples of excellent dog training for many important behaviors:
Cooperative Handling/Bucket Game: This training technique helps dogs learn to remain relaxed for handling related to grooming and vet care.
The Puppy Primer - Second Edition, by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. and Brenda Scidmore, an excellent and clear guide to puppy training
The Power of Positive Dog Training, by Pat Miller, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, seminal work on the principals and application of positive reinforcement training, very accessible and always useful.
The Other End of the Leash, by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a thought provoking and well written book on how dogs think, learn and perceive the world.
Don't Shoot the Dog, by Karen Pryor. Written in 1985 this groundbreaking work explains the underlying principles of behavioral training and through numerous fascinating examples reveals how this art can be applied to virtually any common situation.
Playtime For Your Dog, by Christina Sondermann. This book is chock-full of ideas for fun games and exercise using everyday items found in your home and at the 99 Cent Store.
The Dog Trainer’s Complete Guide to a Happy Well-Behaved Pet, by Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA. Written with a wry sense of humor, full of concrete advice for a broad range of behavior issues every pet guardian needs help with at one time or another.
Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out, by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, CPDT-KA, KPACTP. A must read for guardians of dogs with too much energy and/or too much anxiety, or fear related aggression for their own good.
Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs, by Malena DeMartini-Price, CTC. Step by step explanation for how to help dogs overcome separation anxiety, presented in a clear and concise manner, accessible to the committed non-expert.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg. We need to change our habits in order to change our dogs habits (behaviors). This well written, accessible and fascinating book has applications that are useful way beyond helping you work with your dog. A must read!
Lads Before The Wind: Adventures in Porpoise Training, by Karen Pryor. Originally published in 1975, this classic adventure story is also the most readable book written on the (then) new science of training and communicating with positive reinforcement.