Training and Dog-Care Resources

Recommended Books and Videos

Every pet owner should read:

Don't Shoot The Dog
by Karen Pryor
This book explains how reward-based training works, and how to use it to solve all your behavior modification problems. It's not a dog-training book; the examples from teachers and students, coaches and athletes, children and parents, bosses and employees, as well as dolphins, horses and, yes, dogs, too, will help you apply positive reinforcement to any need!

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals
by Turid Rugaas
This little booklet is packed with eye-opening descriptions of dog body language. You'll gain tremendous insight into what your dog is "telling" you! There is also an excellent 50-minute video by the same name.

The Culture Clash
by Jean Donaldson
This excellent book is the best for understanding dogs as they really are, and how what's normal in "dog culture" can sometimes clash with human culture's ideas of how someone should behave!

The Other End of the Leash
by Patricia McConnell
Fascinating insight into how to better use your body language to better communicate with your dog.

Canine Body Language, A Photographic Guide
by Brenda Aloff
A thorough guide, well-illustrated with photos, to show you how to read body language in dogs.

Also highly recommended:

"Click-A-Trick" cards
by Karen Pryor
Short "recipes" for training nine different tricks with the clicker and treats. Tricks include: Find the lost keys; come when called; sit and down on cue; greet you with a high five; fetch; play hide n' seek, more. Fun way to start learning clicker training!

Bow Wow Dog Training Videos and DVDs. Does your dog need to learn manners and impulse control? The very popular Bow Wow dog training video series by Virginia Broitman & Sherri Lippman now includes: Fido Refined, along with The How of Bow Wow, Take a Bow Wow and Bow Wow Take Two, and The Shape of Bow Wow: Shaping Behaviors and Adding Cues. These delightful videos use the training of fantastic tricks to demonstrate basic training methods.

Clicker Puppy DVD
Great basic puppy training, mostly demonstrated with children doing the training. Great for anyone with new puppy, and any family with kids.

The Whole Dog Journal
This monthly magazine comes packed with positive training tips, product reviews, nutrition information, and alternative health care. Subscriptions, back issues and individual articles at

The Power of Positive Dog Training
by Pat Miller
Basic training information and schedule, to plan your own training for a great, well-mannered dog.

Click for Joy!
by Melissa Alexander
All your questions about Clicker Training, answered.

Before and After You Get Your Puppy
by Ian Dunbar
Fantastic resource for preparing to have the best puppy you've ever had!

Positive Puppy Training Works
by Joel Walton
Positive dog-friendly training techniques for raising a puppy.

I'll Be Home Soon
by Dr. Patricia McConnell
Does your dog panic when you leave? If you come home to a scene of destruction, angry messages from your neighbors about howling or barking, and an upset dog, this book on treating separation anxiety will help you!

Labrador Retrievers for Dummies
by Joel Walton and Eve Anderson
Not just for Lab owners - all dog owners will benefit from these health and training tips.

Bones Would Rain From the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs
by Suzanne Clothier. Loving, sometimes reverent essays about how dogs behave and the barriers – and doorways – to our understanding of them.

Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out
by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
The title says it all! This book is written very clearly and sensibly and lays out an easy-to-follow training plan. It doesn't try to problem-solve every contingency, but is a great basic book.

The Cautious Canine
by Dr. Patricia McConnell
Do you have a shy dog, or one who "doesn't like some people" (or places, or other dogs, or events)? This wonderful book explains the importance of good socialization and gives clear step-by-step instructions on how to overcome shyness or fearfulness in your dog.

Control Unleashed
by Leslie McDevitt
Does your dog have a hard time focusing on you around distractions? Is he easily-aroused and hard to settle down? Does he seem to have "ADD"? This book is written specifically for people who want to compete in agility, but anyone with this sort of dog would benefit from the exercises so clearly described in this book.

The Feisty Fido - Help for the Leash-Aggressive Dog
by Dr. Patricia McConnell
"If you have a dog who is barking and lunging at other dogs while on leash, you are not alone. It's a very common behavior problem, even if the same dog gets along well with others OFF leash. It is also a problem with a high rate of successful treatment. What you can get from this booklet is the ability to leash-walk your dog around others, whether it's down the sidewalk or at the vet clinic, knowing that your dog will walk politely by another dog, rather than causing a scene. Methods are totally positive reinforcement."

How to be the Leader of the Pack, by Dr. Patricia McConnell, and Take the Lead: ALPHAbetize Yourself, by Terry Ryan
Is it your dog who decides when he's walked, where he goes, and when he wants attention from you? Not sure who in your household is calling the shots? Have a control (or "dominance") problem? These two little booklets will put you in charge of the household decision making, without resorting to violence, relying on physical strength, or risking a bite!

Fight! A Practical Guide to the treatment Dog-Dog Aggression, by Jean Donaldson and Fiesty Fido: Help for the Leash-Aggressive Dog, by Patricia McConnell & Karen London
If your dog bullies other dogs, or becomes fearful, defensive or snappy when other dogs approach, read these booklets to help you understand and prepare for a behavior modification program.

The Bark Stops Here
by Terry Ryan
Dogs bark for a number of reasons, and this book will explain them all and help you control barking of all types.

Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs
by Jean Donaldson
If your dog gets growly over items in his posession - whether it's a bone, your shoe, your bed, or yourself - this booklet is what you need.

Feeling Outnumbered? How to manage and enjoy a multi-dog household by Karen London and Dr. Patricia McConnell. Use positive reinforcement methods to teach your dogs to be polite with each other as well as with you. Includes information on introducing new dogs to the household.

Living With Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind
by Colleen Pelar
Doesn't the title say it all? From preparing your dog for a new family member, to introducing a new puppy to your kids, this book covers all the main considerations for living with children and dogs together.

What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Marriage
by Amy Sutherland
A fascinating story about how a journalist researching clicker training applied the methods to her relationships with her husband, mother and friends. While your first thought might be "manipulation!" you might be surprised!

Dogs Are From Neptune
by Jean Donaldson
Aggression, stealing things off the counter, barking, housebreaking problems, not coming when called, fearfulness - these are just some of the many topics addressed in Jean Donaldson's book and CD-ROM, where real dog owners' questions are answered in clear, easy-to-follow text.

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Recommended Training Aids

Quick-draw treat bag - snaps open with one quick motion, and can shut even more easily. Keeps

For ordering this and other items on-line, visit SitStay GoOut Store!

Carry treats in this convenient bag from Doggone Good. This bag can clip to your belt or leash. It even has a special pocket just for your clicker, so you can keep it handy for any training situation.

Canine Comfort Zone, the "plug-in" device that helps calm down anxious, worried, or hyper dogs. Comfort Zone can be used to reduce or stops stress-related behavior including barking, whimpering and whining, chewing, urination and defecation. Use it for dogs who are stressed when home alone, when guests visit, when your lifestyle changes (moving, adding a family member); or for dogs who vent their excess energy in destructiveness. It is odorless and non-toxic, not a drug or tranquilizer, and does not affect humans.

Gentle Leaders
Do you have a problem controlling your dog on leash? Does your dog pull, lunge, and drag you down the street? While teaching your dog to walk politely with positive reinforcement, use a Gentle Leader head halter to save your arms and improve your relationship! The Gentle Leader works like the halter on a horse and puts all the pulling power on the dog's nose, rather than their necks, which puts you in control.

Extra clickers

Miscellaneous items

Great products from

  • Dream Walker or Easy Walk no-pull harness (from ZubaPets) - stop pulling safely
  • Keep-Safe breakaway collar (prevents collar strangulation - ideal for households with multiple dogs)
  • Food or treat-dispensing toys (great for bored or destructive or overweight dogs), such as the Hi.Q., Tug-a-jug, TreakStik, and Tricky Treats Ball
  • WalkyDog and Running Guard bicycle attachments to safely exercise your dog with a bike

Agility 5-piece starter set from, other clicker trianing gear from the Karen Pryor Clicker Gear Store

More supplies found at:

Dogwise - "all things dog" - mostly books and videos!

Take a Bow...Wow! video homepage. These great videos show you how to train fun and useful tricks. They're fun and charming, and highly recommended! A new compilation of the Bow...Wow! videos is available here - repackaged to bettter explain basics and some advanced concepts of clicker training.

Ruff Rider canine vehicle restraint multi-use harness and doggy seat belts.