View Full Version : Recommended training advice sites

22nd August 2006, 10:57 PM
The sites listed below all have some excellent guidelines on training and solving behaviour issues.

The number one best approach is to get into at least one good, positive approach (eg rewards-based, non-punishment, non choke chain/prong collar) obedience class as soon as you can with your puppy (usually 4-6 months onwards). A class has numerous benefits for your cavalier, from socialising with other dogs and people to teaching your dog to listen to you even in a setting full of distractions. PLUS, it's FUN!! And no dog is too old for classes -- you can always teach old(er) dogs new tricks!

But a class won't teach everything -- and we all have ongoing questions, new issues arise, and we think of new things we'd like to try with our dogs. Hence this listing of advice sites. Some have files that are handy for downloading and printing for reference.

Good starting point: HOW to train a dog (http://dogtime.com/training.html) and why NOT to punish (http://deesdogs.com/documents/dontriskpunishing.pdf), including during housetraining, if you want your dog to learn. And this quickie overview (http://www.petfinder.com/journal/index.cgi?article=1191) on how to get the dog you want.

Trainer Dee Ganley on Behaviour:

... and on Training:

Plus her highly recommended training manuals for purchase:

Trainer and behaviouralist Dr Ian Dunbar:

Trainer Stacy's Wag'n'Train, San Jose:

The Pet Place Behaviour Library:

Animal Behaviour Associates:

Diamonds in the Ruff's Common Behaviour Questions and Training Tips:

The Positive PetZine (http://www.positivepetzine.com/) has loads of training advice and techniques and Q&A too!

3rd January 2008, 09:30 PM
I like the heading on this section of training topics from the dog trainer's site, Diamonds in the Ruff (http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/behavior.html).

It is a good reminder that what we think of as problem behaviour is actually in most cases, normal dog behaviour. Yes, our dogs need to live in our world, and we need to train the dog so that the dog learns not to do these things at times and in places that are inappropriate, but the fact that our dogs do these things is not a sign of a huge problem. They are merely the sign of a task ahead of US, the responsible and caring owner, to clearly teach the dog in a rewarding way that we need a different behaviour pattern. :thmbsup:


Intelligent Diversions and Creative Play

Chewing and Destruction




Jumping up

Counter Thieving

Cat Chasing

The Problem with Outdoor Dogs

Dogs in the Country (an article from the CAPPDT)

Poop Eating *ugh*& Rock EatingYou can read up on all these topics by following the link above. :)

4th September 2010, 03:29 PM
A must read for every dog owner and new puppy buyer. From eminent dog trainer Dr Ian Dunbar:


21st May 2011, 10:20 AM
This should help a few people with puppies, or adults that need housetraining! Read the blog article for a summary, then scroll to the end to see the box for downloading a free guide.