CANIDAPT has compiled the links below from sources that provide science-informed, evidence-based training practices, many written by veterinary behaviourists. While we strive to keep links updated and stay abreast of the most current research on force-free training, please contact us if you find a broken link or a link that does not align with positive reinforcement training methods. We will add to and modify this list periodically to reflect the most useful resources for our clients, colleagues, and any other interested visitors to our website.
AVSAB POSITION STATEMENTS – The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has released a number of position statements on topics including dominance, punishment, positive vet visits, and more. A resource every dog owner, trainer, and behaviour consultant should have at their fingertips.
SIRIUS DOG TRAINING – The home of Dr. Ian Dunbar’s wonderful free book downloads Before You Get Your Puppy and After You Get Your Puppy, plus a treasure trove of handouts for everything from house training to separation anxiety. All FREE!
GROWING UP FDSA – This free e-book is distributed by Fenzi Dog Sports Academy and is a guide to raising a performance puppy. I love that the articles are easy to read, generally about 2 pages, with real life, tangible exercises to work on with your pup. Everything in this handy guide translates well to a wonderful pet dog, as well. FREE!
DR. SOPHIA YIN – The late veterinary behaviourist Dr. Sophia Yin wrote a huge amount on behaviour issues encountered by dog owners and trainers alike. This link leads to a directory of articles published on her website on a wealth of subjects related to dog behaviour.
NICOLE WILDE – Nicole Wilde has published a number of articles about fear in dogs, children and dogs, separation anxiety, and more.
DOGGONE SAFE – This link leads to information on dog bite prevention for parents. This is critical information not only for families with dogs in the home, but for all parents, guardians, and caregivers to help teach their children how to safely interact with dogs they encounter. Doggone Safe has loads of other valuable educational materials, including activities directed towards children – a great website to explore.
ALBERTA FORCE FREE ALLIANCE – Aside from being a nice resource about force-free training and handling in general, the Alberta Force Free Alliance also offers a list of trainers, groomers, daycares, and other pet care providers who have signed the pledge showing their commitment to force-free work with pets. AFFA also offers a great “Why Force Free?” seminar appropriate for employees of pet-oriented businesses as well as the general public to help educate pet professionals and owners alike.
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Dogwise has an exceptional selection of positive reinforcement and force-free training and behaviour modification books, e-books, audiobooks, and videos, and is one of our favourite resources for dog-related publications.
The Power of Positive Dog Training, by Pat Miller – One of Kate’s all-time favourite dog training books, we believe this should be on the shelf of every dog owner, from pet home to professional. Miller’s clear descriptions of how to elicit, mark, and reward behaviours make this book an indispensable tool in anyone’s training toolbox.
Positive Training for Show Dogs, by Vicki Ronchette – While some of the information in this book will be somewhat repetitive for an individual already working with mark-and-reward based training, the positive methods delivered in this book for show ring skills such as gaiting, stacking, and stand for exam, as well as troubleshooting information for common show ring issues, set a new precedent for building a relationship with your conformation dog that builds joy and confidence.
Control Unleashed – The Puppy Program, by Leslie McDevitt – While the original Control Unleashed book focuses on problem solving different behavioural issues handlers often have in sport training or competition, The Puppy Program is “meant as preventative medicine for puppy raisers.” This book helps to avoid or minimize common issues such as high arousal and excitement, setting an important foundation for self-control and regulation. Even if you aren’t planning to do a dog sport, this is a great way to help a pup teach itself to manage excitement and engage self-control – and once your dog is ready to listen, you can teach them anything.