- Creating a Happy Eager and Fun Relationship with your Dog!
- From Fearful and Shy to Joyful and Happy
- Teaching Self Control Skills for Shelter Dogs for Volunteers and Staff!
- More information and ordering!
- E Dog Training a Webinar on Teaching Self Control Skills by Dee Ganley for your dogs on line Training http://e-trainingfordogs.com/2012/09/developing-self-control-in-dogs-with-behavioral-issues-ethology-and-canine-behavior-lecture/
- Please, Let’s Stop the Barking From Inside the Home
- New Dog, New Home – Protocols
- The Macho Myth – Social Rank and Aggressiveness
- Wait for Permission to Move
- Resource Guarding and the Food Bowl Game
- Retraining a Dog that is Marking
- Lowering Arousal: How to Train Impulse Control
- The “Three Hundred Peck Pigeon” Post– Clicker Center News
- Don’t risk punishing!
- How to Create Harmony Between Your Family and Your Dog
- I’d Rather Be Dancing with my Dog…
- When Do I Start Training?
- No Free Lunch!!!
- Hey, Let’s Play!
- Inappropriate Play with Other Dogs or Humans
- Cat to Dog Introductions
- Small Dog, Big Attitude
- How Does Your Pet Speak to You?
- Does the click end the behavior? By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., CCBC, CAP2, NADOI endorsed. Angelica is also the author of “Click & Play Agility” a must have for your library. To purchase, visit www.CourteousCanine.com, go to the store.
- Clicker Training? by Dee Ganley (her personal Journey )
- Attitude Is There For Life by Kay Laurence – July 2010
- Puppy Weekly Socialization Chart
- AVSAB Position Statement On Puppy Socialization
- Ten Rules for Buying a Pet
- The Puppy’s Rule of Twelve
- Puppy/Dog Socialization
- Approximate Annual Pet Care Cost
Preparing dog/Puppy for the Vet:
- Nail Trimming for Sensitve Dogs
- The Veterinary Olympics
- Preparing for the Vet
- Doggie Nail File
- Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete — One Veterinarian’s Opinion
- Teaching the “Leave It” CommandTeaching the “Relax Down” Command
- Animal Husbandry at Home
- Teaching Bite Inhibition – Relief from puppy mouthing
- “Bite Inhibition” is a Fuzzy Term © Kellie Snider, 2006
- Lowering Arousal (translated into French)
- Walking Your Dog with a Head Halter
- Reliable Recall
- Let’s Go For A Walk-Together! No pulling please!
Working with Shy dogs
- Preventing Deafness in Pets
- Teaching Hand Signs to a Deaf Dog
- Games for Blind Dogs
- Living & Working with a Deaf Dog
- Disaster Planning for Pets
- QuitDay.org – the impact of smoking on pets
Shelter dog training
- Multiple Dogs at Kennel Doors
- Reducing Barrier Aggression In Your Kennel
- Simple Evaluation For Potential Transport Dogs
- Visit Dee’s Shelter Evaluations section.
Leaving Pet Home Alone
Children & Pets
*All children should be taught to respect other living beings, be they animal or human. From birth, children need to learn that some things are just not allowed, and “be gentle” should be a common household command. Even if your household does not contain animals, your children should still be taught the basics. One day they will encounter an animal, whether it is somebody else’s pet in a controlled environment, or a meeting on the street with a strange dog.
- Creating a Safe Zone (with permission, from Barbara Shumannfang, Happy Kids Happy Dogs)
- Children and Dogs: Important Information for Parents
- Preparing Your Pet For Baby’s Arrival Dogs & Babies
- Teaching a Child to Be Gentle
- Why Dogs Bite: A Guideline For Children
- Working with children in the Family Dog Class: The Yes/No/Yes Game:
- Explaining Pet Death to Children
- The ABC’s of Dog Safety
- Dog Bite Prevention
Nutrition, Food & Feeding
- SO what should I feed my dog? And why? — 10 Secrets Pet Food Companies Don’t Want You to Know
- Homemade Treats for Your Pooch
- Nutrition for Companion Carnivores (can apply to cats as well)
- Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet.
- Healthier Dog Food the ABC Way
- When Choosing A Commercial Dog Food
Loss of a Pet / Euthanasia
Articles for Andover Beacon
- Four-Footed Forum
- Counter Surfing (Is your dog stealing from the counters?)
- House Training Your Puppy
- My Name is NO NO BAD DOG!
- Managing Your Dog Outdoors Without a Leash
Articles Translated into French
Articles Translated into Spanish
Studies & Research
Alarming facts from a recent survey :
- 63% of the dogs examined had neck and spinal injuries.
- 78% of the dogs with aggression or over activity problems had neck and spinal injuries.
- Of the dogs with neck injuries, 91% had experienced hard jerks on a leash or had strained against their leashes.
The study concludes that leash corrections, the dog forging ahead or a tethered pet hitting the end of a solid line may inflict spinal injury. Excerpts from the above mentioned survey:
“During 1992 several Chiropractors, my students and I conducted a study of 400 dogs from different dog clubs in Sweden. Dog owners were offered a free examination of their dog by a chiropractor in return for their voluntary participation. Those who volunteered to participate in the study had mostly ordinary dogs, in that owners presented them to us without any suspicion of spinal anomalies…Canine back problems are common. The result of our study showed that the chiropractors found back anomalies in 63% of the 400 dogs…dogs that “acted out” in other words, that exhibited over activity and aggression, 78% had spinal anomalies. Spinal anomalies seem to constitute an irritation that often results in stress reactions, aggression or fear. This is also in accordance with my own and my students’ experience with problematic dogs… In our study there were some factors that correlated with spinal anomalies. These were:
- Pulling on leash (see explanation below).
- Limping during adolescence.
Pulling on leash:
Of those dogs that had cervical (neck) anomalies, 91% (!) had been exposed to harsh jerks on the leash, or they had a long history of pulling or straining at the end of a leash. There is a risk of “whip-lash” from jerking the leash that probably increases if the dog wears a choke chain. Choke chains are constructed such that pulling it results in pressure distributed around the dog’s neck, but the muscles that absorb the pressure are situated mostly at the sides of the neck. The neck and throat are almost unprotected.
Choke chains can be dangerous. For many years I and others have criticized the use of choke chains and training methods that use jerking and pulling on a leash as a means of controlling behavior. Unfortunately, most dog trainers use just this technique. There is probably a relationship between the force of the jerk and the risk of injury. I believe dog owners should be warned that chaining a dog to anything firm, that isn’t elastic, without surveillance may increase the risk of a spinal injury. A dog can easily forget the boundaries of the chain or rope, accelerate, and suddenly come to a halt, with all the stopping power concentrated around the dog’s neck.
Hallgren , “Animal Behavior Consultants Newsletter” July, 1992, V.9 No.2.