Dog Behavioral Training Resource Guide

Dogs bring joy, loyalty, and a sense of security to individuals and families across the country. Unfortunately, not every aspect of having a dog in one’s life is positive. Some dogs, whether they’re large or small, also have behavioral problems that can greatly disrupt a household. These problems range from mild to severe and can include aggression, barking, digging, chewing, or jumping. People can often address these issues by providing their dog with the right training. In addition, having a basic understanding of canine psychology is extremely helpful in successfully overcoming behavioral problems. Pet owners can learn and implement certain training techniques themselves, or depending on the severity of the problem, they may seek the assistance of a professional. However a person chooses to train their pet, it is helpful to review the resources that are available on the topic.

How to Get Your Dog to Behave (PDF)

This document from the Sacramento SPCA discusses the best techniques that pet owners can use to train their dogs.

Dr. Nicholas Dodman on Dog Behavior and New Training Techniques

Pet owners can read this Bark magazine interview with Dodman in which he discusses being an animal behaviorist and new training techniques that can help with dog behavior problems.

CIA’s Top Ten Dog Training Tips

On this page, the Central Intelligence Agency lists descriptions of what it believes to be the ten top training techniques for dogs. These tips include watching for patterns and taking breaks.

Behavior Modification in Dogs

Before choosing a trainer for one’s dog, pet owners should click this link to the Merck Manual Veterinary Manual for guidelines on selecting a dog trainer and information on behavior modification techniques.

Dog Behavior and Training: Play and Exercise

There are a number of ways to stop behavioral problems in dogs, including play and exercise. This article explains how play can be an effective part of dog training.

Are You Making These Ten Training Mistakes?

Modern Dog outlines the ten common mistakes pet owners make that impede their efforts to train their dog.

Dealing With a Dominant Dog (PDF)

A dominant dog can be the source of many problems. This document explains what the signs of a dominant dog are and what pet owners should do when dealing with a dog that is displaying dominant tendencies.

Dog Behavior Tips

Read about these dog behavior problems and get tips on how to correct them by clicking on this link.

Ten Tips to Train Your Dog

Military Family magazine offers ten tips that both military and non-military families can use to train their pets.

Aggression in Dogs: An Overview (PDF)

The Marin Humane Society offers this fact sheet that provides an overview of aggression in dogs. The page discusses what it is, how to modify it, and what the sources of aggression are.

Basic Dog Training Techniques and Commands

People who click this link will discover a slide show of dog training techniques and commands along with a brief description of each.

Five Essential Commands You Can Teach Your Dog

An obedient dog also has fewer behavioral problems than dogs that have not undergone any training. On this page of the Cesar’s Way website, pet owners can read five basic yet essential commands to start the training process.

Ten Steps to Train Your Dog

Training a dog is a process that one can start at home.

Aggression Due to Dominance

Learn about aggression, which is a serious behavioral problem, by clicking on this link. The page explains dominance aggression, what pet owners can do about it, and how to break the cycle of aggressive behavior.

The Barking Dog

This document from the Humane Society of Silicone Valley is meant to help pet owners resolve the issue of excessive barking in dogs.

Dog Training Techniques

Visit this page from Dogster magazine to read about training basics, including how to find a good trainer.

Chewing: How to Stop Your Dog’s Gnawing Problem

Chewing is one of the more destructive behavioral problems that a dog can have. Read this article from the Humane Society of the United States to understand why dogs chew and to learn how to stop them from destroying favorite shoes to books and bedding.

Jumping Up

A jumping dog is often an excited one, but its behavior can injure or frighten kids and adults alike. Learn how to stop dogs from jumping by reading this article from the Anti-Cruelty Society.

Dog Training: Positive Reinforcement vs. Alpha Dog Methods

Various techniques can be used to train dogs. This WebMD article outlines the difference between two common methods.

Dig This! Ways to Save Your Yard From Canine Excavating Projects

No one wants holes around their yard, but some dogs can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to digging. The American Kennel Club offers this article that describes ways to prevent canine digging.

Dog Begging (PDF)

When it first begins, begging can appear cute to some, particularly when done by a puppy. But this type of behavior can quickly become problematic, and it may even be dangerous if the dog is fed human food that’s poisonous.

Jumping, Chewing, Biting, and Other Destructive Behavior Problems in Young Dogs

Often, problematic behavior begins when a dog is young. Ideally, pet owners will want to train their dogs early to prevent these problems from getting out of control. This PetMD article explains behavioral problems in puppies and reviews symptoms, causes, and treatments.

Behavioral Problems

This article on the Animal Planet website outlines several behavioral problems and what pet owners can do about it.

Dog Behavior Training: Proven Techniques to Help Solve Problem Behaviors

On this page, readers will find general principles for dog behavior training, links to training methods, and a brief explanation of how they can improve a dog’s life.

Common Dog Behavior Issues

Whether one has a new puppy or is planning on getting one, it’s important that they know what behavioral issues commonly arise. This page outlines these issues, including howling, separation anxiety, and destructive chewing.