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This list will try to cover a wide spectrum of books. There are books for training(T), books for behavior(B), books for health(H), and books for entertainment(E).
It is critical that you socialize your dog. Socialization is ongoing for the life of your dog. The more places your dog goes with you the more places he will be welcome to come too. With very young puppies it is imperative that you socialize in order to develop a well adjusted adult dog.
Housetraining will go much smoother if you go outdoors with the puppy everytime you put him out to pee. Praise the puppy everytime he eliminates outdoors. If you are going out with him you can also take him to a particular spot each time and he will learn to eliminate in that spot and help make cleanup of your yard easier.
A harsh correction given to a puppy who is in the act of eliminating indoors will more than likely teach the puppy that it is scary to go when you are around. It does not tell the puppy that going in the house is inappropriate. Giving harsh corrections may create a dog that sneaks off somewhere else, like the bedroom or the basement, to do his business.
Do you have a dog who is an angel at home but the devil when you take him somewhere? Every time your dog goes somewhere new he needs to be re-trained in the new place. Go back to the very beginning and teach him the basic manners again. In each new place he goes it will take less and less time to teach him again.
Does your dog know "sit"? Try this out. Go into your living room and with your dog standing turn your back on him and cue him to sit. What happens? Now try taking a step away from him and asking him to sit. 99% of the time a sit is performed at your side or with the dog facing you. Just by turning your back to your dog you have changed the picture from your dogs point of view. Imagine how much the picture has changed when you go to a new location.
Dogs do not generalize training/learning. This is why your dog knows sit at home but acts like he's never heard the word when you first go to class. Dogs do generalize emotions (fear, excitement, panic). This is how come a dog remains fearful of something that scared him once before.
Dogs do not always like each other. Just like people - there are some out there that they just can't get along with.
If your dogs adrenaline is pumping he physically can not eat, nor can he learn. Adrenaline inhibits the chemical processes in the brain that are required for learning.
Bite Inhibition is not about teaching your dog to never bite. In every dogs life there could come be a circumstance in which the dog will bite. Instead bite inhibition is about teaching your dog to have a soft bite (to control/inhibit the force behind the bite).
Veterinary chiropracter William Ingram conducted a study on dogs with spinal trouble. 91% of the dogs that showed neck (cervical) problems had received harsh jerks on the leash or had a history of straining at the end of the lead.
Dog trainer Anne Marie Silverton has reported on a study done in Germany. 100 dogs were used in the study. The study was conducted for the lives of the dogs and autopsies were performed when each dog died. Choke collars were used on 50 of the dogs and the prong collar was used on the other 50 dogs. 48 of the dogs that wore choke collars had injuries to the neck, trachea or back. Two of these cases proved to be genetic the other 46 were due to trauma. Out of the half that wore prong collars two dogs had injuries in the neck area and one of these was genetic. One was caused by trauma.
There are several millions of dog bite incidences annually. The majority of them are inflicted on children. Children and dogs do not always mix.
This is a list of different activities you can enroll in with your dog. This is not a list of specific trainers or methods of training. Every class will be different. It is very important that whatever activity you decide to participate in that you phone the trainer or club and collect information on methods and class structure. If you are going to succeed in teaching your dog then the instructor and his or her methods need to coincide with your own philosophy for the well being of your dog.
Pet Dog Classes - These classes are called many different names but are all geared to teach you and your dog basic manners for living in todays world. Generally you will learn basic obedience such as sit, down, and come when called. In pet dog classes you should also gain knowledge of how to teach your dog to behave, to exhibit some self control, to not jump on visitors, how to walk on a leash etc. These classes are open to all dogs and are one of the best starting places for you and your dog.
Obedience - These classes are geared toward teaching your dog more structured obedience work. A novice obedience class is still a great place to start with your dog as you will learn basic obedience like the sit, down, come, stay and heel. The more advanced levels of obedience will involve fine tuning the basics like the recalls and heel and you may learn directed retrieves and send outs and long stays etc.
You and your dog may compete in obedience trials if you like. Obedience clubs will host a trial sanctioned by a large obedience organization such as the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) which establishes the rules and regulations for obedience trials. Obedience trials however are only open to purebred dogs and mixed breeds may not compete. There are one or two organizations that are working on allowing mixed breeds to compete but these trials are not very common yet.
Agility - Agility is a dog sport where you and your dog must complete a pre-set obstacle course within an alloted time. The obstacles include tunnels, chutes, jumps, weave poles, bridges, teeter totters, A-frames, and pause tables. At an agility class you and your dog will learn how to perform each of the obtacles one at a time, and you will learn how to direct and handle your dog. Eventually you will put all of this together to be able to run a course. Agility classes are known to be great confidence boosters for shy dogs (and owners). They are terrific for teaching your dog something new and different and giving him great exercise at the same time.
Agility has become very popular and there are many trials or competititons each year to compete in. As with obedience a club will host a trial that will be sanctioned by a larger agility organization. The common agility sanctioning organizations around Saskatchewan are the Agility Association of Canada (AAC) and the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC). One great thing about agility is that it is open to all dogs. So large or small, purebred or mixed breed dogs can all compete. The competitions are run according to jump heights to prevent tiny dogs from competing directly against long legged large dogs. Some trials may also be sanctioned by The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) or the American Kennel Club (AKC) and these trials then would be limited to purebred dogs only.
Flyball - Flyball is a relay sport with a team of dogs. Each dog must go over four jumps, trigger the flyball box to release a ball and then come back over the four jumps with the ball. There are four dogs on a team and each dog will race one after the other and the fastest team is declared the winner. In flyball classes your dog will learn the jumps, how to trigger the box and catch the released ball and to return over the jumps. Your dog will also have to learn how to pass other dogs and to leave the other dog's ball alone!
Flyball competitions are sanctioned by the North American Flyball Association (NAFA). Competitions are intense, high adrenaline, noisy events but many dogs love it.
Herding - If you own a herding breed then you may want to try your hand or your dogs paw at herding. Because we do not all have the means to keep livestock in our backyards for herding practice, herding seems to remain a less common dog activity. None the less it is out there and there is a trial or two hosted in Saskatchewan each year. The Saskatchewan Stockdog Association sanctions these events. There are also herding clinics held regularily around Saskatchewan. You can attend these as an observer or with your dog. You may be able to find out about clinics by checking out the above link to the Saskatchewan Stockdog Association.
Skijoring - Skijoring is a combination of dog sledding and cross country skiing. It requires a small amount of equipment like, skis, a belt, a lead with a bungee cord, and a harness for your dog. In skijoring the dog in harness is attached to you on the skis via the lead. The dog pulls while you ski. You do not have to have sled dog to enjoy skijoring. You do need to have a dog of 40 lbs or more with the desire to pull. If your dog has the strength and desire he can be taught to pull you.