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How Puppy Training has Changed
And Why...

Formal dog training as we know it originated during World War II. Before that, dogs had been working household members and their behaviour was largely shaped through organic learning from older dogs.

How smart is your dog? Take the iQ Dog Test (loads in a PDF file)

Dogs May Understand Human Point of View
Dr Juliane Kaminski, of the University of Portsmouth's Department of Psychology, has shown that when a human forbids a dog from taking food, dogs are four times more likely to disobey in a dark room than a lit room, suggesting they take into account what the human can or cannot see.

The Nose Knows: Can Cadaver Dogs Really Sniff Out 30-Year-Old Remains

The Clinical Truths About Pure Breeds, Mixes, and Designer Breed. There is a general misconception that mixed-breed dogs and cats are inherently free of genetic disease. This may be true for the rare breed-related disorders; but the common genetic diseases that are seen across all breeds are seen with the same frequency in mixed-breed dogs and cats.

The death of pet can hurt as much as the loss of a relative It’s been four months, and yet if somebody asks me about that day, my voice will crack. By “that day,” I mean the day I came home from work to find my Doberman, Red, splayed out on my bedroom floor, his head to one side, his body lifeless but still warm. 

No Dogs Left Behind- Follow the journey of rescued dogs in Iraq as they travel from Baghdad to Washington D.C. in a little over 24 hours!

How dogs developed smart pet tricks Domestication apparently 'hard-wired' the canines to understand their humans

Dogs deemed children's best friend in fight against obesity The study of more than 1100 children aged five to 12 found they were in much better shape if they had a dog, even if they did not walk it regularly.

Take the Dog Quiz- see how well you know your best friend

Itidarod- the toughest dog race in the world.

Dog Barks Reveal Universal Language What do dog barks have in common with bird tweets and human baby cries? All appear to communicate basic emotions, such as fear, aggression and submission.

Fur Color Linked to Dog Personality
A new study claims that coat color for at least one breed, the English cocker spaniel, reflects a pooch's personality. Prior research has suggested that fur color is also linked to behavior in labrador retrievers, while the type of fur - in this case, wiry or long - may indicate temperament in miniature dachshunds....



The Dog Vinci Code If you have read many dog training books, John Rogerson will give you something more to think about :) We trained with him in India early 2012.

The Secrets Inside Your Dog's Mind

Canine cognition: How Dogs Think like Us (video)

Ian Dunbar on effective dog training (video)

Are you fluent in Dog? Body posture in dogs is an easy factor to assess in the signaling repertoire, but we too often ignore it. Website shows common postures involving stance to help you understand what dogs are communicating and what their next movement might be.

Calming Signals - The Art of Survival
The dogs have about 30 calming signals, perhaps even more. Some of these signals are used by most dogs, while other dogs have an incredibly rich ´vocabulary´. It varies from dog to dog.

Combination SSRIs/TCAs: Your guide to treating behavioral disorders some of these medications can have greater treatment effects for some patients.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers

"Treat children like dogs, says animal behaviour expert" Telegraph, UK-- you have to read the article and view the video clip to understand the philosophy behind what he says...


Brent harpor- cartoonistWe want to thank Brent Harpur for his great work in making our Naked Dog logo. Brent said that he spent all night trying to get it right. It's perfect!!

His website has fantastic cartoons. He also works well in developing children's artistic side.

Where every dog deserves and has a second chance at life!


Agility Training

Agility Training for You and Your Dog: From Backyard Fun to High-Performance Training

Agility Training for You and Your Dog: From Backyard Fun to High-Performance Training Using easy step-by-step footing diagrams, course illustrations, and helpful full-color photographs, the Canovas' unique methodology develops and strengthens the connection between canine and human, guaranteeing smooth communication for confident, safe, and speedy performances every time.
- Diane Goodspeed, Bruce Curtis


STRENGTHENING THE PERFORMANCE DOG DVD Demonstrates and explains a variety of strengthening exercises that should be part of your crosstraining program outside of agility.
Debbie Gross Saunders


Herding/ Tracking

Try Tracking!: The Puppy Tracking Primer 

Try Tracking!: The Puppy Tracking Primer A positive approach to teaching your dog to track, suitable for ANY dog... from very young puppies to seniors!
- Carolyn Krause  


An Introduction to all Breed Herding DVD Shows 19 different herding breeds in action. Shows how to handle problems common to upright, loose-eyed breeds, instinct tests, first introductions to stock, "what's next," and more.
DownRiver Productions

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Before you get your puppy

BEFORE You Get Your Puppy.pdf 2.68 MB

This book is simply a MUST READ for anyone thinking of getting a puppy. With a little preparation, you can raise a dog that never makes a single house-soiling or destructive chewing mistake, is calm and quiet on command or when home alone, and is gentle and confident around people.

After you get your puppy

AFTER You Get Your Puppy.pdf 4.69 MB

This book explains how to easily housetrain and socialize your puppy, starting from Day One.  It covers: crate training, housesoiling, destructive chewing, socialization, preventing aggression, bite inhibition, on-leash walking, recalls, preventing adolescent problems and the importance of an off-leash puppy socialization and training class




















John talks about how we are letting our dogs down, the need to train them better (using rewards, not punishment), talks about separation anxiety, and more. Great interview!

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