Behavior & Training

Highly Educational Behavior/Training Books 

  • Bones Would Rain From the Sky by Suzanne Clothier
  • Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor
  • The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
  • Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller
  • Complete Idiot’s Guide to Positive Dog Training by Pamela Dennison
  • Toolbox For Remodeling Your Problem Dog by Terry Ryan
  • Clicking With Your Dog by Peggy Tillman
  • On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas
  • My Dog Pulls! What Do I Do? By Turid Rugaas
  • Ruff Love by Susan Garret

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The Problem(s) With Punishment and Pain/Fear-based Training Methods (Compiled by Steve Benjamin)​
​​​​​​​​​​​1) Stops behavior doesn’t teach proper behavior​
​2) Creates a negative association between the punished and the​
​3) Always rewarding for the punisher (because it stops behavior)​
​4) Results are unpredictable​
​5) Usually delivered much too late​
​6 )Not consistent:  Behavior must be punished EVERY time​
​7) Results in ​​​​​​​​​​poisoned cues
​​​​​​​​​​​8) Intensity must be high enough to STOP the behavior the first time​
​9 Potential to cause physical harm when delivered at sufficient​
​10) Can create a corresponding fear response which the animal can​
​11) Can increase the likelihood of aggressive responses through​
​Conditioned Emotional Responses (CERs)​
​12) Can lead to the suppression of behavior (warnings)​

Informative links on the detrimental effects of pain, fear, intimidation in training,
and other techniques employed by some trainers:
AVSBA Online Position Statement on Using Pain/Fear in Training

Aggression Begets Aggression