General Resources


Here are a list of some of my favorite behavior books Puppy Before and After You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right by Sophia Yin The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor The Puppy Primer – by Patricia B. McConnell and Brenda Scidmore Power of Positive Dog Traning by Pat Miller The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Puppy by Victoria Stilwell Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multiple Dog Household by Patricia McConnell & Karen B. London

  • The Cautious Canine – How to Help Dogs Conquer their Fears – by Patricia McConn
  • Feisty Fido – Help for the Leash Reactive Dog by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.
  • How to Behave so Your Dog Behaves – By Sophia Yin DVM, MS
  • Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal
  • How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones – by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt
  • Canine Enrichment for the Real World - Allie Bender Cooperative Care: Seven Steps to Stress-Free Husbandry by Deborah Jones PhD
  • SF SPCA dog behavior book list

Local Trainers

Cat Resources

Dog Resources


Training a collar phobic dog Crate Training Crate Training by Dr. Sophia Yin - Handout Jumping 4 Feet on the Floor Video: by Chirag Patel

Tricks and Fun!

Make Dogs Think - by Roxanne Hawn Activities You Can Do With Your Dog


Socialization Checklist for Socialization by Dr. Sophia YIn - Printable Socialization vs Exposure by Kelly Legarreta - Article Early Training Teaching Dogs to Love Having Their Toenails Trimmed by Dr. Sophia Yin - Handout Lessons for My Puppy by Eileen Anderson and Marge Rogers, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA The 10 Most Important Things to Teach A Puppy By Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA How to Train Your Puppy Not to Bite By Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA Crate Training Four on the Floor By Donna Savoie Puppy Training Handout by TVP More Reading Puppy Adoption Handbook by San Francisco SPCA - Ebook When Do We need To Intervene During Dog Play? by Georgina Lees-Smith BSc Hons, Phys, CDBC AVSAB Position Statement On Puppy Socialization

Safe Spaces

Helping a Fearful Dog Feel Safe Eileen Anderson Reflections on the Role of Safety Cues in Training Fearful Animals by Robin Foster, PhD, CAAB How to Set Up a Safe Space for Your Dog by Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA My Dog’s Safe Place: A Photo Gallery by Eileen Anderson Creating a “Safe Haven” for your Dog by Camden Valley Animal Hospital - Handout

Special Needs Dogs

Deaf Dogs Deaf Dogs by All Pets Education and Training Deaf Dog Education Action Fund Website

Behavior Challenges

Why Use Reward-Based Training Methods

​​​​​​​Prong Collars Studies: Severe brain damage after punitive training technique with a choke chain collar in a German shepherd dog (Grohmann et al., 2013) Owner Attachment and Problem Behaviors Related to Relinquishment and Training Techniques of Dogs (Kwain & Bain, 2013) A survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors (Herron 2009). The effects of two training methods on stress-related behaviors of the dog and on the owner-dog relationship (Deldalle et al., 2013). Training methods and owner-dog interactions; links with dog behavior and learning ability(Rooney et al., 2011). Training methods of military dog handlers and their effects on the team’s performances(Haverbecke et al., 2007). The Welfare Consequences and Efficacy of Training Pet Dogs with Remote Electronic Training Collars in Comparision to Reward Based Training (Cooper et al., 2014) The relationship between training methods and the occurrence of behavior problems, as reported by owners, in a population of domestic dogs (Blackwell et al., 2008)

House Soiling

Canine House Soiling: Back to Basics by Kelly Ballantyne DVM, DACVB

Separation-Related Disorders

Separation-Related Disorders and the DIfferences Between Cats and Dogs by Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB and Ariel Fagen, DVM Canine Separation Anxiety by Ilana ReisnerDVM, PhD, DACV Separation Anxiety Solution: Training Fido That Calm Behavior Makes You Return by Sophia Yin