There is a ton of good information out there, you just have to know where to look!


Links to further resources:

The Pet Professionals Guild

Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) 

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science (SPARCS)

Animal Behavior Society

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB)

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Animal Farm Foundation


For a general wealth of information:

Dog Star Daily

Whole Dog Journal 


For scientific resources:

a comprehensive list of research studies provided by

The Science Behind Positive Training via Victoria Stilwell


To search for a qualified trainer or behaviorist near you:

The Pet Professional Guild Members Directory

Pet Professional Accreditation Board Directory

Academy for Dog Trainers Search

Karen Pryor Academy Search

Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) Search

Association of Professional Dog Trainers Member Listing

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers Registry

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Directory

Animal Behavior Society List of Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAAB)



Recommended trainers’ websites:

Patricia McConnel, PhD, CAAB

Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS

Victoria Stilwell


Recommended blogs:

Smart Animal Training

Your Pit Bull And You

Eileen and dogs

Notes from a dog walker

Barks from the Guild


Recommended YouTube Channels:


Nando Brown

Glasgow Dog Trainer


For quality books and dvd’s:


Tawzer Dog


Resources for working with puppies:

AVSAB’s Position Statement on Puppy Socialization

Puppy Culture <- this is a great one for breeders!

Operation Socialization

Before Getting Your Puppy

After Getting Your Puppy


Resources for working with reactivity, fear, and aggression:

CARE for Reactive Dogs

Behavior Adjustment Training

Fearful Dogs .com


Resources for veterinary hospitals:

AVSAB’s Position Statements

Dr. Sophia Yin’s Low Stress Handling of Dogs and Cats

Fear-Free by Dr. Marty Becker


Resources for rescues & shelters:

Open Paw

ASPCA SAFER Assessment


Resources for aspiring dog trainers:

Academy for Dog Trainers

Karen Pryor Academy 

The Pet Professional Guild

The Pet Professional Accreditation Board

Dog Tec