One place to look for a good coach is The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). They have a resource on their web site that allows you to look up a member dog trainer in your area. They do not endorse any of the trainers, nor do we. However, Dr. Ian Dunbar founded the organization and he is a strong advocate of puppy socialization and ongoing trainer education.
The books listed in this section are some of our favorites. Once you have a dog, you will find that there is never an end to learning about them.
The Culture Clash
The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs
Patricia McConnel Ph.D.
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
After You Get Your Puppy
Dogwise.com is a great resource for getting dog books.
BARk – dog is my copilot: Hailed as the “New Yorker” of dog magazines. Informative, progressive and entertaining.
The Whole Dog Journal: A monthly guide to natural dog care and training.
Principles and Techniques of Behavior Modification
Animal Behavior Clinic
The Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers certification program is the first national certification for dog trainers. In order to qualify the following criteria must be met: 1. At least 300 hours experience in dog training within the last five years. Two hundred twenty-five (225) hours or 75% of experience must be actual teaching hours (group class, private lessons) as a ‘Head Trainer’ or Instructor. Seventy-five (75) hours or 25% of experience can be in other related areas such as working with shelter animals, assisting in classes, working as a veterinarian technician or grooming (bather position not applicable). 2. A high school diploma or equivalent. 3. One reference from each of the following: Veterinarian, Client, and Colleague. 4. Completion and filing of an Application for the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers.
All certified trainers must earn continuing education credits to keep their designations, or take the examination again in three years.