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Dogs in Training
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Dogs in Training; Trainers in Training
This is a community for dogs in training and their handlers. You do not need to be a professional trainer or have much experience. The only requirement is a love for dogs. Feel free to post about your dog's training experiences and progress.

Read this page before posting or commenting on another post. Members who break the rules will be banned.

Requests for advice :

*****Check here to see if your question has been asked and answered already.*****

If you’re not open to hearing advice, don’t ask the question. People will disagree with you and you can’t take it personally. If you are doing something the members deem to be harmful to the dog, expect to be called out for it.

If you disagree with someone's advice, be courteous and accept that you might simply have to agree to disagree.

Think your dog's problem has to do with DOMINANCE? Have you been told your dog thinks he's ALPHA? Want to know why the majority of members here do not think Cesar Millan (AKA the Dog Whisperer) is the hottest things since sliced bread? Then please see this well written post and the links provided.

For serious issues do not take advice over the internet in lieu of seeking professional help in person. Some behavioral problems need to be seen and worked on first hand.

Training does not happen overnight. It is a life long process and is never finished. Do not expect quick fixes, especially for behavioral issues that have been ongoing.

Title your entries. It makes it easy for those reading to immediately know if they can help.

Giving Advice:

Certain methods and topics will not be accepted in this community. Such as: advocating harsh physical punishment techniques involving shock collars, alpha rolls, and ear pinching; recommending low quality dog foods (Alpo, Purina, Ol' Roy, Science Diet, to name only a few), and suggesting Cesar Millan as a good example of a qualified dog behavior expert.

Be responsible and respectful when giving advice to other dog owners. While there are a lot of different methods out there, do not be upset if your advice is called into question. Be prepared to back up your suggestions. If you cannot or will not then do not comment.

Community Rules :


2) Long posts, large pictures or multiple pictures must be placed behind a cut. Take pity on those who have poor bandwidth.

3) Don’t change the font of your post in such a way that it’s difficult to read or annoying (i.e., extra small, light colors, blinking paragraphs, scrolling sentences, etc.)

4) Posts advertising non-dog communities will be automatically deleted. All others need mod approval.

Recommended websites:
-Association of Pet Dog Trainers - search for a trainer in your area
-Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT) - an international testing and certification program for professional pet dog trainers.
-Clickertraining.com - Karen Pryor's website about all things clicker related
-ShirleyChong.com - Positive Solutions for Dog Training
-The North American Dog Agility Council - formed in 1993 to provide North American dogs and their handlers with a fast, safe and enjoyable form of the sport of dog agility
-United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. - the world's largest independent authority for the sport of dog agility

Recommended authors :
Karen Pryor
Ian Dunbar
Jean Donaldson
Patricia McConnell
Brenda Aloff
Pat Miller

If you feel someone is attacking you personally or being extremely inappropriate, please contact one of the moderators, who will take care of the situation. You can do this by commenting in the post provided for you in trainingmods. All comments will be screened for privacy.

About Your Moderators :

Training dogs make for happy pets and happier owners, particularly when the training is done well and the result is a well-socialized, lovable, and behaved pet.

I have owned several different breeds of dogs in the past. My current two dogs are border collies that have successfully undergone all (locally available) levels of obedience training, have received training and competed in agility trials, and have received training and competed in flyball. Though neither of my dogs are registered with a Service Animal provider, they both help me out around the house in the capacity of Hearing Ear Dogs. As well, both of my dogs have been tested and received certification as Therapy Dogs.

I'm not a certified trainer or animal behaviorist. I don't pretend to be. I have, however, used a wide variety of training techniques, and discovered that One Size Does Not Fit All. Everyone should approach training with an open mind and be willing to change techniques to suit the personality of their dogs.

This community is intended as a forum to discuss different training techniques, as a resource if you're looking for more information, or if you just want to talk about the latest cute thing your pet has done.



I enjoy helping people communicate better with their dogs and believe that training should be a fun experience for both dog and handler.

I’m a huge advocate of clicker training. Feel free to ask me how to get started if you are interested.

My dog, Indi, and I are still in the beginning stages of learning agility. I hope to compete with her one day and possibility start to train others once I have a lot of experience under my belt (which means it'll be several years). I am also considering training her for Rally obedience. Once I find a suitable area, I would love to teach her tracking, just for fun.

Indi is a work in progress. :) She's not perfect (no living thing is), but we are making headway on some of her quirks.

I love sharing ideas with other people training their dogs and hearing about their successes.


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