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  • Adopted Murdock in December 2006 when he was 10 Mos old. He has been the best boy ever! We just learned he has Lymphoma & are devasted. I can't imagine life without him & am hoping he responds well to treatment and lives many more months!!
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    Training Documents

    The following documents are intended to serve as guidelines for training your rescue dog.

    Please remember all dogs are individuals and your unique living situation should be taken into consideration when following the advice offered in these documents.

    MAESSR Training Articles

    Your New Dog: The Transition Period
    Introducing the New Dog to Your Current Dog
    Introducing Your New Dog to Your Cat
    Housetraining an Adult Dog

     


     

    Training Your Dog

    These links go to other websites with varying views on training dogs. We have selected them with care, but cannot endorse any particular page. Please use common sense when working with your dog and seriously consider taking your dog to an obedience course or consulting a behaviorist.

    The Dog Owner's Guide: Dog Crate Q&As
    Complete Guide to Crate Training
    The Humane Society's crate training tips
    Pet Peeves
    Space Invaders — Personal Space and Your Dog
    Submissive and Excitement Urnination

    Reading List

    These books address training your dog. We have selected them with care, but cannot endorse any particular book. Please use common sense when working with your dog and seriously consider taking your dog to an obedience course or consulting a behaviorist.

    Some of this material is already in the MAESSR Library, so you may want to borrow it before you purchase.

    Basic Training

    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training by Pamela Dennison
    The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller
    How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks by Ian Dunbar

    Deepening Your Relationship with Your Dog

    Bones Would Rain From the Sky by Suzanne Clothier
    The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell
    Don't Shoot The Dog by Karen Pryor

    Behavior

    Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
    Dogs are from Neptune by Jean Donaldson (pamphlet)
    Click to Calm, Healing the Aggressive Dog by Emma Parsons
    The Dog Who Loved Too Much by Dr Nicholas Dodman
    Dogs Behaving Badly by Dr Nicholas Dodman
    On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas (pamphlet or video)
    Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household by Karen London and Patricia McConnell
    I'll Be Home Soon! How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety by Patricia McConnell (pamphlet)
    The Cautious Canine How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears by Patricia McConnell (pamphlet)
    The Dog Whisperer by Paul Owens

    Kids and Dogs

    Your Baby and Bowser by Stephen Rafe
    Living with Kids and Dogs" by Colleen Pelar, CPDT

    All of the books, including the pamphlets, can be found at Dogwise.com

    You can support MAESSR and get great training advice by shopping
    at Dogwise  (www.dogwise.com) .