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Kids and Dogs


What’s cuter than kids and pups together?

In reality, a lack of maturity, impulse control and skill on both sides, can lead to problems.

Check out these resources to learn how to keep everyone safe and happy.

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Kids & Pups

Dr. Sohia Yin


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Kid Safety With Dogs

Justine Schuurmans


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Living With Kids and Dogs

Colleen Pelar


Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the information online?

Knowing where to look or who to trust can be challenging sometimes.

I’ve made it easy for you by collecting the best online dog resources all in one place!

Here are some of my favourite trainers, groups and sites.

Awesome Trainers

These wonderful trainers make the cut because they are skilled, knowledgable and their methods are science-based. And of course, dog-friendly.


Emily Larlham


Chirag Patel

Donna Hill



Jane Killion


Pat Miller


Patricia McConnell

Great Online Sites


Looking for some great reading material or information. Here are a few fabulous sites.

An excellent source of books, DVDs and eBooks for just about everything related to dogs and their care.

Whole Dog Journal

This is a wonderful monthly publication that has behavioural, health, diet and equipment information. It also includes regular articles on fun things to do with your dog. In addition to offering a holistic approach, it does not accept any advertising. Because of this, the journal is able to provide an unbiased opinion in its articles. Sold through online subscription.

Dr Patricia McConnell

I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with this lovely lady a number of years ago at an international conference. She is gracious and kind and so is the way she trains. Oh, and by the way, if you get your hands on For The Love of Dogs, have lots of tissues handy.

Dr Karen Becker

This is an excellent site for information on a wide variety of health and diet topics from a leading vet. Her videos and articles on longterm health using appropriate feeding are some of the best I’ve found. I use her resources for safe pest management, day-to-day health questions and the latest vaccine protocols on a regular basis.

Eileen provides interesting articles with thought-provoking topics and knowledgeable content. Always a good read.

Helpful Dog Groups

Looking for extra support or ideas? Here are some awesome dog groups on FB.


Canine Enrichment Ideas

Looking for fun games, activities and ways to give your pup some mental stimulation? The members in this group are adding lots of new ideas on a daily basis. One thing to keep in mind – it is not intended as a training support group. I’d suggest ignoring any advice that’s given.



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Looking for a great book or video to dive into?

Here are some of my favourites.

Great Books

Puppy Socialization: What It Is and How to Do It 

“This is the most definitive resource on all things Socialization that you could ever ask for. Marge and Eileen, with their considerable experience, wisdom, and humor, have given us a true gift—a one-stop-shopping book that offers essential information for first time puppy owners and seasoned hobbyists alike. Whether you are raising a puppy for sports or work, or simply for being an enjoyable companion that you can take anywhere, what you need is in here. I will be referring all students and friends to this book from now on. Beautifully done.” Leslie McDevitt

Reaching the Animal Mind

Reaching the Animal Mind by clicker training guru Karyn Pryor, is about an entirely new way to see, understand ,and communicate with animals. Animals are a lot smarter and more aware than we used to think. They show humour, affection, and regret, uncanny intelligence and depth of thought, but you have to know how to bring it out.

Positive Perspectives (1 & 2)

A complete dog training, puppy raising, problem solving, and basic health guide. Written as a series of columns in “Whole Dog Journal” by Pat Miller, Positive Perspectives gives you information on day-to-day living with dogs in small easily understood “bites”. Find out how to prevent problems before they occur, train without force with fun and treats, learn about the newest vaccination schedules and much more to live happily with your dog. For puppy as well as adult dog owners. Positive Perspectives will show you:

 * How management works
* One thing that prevents 75% of all problem behaviour before it happens
* Which leashes and collars to use… and not to
* Which clicker training is so popular and effective
* One toy no doggie household should be without

The Thinking Dog

It is a joy to work with a dog who actively engages in the learning process—not blindly following orders—but actively  problem-solving with you. Cooperation between human and dog will help you build a relationship that will surprise you in its depth and versatility and The Thinking Dog by Gail Fisher is your road map!


The book by Ray Coppinger that shaped modern thinking about canine behaviour and the relationship between dogs and humans has been revised. Dogs are not humans. Dogs are clever and complex creatures that humans need to take the time to understand in order to live together successfully.

When Pigs Fly

Some breeds of dogs and mixes have a reputation as impossible to train. Hounds, terriers, and other breeds are often called pig-headed and even untrainable. Learn from Jane Killion, these When Pigs Fly methods and take advantage of the natural strengths of these independent and intelligent dogs. Help your dog become a wonderful companion or a formidable canine athlete. Clicker and reward-based training that is fun to use.

Plenty in Life is Free

Plenty in Life is Free

This extraordinary book fills the gap between contemporary training technology and ethics. With indelible wit and wisdom, Sdao exposes the naked emperor of excessive control and replaces him with the keys to healthful behaviour and lasting relationships. This book will improve more than a dog’s life—it will be required reading for the students in all my behaviour classes.

Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, Utah State University,

“Kathy Sdao is as wise, witty, warm, and adventurous on paper as she is on the lecture platform. This is a wonderful book about an issue deep and dear to all of us: how to learn to be thoughtful, kind, and generous to our dogs, to each other, and to ourselves, in a world that pressures us to be harsh, resistant, and controlling instead.”
Karen Pryor, Author of Reaching the Animal Mind, founder of

Great Videos

Really Reliable Recall DVD

Leslie Nelson’s Really Reliable Recall DVD shows easy to follow steps to train your dog to come when called, especially when it really counts – in an emergency! This dog training DVD also contains chapters focusing on difficult to train breeds.

Crate Games DVD

Crate Games by Susan Garrett is designed for puppies as young as 9 weeks as well as older dogs. This DVD provides step-by-step instruction and is the cornerstone of her amazingly successful dog and puppy training program, which is now being implemented in dog training schools all over the world.

Puppy Culture DVD

Jane Killion, author of When Pigs Fly, has assembled a team of experts to give fascinating insight, deep wisdom, and practical instruction for breeders, puppy owners or anyone else who touches puppies. Over 50 lessons are organized on a logical, week-by-week timeline to give breeders and puppy owners a clear roadmap for raising a puppy. The film follows one litter of puppies through the program and checks back on them over the next three years so you can see the profound, almost unbelievable results of the Puppy Culture program

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