Behavior Library - Education

Avoid Tying Dogs

Find out why tying your dog outside while you run into a store or restaurant is not in your dog’s best interest.

Basket Muzzle

Sometimes it is beneficial for your dog to wear a basket muzzle. The muzzle will keep you and others safe. When your dog is properly introduced to the muzzle, it can make him more relaxed and comfortable during the behavior modification program—or anything else your dog may not like.

Body Language

Here’s an overview that can help you learn to read your dog’s signals. Look for the clues provided by the look in her eyes, the tone of her voice, the position of her ears and body, and the motion of her tail.

Commands-Crate Training Adult Dog

Teaching your dog to spend time alone in a crate can help with house-training, chew training, settling, and kenneling.

Dog-Dog Introductions

Learn how to properly introduce a new dog to your home and resident dog(s).

Head Halter Exercises

Teaching your dog to love his head halter makes your walks much more enjoyable for you and your dog. It’s well worth a little work at the outset to avoid having your dog stop many times during a walk to paw at his halter.

Head Halters and Harnesses

Using an anti-pull device like a head halter or front-buckle harness is a great way to prevent your dog from pulling on leash in a humane and natural way, as well as a way to better control larger or stronger dongs regardless of your own size and strength.

Keeping Small Dogs Safe

Small dogs have different challenges than larger dogs.  Learn how to keep your small dog safe.

Kids and Dogs

Learn how to bring a dog into your family.

KONG Stuffing

Dogs are genetically programmed to hunt for their food. A prime reason for behavior problems is that, unlike working dogs, companion dogs get so few mental challenges or tasks to solve. We give our dogs their food for free. Instead, mimic nature by making your dog solve a problem: How to get to his food.

No Backyard Dogs

Dogs belong inside your home as part of your family.  Find out why it’s important to train your dog to behave appropriately inside.

Nothing in Life Is Free

NILIF builds your dog’s confidence by providing clear rules and enjoyable outcomes for good behavior. Soon, your dog will voluntarily be following your commands more and more of the time.

Private Trainer Referral List

Partial list of private San Francisco SPCA dog trainers in the Bay Area, updated periodically. Last update: June 9, 2015.

Ready to Adopt Dog

Life with a dog comes with many benefits, but also involves many responsibilities. It’s important to carefully think through the decision to adopt, because owning a dog is a commitment that can last anywhere from 10 to 17 years.

Recommended Reading

Download our list of great books about dog behavior, from practical how-to guides on specific issues to scholarly tomes on the origins and evolution of domestic dogs.

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