Behavior Library - Dog Behavior Resources

Dog-Dog Aggression Off Leash

Learn why dogs are aggressive to other dogs while off leash in a dog park and how to address this behavior.

Dog-Dog Aggression On Leash

Learn why dogs are aggressive to other dogs while on leash and how to address this behavior.

Dog-Dog Introductions

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


Down is a great way to teach your dog impulse control and to make your life easier. A dog lying down can’t jump, surf counters, knock over trash cans, or steal your shoes. A dog that masters a well-trained down is much easier to take out in public and to other people’s houses.

Drop It

Teaching your dog to drop something on command means you will be able to get dangerous or unauthorized items away from your dog without problems or aggression.

Excitement and Fear Urination during Greeting

Learn ways to address excitement and fear urination by your dog during greetings.

Fearful Behavior

Learn how to recognize fearful behavior from your dog and address it.

Find It

When your dog knows “find it,” you can distract your dog away from or pass distractions in the environment. It’s also a great way to give your dog a mental workout.


Learn what causes fleas, how to prevent them including proper ways to treat your pet, and how to remove them if you have an infestation in your home.

Food and Resource Guarding

Learn what food and resource guarding is and how to address it.

Front Door Greeting

You can control nuisance barking at the door by teaching your dog how to respond when the doorbell rings.

Front Door Quiet

The idea behind this exercise is to allow your dog to bark when there is someone at the door, but for him to be quiet when told.

Go to Your Bed

Teaching your dog to go to his bed (or crate) is relatively easy and very useful. Not only can you direct your dog to go lie down in situations when it’s nice to have him out from underfoot, for example during mealtimes or when visitors are at the door, but your dog will learn to settle at times when he might otherwise get over-excited.

Handling Your Puppy

Teaching your puppy to enjoy being handled is essential to a happy, safe, and convenient life with her now and as she grows. Think of all the situations where you need her to relax and accept handling: Veterinarian exams, grooming, removing a tick or burr, brushing her teeth, cleaning her ears, clipping her nails, lifting her into a car or travel crate, etc.

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 dogs regardless of your own size and strength.