Behavior Library - Dog Behavior Resources


Heel teaches your dog not to pull on leash and is great for times when you need to walk your dog in a controlled fashion, for example through crowded areas, when passing by another dog you don’t want your dog to meet, going by a group of children, or crossing the street, etc. It also teaches your dog to walk under control when off leash.

Hiring a Dog Trainer

Review these ten questions and answers before hiring a professional dog trainer.

Hiring a Dog Walker

Finding the right dog walker is important.  Here are some questions to ask when interviewing potential dog walkers and recommended answers.


Learn about the various types of house-soiling and how to address them.  See also House-Training Your Puppy, House-Training Your Dog, and Crate Training Your Dog, Marking, Submissive and Excitement Urination, and Separation-Related Problems handouts for more information.

House-Training a Puppy

Learn how to house-train your puppy.  See also Crate Training Your Dog handouts for more information.

House-Training Adult Dog

Learn how to house-train your dog.  See also Crate Training Your Dog handout for more information.

Independence Training

Learn how to train your puppy or dog to be more independent when left alone.  See also KONG Stuffing handout for more information.


Learn why dogs jump and how to teach yours not to jump.

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.

Leave It

When your dog can leave things on command, you can direct her not to pick up or even go near certain things—a very useful ability. For example, you can prevent your dog from accidentally ingesting toxic substances, or you can save your new pair of shoes from a set of teeth marks.


You can use an eye-contact command to get and keep your dog’s attention in situations that may be fear or anxiety provoking. It also inadvertently teaches your dog to look to you for leadership in situations where he feels confused.

Loose-Leash Walking

This exercise, also called “red light/green light,” teaches your dog that pulling on leash is not the way to get anywhere. The only way for him to make forward progress is to control his sled-dog impulses.


Learn what urine marking is and how to address this behavior.

Name Recognition and Attention

Just like you would turn to look when someone says your name, dogs can learn to do the same. If your dog learns to pay attention to you when you say his name, he is more likely to hear when you give him verbal cues, see where you are going, and learn what you are trying to teach him.