Behavior Library - Dog Behavior Resources


Learn about choosing the right diet for your dog based on age and lifestyle to promote health and prevent obesity.

Poop Eating

Learn why your dog eats poop and how to address this behavior.

Private Trainer Referral List

Partial list of private San Francisco SPCA dog trainers in the Bay Area, updated periodically. Last update: September 28, 2015.

Puppy Chew Training

Chewing is natural for puppies.  Learn how to correctly manage your puppy’s chewing behavior.

Puppy Play Biting and Mouthing

Learn how to teach your puppy bite inhibition.

Puppy Socialization

Learn how to properly socialize your puppy to a variety of situations.

Puppy Socialization Chart

Chart for tracking your puppy's socialization progress.


Dogs bark for a number of reasons: people walking by, other dogs, boredom, frustration, and loneliness, for example. Some types of barking can be redirected and controlled with the quiet command.

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.


Coming when called is one of the most important commands your dog can learn from both a usefulness and safety standpoint. Dogs don’t automatically come when called—regardless of how much they love and respect you. The only way to get a dog to come reliably when called is to train him to do it.

Recognizing and Managing Pain

Pets exhibit pain in a variety of ways, which can be difficult to recognize.  Learn how to identify pain in your pet and how to address it.

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.

Repetitive Behavior

Learn what common repetitive behaviors are and how to address them.

Separating Fighting Dogs

Learn how to appropriately separate fighting dogs.

Separation-Related Problems

Learn what triggers separation-related problems and how to address them.  See also Alone Time Training Game, Independence Training, and KONG Stuffing handouts for more information.


This one is a must and a behavior any dog can learn. A staple of all good dog manners, sitting when asked can help with polite greetings and as a first step to learning many other behaviors. For many dogs, sitting becomes their way of saying “please” when they would like you to throw a ball or open a door.