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We want you to treat your animals the same way that we treat our own animals with love and respect. Therefore at Tailz our position in animal training and behaviour is based in science and the following resources follow suit.

In dog training and behaviour there is old school philosophies out there such as the need to dominate your dog, physically correct them by doing things such as forcing them into submission or that you must "be the pack leader." Luckily for you there are plenty of other resources that will help guide you to the path of love and respect without causing any undue stress on your animal. And yes, these resources have scientific-backing behind them. 

Information is knowledge and we would never want to pull the rug over your eyes. Similar to children in school you would only want fully qualified teachers instructing your children - those who have been educated by University professors.

Helping our clients find the right resources and pointing them in the right direction is important to us. Raising an animal that doesn't speak our language can be tricky therefore as humans we need to learn their language instead. Be your dog's friend and help understand them and what they are trying to say. 

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Please enjoy these resources and saturate yourself in the abundance of knowledge out there. 

Much Love,

Tailz.

 

 

ANIMAL BEHAVIOURISTS & TRAINERS (INTERNATIONALLY ACCREDITED & RECOGNIZED)

Please see the Good Reads section (bottom) for a selection of their fabulous works.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOURISTS   

Product Developer: Treat & Train
Author: Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right, Low Stress Handling, Restraint, and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats, The Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook, and How To Behave So Your Dog Behaves.
Founder: Dog Star Daily & Sirius 
Author: Dog Behavior: Why Dogs Do what They Do, Doctor Dunbar's Good Little Dog Book,
Dog Behavior: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet, How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks: The Sirius Puppy Training Manual, The Essential Border Collie, Housetraining, and Before & After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, & Well-behaved Dog.

 

Author: Love Has No Age Limit, The Puppy Primer, Family Friendly Dog Training, The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs, For the Love of a Dog, The Cautious Canine: How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears, How to Be the Leader of the Pack: And Have Your Dog Love You for It!, I'll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety, and Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash Aggressive Dog
Author: Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs, The Cat Who Cried for Help: Attitudes, Emotions, and the Psychology of Cats, Puppy's First Steps: A Proven Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, Well-Behaved Companion, The Dog Who Loved Too Much: Tales, Treatments and the Psychology of Dogs, If Only They Could Speak, The Well-Adjusted Dog: Dr. Dodman's 7 Steps to Lifelong Health and Happiness for Your BestFriend, Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable, Puppy's First Steps: The Whole-Dog Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, Well-Behaved Puppy, The Dog Who Loved Too Much: Tales, Treatments and the Psychology of Dogs, and Best Behavior: Unleashing Your Dog's Instinct to Obey.
 
Author: Tail Talk: Understanding the Secret Language of Dogs, Humane Behavioral Care for Dogs, Canine Geriatric Behavior: A Clinician's Guide, Clinical Behavioral Medicine For Small Animals, 1e, and the Manual of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Dogs and Cats, 1e.   

 

 

Founder: The Academy For Dog Trainers

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Author: The Culture Clash, Oh Behave!, Dogs Are from Neptune, and Mine!

 

DOG TRAINERS

Nicole Wilde is an internationally recognized, award-winning author and lecturer, as well as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). In addition to working with dogs, Nicole has worked with wolves and wolfdogs for over fifteen years and is considered an expert in the field.

She is on the Advisory Board of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, the educational branch for the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior. Nicole educates professional trainers and others online and in print, and writes an “Ask the Expert” column for Modern Dog Magazine.

Head Trainer for Doghouse, certified pet dog trainer, clicker trainer, trick dog instructor, nosework instructor, security dog handler and assessor for the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers. Nando is also a committee member of the Pet Professional Guild. Nando writes for various publications and hosts the “In the Doghouse” pet show on iTalkFM.

Studying and training under the likes of Dr. Ian Dunbar, Sarah Whitehead, The Animal Care College, Drove Veterinary Hospital, Steve Mann, The Institute & members of the Dog Borstal team.

Information on The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers can be found here.

Zak George is a proponent of positive reinforcement dog training, which teaches that only gentle, reward-based methods, without physical aversion, should be used for dog training. His philosophy: "I began teaching people how to teach their dogs out of a genuine desire to bring the world of dog training into the 21st Century and to show people that through relationship based training anything is possible.

 

Inspired by Tamar’s observations of a wild wolf pack in their natural habitat, The Loved Dog™ training method builds a relationship based on games, clear communication, mutual respect, and fun. Rejecting the painful prong collars and choke chains that have been common tools of dog coaches (trainers) for decades, Tamar educates with kindness. With The Loved Dog™ method, the dog, who wants to be play-coached by you, becomes a well-mannered and loved member of the family.

Clients include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Larry King, Goldie Hawn, Courtney Cox, among many other famous A-Listers. A full list is available here.

A passionate advocate for positive reinforcement dog training methods, Stilwell is the Editor-in-Chief of Positively.com which features a roster of Positively Contributors comprised of the world’s leading veterinary behaviorists, dog trainers and behavioral scientists. She is a vocal opponent of punitive, dominance-based training techniques which often result in 'quick fixes' but ultimately cause more long-term harm than good while damaging the owner-dog relationship.

Stilwell has been a regular columnist for several magazines including The Bark, American Dog, and Dogs Today, and she has been featured in numerous journals, magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Time.com, Oprah Magazine, Rachael Ray Everyday, MSNBC.com, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine, TheDaily Mail, the Sunday Times, The Sun.

    As a police officer, Steve White was trainer for one the largest police K-9 units in Washington State. With K-9 assignments occupying much of his 25 years in law enforcement, he handled and trained patrol and narcotics dogs for military, county, and city law enforcement agencies. Accredited as a Master Trainer in 1993 by the Washington State Police Canine Association. Steve is an instructor for the K9 Academy for Law Enforcement, and has instructed at police K-9 seminars across the U.S.. He has been recognized as an expert witness by Washington courts in police K-9 and dog behavior matters.

    The force based methods Steve was originally taught troubled him. Through the years Steve came to realize there were better ways to train. Marine mammal trainers and behaviorists taught him how to achieve better performance using positive reinforcement. Better yet, they taught him that the principles applied across species lines. They work as well for cats, birds, and livestock as they do for dogs and dolphins.

    TRAINING RESOURCES

    WHAT IS SCIENTIFIC BASED, POSITIVE DOG TRAINING

        WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A DOG TRAINER - IT MATTERS

        SHOULD YOU CHOSE A TRAINER OR BEHAVIOURIST

        GENERAL BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS & TRAINING RESOURCES

        These resources are intended for information purposes and not to diagnose your animal. Please seek help from your veterinarian and/or a qualified, scientific-based animal trainer or behaviourist in your area (depending on the situation.)
          Clicker Training
          House Breaking

          Recalls

          Bite Inhibition (Reducing The Chance of Dog Bites)

          Anxiety & Phobias
          Fearful Dogs

          Reactivity

          Submissive Urination

          Mounting and Humping 
          Aggression (General)
          Leash Aggression
          Dog-To-Dog Aggression
          Possession Aggression & Resource Guarding
          Predatory Behaviour
          Chasing Objects
          Environmental Enrichment
          Coprophagia (Eating Feces)

           

          SCIENCE-BASED KNOWLEDGE

          DOGS ARE NOT WOLVES

          Dog Training and the Myth of Alpha-Male Dominance (Time Magazine, July 2010)
          Video: Dr L. David Mech explaining The True Meaning of "Alpha" and "Beta" and how the term Alpha became used so incorrectly. 
          NO MORE OLD SCHOOL THINKING: WHY DOMINANCE, FORCE AND ALPHA-TRAINING IS OUTDATED
          The Force-Free Movement (Away from Old School Methods)
          Pack Mentality: Why Dominating Dogs Is A Bad Idea
          Cesar Millan Fallacies

          NATURAL REMEDIES 

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          GROOMING INFORMATION & RESOURCES

          We have provided a lot of information about us in our Grooming Services section. 

          To find out more about general grooming information, care and knowledge please click here.

          We have also provided information about how to better prepare your dog for grooming, how the process of grooming a dog works, or various hair style options available. View that information here

          GREAT READS

          The Other End Of The Leash by Dr. Patricia McConnell
            The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.


            Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How To Prevent Or Change Unwanted Ones by Debra Horwitz DVM, DACVB and John Ciribassi DVM, DAVCB (Editors), Steve Dale (Contributing Editor) 

            The key to training dogs effectively is first to understand why our dogs do what they do. And no one can address this more authoritatively than the diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Behavior, whose work, the culmination of years of rigorous training, takes them deep into the minds of dogs in an effort to decode how they think, how they communicate, and how they learn.
               
              The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

                The Culture Clash is special. Written in Jean's inimitably informal yet precise lecture style, the book races along on par with a good thriller. *The Culture Clash depicts dogs as they really are - stripped of their Hollywood fluff, with their loveable 'can I eat it, chew it, urinate on it, what's in it for me' philosophy. Jean's tremendous affection for dogs shines through at all times, as does her keen insight into the dog's mind. Relentlessly she champions the dog's point of view, always showing concern for their education and well being. Without a doubt, Jean's book is the hottest doggy item on the market. Best Training Book Of The Year! (Maxwell Award). 
                   
                  Reaching The Animal Mind by Karen Pryor

                  A celebrated pioneer in the field of no-punishment animal training, Karen Pryor is responsible for developing clicker training—an all-positive, safe, effective way to modify and shape animal behavior—and she has changed the lives of millions of animals. Practical, engrossing, and full of fascinating stories about Pryor’s interactions with animals of all sorts, Reaching the Animal Mind presents the sum total of her life’s work. She explains the science behind clicker training, how and why it works, and offers step-by-step instructions on how you can clicker-train any animal in your life.

                   

                  Don't Shoot The Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor

                  Despite its name, Don't Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor is not exclusively dog training book. In addition to being effective for training dogs, the behavioral training techniques, covered within can work on people and other animals as well. End undesirable behavior by learning the 10 laws of shaping behavior through affection training. One of our best selling teaching and training books!

                     

                    Living With Kids And Dogs by Colleen Pelar

                    Provides busy parents with simple, realistic advice to help ensure that the relationship between their kids and their dog is safe and enjoyable for all. You will learn how to help your child and dog develop a strong relationship, built on trust and cooperation; set your family up for success with a minimum of effort; recognize canine stress signals and know when your dog is getting worried about normal kid activity; identify serious behavior problems before someone gets hurt; prevent your child from becoming part of a growing statistic - children who have been bitten by a dog.
                      Before & After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy & Well-Behaved Dog by Dr. Ian Dunbar
                      Now in Before and After Getting Your Puppy Dr. Dunbar combines his two popular puppy-training manuals into one indexed value-priced hardcover edition. In clear steps, with helpful photos and easy-to-follow training deadlines, he presents a structured yet playful and humorous plan for raising a wonderful dog. Dr. Dunbar’s guide is based around six developmental deadlines: completing your education and preparation, assessing a puppy’s prior socialization and education, teaching errorless housetraining and chewtoy-training, completing a socialization program of meeting strange dogs and people, etc.
                        The Well-Adjusted Dog: Dr. Dodman's 7 Steps To Lifelong Health and Happiness for Your Best Friend by Dr. Nicholas Dodman 
                        One of the greatest myths in dog ownership is that once a puppy is housetrained and has graduated from a puppy training class, an owner’s work is done. In fact, that work is just beginning.Drawing on some twenty-five years of clinical experience, Dr.Dodman offers what he calls "continuing education" for dogs and their owners. 
                          Dr.Dodman’s comprehensive, seven-step approach takes on the whole dog—his health, behavior, and environment—and lays the groundwork for the proper care and training of your best friend, for life.
                           
                          The Cat Who Cried for Help: Attitude, Emotions, and the Psychology of Cats by Dr. Nicholas Dodman
                          • In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Nicholas Dodman does for feline psychology what he did for canines in his widely acclaimed The Dog Who Loved Too Much.  Here he reveals the fascinating, and often frustrating, mind of one of our most popular--and certainly most independent--animal companions, and shows how we can coexist peacefully with even the stubbornest of cats.

                          Naughty No More: Change Unwanted Behaviors Through Positive Reinforcement by Marilyn Kreger

                          Thought you couldn’t train your cat and resolve troublesome cat behavior challenges? Yes, you can! Clicker training, combined with other friendly, positive behavior modification techniques can effectively solve cat behavior problems and train your cat in a way that will be quick and easy for you—and fun for your cat. Clicker training can also improve your cat's activity rate, attitude and, more importantly, strengthen the bonds between you and your cat.

                             


                            Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions by Steve Dale

                            Presented in an engaging Q&A format, this book reads like a conversation with someone who’s as crazy about cats as you are, only he knows a lot more about them than you do. Steve offers solid advice every cat guardian can use. He emphasizes that training doesn’t just address behavior issues, but also intensifies the bond between cat and human. “It seems that when dogs have behavior problems, their owners are more willing to go the extra mile to help their pets before giving them up,” says Steve. “Cats would benefit from similar training.” One way in which training benefits both cat and human is that, according to Steve, “odds are that your cat is a better teacher than you. It seems all cats are more adept at training us than the other way around.”