In this section:
- Understanding behaviour
- Dog training resources
- Child-pet relationship
- Find an expert
The first 16 weeks of life is a critical learning period for puppies. During this time social and behavioural patterns are established. For optimum socialisation, it is essential that puppies have regular contact with humans, with other dogs and with the mother and littermates. (Source: Australian Veterinary Association)
The more time and effort we spend on our furry members of the family, the stronger the bond and a happier doggie. Here are a few sites to help you learn about dog behaviour, how to prevent behavioural problems and information about dog trainers/animal behaviourists.
Understanding dog behaviour
- Australian Veterinary Association fact sheet: Anxiety, fears and phobias in dogs
- A lot of the most common problems encountered around pet ownership are behavioural in nature. Vetico, the online veterinary has helpful information relating to behavioural issues.
- Dr Joanne Righetti covers dog behavioural problems
- Dr Joanne Righetti has tips to introducing your puppy
- Western Australian government has information on how to behave around dogs.
- We are family publication has covers understanding dog body language
Dog training resources
- RSPCA NSW has some handy training video tips from their in-house dog trainer, Tanya. Tips cover positive reinforcement, walking on a lead, come, wait, sit, drop, jumping up and toilet training
- Dr Jo Righetti has a few videos about basic dog commands.
- Senior animal experts talk about how to encourage good behaviour in domestic pets, focusing on positive rewards and reinforcement at Taronga Zoo’s Pet Show daily at 1.30pm.
- Dog trainers, SaxonK9, have tips on how to teach your dog to come to you when they are called.
- If you want to improve your knowledge about dog obedience, Open Colleges has an online dog obedience trainer course.
Child – pet relationship
- We are family is a guide to nuturing the child and pet relationship from pregnancy to pre-school
- Western Austalian government has information on Children and dogs
- Victor & Victoria’s Pet Town is a learning tool to assist children in grade levels K-2 in responsible pet ownership and dog safety.
- Dr Sophia Yin: How kids should NOT interact with dogs
Find an expert
Pets4Life recommends that you engage a dog trainer who uses positive reinforcement training methods. More about dog training methods from the Australian Veterinary Association.
- Western Australian government has information on how to choose a dog trainer
- Animal behaviour Consultant Kellyann Conway has guidelines on how to find a good dog trainer
- Find a dog trainer in your State who is a member of the Delta Dog Trainers Association.
- Find a Veterinary Animal behaviourist who is a member of the Delta Society.
- The National Dog Trainers Federation runs Australia’s only Government accredited dog trainer certification course. The NDTF is developing an online directory of trainers who have completed this course. The course is currently not available in Western Australia and South Australia.