Finding a dog trainer. Choosing a vet. Wading through links on Google that tell you how to get your dog to stop peeing on the rug. These tasks are infinitely more difficult than they should be due to the glut of contradictory (mis)information in the animal behavior and care fields.
If the so-called professionals can’t even agree what’s best, how are you supposed to figure it out? Or at least that’s how the popular handwringing goes. But that statement in and of itself is part of the misinformation. All self-styled professionals may not agree but the experts and research based best practices in the field do.
Ethics in Animal Care seeks to explore the relationship between what we know to be true about the science of animal behavior and care with its real world applications and to connect Austinites to professional services whose practices support the kind of relationship they want with their companion animals. We strive to know better, to do better, and to build a more ethically coherent world in which to work, train, shelter, rescue, and share our lives with species other than our own.
When we choose to put ourselves in the position of pet owner or animal care professional of any kind, we are bound to educate ourselves on best practices and ensure our competency to be good stewards of the well-being of the animals in our care.
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POSITION STATEMENTS FROM THE EXPERTS
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Best Friends Animal Society
The Pet Professional Guild
Academy for Dog Trainers
American Animal Hospital Association
Dog Training Research Resources – Companion Animal Psychology
Aversives – Lisa Mullinax
Fallout From the Use of Aversives – Eileen and Dogs
Information About Shock Collars – Eileen and Dogs
Why Prong Collars Hurt – Eileen and Dogs
More Than Fancy Words – Your Pitbull and You
If They Could March – Jean Donaldson
Train Your Dog Like You Love Him – Laurie Luck
The Real Reason You Should Never Hit Your Dog – Debbie Jacobs
A Punished Dog is An Aggressive Dog – Psychology Today
Is Punishment an Effective Way to Change the Behavior of Dogs? – Psychology Today
Hey, Have You Heard the One About Climate Change and Dog Training? – Unexamined Dog
ON THE FENCE
What Are Some Common Myths About Dog Training? – The Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Positives of Negatives & Negatives of Positives – Patricia McConnell, PhD.
Dog Training is Broken – Kindred Companions
I Had To… – Suzanne Clothier
Why I Train Dogs the Way I Train Dogs – Robin Bennett
Dog Training Using Positive Techniques – Pat Miller
We Are All Crossover Trainers – Mutt About Town
Positive Gun Dog Training
What Is Positive Training? – Positively
Progressive Reinforcement Training Manifesto – Emily Larlham
Treat Training and Other Misconceptions About Positive Reinforcement – Lisa Mullinax