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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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



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