Behavior and Training Tips


Getting Started

Basic Obedience Training for Dogs

How to Select the Right Trainer

How to Get Your Dog to Behave

Inside or Outside Dog?

Socializing Your Dog

Puppy Socialization and Development

Leash Walking Equipment

Additional Resources

Fear Free Happy Homes - New Pet Library

ABC's of Learning Theory

AKC Dog Training Tips

Reward Pay Scale

Humane Hierarchy

Protocol for Deference

Dominance in Dog Training

Operant Conditioning

Basic Skills

Crate Training

Muzzle Training

Leave It

Drop It & Give

Hand Targeting

Relax on a Mat

Wait (Impulse Control)

Loose Leash Walking


Additional Resources

Fear Free Happy Homes - Training & Grooming Library

Crate Training, APDT Position Statement

Video: How to train your dog not to pull on leash

Video: Teaching a Dog to Wear A Muzzle

When can you stop using treats in training?



Housetraining Your Adult Dog or Puppy / (ESPAÑOL)

Urine Marking - Dogs

Cleaning Pet Stains and Odors

Submissive and Excitement Urination

Additional Resources

Video: How to Potty Train your Puppy

Video: The 5 Most Common Potty Training Mistakes

Games and Enrichment

Find It

Hide and Seek



Brain Games - for fearful and reactive dogs

Choosing the Right Dog Toys

KONG Stuffing Recipes

Additional Resources

Fear Free Happy Homes - Activities & Enrichment

Crate Games DVD by Susan Garrett

Canine Enrichment Facebook Group

When is Enrichment not Enrichment?

Video: The Bucket Game

Common Problems

Destructive Chewing in Dogs / (ESPAÑOL)

Running Away & Not Coming When Called

Constant Barking

Jumping on People

Puppy Behavior - Nipping and Biting / (ESPAÑOL)

Escape Artists


Additional Resources

How Not to Greet a Dog

Hyperarousal in Dogs

Protocol for Deference

Protocol for Relaxation

YouTube Video: Stop barking at the door


Children and Dogs

Children and Dogs Together

Helping Kids Avoid Dog Bites

Pets and Your New Baby

Additional Resources

Tips for parents & dog owners to keep kids safe

Find a Certified Family Paws Educator

How Kids SHOULD Interact with Dogs

How Kids SHOULD NOT Interact with Dogs

How NOT to Greet a Dog

The Road to a Dog Bite

Dogs and Other Dogs

Dog to Dog Introductions

Dog Parks

Dog Reactivity

Walking your Reactive Dog

Canine Rivalry (Dog Aggression)

Additional Resources

Video: Fence fighting

Dog Park Pros and Cons (i)

Dog Park Pros and Cons (ii)

Stress and Anxiety

Identifying Separation Anxiety

Preventing Separation Anxiety

Managing Separation Anxiety

Canine Calming Signals

How to Calm Your Anxious Dog

Additional Resources

Fear Free Homes - Fear & Anxiety Library

Stress Signs in Dogs

Severe Stress Signs in Dogs

Spectrum of Fear, Anxiety and Stress - Dogs


Understanding Aggressive Behavior in Dogs

Managing Fear & Aggression With House Guests

Understanding Dog to Dog Aggression

Resource Guarding

Additional Resources

Aggression, ASPCA

Behavior Medication

Dog Bite Scale (i)

Dog Bite Scale (ii)

Ladder of Aggression

Reactive Dogs

Reactivity Chart

Trigger Stacking 101

Euthanasia for Behavior Issues: A complicated and difficult decision


Fearful Dogs / (ESPAÑOL)

Adopting a Fearful Dog

Adopting a Former Puppy Mill Dog

Fear of People

Fear of Thunder and Loud Noises

Additional Resources

Fear Free Homes - Fear & Anxiety Library

Behavior Medication

The Cautious Canine by Patricia McConnell

The Fearful Dog Blog

Understanding Fear Periods in Dogs

Video: How to Train your Dog Not to be Scared

Assistance Dogs

Types of Assistance Dogs

Selecting an Assistance Dog

Additional Resources

ADA Requirement for Service Animals

Assistance Dogs International (service dogs)

Pet Partners (therapy animals)

Service Animals & Emotional Support Animals, ADA National Network


Getting Started

10 Fundamental Needs of Cats

Bringing Home Your Newly Adopted Cat

Cat Toys - Choosing and Using Them

Cat Enrichment

Introducing Cats

Introducing Cats and Dogs

Setting Up Your Cat's Litterbox / (ESPAÑOL)

Cats and Scratching

Before You Declaw Your Cat

Additional Resources

Your Cat's Language

Cat Introductions (series)

Better Play Time With Your Cat(s)

Catnip Alternatives

DIY Cat Enrichment

Litter Box Mastery

AVMA Impact of Declawing on Animal Welfare

Declawing - Don't Do It!

Common Problems

Reasons Your Cat Hates the Litterbox / (ESPAÑOL)

Teaching Your Cat to Play Nicely

Cat Aggression Towards People

Aggression Between Cats

The Vocal Cat

The Fearful Cat

Destructive Scratching

Additional Resources - This site has a library full of articles explaining some of the more uncommon and frustrating issues cat owners may be having. Consult this site if none of the other linked sites or handouts address your specific concern.

Why Does Your Cat Pee Out of the Litterbox?

Spectrum of Fear, Anxiety & Stress in Cats

The Wrong Way to Play With Your Cat

Aggression in Cats

What to Do After a Cat Fight

Meowing and Yowling

Get Your Cat to Stop Scratching Furniture


Pet Sitters

Pet Sitters International

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS)

Pet Boarding

Camp Bow Wow

Wag Time Doggy Daycare

Pet Trainers & Behavior Specialists

DFW Force Free Trainers Network

Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Professional Clicker Trainer

Certified Professional Dog Trainers

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

Pet Professional Guild

Behaviorists & Veterinary Behaviorists

Animal Behavior Society, Applied Animal Behaviorists

Diplomates of American College of Veterinary Behaviorists





Fear Free Certified Pet Professionals

Fear Free Pets

Fear Free Happy Homes

Fear Free Certified Pet Professionals Directory

Pet First Aid & CPR Classes

Arden Moore

AVMA First Aid Tips

Red Cross First Aid Online Class


Love Puppies & Kittens?

Cuddle puppies and kittens, dote on dogs and cats, provide post-operative care for canines and felines and teach four-legged foster friends what snuggling is all about.

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SPCA of Texas Voices

"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

Laureen Jankins

Pet Owner