Pet Behavior Resources

Unwanted pet behavior can be frustrating and stressful. Take a look at some of our recommended behavior resources below.

Behavior Resources for Your Needs

At Calusa Crossing Animal Hospital, we have taken the time to gather a number of behavioral resources to help you with your pet. Please feel free to call us for any other concerns you might have about your pet or to schedule a behaviour consultation.

Dog Body Language

BASIC: Very Short Videos

ADVANCED: Short Videos

Check out these excellent videos by a Kristin Crestejo, a Force Free (reward-based) trainer (Pet Professional Guild member) showing & explaining dog body language, especially emphasizes when dogs are “saying” I’m uncomfortable AND anxious behaviors.

Dog Body Language Articles and Longer Videos:

1) Canine Body Language in the Shelter by Veterinary Behaviorist, Dr. Sara Bennett, (47 minutes & excellent): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFFto1XVtxI

2) Article Best Friends: http://bestfriends.org/resources/dog-body-language

3) Center for Shelter Dogs (be sure to click on the links for specific behavior body language signs): http://centerforshelterdogs.tufts.edu/dog-behavior/dog-communication-and-body-language/

4) Excellent DVD for Purchase – Language of Dogs: https://www.dogwise.com/the-language-of-dogs-understanding-canine-body-language-and-other-communication-signals-dvd-set/

YouTube Video Clips from the DVD:

5) Turid Rugaas Calming Signals:

Finding Professional Help for Your Pet

Finding A Veterinary Behaviorist:

Finding a Fear Free Trainer and Groomer (in Line with the Veterinary behavior Standard of Care):

How To Choose a Trainer:

Noise Phobias:

General Behavior

Article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/decoding-your-pet/201806/dogs-and-humans-have-similar-social-and-emotional-brains

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists: About Dogs: https://www.dacvb.org/blogpost/1849871/About-Dogs

Training and Enrichment Activities:

The Reactive Dog:

Nuisance Behaviors:

Understand Behavior Problems in Your Dog

Book Resources:

  • How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
  • Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias by Marty Becker DVM (Author), Mikkel Becker (Author), Lisa Radosta (Author)
  • The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell PhD
  • The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
  • Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor
  • On Talking Terms With Dogs Calming Signals

5 Ways to Make Your Dog’s Fear Worse

Dominance: MYTHS AND TRUTH: