Welcome to the world of positive reinforcement dog training!

In the past dozen years, the world of dog training has undergone a marvelous revolution.  As the scientifically based learning theory has permeated all kinds of animal training, we now are able to reach new heights in training but more importantly in our very relationships with our dogs.  We owe Marian and Bob Bailey, Karen Pryor, Ian Dunbar, and Gary Wilkes much for their role in this transformation and many trainers who followed, including Morgan Spector, Pat Miller, Melissa Alexander, and Susan Garrett (to name just a few who have influenced me) for translating this method for dog trainers.

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers was formed in 1993 to promote these new techniques into every day dog training. 

The R+ Dog Training web site http://r-plusdogtraining.info provides information on positive reinforcement training of dogs and other animals.  This site is meant to be a resource on this method of dog training for both beginning and experienced trainers.
See the R+ Dog Training Blog
 http://blog.r-plusdogtraining.info/ for original and reprinted articles on dog-friendly approaches to changing your dog’s behavior.

Resources for truly dog-friendly training:

On the web:

Dog training sites:

  • Truly Dog Friendly web site and trainer search: www.trulydogfriendly.com

  • Clicker Solutions–Melissa Alexander’s web site:  www.clickersolution.com

  • Karen Pryor’s web site: http://www.clickertraining.com/

  • Susan Garrett’s Say Yes! Dog Training web site: http://www.clickerdogs.com/

More information about positive reinforcement training:

  • Behavior by Bailey:  Marion and Bob Bailey’s web site: http://www.hsnp.com/behavior/

  • B.F. Skinner Foundation:  http://www.bfskinner.org/

  • Behavior Matters: Parvene Farhoody:  http://www.behaviormatters.com/

  • The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies:  http://www.behavior.org/

  • International database of large and small dog breeds


  • Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor

  • Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

  • Bones Would Rain From The Sky by Suzanne Clothier

  • The Other End of the Leash, and For the Love of a Dog by Patricia McConnell

  • The Power of Positive Dog Training, and Positive Perspectives by Pat Miller

  • Click for Joy by Melissa Alexander

  • Click to Calm by Emma Parsons

  • Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt


  • Fundamentals of Animal Training by Bob Bailey

  • Calming Signals:  What Your Dog Tells You by Turid Rugaas

  • The Language of Dogs by Sarah Kalnajs

  • Really Reliable Recall by Leslie Nelson

Stores on-line for positive reinforcement training resources:

  • Clean Run:  http://www.cleanrun.com

  • DogWise:  http://www.dogwise.com/

  • Karen Pryor Clicker Training: http://www.clickertraining.com/store

  • SitStay:  http://www.sitstay.com

Email lists:

  • Clicker Solutions http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/ClickerSolutions/

  • Control Unleashed http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CU_Dogs/

  • Aggressive Behavior in Dogs: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/agbeh/

  • Truly Dog Friendly (for professional trainers):  http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/trulydogfriendly/