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We've gathered some resources for dog owners to help with the care and training of your dog. Enjoy!

Canine Good Citizen Exam Info

The Canine Good Citizen Certificate offered by the American Kennel Club is a test of 10 critical skills a well-trained dog must have. We require this certification for all of our Comfort Dogs. If you would like to work on this training at home, the AKC has some resources to help you with that.

Click here to see how the AKC recommends you train at home for the exam.

Choosing a dog trainer

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Although we do not endorse individual trainers, we strongly recommend the use of positive reinforcement training, which is based on the science of learning and respect for your dog.

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers has several resources on how to choose a trainer, in addition to having the ability to search for trainers that are members of their organization in any given area.

Positive Reinforcement Training

Positive reinforcement training is advocated by the American Veterinary Medical Association, The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and many other large groups in the dog behavior world. 

One of the foremost trainers in this methodology is Emily Larlham, known as Kikopup on her YouTube channel. If you have a problem, or just want to know how to train a behavior or trick, you will almost certainly find one or more videos on what you want. Emily has created literally hundreds of free training videos on almost all topics of training. Be sure to check the “Playlists” for groups of videos on a given topic.

Dog Food Advisor

For tons of information on dog food, including ratings of virtually every dog food made, check out the Dog Food Advisor site. While you’re there, be sure to sign up for the “recall alerts” to be notified whenever there is a recall on dog food or treats.

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