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Introducing a New Dog to a Resident Dog

Introducing a new dog to a resident dog

A word before starting: when introducing dogs to one another, first impressions matter.  How the dogs interact in their first few encounters can set the tone for their entire relationship, so care must be taken to set everyone up for success.  Throwing them together in the back yard and letting them “work it out” can lead to heartbreak (if the integration fails) and occasionally serious injury.  Follow these steps to help both dogs get to know each other slowly and carefully.

How Can I Become a Dog Trainer?

How can I become a dog trainer?

Many people express interest in the field of dog training, but are unsure of how to get started, or what qualifications are required.  This article aims to clarify the process.

Counter conditioning and desensitization

Counter conditioning and desensitization

These two techniques are often used to change unwanted behavior in dogs and cats. Just as the term implies, counter conditioning means conditioning (training) an animal to display a behavior that is counter to (mutually exclusive of) an unacceptable behavior in response to a particular stimulus. For example, a dog cannot be trying to bite the letter carrier and at the same time greeting them in a friendly, excited manner.  

Managing an Agressive Pet

Managing aggression

First things first: aggression is not a “do-it-yourself” project.  If your dog or cat has shown aggression toward people or other animals, it is critical to seek help from a qualified professional who can evaluate your dog and provide assistance with long-term behavior modification.  If your pet has bitten a person or another animal, we recommend contacting one of the following professionals to schedule a consultation:

Terri Derr, DVM (612-360-7227)

Recommended Reading List

Training School recommended reading list

Basic training for dogs and puppies

The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller. Pat Miller is a prolific writer for many dog magazines, including Dog Fancy and Whole Dog Journal, and this book is a must for every pet owner’s library.

Culture Clash (2nd Edition) by Jean Donaldson. A wildly popular and provocative book that challenges our assumptions about how dogs think and how we think about them.

Therapy animals

Therapy animals

Therapy animals and service animals have very different purposes. Service animals are trained to meet the disability-related needs of their handlers who have disabilities. Therapy animals provide people with contact to animals, but are not limited to working with people who have disabilities. For more details about the distinction, please see the Pet Partners website.

Pet behavior resources

Pet behavior resources

Sometimes pet behavior problems seem overwhelming, but many can be managed with the application of a little knowledge and a little effort. Keeping pets in their homes in a manner that's comfortable for both pet and owner is one of our many goals at the Animal Humane Society.

Dog training class schedules

Training School class schedules

Introduction to Dog Training sessions

Attend the intro sessions in person or online.

Complete list of August 2014 classes

Training School FAQ

Training School FAQ

Training school application and fees

Training School application and fees

Training School fees

Levels Program 2-month training pass $150
Levels Program 4-month training pass $250
Therapy Dog 10-week class $190
Reactive Rovers 8-week class
Animal Humane Society locations


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Golden Valley, MN 55422
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Woodbury, MN 55125
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