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Veterinari Sat 17-Jun-17 09:20:25

Hi all hope nobody minds but I thought it might be helpful to have a link to some reputable dog info (as we all know the internet can be a bit of a minefield!) and these resources are both reputable and helpful to both prevent an treat problems.
Find a behaviourist:
Free online course about dog and cat behaviour And what your pet needs
General dog and cat behaviour:
Buying a puppy
Puppy socialisation
Dog needs and Training
Child-dog interactions and bite prevention:

LumelaMme Sat 17-Jun-17 09:29:33

Great idea.

Dog food:

And perhaps slightly off-topic, but interesting for anyone finding out more about breed health:
In depth info on dog health and genetics:
And for dog-nerds, some of the latest dog science:

Is it also worth putting together a book list?

Frenchfemme Sat 17-Jun-17 09:44:59

Great idea. I am sure I have seen somewhere a list of plants that are harmful to dogs and cats - maybe a link to that would be useful if someone knows where it is? Sorry, not being lazy, but have limited capacity on this device.

Veterinari Sat 17-Jun-17 10:02:24

Brilliant Lumela thanks

LumelaMme Sat 17-Jun-17 10:26:11

My pleasure, Vet

For when the dog gets at the real Maltesers, rather than the sort the rabbits produce...
chocolate toxicity meter

Did you mean this one, French?
Though to be honest most dogs, even puppies, tend not to ingest too much of the garden.

CornflakeHomunculus Sat 17-Jun-17 14:40:03

Buying a puppy/finding a breeder/responsible breeding:

Guide to buying a puppy

Questions to ask your breeder

Guide to responsible breeding - written by the AKC but it's still relevant to anyone breeding, wherever they are)

Recommended health tests by breed - good as a starting point but doesn't always have the most recently developed DNA tests, for those I'd look on Laboklin, Animal Health Trust and Antagene

UFAW - Genetic Welfare Problems in Dogs - reasonably in depth explanations of common heritable and conformation related issues in dogs

Understanding the Coefficient of Inbreeding

Novice breeder checklist

Puppy Culture - the absolute gold standard of puppy raising

New puppy owners:

Congratulations on Your New Puppy - collection of useful articles covering toilet training, crate training, socialisation, etc.

Debunking "dominance theory":

Why Won't Dominance Die?

What's Wrong with Using 'Dominance' to Explain the Behaviour of Dogs?

Nail trimming:

Cutting Your Dog's Nails: How Important is it Really? - the answer is very wink

Nail Trimming by Kikopup

Nail Maintenance for Dogs - excellent supportive FB group

Reactive dogs:

CARE for Reactive Dogs

B.A.T. 2.0 Overview

Random interesting stuff:

It's Not "All in How You Raise Them": The Role of Genetics in Behaviour - I'd recommend Dr. Jen's Blog as a whole, there are some excellent articles on there all written by a veterinary behaviourist

Dog Colour Genetics

Understanding Different Dog Tolerance Levels

Veterinari Sat 17-Jun-17 19:55:43

Brilliant thanks Cornflake I'll have a good nosey through some of those smile

BLUEsNewSpringWatch Sat 17-Jun-17 22:34:29

Are there any good links about dog body language?

Wolfiefan Sat 17-Jun-17 22:38:35

Brilliant thread. Thanks. Having wanted a certain breed for years and years (see name!) I finally got a pup last year. Despite a couple of years of research and reading and meeting dogs and owners it has been a VERY steep learning curve!
And the number of daft comments on here about finding a pup or rescues or training. Etc etc. thanks.

Veterinari Sun 18-Jun-17 07:32:23


The child-dog interactions links above go through body language of dogs and the coursera online course also includes on it

Mcakes Wed 12-Jul-17 10:40:19

Just found this thread via the 'dog bit toddler' thread yesterday. Wat a great idea to put resources in one place.

I have this video to add. A clear demonstration of dog body language when interacting with humans (very informative - promise no disturbing scenes).

It is fab one to show kids. My young nieces and nephews have all watched it with me, have tried it out on my dog and taken great pride when they find they can read the communication signals correctly.

The woman has a very, ummm, distinctive voice but what she says is spot on smile

LilCamper Wed 12-Jul-17 15:29:41

Any way we can get this thread made sticky?

LumelaMme Thu 13-Jul-17 18:23:44

I was wondering about book recommendations too...

Veterinari Thu 13-Jul-17 20:12:25

Thanks Mcakes - great video

Books wise I'd suggest
In Defence of Dogs, John Bradshaw
Decoding your Dog, By a number of AVMA veterinary behaviourists

LumelaMme Fri 14-Jul-17 11:45:37

Perfect Recall by Pippa Mattinson - very clearly laid out.
Structure in Action: The Makings of a Durable Dog by Pat Hastings

pigsDOfly Sun 16-Jul-17 19:12:30

What a brilliant thread. Sorry nothing helpful to add but just wanted to say that.

Twooter Fri 21-Jul-17 21:59:54
For fireworks fearing animals

Goingtobeawesome Sat 22-Jul-17 15:43:45

Great thread

Queenofthedrivensnow Tue 25-Jul-17 20:35:54

Thank you so much for this thread loads of stuff for when I can't sleep!

I read about the all about dog food thread on mn when my spanner puppy seemed to struggle with all food - used it to identify a reasonably priced gluten free food - aatu - we have had solid poo for a year and a dog glowing with health - amazing!!

CornflakeHomunculus Fri 04-Aug-17 00:37:03

Mental stimulation:

Canine Enrichment - FB group with endless great ideas for brain games and other types of enrichment you can give your dog at home

CornflakeHomunculus Mon 07-Aug-17 17:36:17

Beyond the Bowl - another FB group for enrichment ideas, this one geared mostly towards finding interesting and stimulating ways of feeding dogs

CornflakeHomunculus Sun 13-Aug-17 19:01:34

Hannibal Newfoundlands Puppy Protocols - a great breakdown of the sort of lengths an excellent breeder will go to in order to make sure they're giving their puppies the absolute best start it's possible for them to have in life

CornflakeHomunculus Mon 21-Aug-17 15:58:56

Romanian rescue dogs:

All You Need to Know About Romanian Rescue Dogs

A Step by Step Guide to Adopting a Romanian Rescue Dog

Getting it Right for Your New Romanian Rescue Dog

A really useful little trio of articles and obviously a great deal of the information is applicable to any overseas rescue.

CornflakeHomunculus Wed 23-Aug-17 13:52:14

Dog Walking Fields - a site that lists secure, private fields available to hire for dog walking.

Thingvellir Mon 28-Aug-17 09:11:10

I just came onto the doghouse as we are at the very early stages of thinking of getting a dog and the very first thread is an absolute goldmine of information! I haven't read the thread or links yet but can see this is full of so many resources for me to start properly considering this - thank-you all!

Off to start my research smile

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