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Old 12-08-2012, 11:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In order for us to be the best maltese parents we can be, we should be educated on toy-breed specific health risks and training techniques. I hope this thread proves useful for many of the forum readers- I have compiled many of the links from our recent discussions.

Above all, we are devoted to the well-being, safety, and happiness of our maltese. Training should always be done in a POSITIVE manner that is based on the bond and communication between owner and dog.


This article summarizes that dominance theory is not supported-
Comments on “Alpha” Dominance Theory - Whole Dog Journal Article

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has formal position statements on their website:
Position Statements & Handouts (for the public) | AVSAB


Below are the individual links from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior ( AVSAB )

How to Choose a Trainer Handout
http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit..._( AVSAB ).pdf

Dominance Position Statement
http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit..._statement.pdf

Punishment Position Statement
http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit...Statements.pdf

Puppy Socialization Position Statement
http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit...ialization.pdf


The next link is for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers where you can look up QUALIFIED trainers in your area:
Dog Trainer Search


Here is an additional link for a Public listing for Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists ( CAAB ) and Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (ACAA:
Directory of Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists — Animal Behavior Society: Applied Animal Behavior


There has been very helpful info written by members that I have linked below-- very worthwhile to read!!!
written by CloudClan (Carina) who is a breeder with experience in rescue, obedience, and show breeding

What is a Reactive Dog?
Cadeau's Reactive Rover Camp


Information regarding collar types- As noted, NEVER USE A prong collar on a maltese (or any toy breed) due to the increased risk of tracheal injury.
spcaLA | Ask the Vet | Choosing the Right Collar for your Pet

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Old 12-08-2012, 11:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great post Marisa with tons of information...thank you for all of your hard work.

Just one suggestion...this post should be pinned.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great post! Thank you.
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Thank you, Marisa! I'm to sleepy to read them tonight, but will be looking at them tomorrow. We have started training at PetSmart. I know there are some who really don't like their training. But I feel like we got lucky with our trainer. He was recently approved to start training assistive dogs, like guide dogs. He teaches us positive reinforcements and recommends praise, treats, and clicker training if we're interested in using the clicker. I get the feeling in talking to the employees at our PetSmart, they are really glad to have him and hate to see him go. I don't plan to put Leila in any kind of shows, so I mainly just wanted to take her to classes for socialization and something fun for us to do together. I'm so glad I did take her because I've learned these "tricks" are also used for safety reasons. Before, I just thought it would be cute to teach her tricks to show off to family and friends. But the more I am learning on here, the more I didn't realize what all I didn't know even though I've had pets all my life. So, please tell me if there's more I need to know about training and if Leila needs it for reasons more than what I've said we're doing it for. Thanks!
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No problem I know we all feel very passionate about doing what is best for our little ones. If anyone wants to add more info- PLEASE do so!!!! Education goes a long way!
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Thank you Marisa This is wonderful!
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Well done, thanks for your work in this
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EXCELLENT post, Marisa! Thank you! I agree, this should definitely be pinned!
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Thank you Marisa!!!

I hope that the mods will pin this one.
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In order for us to be the best maltese parents we can be, we should be educated on toy-breed specific health risks and training techniques. I hope this thread proves useful for many of the forum readers- I have compiled many of the links from our recent discussions.

Above all, we are devoted to the well-being, safety, and happiness of our maltese. Training should always be done in a POSITIVE manner that is based on the bond and communication between owner and dog.


This article summarizes that dominance theory is not supported-
Comments on “Alpha” Dominance Theory - Whole Dog Journal Article

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has formal position statements on their website:
Position Statements & Handouts (for the public) | AVSAB


Below are the individual links from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior ( AVSAB )

How to Choose a Trainer Handout
http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit..._( AVSAB ).pdf


Dominance Position Statement
http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit..._statement.pdf

Punishment Position Statement
http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit...Statements.pdf

Puppy Socialization Position Statement
http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit...ialization.pdf


The next link is for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers where you can look up QUALIFIED trainers in your area:
Dog Trainer Search


Here is an additional link for a Public listing for Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists ( CAAB ) and Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (ACAA:
Directory of Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists — Animal Behavior Society: Applied Animal Behavior


There has been very helpful info written by members that I have linked below-- very worthwhile to read!!!
written by CloudClan (Carina) who is a breeder with experience in rescue, obedience, and show breeding

What is a Reactive Dog?
Cadeau's Reactive Rover Camp


Information regarding collar types- As noted, NEVER USE A prong collar on a maltese (or any toy breed) due to the increased risk of tracheal injury.
spcaLA | Ask the Vet | Choosing the Right Collar for your Pet
OOPS-I just noticed that the second link (in italics) is broken: here is the correct link-

How to choose a trainer-AVSAB

can one of the mods edit the original post with the new link, please?

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