Dogs Best Friend!



at dog’s best friend we passionately believe in the use of positive reinforcement dog training, a philosophy supported not only by anecdotal evidence, but by scientific study by some of the most well-respected animal-related associations in the world.

not only is it extremely important to train all dogs using force-free methods, but especially puppies, who are exceptionally vulnerable.

the first 16 weeks of their lives are so very important, so we want to make sure every experience is as positive as possible. using compassion at all times will help them grow into happy, healthy, well-adjusted dogs.

this page is dedicated solely to links and resources that will guide you in raising your pup in the most positive, compassionate way.

recommended reading

entertainment options for the home alone dog
by karen london, ph.d

how to socialize your puppy
by jolanta benal, cpdt-ka, cbcc-ka

if you’re aggresive, your dog will be too
by science daily

It’s a puppy. not a problem!

littermate syndrome: the risky downside to raising sibling puppies
by jeff stallings, cpdt-ka

perfect puppy in 7 days
by sophia yin

rethinking puppy socialization
by lisa mullinax

socializing a puppy with people…by ignoring them
by canine peace of mind

the importance of puppy socialization
by arliss paddock of the american kennel club

the puppy primer
by brenda scidmore and patricia mcconnell

way to go
by karen b. london, ph.d. and patricia b. mcconnell, ph.d.

what is positive training?
by victoria stilwell

why puppy classes are so important
by cindy bruckart

why you need to socialize your puppy
by companion animal psychology


what to expect when you’re expecting a…puppy! webinar on demand
presented by rebecca mandell, dog’s best friend
what to expect when you’re expecting…a puppy! was created for anyone planning on or considering taking the leap into puppy parenthood.

in this 2-hour webinar on demand, we will discuss not only the joys of being a puppy parent, but the extreme challenges that bringing a fluff ball into your home can bring.

$30 – buy now


how to handle puppy nipping with COMPASSION by rebecca mandell and lili chin

free download