The Ark Fundraiser – Dogsense – 28OCT17

Understanding Dog Behavior, Communication, and Learning

On Saturday, October 28th, Don Hanson and Kate Dutra of the Green Acres Kennel Shop presented a seminar as a fundraiser for The Ark Animal Shelter of Cherryfield, Maine. This blog post contains links to articles and podcasts that can be used as a reference to material presented at the seminar.

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog (

Dog Behavior & Training

Adopting A Pet – Finding the Right Dog for You and Your Family

Pet Behavior as an Essential Component to Holistic Wellness

Canine Behavior – Myths and Facts – Part 1, Where do we get our knowledge about dogs? –

The Four Essentials for a Great Dog – Part 1 – Knowledge, Relationship, Management & Training

The Four Essentials for a Great Dog – Part 2 – Knowledge, Relationship, Management & Training

Dominance: Reality or Myth

Reward Based Training versus Aversives –

The Unintended Consequences of Shock Collars –

Is Your Dog Your Best Friend or a Family Member?, If Yes, Then Please Join Me and Take the Pledge –

Does My Dogs Breed Matter? – Parts 1, 2 & 3

Puppy Socialization and Habituation

How to Choose a Dog Trainer –

the misunderstanding of time by Nancy Tanner


Play Biting – Biting and Bite Thresholds –


Teaching the ATTENTION or LOOK Behavior

Alone Training – Preventing separation anxiety – Teaching your dog to cope with being alone

Teaching the SIT Behavior –

Teaching Your Puppy to Come When Called – Starting Points –

How Do I Get My Dog to Walk Politely Instead of Pulling on the Leash? –

What Should I Do When My Dog Growls? –

What Should My Do When My Dog Does Not Let Me Take Something They Have Stolen and Snaps or Tries to Bite Me?

Help! My Dog is Aggressive, Reactive, Fearful, Anxious, etc. – What do I do?

Dangerous Dogs! – What Shelters, Rescues, Prospective Adopters, and Owners Need to Know

Dog Bite Fatalities & Dog Bites – Parts 1, 2, and 3

Dr. Sophia Yin – Canine Bite Levels

 Canine and Human Communication

Introduction to Canine Communication –

Body Language of Fear in Dogs – Dr. Sophia Yin

How To Greet A Dog and What to Avoid – Dr. Sophia Yin

Dog to Dog Interactions

Pet Nutrition

Pet Nutrition – What Should I Feed My Pet? –

What do you feed your dog? –

Pet Nutrition: Some Myths and Facts – Part 1 – My story with Gus –

Pet Nutrition – Should I Feed My Pet A Raw Diet? –

Video – The Science and Dogma of Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Patton – A video of animal nutritionist, Dr. Richard Patton’s presentation, The Science and Dogma of Pet Nutrition, presented for Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, ME on April 28th, 2016. –


Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show (

Canine Behavior & Training

Podcast – We’re Getting A New Puppy (or Dog)! – part 1

Podcast – We’re Getting A New Puppy (or Dog)! – part 2 –

Podcast – How to choose a dog trainer

Podcast – The Unintended Consequences of Shock Collars

Podcast – Canine Behavior: Myths and Facts

Podcast – The Four Essentials to A Great Dog

Podcast – Dog Training Questions for Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks – part 1– 12JUL15 –

Podcast – Dog Training Questions for Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks – part 2– 19JUL15 –

Podcast – Dog Training Questions for Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks – part 3

Podcast – Pet Behavior Counseling and Don and Kate with special guest host Dr. Mark Hanks ––

Podcast –Pet Behavior, Vets & The AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines with Dr. Dave Cloutier from Veazie Veterinary Clinic

Podcast – The Unintended Consequences of Shock Collars

Podcast – Dog Bites and Fatalities with Janis Bradley



Canine Behavior & Training

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals, Turid Rugaas, Dogwise Publishing, 2006, An excellent book on understanding a dog’s body language. Includes descriptions of how you can use your own body language to better communicate with your dog.

Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet, John Bradshaw, Basic Books, 2011,

The Power of Positive Dog Training, Pat Miller, Howell Book House, 2001. I have been reading Pat Miller’s articles in the Whole Dog Journal for years and have loved everything she has written. She is a skilled and compassionate dog trainer who really knows how to communicate to dog owners through her writing. This book is a superb “basic dog book” for anyone with a dog, and I highly recommend it.

The Other End of the Leash – Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs,Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D, Ballantine Books, 2002, An information-packed, immensely readable book. In it you will learn how to have a better relationship with your dog through better communications. Dr. McConnell clearly explains the manners in which dogs and their people communicate.

For the Love of A Dog Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend, Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D, Ballantine Books, 2005, 2006, A superb review of emotions in both dogs and their people and how they bring us together and can rip us apart. Once again Dr. McConnell helps us to better understand our dogs and in doing so have the best possible relationship with them.

Dogs: A new Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution, Raymond and Lorna Coppinger, University of Chicago Press, 2001, An evolutionary biologist and dog lover, Coppinger outlines the likely process which resulted in the longstanding canine-human relationship.

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