4 Free Training Resources to Help you Better Train your Dog

Training a new puppy, or an adult dog can be an exhausting task, it’s a long process and it takes so much time and effort, finding a good online training resource can go a long way, but with so many online courses, it can get quite confusing.

In this article, I’ve compiled a list of great free online dog training resources to help you better train your dog.

1- Ian Dunbar


Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and writer, famous for his dog-friendly dog training, he authored many books and DVDs about dog training, including the Sirius Dog Training.

You can find his training videos in dogstardaily.com where his wife Kelly Dunbar is the co-founder and the executive editor, it covers everything from basic manners and obedience to solving behavior problems like destructive chewing and barking, they also have this free course collection which includes many free courses including this awesome Behavior Problems Crash Course.

One thing that I didn’t like about the website is the quality of the videos, they were filmed a long time ago (i think in the 80s), so the quality is not so great, but they’re still watchable and you can learn a lot from them.

2- Kikopup

This YouTube channel is run by the amazing trainer Emily Larlham, she breaks her training techniques into small simple steps that are easy to follow, and she has a lot of highly informative tutorials.

She’s been posting videos since 2007 with a wide range of videos covering reactivity and barking, behavior modifications, clicker training, and more.

For starters I really recommend her Dog Training Basics playlist, it includes videos on basics like sit stay training and crate training.

3- Positively by Victoria Stilwell

This blog is run by Victoria Stilwell, she’s a dog trainer and a passionate advocate for positive reinforcement, she’s also a host of the popular TV show It’s Me or the Dog.

What I love about this blog is that it goes deeper than just training methods and techniques, it covers things like dog senses and the value of rewards.

If you’re a first time visitor, I highly encourage you to read her piece on positive reinforcement.

4- Patricia Mcconnell

Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. is an expert in animal behavior and dog training, she’s an Adjunct Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is well known for her DVDs, seminars, and books like The Puppy Primer, The Other End Of the leash, and Love Has No Age Limit.

The only reason why I left Patricia’s blog till the end of the list is that I find her website a little bit hard to navigate, a lot of her articles on training do not include a video explaining the steps so it may be harder for a beginner to follow through.

Nevertheless, she has great content, if you want to learn more about subjects like communication between people and dogs or emotions like fear, anger, and guilt, check out her behavior and health page.

What resources do you use?

I would love to know, what resources do you use? do they usually work with your dog? what are your experiences with the resources listed here?

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