How to Find The Best Dog Training Videos

Training tapes can be expensive, and the quality of some titles leaves a lot to be desired. WDJ helps you sort out the wheat from the chaff.


Videos are becoming an increasingly useful tool for dog owners who want to learn more about dog training. Of course, moving pictures will never replace a talented, real, live, positive dog trainer who can give you immediate feedback about your own training efforts with your dog. But videos can be a helpful component of your training program and an excellent way to expand your knowledge, especially if there are no good trainers within a reasonable driving distance of your home. The list of great, positive-based training videos is growing by leaps and bounds. Here are several new ones to add to your list, and a few to avoid.


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WDJ's Training Editor Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, grew up in a family that was blessed with lots of animal companions: dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, goats, and more, and has maintained that model ever since. She spent the first 20 years of her professional life working at the Marin Humane Society in Marin County, California, for most of that time as a humane officer and director of operations. She continually studied the art and science of dog training and behavior during that time, and in 1996, left MHS to start her own training and behavior business, Peaceable Paws. Pat has earned a number of titles from various training organizations, including Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She also founded Peaceable Paws Academies for teaching and credentialing dog training and behavior professionals, who can earn "Pat Miller Certified Trainer" certifications. She and her husband Paul and an ever-changing number of dogs, horses, and other animal companions live on their 80-acre farm in Fairplay, Maryland.