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Holly's Den Dog Training Services in San Antonio include: Puppy Headstart Training, Basic Obedience Dog Training and Behavioral Counseling. 

Holly's Den "Behavior Modification Training Guide for Reactive & Aggressive Dogsis available for ordering in PDF format. See: Aggression Guide


San Antonio Trainers' Alliance


Diana Wilkins, MA, CPDT-KA

In Harmony With Dogs

1534 Kitty Hawk Road,Universal City, TX 78148    210- 274-2472

Group classes and private sessions - aggression, agilty, CGC, 


LOMA Behavior and Training

Lorraine Martinez, PH.D.    210-560- 3642 or 314-283-5013

Group classes & private


Irma Bice, CPDT-KA

The Palms Pet Resort Helotes, TX 78023     210-695-1166

Group classes & Private


Marlene Ring, CPDT-KA

PAWSitive Solutions Dog & Puppy Training

San Antonio. TX 78006  (Boerne area)  830-981-5003  Cell 210-410-7271  Web:

Clickers, positive techniques, in home, board & train, potty training, behavior modification


Malinda Red Cloud, CPDT-KA

San Antonio, TX 78101


North & South San Antonio - CGC Training, Clicker Training, In-home, private

No Group classes available


Other Online Dog Training Courses, Articles

Check out:


Susan Garret - a world champion agility training, Susan is also a "trainer's trainer" and a great source for learning about how to train and motivate dogs for competitive sports.


Dogwood Dog Training - Online Classes


Google Emily Larlham (Kikopup), Zak George, and Dr. Sophia Yin for free training videos and articles


Videos, Books & Periodicals


Holly's Den - Favorite Dog Training Books

25 Dog and Puppy Training Tips  - E book by Emily Larlham (Kikopup)


Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt

Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

Shaping Success: The Education of An Unlikely Champion by Susan Garrett available from


To find a dog trainer anywhere in the USA using your zip code:

Association of Professional Dog Trainers – Trainer Search


Truly Dog Friendly Training - National Trainer List:


Veterinary behaviorist: Lore I. Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB   (Greater Houston area)

2627 Cordes Dr.   Sugar Land, TX 77479


Dr. Haug specializes in working with aggression problems


Guide Dogs of Texas :

Assistance Dogs: Texas Hearing and Service Dogs   


Tips on Rehoming a Dog - How to Find Your Dog A New Home


Training Equipment & Toy Recommendations


Goughnuts, Kong sticks and Rubber balls YES - tennis balls NO!

It is not uncommon for dogs to squash tennis balls with their jaws and to split them while chewing on them.  Medical emergencies happen when a dog swallows or chokes on a tennis ball.  In addition, the surface material and the glue used in the construction of tennis balls are damaging to dogs' teeth.  Hard rubber balls are much safer.  Chuck It rubber balls are also relatively safe, but supervise your dog's use of them and dispose of them if they start to break down.


For help with dogs who pull on leash: Walk Your Dog With Love No Pull Front Attachment Harness

Holt Head Harness (formerly Halti) available online or at Petsmart


Pet Expertise is an online store that carries some products I recommend, including a high quality antler chew that is long-lasting and among the safer chew products on the market. 

Dog Training Supply

What is an Obedience Title?


Monty jumping through hoop



What is an obedience (agility-herding) title, really? Not just a brag, not just a steppingstone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores -- a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it; a way to honor the dog, and an ultimate memorial.  It will remain, in record and in memory, for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.

And though the dog itself doesn't know or care that its achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans where such things count.

A title says your dog was intelligent, adaptable and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that pleased you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.

And...a title says that you loved your dog; that you loved to spend time with it because it was a good dog, that you believed in it enough to give it another chance when it failed, and that in the end, your faith was justified.

A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few; and that in a world filled with disposable creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved and loved greatly in return.

So, when that dear, short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind -- the best you can give to a deserving friend, and it speaks volumes of praise in one small set of initials after the name or before.

An obedience title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received, and permanently recorded.    By Sandy Mowery



City of San Antonio Pawsitive Partners needs volunteers and provides many services for pet owners:

Friends of Animal Care Services promote responsible pet ownership, humane treatment of animals and adoption of homeless animals.

According to the San Antonio Express News, San Antonio's Animal Care Services took in 24,495 animals in 2010 and euthanized 18,462 of them.  The only way to stop this destruction is through responsible pet ownership - spay, neuter and train your pets! For more info contact:

Low cost spay-neuter services in San Antonio: S.N.A.P. - 210-673-7722


About Cesar Milan - Read what leading dog trainers and behaviorists have to say:


Dr. Nicholas Dodman - Professor and Head, Section of Animal Behavior
Director of Behavior Clinic, Tufts University - Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

“Cesar Millan's methods are based on flooding and punishment. The results, though immediate, will be only transitory. His methods are misguided, outmoded, in some cases dangerous, and often inhumane. You would not want to be a dog under his sphere of influence. The sad thing is that the public does not recognize the error of his ways. My college thinks it is a travesty. We’ve written to National Geographic Channel and told them they have put dog training back 20 years.”

Dr. Suzanne Hetts, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist 
Co-owner of Animal Behavior Associates, Inc., Littleton, CO

"...My concerns are based on his inappropriateness, inaccurate statements, and complete fabrications of explanations for dog behavior. His ideas, especially those about “dominance”, are completely disconnected from the sciences of ethology and animal learning, which are our best hope for understanding and training our dogs and meeting their behavioral needs. Many of the techniques he encourages the public to try are dangerous, and not good for dogs or our relationships with them ."

AVSAB Letter to Merial

The executive board of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior is deeply troubled to learn that Merial, a leader in the veterinary healthcare industry, is using Cesar Millan in a promotional campaign for Heartgard and Frontline... Merial's executives may not be aware of the fact that the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB), the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) and the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (SVBT) have uniformly spoken out against the punishment-based techniques employed by Mr. Millan on his television show "The Dog Whisperer." 
At best, the show is entertaining but misleading to pet owners. At worst, Mr. Millan's techniques and misinformation have contributed to increased aggression and anxiety or resulted in physical injury to the pet and/or pet owner. As practicing veterinarians, we all unfortunately have seen many cases of the latter...
In these difficult economic times, it may be understandable that Merial would want to use a "celebrity" to advertise its products in a direct-to-consumer fashion. However, had Merial taken the time to investigate, it would have found that Mr. Millan's philosophy runs counter to the standard-of-care promoted by veterinary behaviorists and taught at veterinary schools. 
We are deeply saddened that Merial's executives are not more supportive of the veterinary behavior community and its efforts to promote knowledgeable, scientifically-based, humane training methods. We remain concerned that your company's support of Mr. Millan’s controversial training methods through the distribution of his video and financial support of his show will contribute to the number of difficult dogs and injured owners that we have to eventually console, counsel, and reeducate. Perhaps Merial would like to support our efforts to counteract the negative impact of this unfortunate marketing choice that may ultimately serve to alienate educated veterinarians, dog trainers, and owners alike.


E. Kathryn Meyer, VMD (President)
John Ciribassi, DVM, DACVB (Immediate Past President)
Karen Sueda, DVM, DACVB (President Elect)
Kari Krause, DVM
Kelly Morgan, DVM
Valli Parthasarathy, PhD, DVM
Sophia Yin, PhD, DVM
Laurie Bergman, VMD, DACVB

Dominance/force based training vs. positive reinforcement training:



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