Educational Articles and Resources

Below you will find links to a myriad of educational articles written by MABCR volunteers in the hopes that sharing our knowledge will be helpful to others. The articles will open in pdf format that you can read online, or print for reference. Subjects are arranged by like topic grouping.

We have also included articles written by others and have included attributions and weblinks within the PDF. If you would like more information on those topics, please use those sources.

If you would like information on a subject not found here, or have questions not answered, please feel free to email usĀ here.

We’d also like to offer you links to online training resources that are available for lifetime learning through other sources:

  • SpiritDog Online Training – Steffi offers a number of paid courses to take you through your lifetime with your dog(s). We highly recommend her courses as add-ons to your in-person trainings. Her facebook page also offers quite a bit of advice and training tips at no cost.
  • Pupford Academy – recently began offering a free 30 day training module to help new adopters of dogs get the best leg up on helping their new pup settle well into their new home. Zak also has a facebook page with a lot of valuable information, as well as youtube videos that are free to view.
  • Kikopup – Emily is a training content provider and doesn’t have a main website, but does have a lot to offer on YouTube as well as other social media. Her videos are simple and easy to follow.
  • Kyra Sundance has written some excellent books on trick training, including books for kids to teach dogs tricks, which is an excellent way to get your kids involved in helping your dog become the best dog they can be. Kyra also offers videos and social media as resources. 

Hope you find some of these resources to be helpful!

Adopting a New Dog:

Article: What is Rescue 
Article: Myths Surrounding Rescue and Rescue Dogs
Article: Reasons Why Dogs are Turned over to Rescue
Article: Living With Border Collies
Article: Have kids? Should you adopt an Adult? or Pup?
Article: Does Sex Really Matter?
Article: A Few of My Favorite Things

Article: Jess and the Real Reality of Border Collies — how many miles?

Link: Thinking about adopting littermates?
Article/resource: Rescue Smart — preparing for integration
Article: Reading Recommendations

Health and Nutrition:

Article: Basic Vaccines
Article: Dr Dodd’s Vaccine Recomendations
FAQ: Vaccines: Ask the Expert 
WDG: Sorting the Vaccine Puzzle

Article: What is Heartworm
WDG: Heartworm Treatments Defined
Article: Heartworm Disease Management
Link: Reference Flea, Tick, and Heartworm meds

Article: Feeding your New Friend 
Article: How We Feed and Why
Website: Dog Food Advisor
Illustration: Puppy Body Condition Chart
Illustration: Adult Dog Body Condition Chart
Link: Body Condition Scale
Link: Fit or Fat? Can you tell the difference?
Link: Obesity in dogs

Article: Canine CPR

Link: Resources To Turn To If You Are Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care For Your Dog

Article/resource: Rescue Smart — integrating your new dog

Article: Rescue Restart — getting your new dog off to the best start possible
Article: Two Week Shutdown
Article: Nothing in Life is Free
Article: 6 Signs of a Great Dog Trainer (SpiritDog Training)
Link: Basic Puppy Training (SpiritDog Training)

Article: Teachable Moments

Article: Housebreaking
Article: How To Teach Your Dog to Ring a Bell to go Outside
Article: Where is The Bathroom?
Article: Housebreaking and Containment
Article: Crate Training for Life – Eight Reasons Why
Article: Housebreaking – WDJ

Article: Heel (Leash walking Without Pulling)
Article: Crossing Streets With Permission

Article: Teaching “wait” – text and video

Article: Why We Do Not Recommend Electric Training Collars

Article: Two Toy Game
Article: Rock gets a Crate or Why we Recommend Crate Training

Traveling with your Dogs:

Article: Why Dogs Should Be Restrained in a Moving Vehicle
Article: Options for Restraining a Dog in Your Vehicle
Article: Choosing and Fitting a Crate to Your Vehicle
Article: Emergency Letter to Keep in Your Vehicle

Article: Dog Car Harnesses Review – Whole Dog Journal

Living with Dogs and Nature:

Article: Co-existing with Coyotes

Children and Dogs:

Article: Kids, Dogs, and Respect (SpiritDog Training)
Article: 5 steps to living with babies and dogs (Canon Dog Training)
Article: Old Dog, New Kids Challenge

Poster: How children should interact with dogs
Poster: How children should not interact with dogs

Dealing with Lost or Missing Pets:

Article: How to Find a Lost Pet 


Article: 101 Things You Can Do

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