New Horizons Veterinary Behavior Solutions

300 Somonauk St.
Park Forest, IL 60466


This web page is devoted to providing behavior help for dogs from the best behavior experts we know.  Click the links for valuable information, handouts, and videos on canine behavior and training.

Animal Behavior Blog By Dr. Lisa Radosta  Get great tips from an expert!  Veterinary Behaviorist, Dr. Lisa Radosta,  answers commonly asked questions from her readers in her pet behavior blog from the Palm Beach Post.

Behavior Articles & Resources from Dr. Radosta  This is a link to the fabulous information available at Dr. Radosta's website.
The Proper Use of Food in Dog Training great advice from the force free trainers of the Pet Professional Guild


Ten Quick Dog Training Tips  Some quick tips from Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist, Dr. Lisa Radosta.  She gives great advice to help your pet learn to earn.  Be sure you have your pet's favorite currency (reward/treat) ready when teaching something new. 


Let's Talk About Treats! Why are they so important??


What are High Value Treats?  Having trouble finding the right currency for your pet?  Here are some ideas from the DINOS website (Dogs In Need of Space)


Barking-A Handout from


A unique solution for reactive dogs that bark at windows


Understanding Pet Behavior from the VetSTREET Website.


Ten Life Threatening Behavior Myths  There is a ton of mis-information going  around about dog training on the Internet and elseswhere.  Learn the truth about dog training advice.


Using Food for Training


Most Bad Dog Behavior Based on Fear  Learn from Veterinary Behavior Specialist, Dr. Melissa Bain, in this University of California at Davis video, why punishment has no place in correcting behavior problems.


Resource Guarding in Dogs


Beyond Cesar Millan  This website discusses some of the problems with training techniques made popular by the media and Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer).  It has analysis from many Behavior experts including Dr. Andrew Luescher, DVM, PhD, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists from Purdue Univeristy and Dr. Sophia Yin.


Why Punishment Fails; What Works Better  Punishment teaches an animal what you don't want it to do, but fails to teach it what you expect it to do.  There is a better way.  Click this link for a handout to learn more.


The Heavy Hand Myth - You Don't Need Fear & Pain to Train Dogs a video from some of the best dog trainers in the world.



Dr. Sophia Yin's Blog on the problems with Dominance Theory



APDT Dominance Myths & Training Realities  APDT trainers are often told by their dog owner clients that their dog is "dominant" because he or she did a particular behavior. In order to provide more insight into why dogs do the things they do, and why it is not "dominance" that leads to these behaviors, APDT is providing a sampling of some of the more common myths along with the truth about why a dog does what it does!


APDT What Are Some Of The Common Myths Of Dog Training?  While the internet has been a great tool for education, it also has helped to propagate many myths about dog training. Here's some of the common ones that you may hear in your search for a trainer.

The Easy Walk Harness  "Choke", "Prong", or "Shock" collars  are NOT a substitute for training.  If a trainer suggests you use one of these collars, we suggest you continue your search for a positive technique trainer.  Consider the use of the Easy Walk Harness, it does not use adversive methods to train your dog.


APDT Loose Leash Walking Webinar  Tired of having your arm yanked out?  WATCH THIS WEBINAR!  Many dog owners complain their dogs pull and wonder why.  After all, the poor dog is choking, and he is choking himself!  You'd think the dog would learn not to do that!  This webinar will delve into the reasons dogs pull on the leash, how your dog views the leash, and what your dog thinks of your roll at the other end of the leash.  You'll learn simple strategies to teach your dog not to pull.  Once you understand your dog's perspective, and how to create a cooperative connection, you'll soon be in partnership with your dog. 


A word about leashes....We recommned using a light weight leather or nylon web leash.  Especially if using an Easy Walk Harness you do not want a heavy leash that will weigh down the front strap and attachment link.

Retractable leashes have their place, but we do not recommend them to be used with the Easy Walk Harness, for training, OR for loose leash walking.  Retractable leashes actually reward your dog for pulling and will make loose leash training very difficult.  Reserve the use of retractable leashes for when you are allowing your dog free play or potty time while you wish to remain stationary. 


Housetraining for Dogs & Puppies  visit our webpage full of resources and tips to get any puppy or dog housetrained effectively.  


APDT Basic Training Handouts  This link to the APDT provides great handouts on the basics; barking, chewing, crate training, house training and more!


ASB Resource Guarding Rules


ASB who is that?!


APDT Pet Owners' Resources The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) has compiled some helpful articles to provide insights into training and behavior issues as well as other useful resources including activities you can do with your dog, recommended books and references, and information on the importance of socialization.


Videos and Podcasts from ABRI The Animal Behavior Resources Institute (ABRI) is now supported by the American Humane Association.  This website has many valuable videos on animal behaviors and how to solve problem behaviors from the ABRI.  The ABRI was founded by Dr. R.K. Anderson, considered by many to be the "grandfather" of positive training methods.


Making Dogs Think , Five Great Ways to Engage the Canine Mind!  This is a great article from the winter 2009 edition of  Healthy Pets magazine.


DDFL Dog Toys and How to Use Them 


The Magic of Chew Toy & Food Toys  This links you to our web page with lots of info on how to use chew toys & food toys to keep your dog happy and content.


Retire the Food Bowl!!  Dont waste your dog's meal in a bowl.  Use your dogs meals and kibble for training treats and use food dispensing toys and puzzles to feed your dog.  Increase the enjoyment and fun of meal time, prevent gobbling and guzzling food that causes indigestion and health risks like Bloat.


Beating Boredom How to mentally stimulate your Mutt!  Prevent bad behavior, keep your dog entertained and busy with fun activities.  From the United Kingdom's Dogs Trust.


Teaching Your Dog to Wear a Muzzle  We need to use positive ways to help dogs tolerate things they do not enjoy such as wearing  muzzle for a veterinary exam. Click to view a YouTube Video on how to use positive reinforcement to teach your dog to ENJOY wearing a muzzle!  This kind of positive training can help reinforce other things too such as nail trims or ear cleaning.  Make it fun! Condition for a postive emotional response! 


How to Counter Condition a dog to wear a muzzle  Do you know how happy your dog is to see his leash when you are about to take him on a walk?  Most dogs jump for joy at the sight of this tool that takes them on a fun walk with their owner.  We have conditioned the dog for this positive response.  You can teach the same response in you dog to wearing a muzzle.  This handout from Dr. Sophia Yin shows you how!


How to Teach Your Dog to Lie Down Click to view a YouTube Video on how to easily and quickly train your dog to lie down!  Teaching your dog to lie down is the first step in teaching a dog to relax!  This is a valuable tool for the future.


Learn about Clicker Training This is link to our web page that describes the clicker training method.


Karen Pryor's Clicker Training Library  From the Karen Pryor Academy, this link is to a website full of information, podcasts, and videos on clicker training. Karen Pryor is the expert authority on this training method.

The Down & Dirty on Humping: Sex, Status, & Beyond  Info from Dog Star Daily on what this behavior is all about!


Articles by Irith Bloom from The Sophisticated Dog website Great articles on the importance of rewarding for calm behavior and how to deal with excessive barking.


Behavior Articles from Trainer Gail Fisher and All Dog's Gym


Training Articles from Trainer Gail Fisher and All Dog's Gym


San Francisco SPCA Resource Library Articles for Dog Owners  a collection of handouts on common behavior issues.


Behavior Articles from the UC Davis Companion Animal Behavior Program   The Veterinary School at University of California at Davis has a fabulous behavior department.  They have some great handouts on common behavior issues. Pet Basics Handouts   Your life with your dog or cat can, and should, bring you true joy! Learn basic pet care and behavior information, and solutions to common problems with the handouts provided at this link.

The ABCs of Dog Life Your Canine Care, Connection, and Training Resource from BEST FRIENDS Animal Society.  A very thorough reference.

You and Your Dog this link contains lots printable handouts on health and behavior topics from Best Friends Animal Society.

DDFL Canine Behavior and Training Tips This is a link to the Denver Rescue named Dumb Friends League (named for animals that cannot speak for themselves back in 1910).  They have some great behavior tips and handouts at this link for numerous problems.


Deer Run Animal Hospital's Storm & Noise Phobia Web Page  Although this handout is specifically written with information on noise phobia, some of the behavior techniques and products described here can be useful for calming dogs in any stressful situation.


Deer Run Animal Hospital's Separation Anxiety Web Page


American College Of Veterinary Behaviorists   This is a link to the American College of Veterinary Behaviorist's website.where you can find info on behavior specialists. 


Could a Veterinary Behaviorist Help Your Dog? Veterinary behaviorists are fully trained veterinarians who complete an additional specialized program in behavioral medicine. They are then tested to be board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Behavior (ACVB). This extensive study and training make their credentials similar to a doggy psychiatrist.There are only 54 such certified veterinary behaviorists in the United States today. Read this article to learn more.

We are very lucky to have access to several Veterinary Behaviorists in our region. Click this link to the Veterinary Behaviorists in our area:  BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST REFERRALS 

Tuft's Veterinary School Behavior Clinic  This is a link to the Behavior Clinic at the Veterinary School at Tufts University.  This website has lots of helpful information on behavior problems.  Tuft's also offers PETFAX Behavior Consultation Service a fax/e-mail service where clients can consult for a fee, from home or distant locations, on a behavior problem with a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist.


Adaptil (or DAP)-The Secret to Happy Dogs! FAQS  Adaptil, fromerly known as DAP is Dog Appeasing Pheromone.  Click this link to learn more about pheromone therapy to help with many dog behavior situations!  Pheromome therapy is very popular amongst European Veterinarians and Behaviorists.  This is a European site with great information on how Pheromone therapy can help.  We also have our own web page on ADAPTIL FOR Dogs.


Through A Dog's Ear Is a unique new therapy using music to treat anxiety issues in dogs. These CDs can be used to benefit dogs suffering from Separation Anxiety, Travel Anxiety, Noise Phobia, and other stressful situations.   A link to behavior tips to help you and your dog to get along!


Canine Body Language  From Veterinary Behavior Specialist, Dr. Lisa Radosta tips on how to read your dog's body language. 


Zoom Room Video Guide to Dog Body Language


Zoom Room Video Guide to Dog Play Gestures