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Join Us for Doggie Dash 25

SAT., SEPT. 6 • 9 A.M.

A 5K Event at the Boulder Reservoir

Everyone agrees that Doggie Dash is just a ton of fun! But there is a more serious purpose behind this animal-friendly event—raising critical funds to support the animals at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. So whether you’re running with your favorite four-legged friend or a group of two-legged friends, you can help us reach our goal of $100,000!

 


Puppy Prep School!

Training Class Spotlight:

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley is proud to present Puppy Prep School, a five-week class that provides instruction on basic obedience and behavioral issues, as well as offering your puppy the opportunity to flourish as they socialize with a new group of friends.

Starts Wednesday, August 6, 2014: 12:00 - 1:00 pm and runs for 5 sessions

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Online Behavior Library

Cat Behavior Resources (Top)

How do I introduce a new cat to my current pets at home?

Use these tips to introduce your new cat to your resident dog, cat or caged pet to help make the transition as stress-free and smooth as possible.

I'd like to learn more about cat guardianship.

This is a list of reading recommended by our trainers for cat guardians and those considering adopting a cat.

I'd like to learn more about introducing a new cat to my resident cat.

Cats are fantastic pets, and many people elect to have more than one. Here are some tips for introducing a new cat to your resident feline.

I'd like to learn more about kitten guardianship.

This is a list of reading recommended by our trainers for kitten guardians and those considering adopting a kitten.

I'd like to learn more about the Humane Society's training program and training center.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about our training center, our classes and our training philosophy.

Trainer's Tip Video: Cat To Cat Introductions

Helena Kokes, Training and Behavior Coordinator for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, shares tips on how to introduce a new cat to your resident cat at home.

Trainer's Tip Video: Litter Box Placement

Helena Kokes, Training and Behavior Coordinator for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, shares tips for placing your litter box to set your cat up for litter box success!

Trainer's Tip Video: Litter Box Selection

Helena Kokes, Training and Behavior Coordinator at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, discusses what to consider when choosing your cat's litter box.

Trainer's Tip Video: Litter Selection

Helena Kokes, Training and Behavior Coordinator for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, explains what to consider when choosing a litter for your cat.

Trainer's Tip Video: Preparing Your Pets For The Holidays

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Training & Behavior Supervisor Shelly Brouwer is joined by Angel the dog to share some tips to help your pets have a safe and happy holiday season.

Trainer's Tip Video: Reading Cat Body Language

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Training & Behavior Coordinator Helena Kokes shares a few pointers on reading cat body language.

Dog Behavior Resources

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement: Dominance Theory

For decades, some traditional animal training has relied on dominance theory and has assumed that animals misbehave primarily because they are striving for higher rank. This idea often leads trainers to believe that force or coercion must be used to modify these undesirable behaviors.

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement: Puppy Socialization

The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life.During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing overstimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior.

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement: Use of Punishment

AVSAB recommends that training should focus on reinforcing desired behaviors, removing the reinforcer for inappropriate behaviors, and addressing the emotional state and environmental conditions driving the undesirable behavior.

Dog Parks

Many communities throughout the United States now have safe, legal and enclosed dog runs (and dog parks) where friendly, well-behaved puppies and dogs can play together off-leash. The Humane Society Boulder Valley wants our new adopters to consider some safety measures before taking a new pet to any dog park.

Dogs and Kids

It is true that a dog is man’s best friend but sometimes children and dogs are a dangerous combination. Here are some guidelines to help you and the children in your home be safe and happy with the new dog.

How do I housetrain my new dog or puppy?

Learn the ropes of housetraining your new dog or puppy.

How do I introduce a new dog to my current pets at home?

Use these tips to introduce your new dog to your resident dog, cat or caged pet to help make the transition as stress-free and smooth as possible.

I'd like to learn more about clicker training.

Get answers to questions such as "What is clicker training?" and "How does it work?".

I'd like to learn more about dog guardianship.

This is a list of reading recommended by our trainers for dog guardians or those considering adopting a dog.

I'd like to learn more about puppy guardianship.

This is a list of reading recommended by our trainers for puppy guardians or those considering adopting a puppy.

I'd like to learn more about puppy playpens (confinement areas).

The confinement area is your puppy's playpen. Learn more about how to set it up and how to use it.

I'd like to learn more about the Humane Society's training program and training center.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about our training center, our classes and our training philosophy.

I'd like to learn more about training my new dog or puppy.

If you just adopted a new dog or puppy or are considering doing so, here are some helpful tips about training your new pet.

My dog has separation anxiety.

Dogs are profoundly social animals that are genetically programmed to live in groups; therefore, alone time can be very difficult for a dog to experience. While many dogs can learn to accept being alone for moderate amounts of time, some dogs develop separation anxiety, a disorder of panic-like symptoms.

My dog is aggressive, fearful or anxious.

This is a list of recommended reading for guardians of dogs with fear, aggression or separation anxiety.

My dog is possessive about food and toys.

Learn more about resource guarding, why it happens and how to prevent it.

My dog is shy or fearful.

Learn about the different types of shyness, their causes and what you can do to help your nervous or shy dog.

My dog won't stop barking.

Barking generally falls into five categories. Learn about the different types of barking, what they mean and how to prevent them.

Trainer's Tip Video: "Leave It"

Shelly Brouwer, Training an Behavior Supervisor at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, demonstrates the first steps of teaching a dog to "leave it."

Trainer's Tip Video: Dog Parks

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Training & Behavior Coordinator Jai Robichaud shares some tips to help ensure you and your dog have a safe and fun visit to the dog park.

Trainer's Tip Video: Getting Outside With Your Dog

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Training and Behavior Coordinator Jai Robichaud discusses a few tips for getting ready to take your dog into the great outdoors.

Trainer's Tip Video: Getting Set For The Vet | Body Handling

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Training & Behavior Supervisor Shelly Brouwer is joined by Angel the dog to share some tips to help your pets have a safe and happy holiday season.

Trainer's Tip Video: Harnesses

Shelly Brouwer, Training and Behavior Supervisor for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, discusses no-pull harnesses.

Trainer's Tip Video: Importance Of Puppy Socialization

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Training & Behavior Coordinator Anita Hurley discusses the importance of puppy socialization and shares some of what you can expect when you attend one of our Puppy Social sessions held in the Training Center.

Trainer's Tip Video: Leash Walking

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Training and Behavior Coordinator Amy Creaven shares some helpful tips about how to help your dog walk politely on a leash.

Trainer's Tip Video: Leashes

Shelly Brouwer, Training an Behavior Supervisor at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley discusses selecting a leash for training.

Trainer's Tip Video: No-Pull Harnesses

Lindsay Wood, Director of Animal Training and Behavior at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, explains the benefits of using a no-pull harness, why they work and how to use them.

Trainer's Tip Video: Preparing Your Pets For The Holidays

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Training & Behavior Supervisor Shelly Brouwer is joined by Angel the dog to share some tips to help your pets have a safe and happy holiday season.

Trainer's Tip Video: Targeting

 Lindsay Wood, Director of Animal Training and Behavior at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley demonstrates the technique of "targeting" and its applications.

Trainer's Tip Video: Thunderstorms

Amy Creaven, Training & Behavior Coordinator for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, is joined by Nokomis the dog (he's available for adoption!) and shares tips for helping your canine companion handle the noise and stress of thunderstorms.

Trainer's Tip Video: Training Treats

Shelly Brouwer, Training an Behavior Supervisor at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley explains how to select and prepare training treats.

Trainer's Tip: Management Tools & Strategies

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Training & Behavior Coordinator Jai Robichaud is joined by shelter dog Rascal in this video about useful management tools for in the home and out on the town.

Video: How to train a dog to lay down

In this About.com video, Humane Society of Boulder Valley Training & Behavior Coordinator Jai Robichaud shares some helpful tips for teaching your dog to lay down.

Video: What is obedience training for dogs?

In this About.com video, Humane Society of Boulder Valley Training & Behavior Coodinator Jai Robichaud explains what obedience training is and what you should expect from your dog.

What training tools do you recommend?

Learn about some training tools that our trainers recommend using and which ones they encourage you to steer clear of.