What to Bring to Class

The list of things you will need to bring with you and your dog are available here:

Bring to Class

Group Class Handbooks

Electronic versions of some of our advanced class handbooks are available here:

AKC Canine Good Citizen Handbook

APDT C.L.A.S.S. Student Handbook


Pet Meets Baby Book

The American Humane Association has given us a very valuable resource for introducing babies and dogs.

Download the article on introducing pets to baby here.

Ian Dunbar Training Resources

Ian Dunbar has graciously agreed to allow Speak Dog to distribute the following educational eBooks and articles:



These materials are a wealth of information and can help with potty training, socialization, and more. They are approved for download for all who use this site, whether you are a Speak Dog client or not. Thank you Ian!

Open Paw/Kelly Gorman Resources

The following is a great article to help you successfully transition your new companion into your home.


Ridge Dogs Bringing Your Dog Home

This is a part of the adoption packet in the central file that you get from the prison but it is nice to have it before you get your dog. Here are some tips for bringing your Ridge Dog home.

The First Days

Protocol for Relaxation

This was written by Dr. Karen L. Overall. Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals, 1997. While I don’t often assign this to behavior cases due to the highly involved nature, it is often very helpful.


Dr. R.K. Anderson Letter

Written by a well versed and well respected professional, here is the current take on socialization and vaccination.

R.K.Anderson Letter

Veterinary Visit Slideshow



FREE Webinars!!

Dog Sports & Classes


Got C.L.A.S.S.? Canine Life and Social Skills for Pet Owners – Ann Allums, CPDT-KA


Wish your dog was better trained so that you could take him more places? Looking for something else fun to do with your dog? Want to test your own knowledge of dog behavior? Get C.L.A.S.S.!


Treibball: Rolling Out Better Companions! – Casey Lomonaco, KPA CTP


Treibball is a growing sport, with a number of venues in the U.S. hoping to offer competition Treibball events in the near future.

General Pet Information


Shelter Dogs: Good Choice or Bad? – Trish King, CPDT-KA, CDBC


You want a new dog, but are unsure about where to get one? Shelters can be great choices, just as long as you do a bit of research and spend some time making sure you’re getting the dog of your dreams.

Bite Prevention


Setting Dog and Baby Up for Success – Jennifer Shryock, B.A., CDBC


Dog and baby dynamics under one roof can be a challenge for parents.


Dog Safety: What to Teach Your Kids – Joan Orr


This webinar will teach parents what they need to teach their kids about begin safe around dogs.


The Inclusion of Family Dogs for Success: Building Dog-Child Bonds – Jennifer Shryock, B.A., CDBC


In recognition of May’s Dog Bite Prevention Month, as well as Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 20-26, 2012), APDT is pleased to bring you a free webinar that will teach you about the importance of teaching children to be safe around dogs, understanding you dog’s body language, and how to build strong and health relationships between kids and dogs.

Dogs & Cats


It Takes Two: Successful Cat and Dog Interactions – Jacqueline Munera, CCBC, PCBC, CAP 2


Millions of cat and dogs in America live together in varying degrees of harmony. Many pet owners have both cats and dogs but are not aware of what each species needs in order to peaceably coexist with the other.

Training & Behavior Topics


Hooligans! Living with Canine Teenagers – Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA


What happened to that cute, obedient little fluffball you brought home? The one who aced his puppy class, was housetrained in minutes and listened to your every word? If your little sweetheart has turned into a hooligan, you’re probably dealing with a canine teenager.


Housetraining Basics – Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA


Housetraining is a common challenge for dog owners, so if you’re having trouble teaching Fido to eliminate outside, you’re not alone!


Loose Leash Walking – Gail Fisher


Want to take your dog for a pleasurable walk—but it turns out not to be a pleasure? Tired of having your arm yanked out? Many dog owners complain that their dog pulls, and wonder why. After all, the poor dog is choking—and he’s choking himself!


Separation Anxiety in Dogs – Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, MS


Separation anxiety can be devastating to owners and their pets. These dogs panic and can display some very disturbing behaviors, including destruction, escaping, and elimination in the house.