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Pet Tips and Training

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The SPCA of Texas has a wide variety of information to help you care for your pet, keep them safe and improve your lives together. Browse through our library of topics or use the search function to search for a specific resource or need.

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Resource Library

Getting Started 
Basic Obedience Training for Dogs 
How to Select the Right Trainer 
How to Get Your Dog to Behave 
Inside or Outside Dog? 
Socializing Your Dog 
Puppy Socialization and Development 
Leash Walking Equipment 
Fear Free Happy Homes – New Pet Library 

Basic Skills
Crate Training 
Muzzle Training 
Leave It 
Drop It & Give 
Hand Targeting 
Relax on a Mat 
Wait (Impulse Control) 
Loose Leash Walking 
Handling 

Housetraining 
Housetraining Your Adult Dog or Puppy / (ESPAÑOL) 
Urine Marking – Dogs 
Cleaning Pet Stains and Odors 
Submissive and Excitement Urination 

Games and Enrichment 
Find It 
Hide and Seek 
Retrieve 
Tug 
Brain Games – for fearful and reactive dogs 
Choosing the Right Dog Toys 
KONG Stuffing Recipes 

Common Problems 
Destructive Chewing in Dogs / (ESPAÑOL) 
Running Away & Not Coming When Called 
Constant Barking 
Jumping on People 
Puppy Behavior – Nipping and Biting / (ESPAÑOL) 
Escape Artists 
Digging 
How Not to Greet a Dog   

Children and Dogs 
Children and Dogs Together 
Helping Kids Avoid Dog Bites 
Pets and Your New Baby 
How Kids SHOULD Interact with Dogs 
How Kids SHOULD NOT Interact with Dogs 
How NOT to Greet a Dog 
The Road to a Dog Bite 

Dogs and Other Dogs
Dog to Dog Introductions 
Dog Parks 
Dog Reactivity 
Walking your Reactive Dog 
Canine Rivalry (Dog Aggression) 

Stress and Anxiety 
Identifying Separation Anxiety 
Preventing Separation Anxiety 
Managing Separation Anxiety 
Canine Calming Signals 
How to Calm Your Anxious Dog 
Fear Free Homes – Fear & Anxiety Library 
Stress Signs in Dogs 

Aggression 
Understanding Aggressive Behavior in Dogs 
Managing Fear & Aggression With House Guests 
Understanding Dog to Dog Aggression 
Resource Guarding 
Aggression, ASPCA 

Fear 
Fearful Dogs / (ESPAÑOL) 
Adopting a Fearful Dog 
Adopting a Former Puppy Mill Dog 
Fear of People 
Fear of Thunder and Loud Noises 

Assistance Dogs 
Types of Assistance Dogs 
Selecting an Assistance Dog 
ADA Requirement for Service Animals 
Assistance Dogs International (service dogs) 
Pet Partners (therapy animals) 
Service Animals & Emotional Support Animals, ADA National Network