Living with DINOS™: A Resource Guide
2013 Note: For the most up to date version of this resource list, please visit Dogs In Need of Space here.
Living with some DINOS isn’t always easy, but you’re not alone and there is help! Below you’ll find a list of resources gathered from our Facebook fans. This resource guide reflects the tools, trainers, and techniques that have been helpful for their individual DINOS. Every dog is different and there are many types of DINOS, so please keep in mind that what works for one DINOS family, may not work for another. But this list is a great place to start!
Please note that being included in this list is not an endorsement by the blog’s author.
Please see the DINOS website for the most up to date list, including Books and DVDs!
Please see the DINOS Website for: Training Classes for DINOS
Articles and Videos
On Service Dog Etiquette from Please Don’t Pet Me
Suzanne Clothier’s classic, “He Just Wants to Say Hi”.
Dr. Ian Dunbar’s look at Canine Body Language
Karen Overall’s pdf of her Relaxation Protocol
Doggone Safe on bite prevention and dog safety for kids
Bad Rap’s take on Dog/Dog Tolerance levels in adult dogs
Dr. Sophia Yin’s video of her work with a Fear Aggressive/Reactive dog
How to Help Your Fearful Dog from Casey Lomonaco
A collection of articles about Aggression and Reactivity from Karen Pryor’s website (various authors)
A video to help Dogs and Kids learn how to safely interact from Karen Pryor Clicker Training
Reactive Champion blog includes info on medications, supplements, and many other resources
Tellington TTouch Methods: based on circular movements of the fingers and hands and using a combination of specific touches, lifts, and movement exercises, TTouch helps to release tension and increase body awareness. For dogs with various behavioral issues, such as fear, aggression, etc.
Hilton Herbs: “Tranquility Support” is an herbal calmer that will not dope or sedate your dog, but is reported to help maintain a healthy and balanced nervous system and a calm outlook. Recommend to help with over excitable dogs, rescue animals that may have received bad treatment, or simply tense, nervous sensitive dogs.
Healing Touch for Animals: Healing Touch for Animals is a holistic approach designed to support the health and well-being of animals through energy medicine and intention. HTA techniques are reported to restore harmony and balance to the animal’s energy system while providing physical, emotional, mental and instinctual stability.
Nose Work for Dogs: also called scent work, this fun activity channels your dog’s natural curiosity and interest in using his nose. This is a terrific activity for reactive or fearful dogs as it can be done one dog at a time and requires no training. An excellent confidence booster.
Agility: a fun, mental and physical exercise for dogs that builds teamwork, skills, and confidence. From home-made courses in your own yard to competition trials, agility can be adapted for just about any dog.
Dock Diving: is a dog sport in which dogs compete in jumping for distance or height from a dock into a body of water. Dogs jump one at a time and do not need to interact with one another in order to participate.
The DINOS Café Press Store! It’s here!! Now you can warn MDIFs off in style! Includes “Keep Back – My Dog Needs Space” gear for you and your dog!
Dog Flags and bandanas with color coded messages such as, “I’m Shy” and “Please Don’t Approach”
“Give Me Space” leash sleeves and bandanas suitable for all dogs, as well as specialty items for blind or deaf dogs in need of space. An Australian company.
“Do Not Distract” Vest from Clean Run, includes “do not pet” patch. Great for dogs in training and/or working dogs.
Angel Vest: called the “white cane for dogs”, this device is designed to assist blind dogs in feeling things in front of them. Might be useful for blind dogs who needs space, as it provides a slight buffer zone around their face.
Caution Badges: a variety of distinct message badges for your leash, custom designs available too, from Bold Lead Designs.
Dexil Friendly Dog Collars: collars, harnesses, and leashes with clear, bold messages, such as Caution and No Dogs.
Italian Basket Muzzles: flexible, with leather straps and a removable front grill for more access. Dogs can pant, bark, and drink water while wearing.