Some of my favorite reference articles, websites, blogs, and books. I do not endorse anything referenced in them nor do I get any sort of financial gain by listing them; I agree with many but not all of their recommendations or conclusions, but they have all been included as I have found them to be thought provoking or provide interesting insight.


 Perfect Puppy in 7 Days, by: Dr. Sophia Yin

Before & After You Get Your Puppy, by: Dr. Ian Dunbar

The Puppy Primer, by: Patricia McConnell, PhD

Puppy In Training

Choosing A Puppy

What is the puppy aptitude test?

Choosing a Puppy, from: Association of Pet Dog Trainers

How to Select a Good Puppy, by: Dr. Ian Dunbar

Labrador Puppies

Before You Buy Your Puppy

Neo-Natal Sensory Stimulation

Puppy Culture

Early Neurological Stimulation

Early Scent Introduction

Early Socialization – After 8 Weeks of Age

Puppy Socialization Checklist, by: Dr. Sophia Yin

Developmental Priorities, by: Dr. Ian Dunbar


Curly Coated Retriever


Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America

Curly Coated Retriever Club (Great Britain)

Curly-Coated Retriever Club of Canada

Curly Coated Retriever Club of Victoria

Great Lakes Curly Coated Retriever Club

Northern California Curly-Coated Retriever Club

Breed Standard

American Kennel Club

The Kennel Club (UK)

Canadian Kennel Club

United Kennel Club

Other Breed Standards from around the world, created by Cathy Lewandowski of Soft Maple Curly Coated Retrievers


Soft Maple Curly Coated Retrievers

The Puppy Diary, By: Cathy Lewandowski

Curly-coated Retriever, by: Nona Kilgore Bauer

Curly-Coated Retrievers: A Complete and Reliable Handbook, by: Gary & Mary Meeks

Exercise Induced Collapse 


All Breed Resources

American Kennel Club

Canadian Kennel Club

The Kennel Club (UK)


Dog Training

 Professional Dog Trainer & Behaviourist Associations*

Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

Karen Pryor Academy

Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers

Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors

Animal Behaviour & Training Council

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Animal Behavior College

Trainer Certifications, prepared by: The Association of Professional Dog Trainers

*not all associations are created equally so do your research on each, but many have great owner resources on their sites that are well worth reading

Reward Based Training

“Dominance” Training Deprives Dogs of Positive Experiences

Puppy & Dog Training Tips, from: Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Food Critics, by: Dr. Ian Dunbar

“Purely Positive?””Balanced” Another Perspective – Nicole Wilde

A Treat by Any Other Name, by: Patricia McConnell


Calgary Humane Society (Resources)

Dog Training Nation

Tug-of-War & Dog Dominance

ASPCA Pro Webinars


Dog Sports, Events, Competition


Say Yes! Dog Training – Susan Garrett

Agility Association of Canada

Calgary Agility Association


Bad Dog Agility


Willow Creek Kennels (Youtube)

The Excellent Gundog

Positive Gun Dogs Minnesota

Positive Gun Dog Training

Barn Hunt

Barn Hunt Association

Barn Hunt Alberta – Closed Facebook Group


North American Flyball Association

Alberta Clubs


AKC Tracking

CKC Tracking

Scent Tracking with Your Dog, by: Julia Kamysz Lane

Leerburg Tracking Dog Articles

Spiritdance Life Coach – CKC Judge & Instructor

Trick Dog

Do More With Your Dog

Dock Diving

North American Diving Dogs

Dock Dogs

YYC Dock Diving Dogs – Facebook


CKC Overview

AKC Overview


Reactive Dogs

How to protect your dog from unwanted attention, by: International School for Canine Practitioners

Reactivity & Aggression, by: Patricia McConnell PhD


Multi-Dog Households

From First Date to After the Honeymoon


Supplies, Books, Training Resources


Clean Run



The Institute of Canine Biology

Breeding Better Dogs

Paw Print Genetics

AKC Breeder of Merit Program

AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T.



The Other End of the Leash – Patricia McConnell PhD

Dog Star Daily – Dr. Ian Dunbar

CattleDog Publishing – the Legacy of Dr. Sophia Yin

Wilde About Dogs – Nicole Wilde

Positively – Victoria Stilwell

Dr. Jen’s Blog

Where’s Your Sit? – Jade Zwingli

High Tails Dog Training Blog

The Whole Dog Journal

Puppy Leaks

Canine Principles



Pet Photography

Kaylee Greer – Blog, Training Video, Guess Blog Posts, “The Grid” Episode 1 & 2

Charlotte Reeves – Blog, Books, Tips, Learning Pet Photography Blog & Instagram

Holly Montgomery (Brindleberry) – Blog, Smart Phone Post


Digital Photography – 10 Pet Photography Tips

B&H Photo – Photography Tips & Tricks

Keri Nakahashi – Pet Photography Tips

Bark Gallery – 5 Pet Photography Tips

Brindleberry – Incredible Smartphone Photos