Resources and Links

Some of these links are to dental organizations. There is a significant amount of patient education material available from them. Others are to various animal behavior and/or training organizations that some of you interested in animal behavior will find interesting.

American Dental Association - This site contains some valuable patient education material.

Alaska Dental Society - This site will have information on finding a dentist in Alaska.

L. D. Pankey Institute - The Pankey Institute teaches advanced restorative dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry and occlusion. There is information on this site on locating Pankey Institute alumni.

Dawson Academy - The Dawson Academy teaches advanced restorative dentistry, with a focus on occlusion and TMJ treatment.

Spear Education - Frank Spear received his DDS from the University of Washington and specialty certificates (periodontics and prosthodontics) and MSD in periodontal prosthesis from the University of Washington. This graduate program was the best in the country at the time. Dr. Spear has been involved with advanced continuing education for many years, focusing on restorative dentistry, comprehensive dentistry, cosmetics, occlusion, and TMJ treatment.

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Association of Pet Dog Trainers - This site will have information on location of pet dog trainers, as well as training tips.

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers - This is a certification council only. The site will have information on locating a certified trainer. Certifications are earned by testing and evaluation.

Animal Behavior Management Alliance - This organization is for animal trainers of all species and focuses on positive-reinforcement based training techniques.

International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators - This organization is for bird trainers and educators with an emphasis on positive-reinforcement.

Natural Encounters Inc. - This company, owned by Steve Martin, is involved in workshop for companion parrot owners, workshops for professional zoo and animal trainers, on-site training at zoos throughout the world, as well as performing their own bird shows, the most notable annually at the Texas State Fair. Their training is based upon positive reinforcement of desired behavior.

Karen Pryor Clicker Training - Karen Pryor, a former marine mammal trainer, owns this company. They are advocates of clicker training and she offers a very good “Karen Pryor Academy”, a training program for dog trainers. She has published several books on animals and animal training.

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior - An organization of veterinarians and vet techs focusing on animal behavior.

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists - An organization of members of the ACVB, all of whom must have advanced training and degrees in behavior medicine.

Animal Behavior Society - An organization of persons interested in animal behavior.

Due to the serious erosion of ethical conduct and honest professional conduct in many segments of American society, I have included this link.

Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership
Jim Owens, a Wall Street investment banker, became very concerned about the lack of professional ethics on Wall Street as well as significant erosion in many other areas of American society.

Although the Code of the West was unwritten, every cowboy knew what it was. The Ten Principles are Jim Owens’ distillation of the timeless, universal cowboy values that are still relevant to our lives today. They are at the heart of cowboy ethics and of Jim's book, Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West.