small dog keyholeThe following organizations, individuals and websites are resources on the Internet relative to dogs and dog law. Please see Legal Notices and Disclaimer for further information.  

  • Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the top veterinary medicine schools in the United States. Its website has a great deal of information for dog owners and canine professionals, lawyers, legislators and others.
  • Dr. Richard Polsky is a certified applied animal behaviorist who specializes in dogs. He is certified by the ABS (above), and is one of the few certified animal behaviorists in the United States. He has helped many dog owners overcome problems with their dogs. To learn the importance of certification, see The Use of Experts In Dog Bite Cases on this web site.
  • Dr. Patrick Melese is a board certified animal behaviorist whose practice helps dog owners solve their pets' behavioral problems. He is board certified by the ACVB (see above) and is one of the few veterinary behaviorists in the USA. To learn why this is important, see The Use of Experts In Dog Bite Cases on this web site.
  • United Kennel Club is the second oldest and second largest all-breed dog registry in the United States, founded in 1898. It has a wealth of information about dogs and legal issues such as breed bans. It recognizes pit bulls as a breed.
  • United Schutzhund Clubs of America provides training instruction and licensing for its member clubs which work under VDH rules (Verein fur Deutsche Schaferhunde of Germany). This type of training is used for military and police work, but also is regarded as a sport.
  • French Ring Sport is a personal protection sport. It was developed in France as a way to accurately test potential breeding stock for working ability.
  • The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement serves as a comprehensive source of information for those coping with the loss of a pet, as well as for professionals or students seeking information about the many different aspects of pet loss and bereavement. See also the next link.
  • The Center for the Human-Animal Bond: This site contains scientifically documented references for a wide range of bond-related subjects. These include animal assisted therapy, animal welfare, the health benefits of the bond to humans and animals, material on animal and human abuse, and pet loss and grief, among others. All in all, an excellent site for those with a particular bond-related interest or those doing research in these areas.
  • National Animal Control Association is one of the premier organizations for animal control officers, but their extensive website may be of interest to anyone who has to do specialized research about pets. It includes information about pet population, statistics, and other things.
  • ZooGen Forensics performs forensic DNA analysis of animal derived samples. provide sample preparation and DNA profiling of non-human blood, saliva, tissue and hair with both nuclear DNA and mitochondrial DNA techniques. Its founder, Joy Halverson DVM, has provided courtroom testimony in both admissibility hearings and trials in a number of jurisdictions.
  • Animal Attack Files: a website that lists news reports about attacks by dogs and other animals.
  • VA Benefits for Service Dogs: from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, information for veterans in need of guide dogs or service dogs. 
  • Accommodations for Pets with Special Needs focuses on things that can be done for a blind, disabled, or mentally handicapped dog. If your dog fits that description, you also should visit the next link, below.