And btw, I'm from BC as well, so hello fellow BCer! :lol-sign:
Can I just say, Silver, your training instincts are really great. It sounds like you're coming from a behaviorial psychology background, which makes me happy to see.
I think that you would really enjoy clicker training. Instead of "BAH"ing your dog for bad behaviors, you're "Clicking" your dog for good behaviors. There's a lot of theory behind it that I think you'd also be inerested in learning about. In addition to the books suggested already, Karen Pryor's "Don't Shoot the Dog" is a great one to start with for clicker training, it's probably one of the best animal training manuals out there. "The Power of Positive Dog Training" is also a good one.