Recommended Reading
  (updated with many new titles on 4/26/07)

I can only cover the basics on this web site, but there is a wealth of material available on dog care, training and behavior. Whatever you need to know - there's an answer out there!

I own over four shelves of dog books of all kinds.  Below is a list of my favorite ones, along with a brief overview. Please note that these books will NOT train your dog for you; you will STILL need to invest TIME into training!

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  The Other End of the Leash
Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.

AWESOME book about how WE influence our dogs' behavior, and how we can influence it in the right ways. 

 

  For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend
Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.

If you "really" want to know your dog and "really" want to know what he is thinking and feeling, this the definitive book!

 

  A Dog in the Mirror
Barbara Cohl, Ph.D.

Excellent book that explores family dynamics in relation to our dogs.

  Parenting Your Dog
Trish King

Outstanding book that covers dealing with all the "new" dog issues, but also addresses the fact that owning a dog is definitely a two-way street.

  The Rosetta Bone
Cheryl Smith

Yet another outstanding book about communicating with, and understanding, our dogs.

 

  Bones Would Rain From the Sky
Suzanne Clothier

SUPER book written by someone who KNOWS dogs, inside and out!  HIGHLY recommended (anything by this author, I would recommend)!

 

 

Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training
Karen Pryor

Karen is a marine animal trainer who has given us all insight into positive reinforcement training techniques that will work on dogs and people as well. She didn't really write this book as a dog-training guide (I found my copy in the psychology section in the bookstore!) but her techniques will work well. This book describes the way that many trainers have now chosen to train their dogs.

 

 

People, Pooches and Problems
Job Michael Evans

One of my most favorite trainers of all time. He was a Monk, and went off on his own. He has great ideas for training and leadership. This book is ESPECIALLY important for those of you who own problem dogs, but can also be useful for those of you who want to AVOID problems. His 4Rs program is one of the first of its kind - and has saved many a dog.

 

  There's a Baby in the House!
Mike Wombacher

Another helpful book for those who have dogs and babies.

 

  Raising Puppies and Kids Together
Pia Silvani

Great book for those who have human and dog "puppies"!

 

 

Childproofing Your Dog :
A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for the Children in Your Life
Brian Kilcommons

Great, short, inexpensive book on a touchy subject - a book to get BEFORE you have a child!!

 

 

Good Owners, Great Dogs
Brian Kilcommons

Good all-around book for puppies and adolescents with a lot of photos and short segments. Great concepts and ideas. This could almost be a picture book for those impatient readers who want to know everything NOW!

 

  Raising a Behaviorally
Healthy Puppy

Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D.
and Daniel Estep, Ph.D.

Great behavior guide for all puppy owners!

 

  Your Outta Control Puppy
Teoti Anderson

The title says it all!

 

  The Bark Stops Here
Terry Ryan

Helpful for stopping barking.

 

  Help! I'm Barking and I
Can't Be Quiet!

Daniel Estep, Ph.D.
and Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D.

Another helpful "stop barking" guide.

 

  Help for your Shy Dog
Deborah Wood

FABULOUS book for anyone who owns a fearful or shy dog, and how to help your dog become more confident. 

 

  Help for your Fearful Dog
Nicole Wilde

Wonderful, in-depth book that explores everything relating to fearful dogs.

  Scaredy Dog!
Ali Brown

Excellent advice for for owners of reactive dogs. These dogs are often mislabeled as "aggressive".

 

The Toolbox for Remodeling Your Problem Dog
Terry Ryan

Great book that helps you regain leadership and control in a non-aggressive way. Your dog will learn that complying with your wishes is the best way to go!

 

  Little Dogs: Training Your Pint-Sized Companion
Deborah Wood

A toy breed MUST HAVE!

 

  Outwitting Dogs
Terry Ryan and Kirsten Mortensen

GREAT book that covers all the "usual" dog problems and how to understand and deal with them in a kind and positive way.

 

Dogs and Kids - Parenting Tips
Bardi McLennan

Another good book on kids and dogs, and parental supervision! Great explanations on why to take your dog to an obedience class as well as what behaviors are good (and not so good) for owners to encourage and appropriate behaviors for owners to develop in their dogs and kids.

 

 

 

  Maran Illustrated Dog Training

For those of us who do best with "show me", this book is an excellent pictorial guide for dog training.

 

  Kids Training Puppies
in 5 Minutes (with DVD)

JoAnn Dahan

Great picture book that kids can enjoy with their parents.

 

 

Dog Training Projects
for Young People

Joel M. McMains

Good projects for kids - SUPERVISED, of course - and dogs. Could be used in a 4-H group too! A good version of methods used to train kids and dogs for obedience competition.

 

 

The Dog IQ Test
Melissa Miller

Great Book filled with different tests to do with your dog to see how "intelligent" he is. Many involve problem solving, like putting a treat under a towel and seeing how long it takes your dog to get it. Also has a "recommended dog breeds by owner type" and tests to see what type of owner you are.

 

 

The Right Dog for You
Daniel Tortora

Great book that categorizes MANY breeds in MANY ways: activity, trainability, protection, reactions to strangers, kids, etc. Good book to help you in your search for YOUR perfect dog. Does NOT gloss over breeds to satisfy everyone. He will tell it LIKE IT IS!

 

 

Dog Behavior and
Training - Veterinary Advice
for Dog Owners
Compiled by Lowell Ackerman, DVM

A veterinary behavior-type guide, written by the country's leading veterinary behaviorists. Focuses on problem behaviors, but also has insight into normal behaviors, training and how dogs learn.

 

  On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals
Turrid Rugaas

There ARE many ways dogs behavior to defuse tension and we humans would do well to understand those signals.

  Canine Body Language
Brenda Aloff

EXCELLENT pictorial guide to dog body language along with explanations. If you want to "know it all", this is one book that should be on your shelf.

  Dogs
Raymond Coppinger and
Lorna Coppinger

If you want to really understand dogs, this is one of THE books you should read...and re-read.

 
  How Dogs Learn
Mary Burch and Jon Bailey

Another book for those who want to know MORE about dogs and the way their minds work.

  Successful Dog Adoption
Sue Sternberg

Written by one of the premier people in rescue - excellent work!
 

 

Second-Hand Dog
Carol Lea Benjamin

Inexpensive, small paperback book designed to help assimilate a shelter or rescue dog into your household.

 

  Dogs Bite
Janis Bradley

The reality of dog bites, and how other things are much more dangerous; like balloons and slippers, for example!

  Ruff Love
Susan Garrett

Illustrates that "positive is NOT permissive"!

  Beyond Fetch
D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.

All kinds of suggestions for all kinds of great games to keep your dog active and thinking...and tired - because we all know a tired dog is a good dog!

 

The Canine Good Citizen -
Every Dog Can Be One
Joachim and Wendy Volhard

Good training guide to help you train your dog (and you!) to be a good ambassador for dogs - one that doesn't jump on, growl at, or knock over people (or you!), one that will be welcomed at ball games and in parks, etc. Great pictures and explanations in short segments.

 
 

Mother Knows Best - The Natural Way To Train Your Dog
Carol Lea Benjamin

Great book to help raise young pups to adulthood. Easy to read, with short sections so you can pick up a concept in a quick read. Many pictures, both drawings and photos, to help illustrate a concept. Carol is easy to read without getting technical, and she teaches you to understand some of what your pup says to you, so you can communicate back.

 

 

Surviving Your Dog's Adolescence - A Positive Training Program
Carol Lea Benjamin

Her newer book focuses on the teenage time for pups (roughly between 6 and 18 months of age). This is the worst time of your pup's life with you - because they conveniently "forget" things they should know, and test their position in your household. This book will help you endure this period and help you remain in control and your dog to learn to fit in.

 

  How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend:
A Training Manual for Dog Owners

The Monks of New Skete

The Monks have raised German Shepherds for MANY years in upstate New York and have tried and proven methods for raising a dog. These books have more text than photos and can be heavy, but worthwhile, reading.

 

The Art of Raising a Puppy
The Monks of New Skete

Helpful information for raising a behaviorally healthy puppy

 
 

Training in No Time :
An Expert's Approach to Effective Dog Training for Hectic Life Styles
Amy Ammen

Great easy reading book with many photos to demonstrate concepts. Many easy ideas for leadership and control.

 

 

Dog-Perfect : The User Friendly Guide to a Well Behaved Dog
Sarah Hodgson

A computer knock off kind of book, useful for many quick reading concepts for training and maintaining your dog. Good short, but to the point, writing so you can get a concept quickly...like while cooking dinner!

 


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