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Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog – Dr. Ian Dunbar

Veterinarian and animal behaviorist Ian once had a Malamute puppy. And it's a good thing for the rest of us that he did....When he couldn't find a training class for young puppies anywhere in the San Francisco bay area, he created the Sirius Puppy Training classes.And a new era in puppy training began: Ian's emphasis on kind, positive approaches -- based on what dogs are really like -- has revolutionized the field.Any of Ian’s books, or videos are worth reading and watching.

The Culture Clash – Jean Donaldson

The book that has shaped modern thinking about canine behavior and the relationship between dogs and humans has been revised. Dogs are NOT humans. Dogs ARE clever and complex creatures that humans need to take the time to understand in order to live together successfully. You must read this book because your dog cannot!

The Power of Positive Dog Training - Pat Miller

Worthy Successor to Culture ClashThe cover of "The Power of Positive Dog Training" has a quote from Jean Donaldson. Makes sense to me, because this book is a wonderful successor to "Culture Clash," Donaldson's classic set of essays about the value of operant conditioning and the flaws of other training methods. This book is organized around a six week training regimen and is the practical version.

On the Other End of the Leash – Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D

Ever wondered why your dog doesn't always do what you want? Sometimes the answer lies in the mirror! This nationally acclaimed book looks at humans as just another interesting species, muses about how dogs might interpret our behavior, and suggests how to interact with them in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.  

Don’t Shoot the Dog – Karen Pryor

One of the best selling teaching and training books. Not exclusively a dog training book - author is famous as an early dolphin trainer. Outlines 8 methods for putting an end to all kinds of undesirable behavior without yelling, threats, force, punishment, guilt trips - or shooting the dog; the 10 laws of shaping behavior through affection training; how to combat your own addictions to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, overeating or whatever; how to deal with such difficult problems as a moody spouse, an impossible teen, or an aged parent; PLUS housetraining the dog, improving your tennis game, keeping the cat off the table, and much, much more! New revised edition has new chapter, "Clicker Training, A New Technique." This covers the use of clickers in dog training, why it works, and how it has caught on. There is little or no practical application here, so we recommend Karen's Clicker Training Start-up Kit or DTB622 Clicker Training for Dogs. This is the theory!  

Meeting Milo By Yvette Van Veen and David J. Perks

Meeting Milo is an action-packed short story to help teach young children about appropriate behaviour around dogs. The simple story teaches parents and kids important tips they should know about preventing dog bites, such as refraining from hugging a dog, never taking a toy away from a dog, and acting calmly around dogs.The story is great for pre-school, kindergarten or early-elementary aged children. Pages are filled with big, bright illustrations and the short test is simple, and printed in large font (though the younger set will likely need to be read to)  

Marley & Me - John Grogan

The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.

The Dogs who Found Me – Ken Foster

Rescuing dogs and being rescued by themThis story is every bit as absorbing and tender as its rave reviews claim. And I was not disappointed. Foster's well-organized and totally readable account of his knack for spotting abandoned dogs, his rescues of them, and then life with the dogs he has found, plus his kindhearted descriptions is a great read.

Mine ! - Jean Donaldson

A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding In Dogs. All in all, Donaldson covers the subject with great care, and I would recommend this book to the owner of a resource guarder. It's very useful to have a small, highly targeted book that discusses a specific behavioral issue, and I'm not aware of any other book that addresses this subject matter in the same kind of detail.

Excel- Erated Learning - Pamela J. Reid Ph.D

Basically this book reviews all the principles of learning/conditioning and applies them to concrete problems in dog training and behavior problem solving. The author's chief interest and thus many of her examples are from the fields of Obedience and Agility, but there are examples from other fields including herding. What is a bit unusual among current books applying behaviorist methodology to dog training is that the author does not ignore or reject aversive methods as valid for some situations, while at the same time giving the needed warnings abut serious bad results of misuse of such methods (The section on use of remote training collars is the first I've seen outside of literature from Tritronics that is realistic about valid use of strong aversive stimuli. However the author does not seem familiar with use of very mild aversive stimuli via remote collar, and for that you must go to the Tritronics "Three Action Introduction" pamphlet and video, which are excellent.)