Behavior and Training Books

This list of books has been supplied by Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin.

Highly recommended titles are in bold



"For anyone who wants to know more about aggression or dog behavior. Learn how to avoid common mistakes that may promote aggression, build trust using positive reinforcement, and prepare for a long-term regimen to keep your dog safe."

Donaldson, Jean; DOGS ARE FROM NEPTUNE (Lasar Multimedia c1998 ISBN 0968420710

"Candid answers to urgent questions about aggression and other aspects of dog behavior, from the author of best seller, Culture Clash. Includes case histories and guidelines for dealing with: Aggression towards strangers; resource guarding; dog-dog aggression; behavior problems such as counter surfing, barking, mouthiness during play, mounting, stool eating; obedience problems such as off leash control, stay breaking, recall off distractions, pulling; and fear and anxiety problems. Uses positive reinforcement methods: clickers, food treats, praise, and recommends Gentle Leader in certain cases."

Dunbar, Ian; FEARFULNESS (booklet series - available through GRRoW James & Kenneth c1985 ASIN B000710KM0)

"Shy and/or fearful dogs usually become overdependent on their owners. As a result, their displays of aggressiveness or protectiveness may be exaggerated.... This is not to say that shy dogs do not make good pets."

Dunbar, Ian; FIGHTING (booklet series - available through GRRoW James & Kenneth c1985 ASIN B000710KMA)

"Once the argument is resolved, social life returns to normal. This is not so with pet dogs; the incidence of fighting is much higher, and some dogs can not even meet another dog without resorting to fighting."

Dunbar, Ian; PREVENTING AGGRESSION (booklet series - available through GRRoW James & Kenneth c1985 ASIN B000710 KDO)

"Biting is by far the most common and most serious behavior problem in domestic dogs. In the United States, dog bites are the second most common public health hazard."

Joubert, Stephen; FINAL HOPE FOR YOUR AGGRESSIVE DOG (Howell Book House c1998 ISBN 0876053657)

"The first truly comprehensive approach to dealing with an aggressive dog.The book looks first at the roots of aggression, examining the different types of canine aggression and what can cause them. It then turns to practical solutions: The physical and mental tools you'll need, patterns of training that can head off trouble and correcting specific problems. Help in setting realistic goals and expectations, and on permanently getting control of an aggressive dog with exercises for a lifetime, round out this very comprehensive, thoroughly researched book."

McConnell, Patricia; THE CAUTIOUS CANINE: HOW TO HELP DOGS CONQUER THEIR FEARS (booklet series - available through GRRoW Dog"s Best Friend Ltd., c1998 ISBN 1891767003)

"So much aggression in dogs results from fear, but fear-based problems can become worse if treated incorrectly. This booklet provides step-by-step explanation of desensitizing and counter classical conditioning. It can help you solve minor behavioral problems and prevent serious ones, whether your dog fears include the vacuum cleaner, people with hats, or the stranger at the door. The oh-so-important details related to identifying exactly what triggers your dog, creating a step-by-step treatment plan, monitoring your progress, and why you need to treat the fear and not just your dog"s reaction to the fear are covered."

McConnell, Patricia; FEISTY FIDO: HELP FOR THE LEASH AGGRESSIVE DOG (booklet series - available through GRRoW Dog"s Best Friend Ltd. c2003 ASIN B0006SAD3U)

"This booklet is designed for anyone, novice or professional, who works with dogs who are aggressive to other dogs on leash. Chock full of practical solutions to a common problem, the ideas within will help you change an out-of-control barker, lunger and growler into a polite neighborhood citizen. Including plans for handling emergencies such as off-leash dogs who show up out of nowhere, this program can make leash walks fun again, for you and your dog."

BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS (general and specific)

Campbell, William; BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS IN DOGS (American Veterinary Pub., 2nd edition c1992 ISBN 093967436X)

"The author makes no pretence at offering quick or instant solutions ... in the first few chapters and without emotional tangents ...he takes the reader through the psychology and mindset of a dog, ... it becomes very clear that the author believes a dog cannot be effectively trained simply by rote, punishment or treats ... but through a process of learning to understand their true nature and positive healthy reinforcement ...But what makes the most difference is that ... the author is require dog owners to delve into their own psychology and inner nature...the book also provides useful case studies and plenty of practical advice. It does require a little more concentration than one would normally devote to the reading of a pet training book ... but the effort is well worth it ... any dog owner, new and experienced will benefit ..."

Dodman, Dr. Nicholas; THE DOG WHO LOVED TOO MUCH (Bantam c1997 ISBN 0553375261)

"In this warm, compassionate, entertaining, and very informative book, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, one of the premier veterinary behaviorists in the country, tells real-life stories from his practice that illustrate his unique approach to correcting unwanted behaviors. By making key changes in a dog's diet, exercise regime, environment, and training, Dr. Dodman has been able to work wonders with even the most difficult problems. Utilizing revolutionary discoveries in canine behaviorism and pharmacology, Dr. Dodman has given hope and help to owners whose only previous options were obedience schools, or if these failed--euthanasia. Whether you own a problem dog or just want to better understand the complex, intelligent mind of your canine companion, this is a book you won't want to miss."

Dodman, Dr. Nicholas; DOGS BEHAVING BADLY (Bantam c2000 ISBN 0553379682)

"From aggression to zoonosis and just about everything in between, Dr. Dodman draws on case histories from his own practice at the prestigious Tufts University Veterinary Center and offers fresh and incredibly useful tips that apply the latest discoveries in canine behaviorism and pharmacology. Here are simple, sensible, step-by-step instructions on diet, exercise, environment, and lifestyle changes that any pet owner can safely implement to effect seemingly miraculous improvement in their dog's behavior. Authoritative, entertaining, and immensely practical, Dr. Dodman proves that when it comes to caring for man's best friend, he's the best friend we have."

Dodman, Dr. Nicholas; IF ONLY THEY COULD SPEAK (Norton c2002 ISBN 0393051005)

"With humor and compassion, renowned animal behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman explores the complex emotional problems of troubled animals and their (often) equally distressed owners, creating a classic of animal literature, with stories as wise, and almost as human, as the lives of the animals they portray. Did you hear about the dog who always arranged exactly six pieces of kibble in buttonhole depressions in the couch before he could lie down? Or the cat who compulsively hoarded shiny objects? Fifteen years ago Dodman began studying the psychological maladies that afflict our pets, helping to launch a field of animal psychotherapy and psychopharmacology that suggests that animals' emotional problems are often as complex, heartrending, and treatable as those of their human counterparts. If Only They Could Speak, with thirteen true stories culled from Dr. Dodman's own practice, echoes the wisdom of writers like Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and Jane Goodall. The stories here are as wise, and almost as human, as the lives of the disturbed animals they portray. Animal Personality Assessment Guide included."

Dunbar, Ian; BARKING (booklet series - available through GRRoW James & Kenneth c1985 ASIN B000710KP2)

"A major pitfall is that most owners are attempting the impossible. Rather than trying to control and modify the dog"s barking behavior, they attempt to get the dog to cease barking altogether. This is hardly fair."

Dunbar, Ian; CHEWING (booklet series - available through GRRoW James & Kenneth c1985 ASIN B000710KPC)

"There are a number of specific reasons that dogs start to chew. If the activity is unchecked it will eventually develop into a habit that is as enjoyable for the dog as it is expensive and frustrating for the owner."

Dunbar, Ian; DIGGING (booklet series - available through GRRoW James & Kenneth c1985 ASIN B000710KLQ)

"Digging is a perfectly normal and natural canine activity. The owner must realize that it is not so much the behaviour that is abnormal or "wrong" but rather (from the owner"s point of view) the dog"s choice of digging sites that is inappropriate."

Dunbar, Ian; HOUSETRAINING (booklet series - available through GRRoW James & Kenneth c1985 ASIN B000710KOI)

"Housetraining is a simple procedure because dogs are extremely particular about where they urinate and defecate."

Fisher, Betty and Suzanne Delzio; SO YOUR DOG"S NOT LASSIE (Harper c1998 ISBN 0062734571)

"With this book you will come to understand and appreciate that for hundreds of years dogs were bred for qualities like independence, dominance and determination. While these traits make dogs excellent hunters, trackers and fighters, they can make day-to-day living with your pet a real challenge. Betty Fisher and Suzanne Delzio will teach you how to employ or overcome the traits that make your dog difficult to train. They will show how to use body language, food, voice, training structure and style to convince your stubborn dog to do what you ask. Without force, you can turn your difficult dog into a perfect pet, or even a successful show dog."

Garrett, Susan; RUFF LOVE (Clean Run Productions c2002 ISBN 1892694069)

"The Ruff Love program is designed not only to help people dealing with problem dogs, but to help agility, flyball, obedience,and other dog sport handlers build a better working relationship with their current competition dog or get their next puppy or rescue dog started out on the right paw."

McConnell, Patricia; FEELING OUTNUMBERED? HOW TO MANAGE AND ENJOY YOUR MULTI-DOG HOUSEHOLD (booklet series - available through GRRoW Dog"s Best Friend Ltd. c2001 ISBN 1891767062)

"Looking for some tips to create a little order out of the canine chaos in your home? Concerned that there might be some tension between two of the dogs in your pack? Not sure if all that growling during play means trouble or not? This booklet has the answers to those questions and many more. Written to help you maximize the joy of living in a multi-dog household, it emphasizes the use of Ethnology and Positive Reinforcement to teach your dogs to be polite and patient instead of demanding and pushy. Filled with practical ideas about keeping life fun in houses that have two dogs or many more than that, Feeling Outnumbered is a great resource for all multiple dog owners, whether novice or professional."

McConnell, Patricia; HOW TO BE THE LEADER OF THE PACK AND HAVE YOUR DOG LOVE YOU FOR IT! (booklet series - available through GRRoW Dog"s Best Friend Ltd. c1996 ISBN 189176702X)

"Learn to love your dogs without spoiling them and provide boundaries without intimidation. This booklet clarifies how to be a benevolent leader and avoid aggression related to fear or dominance. If you want to be a natural leader to your pack and teach your dog that being polite is fun, this book tells you how to do it in a peaceful, kind way. The ideas and exercises in this booklet are based on the way dogs communicate with each other, so they are highly effective and easy for your dog to understand."

McConnell, Patricia; I"LL BE HOME SOON: HOW TO PREVENT SEPARATION ANXIETY (booklet series - available through GRRoW Dog"s Best Friend Ltd. c2000 ISBN 1891767054)

"This booklet explains the difference between dogs who truly have separation anxiety and those that merely misbehave and then describes a behavior modification program for the prevention and treatment of both problems. A treasure chest of ideas for keeping your dog happy in your absence, this booklet can help prevent and treat both minor and severe behavioral problems related to dogs being "home alone." Clear and understandable, this easy to read booklet is written for anyone who wants to leave the house knowing that their dog is happy and their house is safe."

Rugaas, Turid; ON TALKING TERMS WITH DOGS: CALMING SIGNALS (Legacy By Mail c1997 ISBN 0967479606)

"Dogs have a language for communication with each other, consisting of a large variety of signals using body, face, ears, tail, sounds, movement and expression. If we study the signals dogs use with each other and use them ourselves, we increase our ability to communicate with our dogs. Most noteworthy are the calming signals, which are used to maintain a healthy social hierarchy and resolve conflict within the pack. If we can carry these skills over to our own intereactions with dogs, we can greatly improve our relationships with dogs. A practical, down-to-earth, logical understanding and use of the body language of dogs."


"From one of America"s most popular trainers, learn how to use fun and positive methods to solve just about any behavior problem! Understanding your dog, building an appropriate environment, obedience training, and providing leadership will all help. Trainer/behaviorist Terry Ryan gives you the tools to solve specific problems, then provides the expertise to transfer the methods to other problems you may have with your canine companion!"


Andersen, Jodi; THE LATCHKEY DOG (Harper Resource c2002 ISBN 0062736663)

"Does your dog's schedule need more arranging than your own? Does the mere prospect of leaving your dog make your spine stiffen? While you are at work earning the money to buy dog food, is your dog having your dining room chairs for lunch? If the answer to even one of these questions is "yes," the odds are that you are living with a Latchkey Dog. The Latchkey Dog offers a remarkably insightful and unprecedented view of the modern dog and owner. Using as examples the dogs and owners she's come to know through many years of canine training, Jodi Andersen gives extremely clear and manageable step-by-step instructions that will permit you to get your house back in order, while teaching your dog to be a useful, working member of your family. The result will be a return to a harmonious and healthy household -- for you and your dog."

Bailey, Gwen; WHAT IS MY DOG THINKING? (Thunder Bay Press c2002 ISBN 1-57145-870-0)

This book will help you interpret your pet"s behavior and signals so you can recognize and respond to what it is saying. The book shows colored photographs of dog behaviors and postures. There is a short paragraph that describes what behaviors are illustrated in the photos. This is a "must have" for foster homes, FWITA homes, or for anyone who wants a good introduction to dog behavior.

Benjamin, Carol Lea; MOTHER KNOWS BEST (Howell c2002 ISBN 0976-56664))

"With more than 150,000 copies sold, Mother Knows Best is one of the top training books of all time. Based on the natural way a mother dog trains her puppies, Benjamin's training method is humane, effective and all natural."

Benjamin, Carol Lea; SURVIVING YOUR DOG"S ADOLESCENCE (Howell c1993 ISBN 0876057423)

"As any parent knows, adolescence is the most challenging part of raising a child. However, as Carol Lea Benjamin proves in "Surviving Your Dog's Adolescence," illustrative cartoons, pertinent case studies, and good advice can certainly make that challenging age easier to handle. As a professional dog trainer, Benjamin focuses her advice on positive training techniques designed to help both parent and teen through the tumultuous adolescent period. Many of her insights are portrayed through the eyes of a canine, and help to illustrate the types of thoughts entertained by the teen dog. These range from the dog who responds to his owner's calls of "Come" with "When Pigs Fly," to the dog who demonstrates his tenacity by staking out a mole hill with a flag that says "Never Say Die." Also included are techniques for effective training, guidelines for appropriate dog-owner relationships, and tips for dealing with specific dog "problems." Case studies of real-life dogs offer substantial evidence to back up Benjamin's recommendations."


"Pee stains on the carpet. Barking at all hours of the night. That embarrassing thing he does with your leg. It's enough to make you cry out, "Why doesn't my dog have an owner's manual?" And now, thankfully, he does. Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Dog Owner's Manual explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: Which breeds interface best with children? How can I program my model to fetch? And why is its nose always wet? Whatever your concerns, you'll find the answers right here -- courtesy of celebrated veterinarian Dr. David Brunner and acclaimed author Sam Stall. Together, they provide plenty of useful advice for both new and experienced dog owners."

Burnham, Patricia Gail; PLAY TRAINING YOUR DOG (St. Martin"s Press c1986 ISBN 0312616910)

"Obedience training does not have to resemble Marine boot camp, with the dog as the recruit and the trainer as the drill instructor. Nor does it have to be work. Rather, as the title of this comprehensive guide suggests, it can be playful fun for both -- with a few rules thrown in to shape the game itno an obedience exercise. Playtraining Your Dog provides an alternative to the violence that conventional training methods inflict on the minds and bodies of dogs. Using widely known, standardized exercises from the American Kennel Club, and written in a clear, informative style, this book contributes to realizing the full potential of both the dog and the dog/owner relationship. Topics covered include: instructors & training classes, training time, motivation, advice for showing a dog, cues & body language."

Clothier, Suzanne; BONES WOULD RAIN FROM THE SKY (Warner c2002 ISBN 0446525936

"Clearly an animal lover, Clothier opens this training manual by recalling her childhood, when she pretended she was a dog. Rather than simply trying to "train" animals to behave in a certain way, Clothier focuses on improving the existing relationship between pet and owner. To help readers gain some insights into more effective training, Clothier offers anecdotes about her clients. Particularly important is the dog's connection to the owner and the ability of the two to communicate effectively: "In each moment that you are with the dog, you must be aware, gently and persistently shifting the balance toward one of mutual agreement and cooperation. This is not easy, and it requires some thought. Most of all, it requires a desire to create-over and over again-the event of quality, which in turn creates a heartfelt commitment to truly being with the dog." Usually Clothier begins by observing her clients interact with their pets: after one owner complained about her dog being disruptive and overly playful, Clothier concluded that the owner's way of physically stopping her dog was in fact causing the dog to be more playful. Clothier is a capable writer, and her descriptive style livens up the subject matter. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc."


"Drawing on insight gleaned from forty-five years of raising, training, and studying the behaviors of dogs worldwide, Lorna and Raymond Coppinger explore the fascinating processes by which dog breeds have evolved into their unique shapes and behaviors. Concentrating on five types of dogs -- modern household dogs, village dogs, livestock-guarding dogs, sled dogs, and herding dogs -- the Coppingers, internationally recognized canine ethologists and consummate dog lovers, examine our canine companions from a unique biological viewpoint. Dogs clearly points the way for dog lovers, dog therapists, veterinarians, and all others who deal with dogs to understand their animals from a fresh perspective. The authors show how dogs' different abilities depend upon the confluence of their nature and nurture -- that both genetics and the environment play equally key roles. They also reveal that many people inadvertently harm their canine companions because they fail to understand dogs' biological needs and dispositions. Dogs is a highly readable biological approach by noted researchers that provides a wealth of new information about the interaction of nature and nurture, and demonstrates how unique dog behavior is in the animal world."

Coren, Stanley; HOW DOGS THINK (Free Press c2004 ISBN 0743222326))

"A bestselling author, psychologist, and world-renowned expert on dog behavior and training, Dr. Coren is always at the forefront of discoveries about dogs. With his ever-entertaining, erudite style, he provides a fascinating picture of the way dogs interpret their world and their owners, how they solve problems, learn, and take in new information. Dr. Coren lets you see through a dog's eyes, hear through his ears, and even sense the world through a dog's nose, giving you the insight that you need to understand the silly, quirky, and apparently irrational behaviors that dogs demonstrate, as well as those stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity that they occasionally display. Along the way, How Dogs Think will answer the questions about which you have always wondered, including: Can dogs count? Do they have an appreciation of art or music? Can a dog learn how to do something by just watching another dog or even a person do it? Do dogs dream? What is the nature of dog personality? Which behaviors are prewired into your dog and which can you actually change? And, can dogs sense future earthquakes or detect cancer?"

Coren, Stanley; HOW TO SPEAK DOG (Free Press c2001 ISBN 074320297X)

"Drawing on substantial research in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and years of personal experience, Coren demonstrates that the average house dog can understand language at about the level of a two-year-old human. While actual conversation of the sort Lassie seemed capable of in Hollywood mythmaking remains forever out of reach, Coren shows us that a great deal of real communication is possible beyond the giving and obeying of commands. How to Speak Dog not only provides the sounds, words, actions, and move-ments with which we can effectively communicate with our dogs, but also deciphers the signs that our dogs give to us. With easy-to-follow tips on how humans can mimic the language dogs use to talk with one another, original drawings illustrating the subtleties of their body language, and a handy visual glossary and "Doggish" phrasebook, How to Speak Dog gives dog lovers the skills they need to improve their relationships with their pets."

Coren, Stanley; THE INTELLIGENCE OF DOGS (Bantam c1995 ISBN 0553374524)

"How well to dogs understand language? Why can't Rover read? Can you teach on old dog new tricks? How smart is your dog? Psychologist Stanley Coren answers these questions and more in this enlightening resource for dog owners, potential dog owners, and anyone who loves a good dog story. In the best-selling tradition of The Hidden Life Of Dogs and featured in national media from USA Today and Newsweek to "Charlie Rose" and "Dateline NBC," The Intelligence Of Dogs is an absorbing read that combines heroic stories of dogs with the latest scientific and psychological information and sections on how to: Choose a family dog. Read your dog's body language. Test your dog's smarts. Understand the sophisticated language of the bark. Tailor a training program for best results. And so much more."


"The author"s work with her own dogs and those of her clients, combined behaviorists has led her to the realization that dogs probably learn exclusively through conditioning of various types. Understand the role of conditioning on a dog"s intelligence and morality; predatory and social behavior; socialization, conflict resolution, fear and aggression; behavior problems & solutions."


"Explains how a dog"s perceptions and desires result in its conduct. By understanding what makes your dog tick, you"ll learn how to socialize and train your dog to be the companion that you want. Modifying a dog"s behavior isn"t hard, it"s simply a question of reinforcing the behavior that you desire. By using the proven techniques described in this book, you can teach your dog to be the model companion. The better you understand your dog, the better your relationship will be."

Dunbar, Ian; HOW TO TEACH A NEW DOG OLD TRICKS (James & Kenneth c1998 ISBN 1888047062)

"No time like the present for training (or re-training) a puppy or adult dog to fit into the human world! Internationally acclaimed vet, behaviorist and trainer Dr. Ian Dunbar leads new and experienced owners through a training program to PREVENT problems "Temperament Training," SOLVE problems "Behavior Training" and BEHAVE "Obedience Training." Dunbar"s methods are fun and easy to apply for all family members."

Dunbar, Ian; SOCIALIZATION (booklet series - available through GRRoW)

"A well-socialized dog will readily interact and play with other dogs... Well-socialized dogs seldom harbour grudges; they would rather play than squabble."

Evans, Job Michael; THE EVANS GUIDE FOR CIVILIZED CITY CANINES (Howell c1988 ISBN 0876055439)

Evans, Job Michael; THE EVANS GUIDE FOR HOUSEBREAKING YOUR DOG (Howell c1987 ISBN 0876055420)

"One Important Reason for the success of the human/dog relationship is the dog's ability to adapt to human environments and requirements. Housetraining is a prime example, but when humans "humanize" housetraining, points out the Evans Guide, the result is havoc. Now, for all puppies and older dogs and their owners, celebrated dog trainer Job Michael Evans presents a sensible, effective approach to do the job once, fast and right. The author's Access system is a powerful tool that gets the results you want. Learn how to give a "correction with a connection" so Rascal knows his mistake and not to repeat it. The support you need to succeed, in the form of handy schedules, summary sheets, photos and diagrams are all included. There are also important, special chapters for trainers, breeders, pet store operators and shelter personnel to help clients with housetraining. With understanding and humor, Job Michael Evans guides you through the housetraining process to move you and your dog to a lasting partnership--the human/dog relationship as it was meant to be."

Evans, Job Michael; PEOPLE POOCHES AND PROBLEMS (Howell c2001 ISBN 0764563165)

"Hardened canine criminals meet their match in Evans ( The Evans Guide for Civilized City Canines ), who here outlines methods and philosophies likely to reform a rogue's gallery of aggressive, unresponsive, non-house-trained animals marauding as man's best friends. With his flexible and good-humored approach, Evans teaches how to develop proper leadership attitudes toward a dog as well as how to prevent or stamp out problems. The standout section here is the author's 20-step "Radical Regimen for Recalcitrant Rovers," which has been privately making the rounds of the nation's top trainers with impressive results. Other piquant discussions include rebuttals of folk wisdom, as in an explanation of disciplining a dog after the fact, and clear directions for using set-ups to correct very specific infractions. Some self-help-style chatter invades the book ("I'll be publicly honest with you if you will be privately honest with yourself") but does not detract from Evans's authority. Owners of even cherubic pets ought not pass up this thoroughly sound guide. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information."

Fisher, John; DOGWISE (Souvenir Press c1996 ISBN 0285631144)

"Before his death, he was working very hard to show owners/trainers how to work with their dogs and not use the standard dominance/punishment method. Unfortuantely a previous reviewer must not have read the whole book. You introduce the discs slowly and you are simply dropping them when you introduce them (from a distance of you knee to the floor, because you sit when introducing these) Later when working distance exercises you may toss them near a dog as a distraction...but nothing more. His video show the steps much better. "Training dogs in the human pack" As he states in the book, to get a better understanding of how the discs work he advises you read his other books, this book does not go into full detail. Overall I enjoyed reading Dogwise. They shaped the dogs behavior with NO aggression or punishment. They made the dog figure things out on his own and in a very short period of time. It's great reading if you want to undersatnd how your dog learns and what you can do to teach them in a positive way."

Fisher, John; THINK DOG (Trafalgar Square c2003 ISBN 1570762503)

"... compact chapters explain the canine mind and offer sound educational strategies to enlighten even accomplished trainers."

Fisher, John; WHY DOES MY DOG.....? (Souvenir Press c1999 ISBN 028563481X)

"Behaviors that are perfectly natural for a dog can be frustrating to dog owners if they don't understand the dog's motivations, reactions, and needs. Why Does My Dog...? explains hundreds of specific canine behaviors and problems that the author has encountered while working with dogs for more than 20 years. Problems are listed alphabetically along with root causes and solutions for specific problems. The impact of diet, training techniques, and environment on a dog's behavior is clearly explained."

Fogle, Bruce; THE DOG"S MIND (Howell c1992 ISBN 0876055137)

"How do dogs perceive the world about them? How do they see, hear, learn, relate to their owners? How large are their brains, what is their emotional makeup? Why do they suffer from stress and how can it be coped with? Over the last few years a substantial body of knowledge has been built up about the psychology of dog behavior. Combining more than twenty years of practical experience as a veterinary clinician with a personal knowledge and understanding of the latest international research, Dr. Bruce Fogle has written the most inclusive and relevant book on how the canine mind works."

Fogle, Bruce; KNOW YOUR DOG (Dorling Kindersley c1992 ISBN 1564580806)

"A charming, abundantly and colorfully illustrated guide that will help owners and prospective owners interpret basic dog behavior. Includes a chart of breed characteristics with ratings for excitability, aggression, and trainability. No bibliography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or."

Frankel, Cis; URBAN DOG (Willow Creek Press c2000 ISBN 1572233842)

"Owning a dog in the city has a completely different set of challenges than owning a dog in a rural or suburban setting. The city is full of distractions for a dog such as congestion, noise, crowds of people, cars, buses, bicycles, rollerbladers, trash, sewers, alleys, roadways and other dogs. Where you can exercise your dog is limited, and maneuvering a dog through city streets and across busy roadways is often hazardous. Rat poison sprinkled in alleyways, garbage on the sidewalk and around bins, and city puddles filled with unknown substances are all threats to any dog's health. In this book, Cis Frankel, an urban dog trainer who has trained thousand of dogs including Oprah Winfrey's cocker Spaniels, Solomon and Sophie, explains how to deal with the specific difficulties of living with a dog in the city. Believing that the best city dog is a well-trained dog, Cis explores the basics of puppy training (housebreaking, obedience, basic commands) and then delves into the particularities of training and owning a dog in the city. The informative and easy-to-access text covers collars and leash handling, navigating the streets, housebreaking in a high-rise, managing parks, crowds and roadways to create street-smart dogs, stressful situations to avoid, and health care specifics for city dogs. This one-of-a-kind book shows how to get the most out of your dog while living in the city, and how to get the most out of the city for your dog."

Frost, April; BEYOND OBEDIENCE (Three Rivers Press c1999 ISBN 0609804693)

"Beyond Obedience is a revolutionary new training program for you and your dog from one of our country's foremost animal advocates and holistic practitioners. The idea that your canine companion is a fully emotional being and acutely sensitive to your changing feelings and moods is the foundation of April Frost's original and highly effective training program. Drawing on her extensive experiences as an animal behaviorist, Frost teaches you that training your dog should not be a tedious chore limited to exerting physical and psychological control over an animal's drives, but instead an enriching and spiritually fulfilling experience--gratifying for both human and animal. Frost discusses such essential concepts as mutual respect, unconditional love, mental and emotional discipline, and your expectations and priorities. She shows you how the insights gained from working with your dog can have positive, far-ranging effects on many areas of your life. Beyond Obedience offers valuable insight into the emotional bonds that enrich the lives of animals and their companions."

Holmes, John; THE FAMILY DOG (Arco Reprints c1976 ISBN 0668039272)

"This is the 12th edition of this book, which fist appeared 40 years ago. John Holmes explains how instincts govern the behaviour of dogs and how we can use these instincts to effectively and humanely train our dog. He offers invaluable advice on the choice of a dog and on important decisions like neutering dogs and putting old dogs to sleep. The reader is very much brought down to earth by the idea that a dog is not "nearly human" - a dog is a dog and should be treated as such. John Holmes loves dogs and his book is essential for anybody who shares this love."

Holmes, John; READING THE DOG"S MIND (Howell c1998 ISBN 0876050348)

"The dog occupies a unique place in our world, having adapted itself to become our companion par excellence. But do we ask too much of our pet dogs, expecting them to subdue their instincts in order to live in our world? Using their unrivaled knowledge of canine behavior, John and Mary Holmes examine this question by looking at the world from the dog's point of view. They examine the five senses--sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste--and the instincts that rule all dogs--the pack instinct, the hunting instinct and the guarding instinct--to find out why dogs behave the way they do, and how their behavior can be influenced. Using this information, they offer expert advice on choosing the right dog to suit your lifestyle, the most effective training methods for your individual dog and what to do when things go wrong. Finally, there is a special section on how the dog's instincts and behavior patterns can be specifically channeled to help us. The work of guide dogs for the blind, dogs for the disabled, sniffer dogs and police dogs is analyzed to discover how instinct, intelligence and training interact to produce such widely varying skills. Award-winning authors John and Mary Holmes are professional dog trainers, well-known for their film and television work."

Kilcommons, Brian; GOOD OWNERS; GREAT DOGS (Warner c1999 ISBN 0446675385)

King, Trish; PARENTING YOUR DOG (TFH Publications c2004 ISBN 0793805481)

"Finally, popular trainer Trish King has written a book! Analyzes each stage of a dog"s physical, mental, and emotional development in great detail; includes sections on puppyhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging, plus problem behavior."

McConnell, Patricia; BEGINNING FAMILY DOG TRAINING (Dog"s Best Friend Ltd. 2nd ed. c1996 ISBN 1891767038)

"This user-friendly and engaging book employs gentle and effective training methods rather than punishment-oriented techniques that so often lead to aggression. Covering commands from sit and heel to coming when called, this book explains how dogs communicate, think, and learn. Many serious behavioral problems can be avoided with the scientifically-based and humane training methods described in this book."

McConnell, Patricia; THE OTHER END OF THE LEASH (Ballantine c2002 ISBN 0345446798)

"The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends. The Other End of the Leash demonstrates how even the slightest changes in your voice and the way you stand can help your dog understand what you want. Once you start to think about your own behavior from the perspective of your dog, you"ll understand why much of what appears to be doggy-disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication."

McConnell, Patricia; PUPPY PRIMER (Dog"s Best Friend Ltd. 2nd edition c1996 ISBN 1891767011)

"Help your new bundle of joy get off on the right paw with a book that you can afford and have time to read. With all the basics from potty training to socialization, this little book can prevent many serious behavioral problems and make your first year together even more fun than you ever imagined. ...use as a daily reference. It"s that full of essential information."

McConnell, Patricia; WAY TO GO: HOW TO HOUSETRAIN A DOG OF ANY AGE (booklet series - available through GRRoW Dog"s Best Friend, Ltd. c2003 ISBN 1891767089)

"This clear, concise booklet can help your puppy or adult dog learn a lifetime of good habits. In addition to a step-by-step plan to get your dog to eliminate outside (and outside only), Way to Go! is loaded with practical information about how long you can expect housetraining to take, tips for knowing when your pup needs to go outside, how to handle night time, how to clean up accidents, and how to teach your dog to eliminate on cue."

McKinney, Barbara and John Ross; WHY DOES MY DOG DRINK OUT OF THE TOILET? (St. Martin"s c1997 ISBN 0312156928)

"The questions in the book were asked by people all over the country about anything and everything pertaining to dogs of all breeds and ages, covering a multitude of situations. You are sure to find your own questions answered in this book, whatever they may be. The author(s) are experienced dog owners (they have 4 dogs, ranging from 14 years old to 2 years old) & trainers. Their humane, common-sense methods are clearly explained, easily learned and can be used by pet owners of all experience levels."

McLennan, Bardi; DOGS AND KIDS (Howell c1993 ISBN 0876055358)

"McLennan, a dog breeder and parent, explains that there are many issues concerning dogs and kids that need clarification so that a dog fits smoothly into a household and is given adequate, affectionate care. Obedience training is well covered, as are issues such as helping an older dog adjust to a new baby, handling crisis situations such as a lost dog, and deciding custody in case of divorce. Special advice is briefly tucked in on dog and kid activities, such as playing ball or showing the pet. A useful guide for those new to dog ownership or even those old dogs who have forgotten all the tricks."

McLennan, Bardi; ON GOOD BEHAVIOR (Howell c1995 ISBN 0876056672)

Mancuso, Theresa; WHO MOVED MY BONE? A GUIDE FOR MULTI-DOG HOUSEHOLDS (Adams Media c2004 ISBN 1593370121)

"McLennan, a dog breeder and parent, explains that there are many issues concerning dogs and kids that need clarification so that a dog fits smoothly into a household and is given adequate, affectionate care. Obedience training is well covered, as are issues such as helping an older dog adjust to a new baby, handling crisis situations such as a lost dog, and deciding custody in case of divorce. Special advice is briefly tucked in on dog and kid activities, such as playing ball or showing the pet. A useful guide for those new to dog ownership or even those old dogs who have forgotten all the tricks. Who Moved My Bone? is a lifeline for those who have more than one dog--and the perfect preparation for those who are considering adding another dog to their families. As this reassuring book shows, it is possible to have more than one dog, keep all of them happy, and still have a life."

Milani, Myrna; DOG SMART (McGraw-Hill c1988 ISBN 0809229471)

"Veterinarian and animal behaviorist Milani has written a thought-provoking, insightful book for people who have decided to share their lives with dogs. This is neither a training manual nor a quick-and-easy read but a book requiring attention followed by periods of reflection. Though not difficult, it is simply rich in information that thoughtful dog owners will wish to savor. Milani's text is divided into two sections. The first helps readers clarify their feelings toward dogs?are dogs objects, companions, or just like people? The answer to this fundamental question helps readers define the relationship they want with an animal. Milani explores such topics as pack behavior, anthropomorphism, and space and other environmental concerns. In the second section, she discusses training, diet, exercise, and healthcare, using examples from her practice to prepare readers for all manner of choices that must be made about a dog's life, health, and death. Strongly recommended for all pet collections.?Peggie Partello, Keene State Coll. Lib., N.H. Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc"


"A compassionate, nonviolent approach to dog training. Spiritual approach links sound training principles with intuitive and effective insights. Learn body language and vocalizations needed to effectively communicate with your dog; how to train your dog without jerking, hitting, kicking, shocking, or shaking; how easy and fun training can be when you use reward-based dog training; how to use clicker and target training to quickly and easily shape your dog"s behavior; how to turn affection, play, toys, praise, and social activity into powerful rewards; how to humanely solve behavioral problems such as jumping, barking, digging, chewing, and mouthing."


"Dogs occupy a special position in human society. They were probably the first animal species to become domesticated, but their relationship with humans has always been ambivalent. Dogs form strong attachments to humans, even in the face of rejection and punishment, voluntarily allying themselves to us as faithful companions, uncomplaining child-substitutes, enduring workers, and excellent hunters and guards. Yet they are also reviled as vicious killers, unclean scavengers and outcasts. In this book, the many facets of dog behavior are set in the context of the dog's place in our society. Based on firm scientific research, the book dispells many myths and stereotypes about our canine friends, and it will be the definitive reference work on dog behavior for many years to come. Dog-lovers with an interest in understanding how and why dogs behave as they do will find this fascinating reading."

Siegal, Mordecai; SOLUTIONS (Simon & Schuster c2002 ISBN 0684864738)

"In this practical resource, expert pet writers Mordecai Siegal and Matthew Margolis offer simple, effective solutions for many of the problems that crop up when caring for a dog. Each chapter focuses on a particular issue -- from training and housebreaking to basic health care, feeding, grooming, and toys -- making it easy for you to find answers when you need them. Especially helpful is a chapter on understanding and correcting all kinds of bad behavior. Here, you'll learn that your behavior as an owner can make all the difference between a hard-to-handle pet and an obedient one."

Siegal, Mordecai; WHEN GOOD DOGS DO BAD THINGS (Little, Brown c1993 ISBN 0316790125)

"Both Siegal and Margolis have written other dog books on pet selection, training, and behavior. This particular title brings together their suggestions on handling specific behavior problems of individual dogs. While none of the ideas is especially innovative (consisting of analyzing the problem, looking for its roots, then using reconditioning techniques and obedience training methods to overcome the unwanted behavior), they are so clearly and positively presented that they will be most useful for a harried owner. Further, the authors emphasize the need to recognize the personality of the individual dog before choosing a correction. This readable, instructive book would be a good public library selection. Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc."

Volhard, Jack & Wendy; THE CANINE GOOD CITIZEN (Howell c1997 ISBN 0876054521)

"The American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen program was developed to promote responsible dog ownership in a manner that would be easy for both dog and owner. Any book that promotes and encourages dog owners to participate is doing a public service, and this book does it well. This book contains everything the reader needs to know about training any dog to become a Canine Good Citizen. Still, there is much more--the book shares a wealth of insights for the beginner, as well as the experienced dog person. The book's best feature is that it gives each person the means to tailor the training to the individual dog's character and temperament. It thoroughly explains what makes dogs different and how these differences dictate the approach to training that needs to be taken." -James E. Dearinger, AKC Vice President, Obedience"

Weiss, John; TRAINING A DOG TO LIVE IN YOUR HOME (books 1 & 2) (Animal Owners Motivation Prog., expanded/combined edition c1991 ISBN 0960457623)

"As a former dog owner considering getting a new canine friend, I was very impressed with this book. The author's approach is extremely no-nonsense and focussed on effective training techniques. The book is highly readable and both I and my wife read the book in less than hour each. Compared to this book, most of the other books on dog-training that I have read pale, and seem outdated in their methodology."

Wright, John C. and Judi Wright Lashnits; AIN"T MISBEHAVIN (Rodale c2001 ISBN 157954519X)

"Ain't Misbehavin' starts where some trainers and veterinarians leave off, offering sensitive, effective solutions to pets' behavioral problems. Dog and cat lovers will encounter lots of entertaining situations and find plenty of useful advice to help them forge happy and rewarding relationships with their favorite animals." --Dr. Joyce Brothers

Yin, Sophia DVM; HOW TO BEHAVE SO YOUR DOG BEHAVES (TFH Publications c2004 ISBN 0793805430)

"If you want a well-behaved dog, you"re going to have to modify your own behavior in order to modify his. Dr. Yin"s positive approach to correcting and training your dog"s behaviors will help you see the world from your dog"s perspective and provide the necessary training tools to effect astounding behavioral changes."

Zeigenfuse, Mary Ann Rombold; DOG TRICKS STEP-BY-STEP (Howell c2002 ISBN 0764564285) "Teach your dog tricks you"ll BOTH enjoy, the fun way, without rules and regimentation! Use the Canine Personality Test included to find out your pet"s Personality Profile, and then follow the step-by-step guidelines to teach those tricks best suited to your star-to-be. Included are practical tricks to make your dog useful at home; tricks to build rapport between dog and trainer; and cute tricks, great just for showing off. Instructive and fun photos and illustrations throughout complement the easy to follow, step-by-step instruction..."


Benjamin, Carol Lea; SECOND HAND DOG (Howell c1988 ISBN 0876057350)

"Describes the care, training, and rehabilitation of previously owned or formerly homeless dogs, focusing on their special problems and needs."

McKinney, Barbara and John Ross; ADOPTABLE DOG (Norton c2003 ISBN 0393050793)

"Unbelievably, there has never been a comprehensive training-and-care guide written for the adopted or "pre-owned" dog. Manuals abound for the puppy, even for the needs of the adult or mature dog, but Adoptable Dog promises to be the standard work for this exploding population. John Ross and Barbara McKinney, authors of the best-selling Puppy Preschool, provide a biscuit-to-basket guide for every kind of adoptable dog-the older puppy, the overactive or unhousebroken adult dog, the shelter pooch, or even the mature canine in need of one last, loving home. The authors provide reliable advice..."

O"Neil, Jacqueline; SECOND START (Howell c1997 ISBN 0876057296)

"...I can say without reservation that this is the best dog book ever for someone in rescue work OR for someone looking to adopt a dog. It covers everything you will ever need to know from why you want a dog, the type of dog that is right for you, how to choose a dog, how to test its' temperament, it even has 50 multiple choice questions to help you find the type of dog for your lifestyle. It covers basic health, types of dog groups and the training section is fabulous. The book is an easy read and very down to earth."

Palika, Liz; SAVE THAT DOG (Macmillan c1997 ISBN 0876057377)

"A warm, friendly book full of practical insight and heartfelt success stories of rescued dogs who went on to "fame and fortune" as the stars of their new owners' lives."


Davis, Kathy Diamond; THERAPY DOGS (Dogwise Publishing c2002 ISBN 1929242050)

"Are you looking for a new and meaningful way to work with your dog? Do you want to improve the lives of those who because of illness or disability would benefit from visits with a volunteer canine "therapist"? Then think bout becoming a Therapy Dog Team and you will create the kind of magic that enriches lives. You will learn: *What therapy dog work involves and how to train for it. *Benefits therapy dog work provides for you, your dog and others. *Various settings in which therapy dog teams do their work. *Whether your family pet might make a good therapy dog. *Selecting and training a puppy for therapy dog work. *How to keep yourself and your dog fresh for the work."


Ganz, Sandy and Susan Boyd; TRACKING FROM THE GROUND UP (Show-Me Publications c1992 ASIN B0006QNN2U)

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