Books and Resources
There is a wealth of wonderful
information available to help dog owners learn more about their dogs. Taking a
little time to educate yourself will pay off hugely, whether you are just now
planning to get a dog or you already have one. With the help of books, internet sources and
knowledgeable advice, you can select the perfect breed of dog for your
lifestyle, learn how to solve behavior issues, and find fun new sports to play
with your dog.
The following selections are the ones
I have found most useful and available; they are not by any means the only
ones. Use your own good judgment, and especially on the internet, a liberal
does of salt may be in order!
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson. The number one pick
of the Association ofPet Dog Trainers, and for good reason:
it is a wonderfully written, nuts-and-bolts approach to how dogs learn and how to
train them. More on theory, less of a how-to, but if you read only one book, this is
The Power of Positive
Dog Training by
Pat Miller. A
terrific companion book to The Culture Clash, Pat Miller's book
focuses on the how-to, with clear, concrete exercises arranged in a week-by-week plan. If
you plan to train your puppy yourself, this is a great place to start.
The Other End of the
Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. An absolutely wonderful look at how our genetic baggage as
primates conflicts with the canine world-view of our dogs. More theory and ethology than
how-to, but it's loaded with gems of practical wisdom for improving our relationships
with our dogs. Dr. McConnell is one of the nation's top aggression specialists,
and a fine writer to boot. Highly recommended. Also visit her amazing blog at her website: www.patriciamcconnell.com
Bones Would Rain from
the Sky by
Heartfelt, beautifully written and deeply thoughtful look at the core
issues of our relationships with our dogs--trust, leadership, communication, bonding.
Less a book about how to train than about why to train, what it means, and achieving
more than just obedience by putting the heart connection first. Worth reading, and worth thinking about.
Before & After
You Get Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar. The master of positive puppy training strikes again with this
brilliant how-to manual for everything puppy! If you're even thinking about getting a
puppy, make your life easy and read these booklets first. They are available for FREE as pdf downloads at www.dogstardaily.com.
www.aspcabehavior.org The American
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals behavior website is loaded
with helpful tip sheets on basic training, behavior problems and care. Cats, too! www.apdt.com The home of the Association of Pet Dog
Trainers, this includes a list of APDT dog trainers all over the
country, and their own excellent book and video recommendations. www.clickertraining.com The web site of Karen
Pryor, a former dolphin trainer who is one of the pioneers in the clicker
training movement. Excellent articles and products. www.dogwise.com My favorite on-line store for the best and
latest in dog books. The books on this list are all available through dogwise.com. www.tawzerdogvideos.com Tawzer carries videos and DVD’s of seminars
and presentations by the country’s top dog trainers and behaviorists. If
reading isn’t your thing, you can still get first rate information in often
entertaining formats. Many of the DVD’s are geared to professional dog trainers—very in-depth
and technical (and 6 hours long!) so read carefully before ordering. www.siskiyouhumane.org The Siskiyou Humane Society's website for information about our services, adoptable pets, events and much more!