Book Recommendations

Are you confused with the infinite variety of dog training books out there? Or are you simply looking for an interesting read about man’s best friend? Here are some suggestions of useful yet generally intelligible dog training books that we can recommend to every dog owner.

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Puppies
Training and behavioural problems
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Puppies

Life Skills for Puppies: Laying the Foundation for a Loving, Lasting Relationship

Every year millions of puppies enter homes, carrying their new family’s expectation of a wonderful relationship. Sadly, many are re-homed or lose their lives as the result of behaviours which their owners find difficult to live with. Helping a puppy to grow into a resilient dog, capable of coping with the challenges of daily living, whilst retaining a good quality of life and exhibiting behaviours acceptable within society, is not an easy task. This book aims to simplify puppy education by presenting the skills that are required to achieve these goals within the context of everyday life. By enabling owners to incorporate teaching into each interaction they enjoy with their puppy, it not only becomes easier for them, but also enables the puppy to practice appropriate behaviour choices within day-to-day situations. By teaching skills such as self-control, respect for rules, and clear communication, owners can spend less time directing their dog, and more time enjoying their relationship with him, as he takes more control for his own good behaviour. Beautiful, specially-taken photographs illustrate the points made, and each chapter includes a worksheet to help owners chart their puppy’s progress.

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Puppy Primer by Patricia B. McConnell

Dr. McConnell added new information about the benefits of positive reinforcement AND the importance of realistic expectations. For instance, “sit” while waiting for the food bowl is NOT equivalent to “sit” when company comes to the door! While it’s almost twice the size of the original, the book is still easy to read, user-friendly and priced right for trainers and dog owners. It’s the perfect guide for positive-based training classes or for new dog owners flying solo! Expanded sections/special topics include: * Socialisation * Positive Reinforcement * House Training * Crate Training * Handling/Collar Touch * How to Stop Unwanted Behaviour * Helping Puppies Conquer Their Fears * How Play Teaches Obedience and Emotional Control * How Not to Play! * Lots of New Tricks and Games * Adolescence

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The Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Non-violent Guide to Early Training and Care by Paul Owens

Following the success of his book The Dog Whisperer, Paul Owens turns his attention to puppies. In this book, Owens and his protege Terence Cranendonk offer a compassionate step-by-step guide to all things puppy, including how to: Evaluate temperament, Choose the right pup personality for your family, Monitor diet, play, and exercise, Train and problem solve, Provide early socialisation and positive training, Potty train, step-by-step, Ensure safety and health care, including the latest on vaccinations, Puppies can be a lot of work, but they can also be a furry bundle of joy. If you’re thinking of bringing a puppy into your home, The Puppy Whisperer is your must-have guide.

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51 Puppy Tricks by Kyra Sundance

Most other puppy training books focus on curbing bad behaviour. Some have training, but only the most basic tricks. Kyra’s curriculum differs from that of “101 Dog Tricks” in that the instructions are geared for the less mature dog. Young puppies are not yet well-tuned to humans, and respond better to a clicker than to a voice. Also, young puppies have so few skills that we benefit from a technique called ‘shaping’ which breaks a behaviour into minute steps for easier learning. And, of course, with puppies we are extra gentle when we teach, and we focus more on instilling a love of learning and a communication pathway rather than accomplishing the goal behaviour. Each trick is taught as discrete units, but similar tricks will be grouped into chapters such as: ‘Build Confidence’, ‘Build Coordination’, and ‘Build Communication’.

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Training and behavioural problems

The Toolbox for Building a Great Family Dog

Terry Ryan is one of the most well-known figures in the world of positive dog training. She has been a mentor to a generation of trainers world-wide. In The Toolbox for Building a Great Family Dog, Terry presents a complete guide to help families raise a happy and well-mannered dog using techniques and games that are both fun and effective. Though this is a new book with a new focus, some will recognize parts from several of Terry’s previous books, the original Toolbox For Remodeling Your Problem Dog, Coaching People To Train Their Dogs and The Bark Stops Here. The focus of this book is the family dog and all that phrase implies including the interactions between kids and dogs, household management strategies, common behavioral problems and training games the whole family (and dog!) can enjoy.

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How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Sophia Yin

How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves takes a scientifically sound yet practical approach to explaining dog behaviour and training theory, and then shows you how to apply these concepts so you can train your dog to be well behaved. Written by one of the leading veterinary behaviourists in the country, this revised and expanded edition of the original bestseller features brand new chapters that provide the most up-to-date science of dog behaviour and explains key concepts in clear, straightforward language.

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I’ll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety by Patricia B. McConnell

I'LL BE HOME SOON! - HOW TO PREVENT AND TREAT SEPARATION ANXIETYHow to prevent and treat Separation Anxiety. If you worry about leaving your dog home alone, both because you love your dog and your house, this book is for you. Most dogs can be left home alone during the day and lead happy, fulfilled doggy lives without destroying your house. Of course, some of them get into trouble at home when you’re gone because there’s so much fun stuff to do without you to stop them. But a small number of dogs suffer from a serious problem called Separation Anxiety, in which they panic at your departure and stay panicked until you return. This book is designed to help those whose dog really suffers from Separation Anxiety, to help you prevent it from developing, and to help you raise a dog with good “house manners.”

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Fight!: A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-dog Aggression by Jean Donaldson

A practical guide to the treatment of dog-dog aggression, this down-to-earth manual will teach you how to use behaviour modification to retrain a dog that bullies other dogs or becomes fearful when approached by other dogs.

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Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash Aggressive Dog by Patricia B. McConnell

If you have a dog who is barking and lunging at other dogs while on leash, you are not alone. It’s a very common behaviour problem, even if the same dog gets along well with others OFF leash. It is also a problem with a high rate of successful treatment. What you can get from this booklet is the ability to leash-walk your dog around others, whether it’s down the sidewalk or at the vet clinic, knowing that your dog will walk politely by another dog, rather than causing a scene. Methods are totally positive reinforcement.

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Way to Go!: How to Housetrain a Dog of Any Age by Karen B. London

How to housetrain a dog of any age! 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 puppy needs to go outside, how to handle night time, how to clean up accidents, and how to teach your dog to eliminate on cue.

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The Cautious Canine by Patricia B. McConnell

How to help dogs conquer their fears with desensitisation and classical counter-conditioning. Step by step instructions to help you dog get over his fear of unfamiliar people. If you want to use the program for something besides a dog who’s afraid of strangers, just substitute the relevant species and problem and go from there. It can be used to get over fear of the vet, a ceiling fan, whatever – as long as the behaviour problem is motivated by fear. Even people can use the program!

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Mine!: A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs by Jean Donaldson

A practical how-to guide on resource guarding – food bowl, object, bed, crate, owner, etc. – in dogs. Contents include: aggression basics, nature of resource guarding, kinds of resource guarding, behaviourist vs. medical models, recognising guarding, prognosis, safety tools, treatment overview, management, desensitisation and counterconditioning, resource sample hierarchies, generalisation, troubleshooting, body handling desensitisation, operant conditioning.

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 Games, tricks, and fun!

No Walks? No Worries!: Maintaining Wellbeing in Dogs on Restricted Exercise

“He’s going to need six weeks crate rest; just keep him quiet while he recovers.” These words – which often form part of the treatment requirements for dogs undergoing surgery, or requiring long-term medical care – can strike fear and dread into a dog-owner’s heart. Not a lot of advice is available regarding appropriate mental and emotional support for dogs whilst their usual exercise is limited, and owners are left to manage as best they can, which can be stressful for both owner and dog, and can lead to behaviour changes and problems. This unique book, written by professionals in their field, aims to help owners identify the individual needs of their dog, and, in addition, offer support in preparing their dog for a period of restricted exercise, when surgical interventions are planned. Ideas and tips for mental stimulation and emotional support – as well as alternatives to physical exercise and guidance on how to teach specific skills – are included. Beautiful, specially-taken photographs illustrate every chapter, and worksheets enable owners to chart the progress of their dog’s care plan.

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Smellorama! – Nose Games for Dogs

How does your dog smell? Very well, as it happens! With up to 100 times as many olfactory receptors as humans, dogs use their sense of smell to ‘see’ and interpret their world, just as we do with our eyes. A dog’s keen sense of smell is helped by a wet nose which has a layer of mucus that absorbs some scent molecules more quickly, allowing even the faintest scent to be detected and followed. And it’s not just specialist hounds such as gun, drug and bomb detection dogs that have this amazing ability. All dogs love to sniff out new smells and messages – their very own ‘p-mail’! – Your faithful friend can be taught to find those lost car keys, tell you if your food contains minute traces of nuts, or even locate a missing person, and in such a way that these ‘nose games’ are great fun for both of you! This book includes: How does a dog’s nose work? Hide & seek games for beginners; What is my dog telling me? Which scent is that? Following trails; more trailing challenges; and, advanced exercises.

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10-minute Dog Training Games: Quick and Creative Activities for the Busy Dog Owner by Kyra Sundance

10-Minute Dog Training Games: * helps busy dog owners get the most out of their training time * utilizes scientifically proven methods and learning theory * creates a happy, confident dog who is motivated to work * channels enthusiasm and teaches self-control * uses positive, fun reward-based techniques Learn foundation skills like: * Basic obedience * Following directional signs * Jumps and balancing * Memory games * Overcoming fears and many more! The exercises use tons of varied props and creative ideas for a dynamic, engaging curriculum!

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Play with your dog by Pat Miller

Pat Miller explores the role and benefits of play between  you and your dog – and between dogs. Play behaviours have important learning and health benefits that help dogs become well-adjusted members of both their canine and human families. Through play your dog learns dog-to-dog social graces and is mentally and physically stimulated. Play can be a great training tool, helping to build the relationship between you and your dog. And while play comes naturally to most dogs, there are many who need to be encouraged to discover their “inner puppy.” Pat includes dozens of game ideas collected from trainers all over the country you can try out with your dog(s).

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Brain Games for Dogs: Fun Ways to Build a Strong Bond with Your Dog and Provide it with Vital Mental Stimulation by Claire Arrowsmith

Most dog owners would readily agree that it s important to keep pets physically fit and well-exercised for them to enjoy a good quality of life. But how many also think about what s going on inside their dogs heads? Bored dogs are notoriously prone to behavioural problems, such as exercise, barking, destructiveness and separation anxiety. As this fascinating book reveals, dogs also need mental stimulation to exercise their brains, boost their self confidence and strengthen the bond that they enjoy with their human families. Brain Games For Dogs is brilliantly conceived compendium of fun games, tricks and activities that you can enjoy with your dog that will help to stretch and challenge it mentally and allow it to enjoy a top quality workout for the mind. Illustrated throughout with newly commissioned colour studio photography Brain Games For Dogs emphasises the pleasure of working together with a dog to tackle new challenges and of using the power to play to stimulate and unlock your dog s full mental potential.

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Dominance in Dogs: Fact or Fiction?

You may have read books or seen TV shows that tell you that your dog will seek to dominate you, your family members and other pets unless you become the “alpha” and put him in his place. The theory is that since dogs evolved from wolves and wolves (supposedly) form packs with strict pecking orders and battle each other to become the pack leader, your dog will do the same within your household. In this new US edition, author Barry Eaton separates out the facts from the fiction regarding dominance in pet dogs, presenting the reader with the results of recent research into the behavior of wolves and the impacts of selective breeding on the behavior of dogs. The results may surprise you and will surely inform you.

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Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs

Generations of dogs have been labeled training-lemons for  requiring actual motivation when all along they were perfectly normal. Numerous other completely and utterly normal dogs have been branded as canine misfits simply because they grew up to act like dogs. Barking, chewing, sniffing, licking, jumping up and occasionally, (just like people), having arguments, is as normal and natural for dogs as wagging tails and burying bones. However, all dogs need to be taught how to modify their normal and natural behaviors to adjust to human culture. Sadly, all to often, when the dog’s way of life conflicts with human rules and standards, many dogs are discarded and summarily put to death. That’s quite the Culture Clash.

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Dog Food Logic: Making Smart Decisions for Your Dog in an Age of Too Many Choices

Choosing the right dog food in a world with too many choices Walking down the dog food aisle in a pet supply superstore can present you with an overwhelming number of choices. Reading about dog food on the internet can make your head spin with so many opinions and stories. And judging the content that you find on dog food packaging can be confusing and misleading. How can the average dog owner make an informed choice in accordance with her dog’s age, size and condition? In her latest book, author Linda Case describes how to make logical, evidence-based decisions for what to feed your dog amid all the options available.

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In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding by John Bradshaw

What would dogs ask for, if they knew how? In the “Sunday Times” bestseller “In Defence of Dogs” John Bradshaw, an anthropologist at Bristol University who has been at the centre of the latest research into what makes dogs tick, gives us the answers. Overturning the most common myths about dogs’ emotions and behaviour, this book shows how we should really treat our pets, and stands up for dogdom: not the wolf in canine clothes, not the small furry child, not the trophy-winner, but the real dog, who wants to be part of the family and enjoy life – mankind’s closest friend. This is the real science that every dog lover needs to know.

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The Other End of the Leash by Patricia B. McConnell

“The Other End of the Leash” shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on “our “behaviour in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviourist 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 behaviour, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends. After all, although humans and dogs share a remarkable relationship that is unique in the animal world, we are still two entirely different species, each shaped by our individual evolutionary heritage. Quite simply, humans are primates and dogs are canids (like wolves, coyotes, and foxes). Since we each speak a different native tongue, a lot gets lost in the translation. “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 behaviour from the perspective of your dog, you’ll understand why much of what appears to be doggy-disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication. Inside you will learn – How to use your voice so that your dog is more likely to do what you ask. – Why “getting dominance” over your dog is a bad idea. – Why “rough and tumble primate play” can lead to trouble-and how to play with your dog in ways that are fun and keep him out of trouble. – How dogs and humans share personality types-and why most dogs want to live with benevolent leaders rather than “alphawannabees!” In her own insightful, compelling style, Patricia McConnell combines wonderful true stories about people and dogs with a new, accessible scientific perspective on how they should behave around each other. This is a book that strives to help you make the most of life with your dog, and to prevent problems that might arise in that most rewarding of relationships.

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The Genius of Dogs: Discovering the Unique Intelligence of Man’s Best Friend by Brian Hare

Is your dog purposefully disobeying you? Probably, and usually behind your back. Why shouldn’t you act like “top dog” to maintain control? Youʼre better off displaying your friendliness. Starting with a landmark discovery in 1995 by evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare, a wunderkind who now leads the field, scientists have learned how dogs think. Then, Hare proved that his familyʼs dog was not only cleverer than any fox but also cleverer than any chimp. Now, Hare and science writer Vanessa Woods share all of the secrets of dogsʼ uniquely evolved intelligence, how to understand your dogʼs world, and how exactly your dog is a genius.

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“Why does my dog …?” by John Fisher

Behaviours 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 behaviours 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 behaviour is clearly explained.

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Dogs Bite But Balloons and Slippers Are More Dangerous by Janis Bradley

An objective assessment of the relative unrealistic danger of biting dogs as compared to the greater death-risks of choking on balloons, tripping on slippers and being struck dead by a bolt of lightning.

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Bones Would Rain from the Sky by Suzanne Clothier

Akin to Monty Roberts’s The Man Who Listens to Horses and going light-years beyond “The Hidden Life of Dogs,” this extraordinary book takes a radical new direction in understanding our life with canines and offers us astonishing new lessons about our pets. From changing the misbehaviors and habits that upset us, to seeing the world from their unique and natural perspective, to finding a deep connection with another being, BONES WOULD RAIN FROM THE SKY will help you receive an incomparable gift: a profound, lifelong relationship with the dog you love.

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A Dog’s Guide to Humans

Have you ever wondered how dogs see us? A Dog’s Guide to Humans – “Written by dogs, for dogs.” A lighthearted look at the human species from a dog’s point of view. Bob the West Highland Terrier shares some tips and tricks on getting the best out of human beings, attempts to fathom some of their strange behaviour and imparts some of his wisdom on training and manipulation techniques. WARNING – the author takes no responsibility for any improvement in your dog’s people training skills. A must have book for all canines! “Is your dog a Master Human Trainer? Take the quiz at the end of the book to find out!”

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