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More Books on behavior, training and care
  • StaticNfuzzStaticNfuzz
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    Thought I would pass this along as a resource:
    I find its good to have items to fall back on as things crop up or as you are starting up as a new owner/adopter etc. since no two dogs are alike.


    Donaldson, Jean. Culture Clash.

    Donaldson, Jean. DVD Perfect Paws in 5 Days.

    Fisher, Susan. So your Dog’s not Lassie: Tips for Training Difficult Dogs and Independent Breeds.

    Garrett, Susan. Crate Games for Self control.

    Kearns, Nancy. The Whole dog Journal Handbook of Dog and Puppy Care.
    (Not to be confused with online version monthly issue of Whole dog Journal -

    McConnell, Patricia. How to be the Leader of the Pack...and Have your Dog Love You for it!

    McConnell, Patricia. Other end of the Leash.

    Miller, Pat. The Power of Positive Training.

    Miller, Pat. Positive Perspectives 2.

    Pryor, Karen. Clicker Training for Dogs.

    Rugaas, Turid. On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals.
    (Also has DVD - Calming Signals: What your Dog Tells you)


    Donaldson, Jean. Mine.

    Donaldson, Jean. Dog are from Neptune.

    Eaton, Barry. Hear Hear: Guide to training a Deaf Dog.

    Livine, Caroline. Living with Blind Dogs.
    (Also DVD. New Skills for Blind Dogs)

    McConnell, Patricia. Cautious Canine.

    McConnell, Patricia: Feeling Outnumbered: How to Manage and Enjoy a Multi Dog Household. (Also in DVD)

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

    McConnell, Patricia. I’ll be Home Soon.

    Miller, Pat. Play with your dog.

    Murray, Louise. Vet Confidential: An Insiders Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health.

    Nordensson, Stewart & Kelley, Lydia. Teamwork – Training Manual for People with Disabilities.

    O’Driscoll, Cathrine. Shock to the System: Facts About Animal Vaccination, Pet Food and How to Keep Your Pets Healthy.
    (DVD: In Search of The Truth About Dogs: Introduction to Natural Canine Health)

    Palika, Liz. Purbred Dog Rescue Adoption.

    Palika, Liz. The Ultimate Pet food Guide: Everything you need to know about feeding your dog or cat. (Pet food information also listed in Whole dog Journal online)

    Pelar, Colleen. Living with kids and dogs without losing your mind.

    Rugaas, Turid. My dog pulls what do I do?

    Wild, Nichole. Help for your Fearful Dog: A Step by Step Guide to help your dog Conquer his fears.

    Wood, Debora. Help for your Shy Dog: Turning Your Terrified Dog into a Terrific Pet.
    Post edited by shibamistress at 2012-03-23 00:58:48
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  • tsukitsunetsukitsune
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    Great list, SnF!!! Thanks for compiling!
  • StaticNfuzzStaticNfuzz
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    It's more of a pick and choose type thing according to your needs. It's kind of crazy that I have read most of them at one time or another for specific issues on various dogs. If you have a good training center they may have some of the books in stock or will loan books to those who need them. Sometimes books come as a courtesy for review so the center does not have to buy them.

    Post edited by StaticNfuzz at 2009-04-14 15:28:57
  • tsukitsunetsukitsune
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    I recently stumbled upon a thrift store (The Cat's Pajamas's) that exists solely to donate all proceeds to a local animal shelter. Its about 45 mins from me, but they have a dog book section and I found Pat Miller's Power of Positive Training there for 50 cents!
  • StaticNfuzzStaticNfuzz
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    Great deal! You never know where and what you will find so you kind of have to dig at sales, the public library or wherever. It would be way over the top expensive if you had to buy them all.

  • BradA1878BradA1878
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  • obukobuk
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    Great list! Thanks! Will definitely order some or better yet, try to find some on sale too because books can get expensive after a while!
  • Wryly BrindleWryly Brindle
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    The Coppingers book rocked my world- in terms of me seeing that Sage can only be what he is, that he has inherent tendencies that can be nurtured or not, but cannot be wholly overcome. That, yes, there is a method to train X behavior (and a kind method!) BUT at what effort and with what success ceiling?

    I was, at the time, taking Emma Parsons' reactive dog class, in which I noticed that she was purely focused on the behavior alone and not the history of the individual dog and the breed tendencies. This was on purpose, because our success in the class depended on stopping our excuses and regrets about the past and taking it from here right now. I asked her why she wasn't concerned with breed, and she replied that if people can train walruses not to aggress at their zookeepers, and killer whales to pee in a cup then we should be able to train any dog to calm down. (and the Coppingers illustrate that yes, you can train Cav. King Charles Spaniels to hunt rabbits, but no they won't do it naturally or be as good at it as beagles)

    I think Emma is right, BUT - big BUT- what needs to be added is that it may be very difficult, it may take a very long time, and because of the return on investment and the point of diminishing returns many ordinary dog owners will not see the results she was able to achieve with her dog Ben in the time that they remain interested and feel they are progressing. I am not a professional trainer, and while my handling improved greatly, I am not as good as she is and I cannot devote the resources, time and attention to it.

    After I read the Coppinger book, I realized that I could put Sage through all kinds of training and effort for a long time and get only a certain amount better, ever, and that with a lot of management and hand holding with him. I was floored when the authors explained that if you have a Border collie that cuts the sheep wrong (lacks chops), it is better to get another dog that does it right than to spend time and effort to undo and retrain the first dog with no chops to do it right. We are raised in our culture to believe that anyone can do anything they want with hard work and a little luck, but it made me wonder if this is really so.

    Unlike Emma, my professional reputation is not involved in my need to and ability to solve this problem, only my relationship with MY dog. If Sage and I are okay with choosing NOT to go to the offleash dog area rather than do the training required for him to be able to go to the dog field safely, then let's start enjoying each other now and skip all the work and tension. I realized that Sage is stressed by those outings, but that he loves games in the dog yard or playing with Reilly and I at home. I got over MY desire to be at the Dog Field and quit projecting it onto him and we are both happier. I think he is relieved. I had to get over the idea that Good Dogs can accompany you anywhere and Bad Dogs/Bad owners are stuck at home. Sometimes that's just the way it is.

    The other book that blew up all my misconceptions was Stress In Dogs by Scholz and Von Reinhardt- they have it at Dogwise. What I was seeing was not adolescent acting-up idiocy, it was stress. It was Sage telling me in a very desperate way- jumping, tugging my clothes, that he needed to go home now, that this field of strange and sometimes rude dogs made him uncomfortable, scared. And I told him to Cut it Out...until I learned better. A pivotal book for Sage and I and complementary to Turid Ruugas' work.
  • KenshiKenshi
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    I just picked up Culture Clash, I am finding it profound, but also really academic. If I hadn't read up on Skinner and Pinksy in the past I don't think I'd have gotten as much out of the Introduction. :)
  • obukobuk
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    I'm currently reading Culture Clash too and find it very interesting and it seems to be the perfect book I've been waiting for since it's so different from most other books I have read so far. Great book! Love the games and rules suggestions, short and easy to understand. It makes so much sense. Can't wait to keep reading lol
  • KenshiKenshi
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    I am actually SIMULTANEOUSLY reading The Other End of the Leash.
  • obukobuk
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    LOL that is the book I will be reading as soon as I'm done with The Culture Clash :D I thought about reading them at the same time and now I can't wait to start "The Other End of the Leash" !
  • StaticNfuzzStaticNfuzz
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    Here is another good one once one gets to a particular level in basic training. It's called Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt.

    She makes some valid points about reactive dogs and presents some examples of what she has done or uses to get some control when working with particular cases. It does not just pertain to off leash but general tasks that can be used in home at the training center etc.

    Also on the original list I also forgot to add

    Ruff Love: A Relationship Building Program for You and Your dog by Susan Garett
    Great for those tough personalities that need a little more structure.
    Post edited by StaticNfuzz at 2009-06-04 21:40:06
  • CrimsonO2CrimsonO2
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  • tsukitsunetsukitsune
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    i'm really working my way through Natural Dog Training by Kevin Behan... it all makes SO much sense now I can't even believe it! I dont' feel right saying anything more until I finish it... but so far I love it.

    Also, sorta about behavior, sorta about care and sorta about training - Merle's Door. Its not as sappy as it sounds, its more of a tribute to the author's best canine friend, and all that he learned along the way. Its a beautiful, insightful read.
  • sandrat888sandrat888
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  • I have a good one! I found a great book at Petsmart called Shiba Inus made by the Barron's company. It specifically notes how to train Shiba inus on every topic and age. And gives tips on good Shiba Inu hygiene, choosing your Shiba Inu and not to use Puppy Mills. We liked the topics on leash training, potty training, and also tips on getting multiple Shiba Inus.
  • I thought I would bump this thread up for those who are new. As I get a few more read I will add them.

  • XabiXabi
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  • Here is the free down load link to "Before you get your puppy" by Ian Dunbar:
  • Post edited by shibamistress at 2012-03-23 01:00:09
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