Book recommendations

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Dirtybadger Mon 14-Oct-13 22:56:15

It's my birthday soon and I've had a few relatives ask what I'd like. I'm going to ask for some doggy books; my parents have paid for a Patricia McConnell seminar for me to go to a few days before smile.

Any fairly priced book recommendations? 10-20 max.

Ive read all the ones I could find online cheap enough (student budget). Apologies I can't list them all as I can't remember their names off the top of my head but the few I can remember are Mine!, In Defence of Dogs, Positive Training for Dummies, The Cautious Canine...and the book with the word "Bones" in the title by Clothier (sorry can't remember the name!). That's most of them I think.

Are there many easy to read books that'll help with agility training? We are starting classes soon (per agility classes, as it were). Also interested in reading about tracking (really basic scent work stuff) but don't know where to start!

Thanks smile

moosemama Tue 15-Oct-13 19:55:48

I really enjoyed reading The Genius of Dogs.

I also highly recommend The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving and Manners and On Talking Terms With Dogs.

All three books can help understand how dogs think, what their motivations are and how to work with them rather than against them and use only positive, non-punitive training methods.

bergedorf Tue 15-Oct-13 21:17:37

Ooh which Patricia McConnell seminar are you going to? I'm going to one too!

Dirtybadger Tue 15-Oct-13 22:50:14

Bristol in November smile.

Thanks Moosemama. I've read The Genius of Dogs (didn't enjoy it that much to be honest but it was okay) but I haven't read the others. I'll check out if they're available and affordable online and let the people asking me what I want know :P

moosemama Tue 15-Oct-13 22:57:06

I think I liked the Genius of Dogs because it's less technical and wordy than 'In Defence of Dogs' and gets the point across in a very reader friendly way. I found it a book I could dip into as my bedtime read, whereas some others I couldn't do that with, as they were more 'thinkers' than relaxers, iyswim.

I am the same by the way - always have a big list of dog related books ready for when/if people ask me what I'd like for Christmas/birthdays. grin

Oh - and Happy Birthday for whenever it is! grin

Dirtybadger Tue 15-Oct-13 23:08:18

Thanks. It's not for another few weeks...but I'd like to give people time to get the books shipped in ;)

I read In Defence of Dogs first so that's probably why I wasn't so interested in The Genius of Dogs. A lot of the content was the same so I ended up skimming through some parts. Hardly the book's fault, though!

moosemama Tue 15-Oct-13 23:16:01

Yes, very similar content, but 'Genius' is much more of a light read.

bergedorf Wed 16-Oct-13 10:18:03

Dirty Badger I've PMd you

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