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needastrongone Sun 01-Dec-13 10:13:42

I would like to read further about dog behaviour, I have every puppy training and dog trick book going, but I would like to dig a bit deeper now.

I have tried searching Mnet, in The Doghouse for threads with lists of recommended books, but I am clearly doing something wrong, as, whatever I search, I don't get the lists I look for smile

I am sure Ian Bradbury was mentioned? Anyone else?

I could look on Amazon reviews too, but it can be a bit of a minefield.

If anyone would just give me a few recommendations, I would be grateful.

LetThereBeCupcakes Sun 01-Dec-13 11:46:56

Start with "The Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson. I also like Victoria Schade, John Bradshaw, and Ray and Lorna Coppinger.

If you're really keen, I can thoroughly recommend Sarah Whitehead's Training courses - I did the foundation behaviour one and it really is fascinating: - they are distance training and great for dog owners as well as instructors.

needastrongone Sun 01-Dec-13 12:01:44

Thank you, that's really useful, I have downloaded The Culture Clash, Think Dog (Jon Fisher, Pamela McKinnon) and In Defence of Dogs, I just needed a point in the right direction. I find dogs fascinating!

Thanks also for the link too, which I haven't read yet, but will.

LetThereBeCupcakes Sun 01-Dec-13 13:59:20

No problem. You might need to take some of the John Fisher book with a bit of salt as I think he wrote that one before he completely abandoned pack theory. Still an interesting read though.

Lilcamper Sun 01-Dec-13 15:48:27

Fabulous comprehensive list of reading material right here Recommended Reading

needastrongone Sun 01-Dec-13 16:41:15

Thanks, I will take note of the caveat re the John Fisher book, which is useful, as I am sure it rings bells as a recommended read previously in The Doghouse and has good Amazon reviews too.

Wow, what a comprehensive list, it would take me some serious reading time to get through all those books. Nevertheless, really useful, thanks, I have put in a join request to the group.

toboldlygo Sun 01-Dec-13 17:19:13

The Culture Clash and In Defence of Dogs would have been my first suggestions as well. smile Control Unleashed is also a good read, more agility orientated but useful general stuff in there as well.

DeathByLaundry Sun 01-Dec-13 18:28:31

Don't Shoot The Dog ought to be in there too I'd say smile

Dirtybadger Mon 02-Dec-13 00:59:11

General dog books

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know: What Dogs Think and Know by Alexandra Horowitz

Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs bycSuzanne Clothier

How dogs learn by Burch and Bailey

Excel-Erated Learning: Explaining in Plain English How Dogs Learn and How Best to Teach Them by Pamela J. Reid

Dog Language by Roger Abrantes

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide: Interpreting the Native

Language of the Domestic Dog by Brenda Aloff

Understanding the Silent Communication of Dogs by Rosie J. Lowry

Change my mind - abandon dominance

Dominance in Dogs: Fact or Fiction? by Barry Eaton (small but vital book - easy and interesting)

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

The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

Oh Behave by Jean Donaldson

Dominance Theory and Dogs by James O'Heare

Bonding With Your Dog by Victoria Schade

The Other End of the Leash: Why we do what we do around dogs by Patricia McConnell

Dogs are from Neptune by Jean Donaldson

100 Silliest Things People Say About Dogs by Alexandra Semyonova


Perfect Puppy by Gwen Bailey

Before & After Getting Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar

Puppy Primer by Patricia McConnell and Brenda Scidmore

Life Skills for puppies by Helen Zulch and Daniel Mills

General training

The Complete Idiots Guide to Positive Dog Training by Pamela Dennison

Unlock Your Dogs Potential by Sarah Fisher

100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog by Sarah Fisher and Marie Miller

Doctor Dunbar's Good Little Dog Book by Ian Dunbar

Clever Dog by Gwen Bailey

Getting in Ttouch with your Dog by Linda Tellington-Jones

How to Handle Living with Your Dog by Winkie Spiers

How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Sophia Yin

The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller

Clicker training

Click to Calm by Emma Parsons

Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us about All

Animals by Karen Pryor

Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pyror

Clicking with Your Dog: Step-By-Step in Pictures by Peggy Tillman

Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs by Karen Pryor

When Pigs Fly! Training Success with Impossible Dogs by Jane Killion


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

Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs by Grisha Stewart

Stress in Dogs by Martins Scholz & Clarissa von Reinhardt

Separation Distress & Dogs by James O’ Heare

Aggressive Behaviour In Dogs by James O’Heare

Aggression in Dogs by Brenda Aloff

A Guide to Living with & Training a Fearful Dog by Debbie Jacobs

Cautious Canine by Patricia McConnell

Help For your Fearful Dog by Nicole Wilde

100 Ways to Solve Your Dog's Problems by Sarah Fisher & Marie Miller

Barking, the Sound of a Language by Turid Rugaas

How to teach a new dog old tricks by Ian Dunbar

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

Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash-Reactive Dog by Patricia Mcconnell

Scaredy Dog - Understanding & Rehabilitating your Reactive Dog by Ali Brown

Feeling Outnumbered - How to manage and enjoy a multi dog household by

Patricia McConnell & Karen London

Stop - How to control predatory chasing in dogs by David Ryan

Focus not Fear - Training insights from a Reactive Dog Class by Ali Brown

The Canine Commandments by Kendal Shepherd (a must for anyone with children)

In depth

The Evolution of Canine Social Behavior by Roger Abrantes

Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training: Volume I, II & III by Steve Lindsay

Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt (good in particular for those doing actually training & classes)

Dogs a New Understanding of Canine Origin Behaviour and Evolution by Ray & Lorna Coppinger

Dog Behaviour: Genetics And The Social Behavior Of The Dog by John Paul Scott

Canine Neuropsychology for Dog Behaviour Counselors and Trainers by James O'Heare

Canine Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians by Bonnie Beaver

Changing People, Changing Dogs, Positive Solutions for Difficult Dogs by Dee Ganley

Aggressive Behaviour in Dogs a comprehensive technical manual for

professionals by James O’Heare

Low Stress Handling, restraint and Behaviour modification of Dogs & Cats Techniques for developing patients who love their visits by Sophia Yin


Dirtybadger Mon 02-Dec-13 01:00:27

Oh damn I copied that from the same group as someone else linked! Whoopsy.

YoureBeingASillyBilly Mon 02-Dec-13 01:02:30

Brilliant thread. Thanks for this smile

needastrongone Mon 02-Dec-13 07:51:50

badger - I would have been seriously impressed and eternally grateful to you for 'typing' such a list, had we not had the earlier link smile

I might mail MNet, see if I can get the thread title changed, so that it will bring this up on the search facility, it's a fab reference thread for those who might wish to read further.

Thanks all smile

basildonbond Mon 02-Dec-13 17:34:00

As you've all been so brilliant at answering needastrongone's question could you help me with mine please (which you all ignored -harrumph grin)

Can you recommend any of the training books which would be particularly suitable for my 11 year old dd?

Thanks smile

Lilcamper Mon 02-Dec-13 18:04:58

'What Your Dog Wants' by Karen Wild is pretty easy to follow.

Lilcamper Mon 02-Dec-13 18:06:18

'Canine Commandments' by Kendal Shepherd

basildonbond Mon 02-Dec-13 21:03:15

Thank you!

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Mon 02-Dec-13 21:21:43

Jesus. shock

I have never read any of that. Nor has my dog.

How have we survived this long?

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