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Updated: Feb 13

Books We Recommend


  • Pit Bull by Bronwen Dickey: "With unfailing thoughtfulness, compassion, and a firm grasp of scientific fact, Dickey offers us a clear-eyed portrait of this extraordinary breed, and an insightful view of Americans' relationship with their dogs."

  • Doggie Language by Lili Chin: "This small but mighty book is your perfect illustrated guide to seeing and understanding the subtle visual cues used by your beloved pup to express how they’re feeling in different situations."

  • Good Dog 101 by Cristine Dahl: "Seattle dog trainer Cristine Dahl has created this revolutionary step-by-step manual to teach dog owners how they can humanely and easily train their dogs to change problem behaviors."

  • Do over Dogs by Pat Miller: "Adoptees, rescues and dogs that just wandered into your life all need, and deserve, another chance at life. Even if you've had the dog for years and has "issues" this is your roadmap for success. Learn positive training and management techniques"

  • Love Has No Age Limit by Patricia B. McConnell and Karen B. London: "Who says you have to get a puppy to create a bond? Adult dogs make excellent pets. Learn exactly what to do from the moment he walks into your home to avoid problems and how to retrain a dog with "issues."

  • The Other End of The Leash by Patricia McConnell: "a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs."

  • Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson: "an Exciting New Perspective on the age-old relationship between mankind and dogs."

  • Dogs are from Neptune by Jean Donaldson: "understand what really motivates dogs, corrects our wrong-headed notions about canine behavior and explains how to solve problems. Taken from actual case files."

  • Oh Behave! by Jean Donaldson : "snappy, research-based answers to common dog behavior questions, humorous insights into the human half of living and working with dogs all in the form of Q&As for easy reading."

  • Don't Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor: "Karen Pryor clearly explains the underlying principles of behavioral training and through numerous fascinating examples reveals how this art can be applied to virtually any common situation."

  • Meet Your Dog by Kim Brophey: "Using cutting-edge research, Brophey has developed a groundbreaking system that allows owners to identify what their dog is struggling with, why, and how they can fix it."

  • Wag by Zazie Todd: "Zazie Todd distills current science to demystify the inner lives of dogs, and shares practical recommendations from leading veterinarians, researchers, and trainers."

  • Plenty in Life Is Free by Kathy Sdao: "The story of one woman's evolution in thinking about how we live with dogs, train dogs and ultimately learn from dogs. Refreshingly honest about herself and with thought-provoking challenges to modern "do more" dog training."

  • Dog Is Love by Clive D.L. Wynne: "A pioneering canine behaviorist draws on cutting-edge research to show that a single, simple trait--the capacity to love--is what makes dogs such perfect companions for humans, and to explain how people can better reciprocate their affection."

  • The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller: "A renowned dog trainer gives you the positive training tools you need to share a lifetime of fun, companionship, and respect with your dog."

  • The Dog Who Loved Too Much by Nicholas Dodman: "In this warm, compassionate, entertaining, and very informative book, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, one of the premier veterinary behaviorists in the country, tells real-life stories from his practice that illustrate his unique approach to correcting unwanted behaviors."

  • Canine Enrichment for the Real World by Allie Bender and Emily Strong: "In the world of dogs, there is now more awareness than ever of the need to provide enrichment, especially in shelters. But what exactly is enrichment?"

  • Feeling Outnumbered? by Patricia B. McConnell and Karen B. London: "provides clear and workable ideas to make living with a pack of dogs fun and fulfilling. This is a great resource if you're looking for some dog training tips to create a little order out of the canine chaos in your home, or wondering how in the world you'll manage the entire pack for a walk around the neighborhood."

  • Mine! : A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs by Jean Donaldson: "Dogs that become demonic around the food dish, snarly on the sofa or grouchy when chewing on a bone are all too common. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you recognize, evaluate and treat resource guarding in pet dogs."

  • Fight!: A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-dog Aggression by Jean Donaldson: "This down-to-earth manual will teach you how to use behavior modification to retrain a dog that bullies other dogs, or becomes fearful when approached by other dogs."

  • Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed by Leslie McDevitt: "...new concepts and techniques will support you in teaching your dog life skills and coping skills so that he is comfortable in the world, building relationships, empowering your dog, and creating a two-way system of communication between you and your dog."

  • Decoding Your Dog by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists: "the board-certified specialists of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists are here to decode how dogs think, how they communicate, and how they learn."

  • Animals Make Us Human by Catherine Johnson and Temple Grandin: "Drawing on the latest research and her own work, Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals. Then she explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals."

  • Canine Body Language - A Photographic Guide by Brenda Aloff:"Learn how to analyze what you see when observing dogs to prevent problems or improve behavior."


Children's Books We Recommend


  • Puppy Tales: Jack & Billy by Steven Goodall and Sally Bradbury: "Puppy tales follows two puppies, Jack and Billy, during that all-important first year of their lives. Two different approaches to training and socialising, and consequently two different outcomes."

  • Osa A Curiously Different Dog by Kelsey Kagan and Megan Rizzo: “In this book, I created a world of inclusivity and acceptance; a world that I want to see. Our similarities should be recognized and our differences must be celebrated.”

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