|Books and Videos We Recommend|
There are a great deal of books and videos on dogs and dog training. Quite frankly, many of them are pretty "antiquated" in their approach and are not very good. We do not recommend a book or video if it suggests physically punishing your dog in any form. We do not recommend books and videos that advocate choke collars, prong collars, shock collars, or the "alpha rollover." We believe these training tools and methods are unnecessary and have great potential to harm you and your dog.
Books Every New Puppy or Dog Owner Should Read
Every new dog or puppy owner should read a basic training book and there are two that top our list; The Power of Positive Dog Training, by Pat Miller and The Thinking Dog: Crossover to Clicker Training, by Gail T. Fisher. Since communication is such an important part of living with a dog I also recommend that all dog and puppy owners read On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals, by Turid Rugaas. Lastly, if the dog will be living with children I also recommend that they read Living with Kids and Dogs…Without Losing You Mind: A Parent’s Guide to Controlling the Chaos, by Colleen Pelar.
Dogs: A new Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution, Raymond and Lorna Coppinger, University of Chicago Press, 2001, An evolutionary biologist and dog lover, Coppinger outlines the likely process which resulted in the longstanding canine-human relationship.
Dominance: Fact or Fiction, Barry Eaton, 2002, A summary of the newest research on dominance theory, and why it is no longer a good model for canine behavior.
Dominance Theory and Dogs Version 1.0, James O’Heare, DogPsych Publishing, 2003, A discussion of dominance theory and how it applies to canine behavior.
For the Love of A Dog Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend, Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D, Ballantine Books, 2005, 2006, A superb review of emotions in both dogs and their people and how they bring us together and can rip us apart. Once again Dr. McConnell helps us to better understand our dogs and in doing so have the best possible relationship with them.
On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals, Turid Rugaas, Dogwise Publishing, 2006, An excellent book on understanding a dog’s body language. Includes descriptions of how you can use your own body language to better communicate with your dog.
Stress in Dogs, Martina Scholz and Clarissa von Reinhardt, Dogwise Publishing, 2007, This book outlines the physiology of stress in dogs, signs of stress, and how to make your dog's life less stressful. It emphasizes that more activity and involvement in dog sports is often not the answer to reducing stress in dogs but can be a major contributing factor. This book is a must read for anyone with an anxious or hyper dog.
The Culture Clash, Jean Donaldson, James & Kenneth Publishers, 2005. An exciting book by an outstanding dog trainer and one of Don’s favorites. Donaldson makes a powerful case for thinking in terms of behavior modification rather than the older and more anthropomorphic dominance models of dog training. Includes an excellent section on operant conditioning. Winner of the Dog Writer Association of America’s “Best Behavior Book” award for 1997.
The Other End of the Leash – Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs, Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D, Ballantine Books, 2002, An information-packed, immensely readable book. In it you will learn how to have a better relationship with your dog through better communications. Dr. McConnell clearly explains the manners in which dogs and their people communicate. [Green Acres Price - $14.95]
Dog Training - Basic
Clicker Fun, Deborah Jones, Ph.D., Howln Moon Press, 1998. An excellent introduction to clicker training through the teaching of tricks and games. If you have a dog trained by conventional means, this book is a great way to get started with clicker training.
Click Here! For A Well-Trained Dog, Deborah Jones, Ph.D., Howln Moon Press, 2002, A compact manual covering the basics of learning theory, the mechanics of clicker training, and the essentials of a healthy, polite canine companion. This book provides an understanding of how to train a dog with a clicker, and why it is reasonable and appropriate to do so,
Clicker Training for Dogs, Karen Pryor, Sunshine Books, 2005. This booklet is ideal for those of you looking for a quick, easy introduction to clicker training. It outlines the basics in simple steps while providing you with an understanding of the fundamental concepts. It includes specific exercises for teaching Sit, Down, Recall and Walking Politely.
Don’t Shoot the Dog - The New Art of Teaching and Training (2nd edition), Karen Pryor, Bantam Books, 1999. A pioneering book using shaping to change behavior in animals - dogs, cats, even humans.
Labrador Retrievers for Dummies, Joel Walton & Eve Adamson, Howell Book House, 2000. A superb book on Labs as well as dogs in general. Any dog owner or prospective dog owner can learn a great deal from this book on finding the right dog, training the dog and keeping them healthy.
Positive Perspectives, Pat Miller, Dogwise Publishing, 2003. A collection of the author’s columns from The Whole Dog Journal and Your Dog, this book offers excellent advice on training and happily living with your dog.
Positive Puppy Training Works, Joel Walton, CPDT, David & James Publishers, 2002, A wonderful primer on using positive reinforcement and smart management to raise the puppy everyone wants. Joel offers great tips on establishing a relationship, managing the puppy, housetraining, play biting and chewing. A great starter book for the new family with a new puppy or for someone thinking about getting a puppy.
The Power of Positive Dog Training, Pat Miller, Howell Book House, 2001. I have been reading Pat Miller’s articles in the Whole Dog Journal for years and have loved everything she has written. She is a skilled and compassionate dog trainer who really knows how to communicate to dog owners through her writing. This book is a superb “basic dog book” for anyone with a dog, and I highly recommend it.
The Thinking Dog: Crossover to Clicker Training, Gail T. Fisher, Dogwise, 2009, This book is a great introduction for those who have trained a dog in the past but are new to clicker training, as well as those new to both.
Your Outta Control Puppy, Teoti Anderson, TFH, 2003. A must read for all people who have recently obtained or are considering adding a puppy to their family; not just those who are struggling with a young, misbehaving canine companion.
The Dog Whisperer, Paul Owens with Norma Eckroate, Adams Media Corp., 2007. This book emphasizes a compassionate, nonviolent approach to dog training. It offers great advice on building a relationship with your dog and shows you how to teach your dog all of the basics they need to be a great companion.
Dog Training – Specialty
Clicker Gundog (Learning about Dogs), Helen Phillips, Sunshine Books, 2006. First published in England this book details how to train a gun dog with a clicker and positive reinforcement,
Living with Kids and Dogs…Without Losing You Mind: A Parent’s Guide to Controlling the Chaos, Colleen Pelar, C&R Publishing, 2005, Quite simply this is the best book available on dogs and children. If you have a kid and a dog, have a kid and are thinking of getting a dog, or have a dog and are expecting a child, you need to read this book!
Positive Gun Dogs – Clicker Training for Sporting Breeds, Jim Barry, Mary Emmen, & Susan Smith, Sunshine Books, 2007. This is the first book on using force-free training methods for hunting dogs to be published in the USA. It will teach you how to train your dog in a systematic and effective manner with positive reinforcement.
Cat Behavior & Training
Training Your Cat, Dr. Kersti Seksel, Hyland House Publishing, 1999. Written by an Australian veterinarian, this book is an excellent primer on cat behavior, care and training. While many people think cats cannot be trained, this book demonstrates exactly how easy training a cat can be.
Pet Health and Nutrition
Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, Richard Pitcairn, DVM and Susan Pitcairn, Rodale, 2005. An excellent introduction to holistic and complementary healthcare for pets.
Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats - The Ultimate Diet, Kymythy Schultze, Hay House, 1998. A superb introduction to feeding your dog or cat, fresh food prepared by you.
See Spot Live Longer, Steve Brown and Beth Taylor, Creekobear Press, 2004. The first book that finally ties together the common sense holistic nutrition advice with the scientific research to back it up. A must read!
Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet, Steve Brown, Dogwise, 2009, Brown’s second book provides further data on what our dogs need nutritionally to thrive. The book includes a simple plan for improving your dog’s diet in as little as one day a week. While Brown discusses raw diets he also provides alternatives to improving your dog's diet without feeding raw.
The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats, Amy D. Shojai, Rodale Press, 2001. This is one of those books every pet guardian should have. It provides a quick reference to over 150 everyday accidents and emergencies in an easy to use format.
Calming Signals: What Your Dog Tells You – Turid Rugaas, Dogwise Publishing, 2005. A companion to the book On Talking Terms with Dogs, this tape/DVD provides excellent visual examples of how dogs use calming signals and how you can use them with your dog.
Magazines & Newsletters
The Whole Dog Journal
Check the Green Acres website www.greenacreskennel.com for a complete and current list of websites that we recommend.
Green Acres Website – www.greenacreskennel.com
Green Acres FaceBook – www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop
Bach Flowers for Pets Website- www.greenacreskennel.com/bach-flowers-for-pets
Bach Flowers for Pets FaceBook - www.facebook.com/BachFlowersForPets
Woof Meow Show FaceBook – www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow
Friends of Furry Friends Food Bank FaceBook - www.facebook.com/GAKS.FFFFB
Boarding and Daycare
Complementary/Alternative Veterinary Care
Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy - http://www.theavh.org/
American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture - http://www.aava.org/
American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association - http://www.ahvma.org/
Bach Flowers for Pets - http://www.bachflowersforpets.com
Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner Animal Specialists - http://www.bachcentre.com/found/an_list.htm
Chi Institute - Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine - http://www.tcvm.com/
Dr. Edward Bach Centre - http://www.bachcentre.com/index.html
International Alliance for Animal Therapy and Healing - http://www.iaath.com/
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society - http://www.ivas.org/
The Natural Animal Centre (UK) - http://www.naturalanimalcentre.com/
Dog Training and Behavior Organizations
Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) - http://www.apdt.com/ & https://www.facebook.com/TheAssociationofPetDogTrainers.US
APDT Trainer Search - http://www.apdt.com/petowners/ts/default.aspx
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) - http://www.ccpdt.org/
IAABC Consultant Search - http://iaabc.org/consultants
Dog Training and Behavior Articles and Videos
Alpha Status & Dominance
Behaviors That People Don't Like
Kids & Dogs
Punishment In Training - Why It's Unnecessary and Often Detrimental
Blackwell, Emily J., Twells, Caroline Anne, Seawright, Rachel A. Casey. 2008. The relationship between training methods and the occurrence of behavior problems, as reported by owners, in a population of domestic dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, - http://www.journalvetbehavior.com/article/S1558-7878%2807%2900276-6/abstractGreen Acres Kennel Shop Position on the Use of Dominance and Punishment for the Training and Behavior Modification of Dogs - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/training/position-on-the-use-of-dominance-and-punishment-for-the-training-and-behavior-modification-of-dogs
Herron M.E., Shofer F.S., Reisner I.R. 2009. Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors. Applied Animal Behavior Science, http://vet.osu.edu/assets/pdf/hospital/behavior/trainingArticle.pdf
Hiby, E.F., Rooney, N.J., Bradshaw, J.W.S., 2004. Dog training methods—their use, effectiveness and interaction with behaviour and welfare. Anim. Welfare - http://vet.osu.edu/assets/pdf/hospital/behavior/trainingArticle.pdfPunishment in Training - Position of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior - http://www.avsabonline.org/avsabonline/images/stories/avsab%20postion%20s%8Ant210.15.07-1.pdf
Welfare in Dog Training - What are the implications of training techniques which induce fear or pain in dogs? - http://www.dogwelfarecampaign.org/implications-of-punishment.php
An Open Letter from Dr. Karen Overall on Shock Collars - http://www.joelwalton.com/shockcollars.html
Are Shock Collars Painful or Just Annoying to Dogs? A 2004 Study Reveals Some Answers - Dr. Sophia Yin - http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/are-electronic-shock-collars-painful-or-just-annoying-to-dogs-a-new-study-r
Association of Pet Behaviour Counselors Press Release on Shock Collars - http://www.apbc.org.uk/articles/shockcollars - http://www.apbc.org.uk/system/files/the_shocking_truth.pdf
Can Aggression in Dogs Be Elicited Through the Use of Electronic Pet Containment Systems? -http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15327604JAWS0304_6
Considerations for shock and 'training' collars: Concerns from and for the working dog community - Dr. Karen Overall - http://www.dogdaysnw.com/doc/overall_collars.pdf
Dog Trainer & Author Pamela Dennison on Invisible Fences - http://www.positivedogs.com/articles/electronic_fencing.html
Kennel Club Calls to Ban Shock Collars - http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/1551/pg_dtl_art_news/pg_hdr_art/pg_ftr_art
On Shocking Our Dogs - Trish King - http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/shocking-our-dogsTraining dogs with help of the shock collar: short and long term behavioural effects - http://www.banshockcollars.ca/studies.php#a1 & http://eldri.ust.is/media/ljosmyndir/dyralif/Trainingdogswithshockcollar.pdf
Pressure Necrosis/Burns from shock collar used with underground fence system - http://en.allexperts.com/q/Ask-Veterinarian-700/Pressure-Necrosis.htm
Shock - Say-No - http://www.hollysden.com/say-no-to-shock-collars.htm
The use of Electric Shock Collars vs. Other Training Methods: Efficacy, Stress, and Welfare Concerns, Kristy Englert - http://vip.vetsci.usyd.edu.au/contentUpload/content_3053/Kristy_Englert.pdf
Vets on Behavior Proclaim: Never Use A Shock Collar – How to Choose A Dog Trainer -Steve Dale - http://www.goodnewsforpets.com/articles.asp?ID=147
Socialization and Habituation
Puppy Socialization - Position of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior - http://www.avsabonline.org/avsabonline/images/stories/Position_Statements/puppy%20socialization.pdf