Reading List Recommendations

Before You Get a Dog

  • Am I safe (video), Sarah Kalnajs
  • Before and After You Get Your Puppy, Ian Dunbar
  • The Right Dog for You, Daniel Tortora
  • The Perfect Puppy, Hart & Hart
  • Successful Dog Adoption, Sue Sternberg
  • The Purebred Puppy, Miriam Fields-Babineau
  • Rescue Me, Bardi McClennan
  • Purebreed Rescue Dog Adoption, Liz Palika

Kids & Dogs

  • How to Raise Kids & Dogs Without Losing Your Mind, Colleen Pelar
  • Childproofing Your Dog, Brian Killcommons
  • Helping Fido Welcome Your Baby, Suzanne Hetts
  • Happy Kids, Happy Dogs, Barbara Shumannfang
  • Your Baby & Bowser, Steve Rafe

Basic Training For Family Pet

  • The Idiots Guide to Positive Dog Training, Pamela Dennison
  • Good Owners, Great Dogs, Brian Kilcommons
  • Puppy Training/Family Dog Training, Patricia McConnell
  • The Toolbox for Remodeling Your Problem Dog, Terry Ryan (not just for problem dogs!)

General Dog Behavior & Training

  • Culture Clash, Jean Donaldson
  • Don’t Shoot the Dog, Karen Pryor
  • Canine Body Language – A Photographic Guide, Brenda Aloff
  • How Dogs Learn, Burch & Bailey
  • Excel-erated Learning, Pamela Reid
  • Evolution of Canine Social Behavior, Roger Abrantes

Solving Problems

  • The Toolbox for Remodeling Your Problem Dog, Terry Ryan
  • How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong, Pamela Dennison
  • Anything by Jean Donaldson (lots of stuff on aggression)
  • Anything by Patricia McConnell (lots of stuff on living with common problems)
  • Click to Calm, Emma Parsons
  • Help for Your Shy Dog, Deborah Wood
  • Scaredy Dog, Ali Brown
  • Sounds Good CD’s by Terry Ryan (to desensitize your dog to normal but loud sounds)

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