There are so many books about dogs that a dog-loving reader could spend years engrossed in them. Here are 7 of the best books every dog owner must read to build a healthier relationship with their dog.
“The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs”
by Patricia B. McConnell
The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.After all, although humans and dogs share a remarkable relationship that is unique in the animal world, we are still two entirely different species, each shaped by our individual evolutionary heritage. Quite simply, humans are primates and dogs are canids (like wolves, coyotes, and foxes). Since we each speak a different native tongue, a lot gets lost in the translation.
The Other End of the Leash demonstrates how even the slightest changes in your voice and the way you stand can help your dog understand what you want. Once you start to think about your own behavior from the perspective of your dog, you’ll understand why much of what appears to be doggy-disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication. Inside you will learn
• How to use your voice so that your dog is more likely to do what you ask.
• Why “getting dominance” over your dog is a bad idea.
• Why “rough and tumble primate play” can lead to trouble–and how to play with your dog in ways that are fun and keep him out of trouble.
• How dogs and humans share personality types–and why most dogs want to live with benevolent leaders rather than “alphawannabees!”
In her own insightful, compelling style, Patricia McConnell combines wonderful true stories about people and dogs with a new, accessible scientific perspective on how they should behave around each other. This is a book that strives to help you make the most of life with your dog, and to prevent problems that might arise in that most rewarding of relationships.
From the Hardcover edition.
2. Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training
by Karen Pryor
“Whatever the task, whether keeping a four-year-old quiet in public, housebreaking a puppy, coaching a team, or memorizing a poem, it will go fast, and better, and be more fun, if you know how to use reinforcement.”–Karen Pryor.
Now 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. And best of all, she tells how to do it without yelling threats, force, punishment, guilt trips–or shooting the dog. 8 methods for putting an end to all kinds of undesirable behavior. The 10 laws of “shaping” behavior–for results without strain or pain through “affection training.” How to combat your own addictions to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, overheating or whatever, how to deal with such difficult problems as a moody spouse, an impossible teen, or an aged parent. Plus. . .House training the dog, improving your tennis game, keeping the cat off the table, and much more!
3. The Power of Positive Dog Training
by Pat Miller 4.30
A renowned dog trainer gives you the positive training tools you need to share a lifetime of fun, companionship, and respect with your dog. Plus, you’ll get: information on the importance of observing, understanding, and reacting appropriately to your dog’s body language; instructions on how to phase out the use of a clicker and treats to introduce more advanced training concepts; a diary to track progress; suggestions for treats your dog will respond to; and a glossary of training terms.
4. The Culture Clash
by Jean Donaldson, Ian Dunbar (Foreword by) 4.32
*The Culture Clash is special. Written in Jean’s inimitably informal yet precise lecture style, the book races along on par with a good thriller. *The Culture Clash depicts dogs as they really are – stripped of their Hollywood fluff, with their loveable ‘can I eat it, chew it, urinate on it, what’s in it for me’ philosophy. Jean’s tremendous affection for dogs shines through at all times, as does her keen insight into the dog’s mind. Relentlessly she champions the dog’s point of view, always showing concern for their education and well being. Without a doubt, Jean’s book is the hottest doggy item on the market. Best Training Book Of The Year! (Maxwell Award)
5. Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog
by Brenda Aloff 4.47
Ever wish you could talk to your dog? With this bible of canine body language you can learn to read him! Well-organized, loaded with photos and detailed explanations, it helps you interpret your dog’s emotions and, indeed, thoughts.
A great tool for the dog professionals. A truly valuable work which will be used as a reference for my clients, as well as the behavior staff at the Marin Humane Society. Brenda s comments on canine communications are as valuable as the excellent images that form the bulk of the book. –Trish King, Behavior and Training Director of Marin Humane Society, author of Parenting Your Dog
Once I started reading it, it quickly became apparent that this book should be mandatory reading material for virtually every dog owner. Brenda s description of the canine language and the contexts in which they occur is very well documented. –Ali Brown, author of Scaredy Dog! Understanding & Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog.
6. Reaching the Animal Mind
by Karen Pryor 4.37
|From the founder of “clicker” training, the widely praised humane approach to shaping animal behavior, comes a fascinating book—part memoir, part insight into how animals and people think and behave.|
Karen Pryor gives everyone the technology for not just reaching into animal minds but glimpsing their souls. Reaching the Animal Mind is about an entirely new way to see, understand, and communicate with animals.For bonus video clips, slide shows, articles, downloadable exercises, and links expanding on the contents of the book, go to ReachingtheAnimalMind.com
7. How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves
by Sophia Yin (Goodreads Author) 4.26
How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves takes a scientifically sound yet practical approach to explaining dog behavior and training theory, and then shows you how to apply these concepts so you can train your dog to be well behaved. Written by one of the leading veterinary behaviorists in the country, this revised and expanded edition of the original bestseller features brand new chapters that provide the most up-to-date science of dog behavior and explains key concepts in clear, straightforward language. The user-friendly, full-color instructional drawings enhance the informative text, while the all-positive training advice helps you change undesirable behaviors without resorting to aversive corrections such as yelling, hitting, pushing, or other outdated forms of punishment. Good behavior and problem solving exercises are broken down into easy-to-read 5 Minute sections, while Spot quizzes throughout the text help reinforce your grasp of the material.