Reading List

Recommended Reading

I recommend you stay away from any book not listed here unless you ask me first. There are many dog training books out there with many conflicting notions about training. Some may even on the surface sound logical – until you really look at what the author is telling you to do.

For everything not in bold, you can get it from

My own titles (the ones in bold) you can get directly from me on my online store.

Updated & Expanded: How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong by Pamela Dennison – Order NOW!

You CAN Train Your Dog; Mastering the Art & Science of Modern Dog Training by Pamela Dennison – Order NOW!

Bringing Light to Shadow – A Dog Trainer’s Diary by Pamela Dennison – Order NOW!

Training the Whistle Recall – DVD by Pamela Dennison – Order NOW!

Training the Whistle Recall CURRICULUM (pdf) by Pamela Dennison – Order NOW!

The R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone for aggressive & reactive dogs – DVD by Pamela Dennison – Order NOW!

Are You Biting Off More Than You Can Chew? Are You Really Ready to Work With Aggression Cases? (pdf or ebook) – by Pamela Dennison – Order Now!

Bones Would Rain From the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, 2nd Edition by Turid Rugaas

Calming Signals – What Your Dog Tells You DVD by Turid Rugaas. For both the book and DVD by Turid, click here

Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

Don’t Lick the Dog by Wendy Wahman. GREAT book for teaching kids about how to and not to approach dogs

Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor

Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard Pitcairn, DVM contains diet information for many “special” cases, allergies, kidney problems, etc. He does use grains though. Ian and Kymythy do not.

Give Your Dog a Bone by Ian Billinghurst, BVS (Austrailian equivalent of a DVM), explaining the concepts of feeding a raw diet.

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell

Purely Positive Training by Sheila Booth

For the Advanced Reader

Learning and Behavior by Paul Chance

Behavior Modification by Miltenberger

Dogs by Coppinger and Coppinger

The Wolf by David Mech

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky

Coercion and Its Fallout by Murray Sidman

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

How Dogs Learn by by Mary R. Burch and Jon S. Bailey

On Aggression by Konrad Lorenz
These books are for those of you that have read the other ones first – do NOT start with these books!