Top Books For Dog Trainers

The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson.  My personal favorite and one that appears on nearly every dog training bibliography.  Donaldson offers a new perspective on the human/dog relationship.  Her work with her own dogs and those of her clients, combined with her research, has led her to the realization that dogs learn exclusively through operant and classical conditioning.  Available from

Don’t Shoot The Dog by Karen Pryor.  Outlines 8 methods for putting an end to all kinds of undesirable behaviors without force or punishment.  Not just for dog trainers, it’s good for use on moody spouses, impossible teens and demanding aged parents.  Available from

The Other End of the Leash by Dr. Patricia McConnell.  Zoologist McConnell teaches dog owners how to retrain themselves to speak a language their dogs can understand and avoid sending conflicting and confusing messages.  Available from  HYPERLINK “”

The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller.  Very readable and accessible, this book shows how you can train your dog, have fun and build a lasting relationship at the same time. Available from

How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks by Dr. Ian Dunbar, often called the father of reward-based training.  Easy and effective, dog-friendly techniques for teaching a new puppy basic good manners or for teaching an older dog new ways to behave.  Available from

Here are some local, and some national links that may be helpful to dog owners

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