Client Reading List

AAFCO, Inc.  American Association of Feed Control Officials Official Publication (current year). Indiana: AAFCO, Inc.

ABRANTES, Roger.  Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior.  Illinois: Wakan Tanka Publishers, 1997.

  • Concise and comprehensive, if it has a failing it would be that it doesn’t discuss how body language signals working together create different meaning.  Some opinions are not consistent with all training theories, but this book is extremely worthwhile as a reference book for anyone who works with dogs. 

ABRANTES, Roger.  The Evolution of Canine Social Behavior.  Illinois: Wakan Tanka Publishers, 1997.

  • Short, quick and informative.

ALOFF, Brenda.  Canine Body Language, A Photographic Guide: Interpreting the Nature of the Domestic Dog.  Dogwise, WA., 2005.

ALDERTON, David.  The Mutt Book; Decoding Your Dog’s Heritage.  Barnes and Noble, Inc with Hylas Publishing, 2007. 

The AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB, Inc.  The Complete Dog Book, 19th Edition.  New York: Howells Book House, 1996.

  • The official version of breed standard and history.  Unfortunately the pictures are in black and white; there is, however, two color sections of some of them.

ANDERSEN, Jodi.  The Latchkey Dog: How the Way You Live Shapes the Behavior of the Dog You Love.  NY: Harper Resource Quill, 2002.

BAER, Nancy and Steve DUNOLeader Of the Pack: How to Take Control of Your Relationship With Your Dog.  New York: Harper Collins Publications, Inc., 1996.

  • Required reading – period! This book can help a client regain control of the dog’s behavior in simple, non-confrontations ways.  Helps clients interpret canine social language in a way that they understand.  Every dog owner should have this book.

BAER, Nancy and Steve DUNOChoosing A Dog: Your Guide to Picking The Perfect Breed.  NY: The Berkeley Publishing Group, 1995.

BAILEY, Gwen.  What Is My Dog Thinking? The Essential Guide to Understanding Pet Behavior.  San Diego, California: Thunder Bay Press, 2002.

BENNETT, Robin, CPDT & Susan BRIGGS, CKO.  Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety and Fun.  VA: C&R Publishers, LLC, 2008.

  • Well written by professionals for professionals, it still can be a valuable resource for the general public.

BRADLEY, Janis.  Dogs Bite But Balloons and Slippers Are More Dangerous.  CA: Janis & Kenneth Publishers, 2005.

  • Ever wonder about the insurance industry and actual dog bite liability?  Well it is here.  You’ll never trust your insurance carrier again.  Should be required reading for legislators.

BURCH, Mary R., PhD., and Jon S. BAILEY, PhD.  How Dogs Learn.  New York: Howell Book House, 1999.

  • If someone had recommended this book in college I could have saved myself hours of studying learning concepts.  Well written, easy to understand and well worth owning. This book is full of information that is useful on a day-to-day basis working with dogs.  This is the book that will make the difference for anyone as a trainer/behaviorist.  No-nonsense, action packed canine (and human) learning theory presented simply and effectively.  Don’t get bogged down by the equations, just learn the concepts.

CARAS, Roger, edHarper’s Illustrated Handbook of Dogs.  New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 1985.

  • A personal favorite and probably the least useful in the list of breed books.  The color photos are more real to life.  I carried this one with me to dog shows for years.  If choosing between this one and another one then the other ones is probably more useful for a professional. 

CARAS, Roger A., A Dog is Listening.  New York: Summit Books 1992

CARLSON, Delbert G., D.V.M and James M GIFFEN, M.D.  The Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook.  New York: Howell Book House, 1992

  • The most comprehensive manual of veterinary issues for the layman.  A must for anyone who lives with a dog.

COPPINGER, Raymond and Lorna COPPINGER.  DOGS: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

DELISE, Karen.  Fatal Dog Attacks: The Stories Behind the Statistics.  NY: Anubis Press, 2002.

  • Since the CDC began keeping statistics, all dog attacks have been investigated and recorded.  It certainly isn’t as bad as we were led to believe.  A must read for all legislators.

DUNO, Steve.  Every Dog’s Survival Guide To Living With A Neurotic Owner.  New York: Barnes and Noble Books, 2003.

  • Way too down-to-earth and blunt for the average dog owner, it tells the truth and tells it like it is.  A compendium of letters from dogs to a world-wise canine who’s been around the block with owners.  Witty and poignant; sometimes very tough to accept concepts.

FOGLE, Bruce, D.V.M., M.R.C.V.S.  The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior.  New York: Howell Book House, 1990.

  • The PSYCH 101 of canine behavior.  After this you can know your dog inside and out.  Discusses birth order, placement and hormonal surges – no dog trainer/behaviorist can afford to ignore this one!  Recommend cautiously to clients.

FOGLE, Bruce, D.V.M., M.R.C.V.S.  What’s Up With My Dog?  NY: DK Publishing, 2002.

KENDALL, Grant.  The Animals in My Life: Stories of a Country Vet.  New York; Howell Book House, 1996

  • Life.  True grit.  This is the rough side of practicing.  This country vet deals with neglect and takes it as an opportunity to teach someone what should be done.  His heart is in the right place.  His steadfast path will help you align your heart with the reality of counseling and educating owners.  Not a difficult read but can be difficult to read.

KILCOMMONS, Brian and Sarah WILSONGood Owners, Great Dogs.  New York.  Warner Books, 1992.

  • If choosing between this one and GDBD, this is the hands down choice.  Breaks down teaching by personality for success during training (the dog).  Killcommons was the only apprentice of Barbara Woodhouse.  He offer’s the most comprehensive, down-to-earth approach.

KILCOMMONS, Brian and Sarah WILSONMy Smart Puppy: Fun, Effective & Easy Puppy Training.  NY: Warner Books, 2006.

  • If all pups went through this program at home at an early age there’d be no need for the dog training profession.

KILCOMMONS, Brian and Sarah WILSONChild Proofing Your Dog: A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog For the Children in Your Life.  New York.  Warner Books, 1994.

  • Incomplete in the preparation of the dog but that’s what we’re here for.  When working with clients we recommend this one and the use of our in-house, copywritten protocol to fill in the gaps.

KILCOMMONS, Brian and Sarah WILSONTales From The Bark Side: True Tales from the Family Dog Files.  New York: Warner Books, 1997

  • Hey, this is our life!  Shocking, provocative and witty.  Be prepared to laugh, to cry and to be angry about the trials and travails of New York’s most famous dog trainer.  A very enjoyable read!

KRAMER, Charles L.  Right Turn: An Introduction to the Style of Rally Obedience.  Manhattan, Kansas: Fancee Publications.  2000

The MONKS OF NEW SKETEThe Art of Raising a Puppy.  New York: Little, Brown and Co., 1991

  • While this is a good book about control of resources, the rest of the series published by the Monks recommends techniques that should not be followed.  Read and enjoy this one. However, tethering in the manner recommended may lead to a higher incidence of separation anxiety in some dogs.

PRYOR, Karen.  Don’t Shoot the Dog!  The New Art of Teaching and Training.  New York: Bantam Books, 1984.

  • This book will change the way you relate to co-workers, dogs, family and friends.  It will change your life.  Takes relationships for reactionary to proactive, no matter what the situation.  What are you waiting for… go out and get this book!

RANDOLPH, Mary.  Dog Law.  Berkeley: Nolo Press, 1994

SCHOLZ, Martina & Clarissa VonREINHARDTStress in Dogs: Learn How Dogs Show Stress and What You Can Do to Help.  WA: Dogwise Publishing, 2007.

SCHULER, Elizabeth Meriwether, edSimon & Schuster’s Guide to Dogs.  New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc., 1980.

  • Another of my personal favorites.  Covers more than just the AKC recognized breeds.  Includes color pictures of what the dogs really look like.

SHOOK, Larry.  The Puppy Report: How Reckless Breeding Threatens to Ruin Pure-Bred Dogs.  New York: Lyons & Burford, 1992.

  • It may be out of print and the author may have a personal vendetta, but this is one of the most eye-opening books about breed degeneration.  He’s got a point.  But his conclusions are off base.  Many of the trainers that read this book believe the dog could have been saved.  But can structured breeding programs be saved or are they contributing to the numerous health problems prevalent in purebred dogs?  You decide. 

SIEGAL, Mordecai and Mathew MARGOLISGood Dog, Bad Dog.  New York:  Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1991.

  • Specifically addresses using different training techniques for different personalities.  Gives varied techniques teaching each command.

SILVANI, Pia and Lynn ECKERDT.   Raising Puppies and Kids Together.  A Guide For Parents.  NJ: TFH Publications, 2005.

SIMON, John M. DVM with Stephanie PEDERSONWhat Your Dog Is Trying To Tell You: A Head-to-Tail Guide to Your Dog’s Symptoms – and Their Solutions.  New York: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 1998.

  • Every dog owner should have a copy of this one.  It helps the dog owner determine when their dog needs to see the vet and when something could and should wait a few days.  In the middle of the night, in the middle of a medical issue, this is my first reference choice.  Comprehensive, easy-to-use and invaluable addition to your library.

SIMON, John M. DVM with Stephanie PEDERSONAnti-Aging For Dogs. NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.

SMITH, Cheryl.  Visiting the Dog Park: Having Fun, Staying Safe.  WA: Dogwise Publishing, 2007.

  • Breed discriminate but comprehensive and easy to read.  Great for clients.

STERNBERG, Sue.  Successful Dog Adoption.  NY: Howell Book House, 2003.

VOLHARD, Jack & Wendy VOLHARD The Canine Good Citizen.  NY: Howell Book House, 1997.

WALKOWICZ, Chris.  The Perfect Match: A Dog Buyer’s Guide.  New York: Howell Book House, 1996.

  • On the client list.  You should be familiar with the contents.  Recommend at will.  Walkowicz has a good sense about dog breeds and a sense of honesty when breaking down breed proclivities.   

WILCOX, Bonnie, DVM, and Chris WALKOWICZThe Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World.  New Jersey: T.F.H. Publication, Inc., 1995

  • Covers AKC, CKC and FCI registered breeds.  There are even some of the extinct breeds represented with drawn pictures.  Alas, no mention of the dreaded, but extinct, Cordoban Fighting Dog

WINTER, Ruth, M.S.  A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives: Descriptions in Plain English of More Than 12,000 Ingredients, Both Harmful and Desirable Found In Foods.  Three Rivers Press: NY (Current Edition).


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