Dog Books

The following books are ones that I am reading for a course on dog behavior and training, and some others for recreation. I will write a bit about each book as I finish reading them. Many of these books are also available on Amazon Kindle, and used, so watch the links below for availability! Note that some of the books are quite old, and use “old school” techniques. Some of these are being read to understand and compare/contrast old techniques with newer, better ones. It’s always good to have an understanding of where we come from, and alternative points of view.

Dog training and behavior:

The Dog Vinci Code: Unlock the Secrets to Training Your Dog by John Rogerson

Training Your Best Friend by John Rogerson

Understanding Your Dog by John Rogerson

Your Dog: Its Development, Behaviour, and Training by John Rogerson

For The Love of a Dog by Patricia McConnell

The Cautious Canine by Patricia McConnell

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell

Parenting Your Dog by Trish King

Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson

Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson

Train your Dog Like a Pro by Jean Donaldson

Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

The Dog’s Mind by Bruce Fogel

Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs by Karen Pryor

Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor

Behavior Problems in Dogs by William Campbell

The Domestic Dog by James Serpell (check out used book options)

Choosing a Dog by Nancy Baer

How Dogs Learn by Burch & Bailey

Bones Would Rain From the Sky by Suzanne Clothier

Power of Positive Training by Pat Miller

Canine Body Language by Brenda Aloff

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

The Family Dog: Its Choice and Training (1988) by John Holmes

Other related-to-dog-behavior books:

Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour by Richard Gross

On Aggression by Konrad Lorenz

The Naked Ape: A Zoologist’s Study of the Human Animal by Desmond Morris

Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step (Perennial Library) by Edward de Bono

Other dog stuff

Best Friends: The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary

DogTown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption

Dog Tips From DogTown: A Relationship Manual for You and Your Dog

Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America

Irreconcilable Differences: The Battle for the Heart & Soul of America’s Animal Shelters


Tawzer Dog Videos (seminars, lectures, instructional – some great stuff here. I have the Dr. Dodd’s lectures, and a couple on natural care that I can’t find on the site…)