Recommended Reading List

Please note: this list was compiled several years ago, although is often updated. Please bear in mind that there will be good, newer books, and that some of this list may already reflect some out-dated methods, although they are all based on positive reinforcement. If you have any queries, please ask.

General dog books

Dog Training and Behaviour Solutions
by The Admin Team at DTAS Available from Amazon
The Do No Harm Dog Training and Behavior Handbook
by Linda Michaels
Dog Language
by Roger Abrantes
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know: What Dogs Think and Know
by Alexandra Horowitz
Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs
by Suzanne Clothier
How Dogs Learn
by Burch and Bailey
Dog Language
by Roger Abrantes
On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals
by Turid Rugaas
Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide: Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog
by Brenda Aloff
Understanding the Silent Communication of Dogs
by Rosie J. Lowry

Change My Mind – Abandon Dominance

Dominance in Dogs: Fact or Fiction?
by Barry Eaton (small, but vital book – easy and interesting)
In Defence of Dogs  Why Dogs Need Our Understanding
by John Bradshaw
The Culture Clash
by Jean Donaldson
Oh Behave
by Jean Donaldson
Dominance Theory and Dogs
by James O’Heare
Bonding With Your Dog
by Victoria Schade
The Other End of the Leash: Why we do what we do around dogs
by Patricia McConnell
Dogs are from Neptune
by Jean Donaldson
100 Silliest Things People Say About Dogs
by Alexandra Semyonova
Decoding Your Dog
by The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists


Jack and Billy Puppy Tales
by Steve Goodall and Sally Bradbury
Before & After Getting Your Puppy
by Ian Dunbar
Puppy Primer
by Patricia McConnell and Brenda Scidmore
Life Skills for puppies
by Helen Zulch and Daniel Mills

Children’s Books

Jack and Billy Puppy Tales
by Steve Goodall and Sally Bradbury


General Training

Dog Training and Behaviour Solutions
by The Admin Team at DTAS Available from Amazon
Dog Training & Behavior: A guide for everyone
by Shay Kelly
The Complete Idiots Guide to Positive Dog Training
by Pamela Dennison
Unlock Your Dogs Potential
by Sarah Fisher
100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog
by Sarah Fisher and Marie Miller
Doctor Dunbar’s Good Little Dog Book
by Ian Dunbar
Clever Dog
by Gwen Bailey
Getting in TTouch with your Dog
by Linda Tellington-Jones
How to Handle Living with Your Dog
by Winkie Spiers
The Power of Positive Dog Training
by Pat Miller

Clicker Training

Click to Calm
by Emma Parsons
Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us about All Animals
by Karen Pryor
Don’t Shoot the Dog
by Karen Pryor
Clicking with Your Dog: Step-By-Step in Pictures
by Peggy Tillman
Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs
by Karen Pryor
When Pigs Fly! Training Success with Impossible Dogs
by Jane Killion


Taking the Grr out of Grooming your Dog
by Sue Williamson
Canine Enrichment: The Book Your Dog Needs You to Read
by Shay Kelly
Mine!: A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs
by Jean Donaldson
Stress in Dogs
by Martins Scholz & Clarissa von Reinhardt
Separation Distress & Dogs
by James O’ Heare
Aggressive Behaviour In Dogs
by James O’Heare
Aggression in Dogs
by Brenda Aloff
A Guide to Living with & Training a Fearful Dog
by Debbie Jacobs
Cautious Canine
by Patricia McConnell
Help For your Fearful Dog
by Nicole Wilde
100 Ways to Solve Your Dog’s Problems
by Sarah Fisher & Marie Miller
Barking, the Sound of a Language
by Turid Rugaas
How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks
by Ian Dunbar
Fight!: A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-dog Aggression
by Jean Donaldson
Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash-Reactive Dog
by Patricia McConnell
Scaredy Dog – Understanding & Rehabilitating your Reactive Dog
by Ali Brown
Feeling Outnumbered – How to Manage and Enjoy a Multi-dog Household
by Patricia McConnell & Karen London
Stop! – How to control predatory chasing in dogs
by David Ryan
Focus not Fear – Training insights from a Reactive Dog Class
by Ali Brown
The Canine Commandments
by Kendal Shepherd (a must for anyone with children)

In Depth

The Evolution of Canine Social Behavior
by Roger Abrantes
Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training: Volume I, II & III
by Steve Lindsay
Control Unleashed
by Leslie McDevitt (good in particular for those doing actual training and classes)
Dogs a New Understanding of Canine Origin Behaviour and Evolution
by Ray & Lorna Coppinger
Dog Behaviour: Genetics And The Social Behavior Of The Dog
by John Paul Scott
Canine Neuropsychology for Dog Behaviour Counselors and Trainers
by James O’Heare
Canine Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians
by Bonnie Beaver
Changing People, Changing Dogs, Positive Solutions for Difficult Dogs
by Dee Ganley
Aggressive Behavior In Dogs – A Comprehensive Technical Manual for Professionals
by James O’Heare
Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats: Techniques for Developing Patients Who Love Their Visits
by Sophia Yin