by Jean Donaldson
This book offers a new perspective on the relationship between people and dogs; and how dogs learn through operant and classical conditioning. It’s the book I use most in my obedience training and I’ll be training this June with the author, Jean Donaldson who is the Director of the Training Academy at the San Francisco SPCA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). This is one of the best books out.
The Power of Positive Dog Training
by Pat Miller
Pat Miller, a leading proponent of positive dog training, demonstrates how you can train your dog, have fun, and build a lasting relationship at the same time. This is a very practical and easy-to-understand guide for dog training using the clicker method.
How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks
by Dr. Ian Dunbar, PhD, MRCVS
Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian and animal behaviorist. This book shows you how to make training fun with toys, treats, lures and rewards. Dr. Dunbar is one of the original advocates of puppy training.
The Other End of the Leash
by Patricia McConnell, PhD
This book compares human behavior to dog behavior. It discusses why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how our dogs might interpret our behavior and how we can interact with dogs to bring out their best behavior.
Don’t Shoot the Dog
by Karen Pryor
This is the book that started the clicker movement. It explains the principles that underlie clicker training and operant conditioning, step by step, so that you can apply them to anything from your pets to your golf game.
There are many other very good books available. For additional recommendations go to www.dogwise.com