Abby Hill, CPDT-KA

We emphasize positive, reward-based methods to make dog training fun for both dogs and owners.

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Puppy Parents  (We recommend the below Dog Psychology books also)

The Puppy Primer

by Patricia B. McConnell

 

Trainer favorite! Engaging, humorous and easy to follow, the updated Puppy Primer is packed with positive reinforcement tips and tricks, special topics and more. This updated and expanded version of our best-selling Puppy Primer is used by thousands of trainers across the U.S. New dog owners love it because it provides clear and concise information that makes training effective and fun. It's tone is upbeat and encouraging, yet it is chock full of even more useful information that every puppy owner needs.

Way to Go! How to Housetrain a Dog of Any Age

 

Housetraining mishaps are among the most irritating dog problems ever! Whether you are starting off with a new puppy or rehabilitating an adult dog, the instructions in this booklet will help you fix the problem once and for all.

Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5-Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement

 

Training the Best Dog Ever, originally published in hardcover as The Love That Dog Training Program, is a book based on love and kindness. It features a program of positive reinforcement and no-fail techniques that author Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz used to train the White House dog, Bo Obama, and each of Senator Ted Kennedy’s dogs, among countless others.

Susan Garrett's Crate Games for Self-Control and Motivation

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Dog Psychology  Understanding Your Dog

Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs

by Suzanne Clothier

by Patricia B. McConnell

 

Akin to Monty Roberts' The Man Who Listens to Horses and going light-years beyond The Hidden Life of Dogs, this extraordinary book takes a radical new direction in understanding our life with canines and offers us astonishing new lessons about our pets. From changing the misbehaviors and habits that upset us, to seeing the world from their unique and natural perspective, to finding a deep connection with another being, BONES WOULD RAIN FROM THE SKY will help you receive an incomparable gift: a profound, lifelong relationship with the dog you love.

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We

Do Around Dogs

 

The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.

For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend

 

Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we vary. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.

 

Play Together, Stay Together - Happy and Healthy Play Between People and Dogs

 

Culture Clash

 

The book that has shaped modern dog training and ownership with its unique and scientifically sound recognition of the "cultural" differences between dogs and humans. Dogs can't read so you need to in order to really understand your dog.

Train Your Dog Like a Pro

 

Jean Donaldson is one of the top dog trainers in the United States, and her training academy has gained a reputation as the Harvard for dog trainers and behavioral counselors. Now, you can harness her highly effective dog-training techniques and benefit from her expert guidance without leaving your home.

 

Kids and Dogs: A Professional's Guide to Helping Families

 

Reactive Dogs  (We recommend the below Dog Psychology books also)

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We

Do Around Dogs

 

The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.

Culture Clash

 

The book that has shaped modern dog training and ownership with its unique and scientifically sound recognition of the "cultural" differences between dogs and humans. Dogs can't read so you need to in order to really understand your dog.

Fight!: A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-dog Aggression

 

The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.

Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash-Reactive Dog

Is it fear or bravado that causes some dogs to want to "take on" other dogs? Learn how to analyze the underlying causes for dog-dog aggression and retrain your dog so she can play nicely with others.

Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs

Dogs that become demonic around the food dish, snarly on the sofa or grouchy when chewing on a bone are all too common. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you recognize, evaluate and treat resource guarding in pet dogs.

Beware of the Dog: Positive Solutions for Aggressive Behavior in Dogs

Be (more) aware! Here is your road map to evaluating, managing and modifying aggressive behavior in pet dogs. Beware of the Dog offers a wide-ranging look at all types of aggression and the way these troublesome behaviors develop. It explains the latest protocols for evaluating and dealing with the problems of aggressive dogs from classical conditioning to operant conditioning, and prescribes management strategies that really work.

Fearful Dogs  (We recommend the below Dog Psychology books also)

The Cautious Canine-How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears

by Patricia McConnell PhD

Many fear-based problems can be overcome by learning how to apply desensitization and counter conditioning. Whether fear of strangers, vacuums or objects, by identifying triggers and creating a step-by-step plan you will improve the quality of your dog's life-and yours.

From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias

 

Almost every dog owner has a pet who suffers from fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS). They are the underlying cause of many concerning behaviors such as excessive barking, aggression, destructive behaviors, and house-soiling. They are also the source for deterioration of the human-animal bond, and can make a trip to the veterinarian, pet groomer, or boarding facility miserable for pet and owner alike.

Seperation Anxiety  (We recommend the below Dog Psychology books also)

I'll be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat
Separation Anxiety.

by Patricia McConnell PhD

Figure out if your dog suffers from genuine separation anxiety or just bad manners. Then learn how to keep her happy and your home safe while our are gone. Better yet, learn to prevent problems in the first place!

Trick Dog Training and Brain Games

101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog

 

New York Times bestseller. International bestseller with over a half-million copies in print in 18 languages. This beautifully designed book features step-by-step instructions with easy to follow color photos of each step. Each trick is rated with a difficulty rating and prerequisites to get you started quickly. Tips and trouble-shooting boxes cover common problems, while "build-on" ideas suggest more complicated tricks which build on each new skill.

101 Dog Tricks, Kids Edition: Fun and Easy Activities, Games, and Crafts

Yes, kids can train dogs! With over a half-million copies in print, the original 101 Dog Tricks is a proven success. Now, 101 Dog Tricks: Kids Edition brings you the same successful methods, tailored especially for kids. This book features full color step-by-step photos of every trick, making it easy to follow along. Real kids are featured in the photos, actually training dogs-- you can do it too! Many tricks are simple enough that your dog can learn them in ten minutes.

The Dog Tricks and Training Workbook: A Step-by-Step Interactive Curriculum to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog

 

The Dog Tricks and Training Workbook is a follow-up guide to 101 Dog Tricks. This new book invites the reader to focus on 30 foundational tricks and to track and gauge his or her progress in teaching them. The workbook explores integral behavior and training concepts, which enhance not only the dog's performance but the overall relationship between dog and owner..

Brain Games for Dogs: Fun Ways to Build a Strong Bond with Your Dog and Provide It with Vital Mental Stimulation

This book provides more than just fun ways to challenge a dog's thinking and puzzle-solving ability. Claire Arrowsmith strongly suggests that such challenges help build a strong bond between a dog and its owner. She examines the accepted evidence of the importance of mental stimulation and why it's important to use only reward-based teaching methods. She also explains how to use hand signals and incorporate mental challenges and learning into everyday activities.

10-Minute Dog Training Games: Quick and Creative Activities for the Busy Dog Owner

Get the most out of your training time while learning foundation skills with

10-Minute Dog Training Games! Renowned trainer Kyra Sundance utilizes scientifically-proven methods and learning theory in this expert addition to her best-selling series of dog training books. Step-by-step in these pages, Kyra shows how to create a happy, confident dog who is ready and motivated to work in a short amount of time.

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