Recommended Books About Dog Training, Puppy Care and Dog Showing

When I have been preparing myself to take on board a 2 months puppy, I have been reading most of the dog related books available in Bournemouth libraries. After reading a few of them I thought I have read all. But still have found a few, which goes really in depth of dogs training and psychology.

Below you can find a list of the most interesting:

  1. The Dog Vinci Code – Unlock the secrets to training your dog – John Rogerson
  2. How Dogs Learn – Mary R. Burch and Jon S. Bailey
  3. The APBC Book of Companion Animal Behaviour – David Appleby
  4. Understanding Your Dog – Barbara Sykes
  5. Rover, don’t roll over: a compassionate training guide for dogs – Jody Rosengarten
  6. Loved Dog, the the Gentle Way to Teach Dogs Good Manners – Tamar Geller
  7. Dog heroes: true stories of canine courage – Ben Holt
  8. Showing your dog: a beginner’s guide – Elaine Everest

I’m strongly recommending the training book for gun dogs by Pippa Mattinson:

The Right Start – Puppy care and training – the first six months – £17.99

Passing Grade One – How to prepare for the Grade One Field Test – £17.99
or £29.99 for The Right Start + Passing Grade One
or £51.25 for The Right Start + Passing Grade One + first training kit in one package (premium kit includes lead, dummies, whistle, lanyard)

Passing Grade Two – Preparing for the Grade Two Field Test – £17.99
or £29.99 for Passing Grade One + Passing Grade Two

Passing Grade Three (retriever) – training your dog for the grade three field test – £17.99

These books are only available from The Gundog Club website as long as I am aware. Its A4 binded “manuscript” full of very useful advices, step by step training, with very approachable language for novice trainers and hobbyists. It is also very useful for obedience training of your dog. I have bought Grade 1 and 2 and I believe that I have spent my money well. No pictures though:) Free P&P (prices correct on 04/08/2010)

Below you can find list of a few books available to READ ONLINE about dog care, behavior and training. They may not be available in the full version, but still provide a lot of useful information:

1. Rover, don’t roll over: a compassionate training guide for dogs – Jody Rosengarten

2. The Dog: Man’s Best Friend. a Book for All Dog Lovers – A. H. Trapman

3. The dog: its behavior, nutrition, and health – Linda P. Case

4.  Gun-Dog Training Pointing Dogs – Kenneth C. Roebuck

5. Dog training for dummies – Jack Volhard, Wendy Volhard

6. Dog Grooming for Dummies – Margaret H. Bonham

7.  Understanding Your Dog for Dummies – Stanley Coren, Sarah Hodgson

8. ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training – Steven Appelbaum

9. Conversations with dog: an uncommon dogalog of canine wisdom – Kate Solisti-Mattelon

10. Dog Training: Retrievers & Pointers – Jason Smith

11. Dog-Friendly Dog Training – Andrea Arden

12. Dog behaviour, evolution, and cognition – Ádám Míklósi

13. Dog Tricks and Agility For Dummies – Sarah Hodgson

14. What’s Wrong with My Dog?: A Pet Owner’s Guide to 150 Symptoms – and What to do about them – Jake Tedaldi

15. The Only Dog Training Book You Will Ever Need: From Avoiding Accidents to Banishing Barking, the Basics for Raising a Well-Behaved Dog – Gerilyn J. Bielakiewicz, Andrea Mattei

16. The only dog tricks book you’ll ever need: impress friends, family–and Other Dogs! – Gerilyn J. Bielakiewicz, Paul S. Bielakiewicz

17. Introduction to Dog Agility – Margaret H. Bonham

18. Genetics for dog breeders – Roy Robinson

19. Just a dog: understanding animal cruelty and ourselves – Arnold Arluke

20. Good Dog!: Simple Training for Successful Behavior – Donna Chandler

21. Training the Versatile Hunting Dog – Chuck Johnson

22. What All Good Dogs Should Know: The Sensible Way to Train – Jack Volhard, Melissa Bartlett

23. Dog Dilemmas: Simple Solutions to Everyday Problems – Gary Sampson, Gary R. Sampson, Dick Wolfsie

24. Train Your Dog Like a Pro – Jean Donaldson

25. Bird Dog: The Instinctive Training Method – Ben O. Williams

You can find a full list of the books available in Google Books

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