READING List for New Puppy Owners
Books and Videos:
Puppy Primer by K Scidmore K and P B McConnell,, published by Dog's Best Friend, Ltd., P.O. Box 447, Black Earth, WI 53515, 608-767-2435, 1996
Sirius Puppy Training by Ian Dunbar: Very nice video of Ian’s puppy class training. Includes control of play-biting, bite inhibition, handling exercises, establishing leadership and socialization. It also contains some tips on housetraining, chewing problems and obedience training for puppies.
Dr. Dunbar’s Good Little Dog Book by Ian Dunbar: Very informative book with many tips for raising puppies.
How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With by C. Rutherford C and D. Neil: Interesting and informative book about the behavioral development of puppies including normal behavior, prevention of problems and training.
“Dogs, Cats & Kids: Learning to be safe with animals” Wayne Hunthausen, DVM and Don Manelli. Topics in this video for children includes understanding cat and dog behavior, handling family and friend's pets, and avoiding bites by straying animals. 1-800-784-0979; Pet Love Partnership, LP, Suite 200, One East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL 60611; $19.95 plus s/h
Behavior and Training Books:
The Dog's Mind by Bruce Fogle: For the owner with a strong interest in dog behavior, this book provides plenty of information about all aspects of dog behavior.
Dog Behavior by the Ian Dunbar: Insight into why dogs do what they do.
How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks by Ian Dunbar: Very good information from one of the world’s most respected veterinary behaviorists.
Dog Training: The Gentle, Modern Method by D. Weston and E.R. Ross: Train your dog to achieve its highest potential without relying on harsh techniques.
Don't Shoot the Dog. by Karen Pryor: For the serious trainer, Karen discusses learning and behavior modification techniques such as counterconditioning, positive reinforcement, habituation and more. Learn how to modify your pet and your roommate’s behavior!
Behavior Problem Books and Booklets:
Manners for the Modern Dog by Gwen Bohnenkamp: Large booklet. Practical solutions for common dog behavior problems.
Behavior Booklets by Ian Dunbar and Gwen Bohnenkamp: Well written, common sense information for a variety of dog and cat behavior problems. Prices from $1 to $5.
from the American Animal Hospital
Wayne Hunthausen, DVM and
Gary Landsberg, DVM
Nine behavior pamphlets addressing the most common behavior concerns for raising puppies and kittens. With fun graphics and easy-to-understand explanations, these great resources will help you prevent or correct problem behaviors and help your pet be a well-mannered member of the family. Available at Westwood animal Hospital. 50 cents each