Suggested Reading

I think we can all agree there is an over-abundance of information out there about dog training and behavior. There's certainly no shortage of self-proclaimed dog "whisperers" eagerly spouting subjective nonsense to anyone who wants to listen. Even a quick Google Search for "Excessive Barking" can result in countless, often contradictory, suggestions...none of which could possibly be specific to your individual case. Well, at the end of the day - there's no magic "command" or "trick" that will get you there. However, it's a commitment to learning that will! Let's just be sure you're learning the RIGHT stuff. 

As a committed owner, you may be very "smart" in the human world, but you're likely here because you have not yet figured out, how to figure out,  your dog and his or her behavior. That's okay, you're not alone. Before, during or after enrolling your dog in one of our highly successful Training Programs, take some time to educate yourself....for the sake of your dog. 

This list below, is what I believe, to be four of the BEST books available to help you to reach your goals.  Go ahead...pick one up and read it. Your dog will thank you!

Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

Fascinating, insightful, and compelling, here is a book that connects you with your dog in a completely new way. One reviewer said: “What you don’t know about your dog could fill a book. It’s called The Other End of the Leash.”

The Other End of the Leash demonstrates how even the slightest changes in your voice and the way you stand can help your dog understand what you want. Once you start to think about your own behavior from the perspective of your dog, you’ll understand why much of what appears to be doggy-disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication.

Considered a classic in the field, this book will:
•  Revolutionize the way you interact with your dog
•  Helps you to see the world from your dog’s perspective
•  Explains how to communicate so that your dog understands you
•  Illustrates how members of different species can share so much
•  Shows why training dogs isn’t always easy for us primates

In this book you will learn...

The Other End of the Leash - Patricia McConnell

A Better Way to Better Behavior 

Karen Pryor's clear and entertaining explanation of behavioral training methods made Don't Shoot the Dog! a bestselling classic. Now this revised edition presents more of her insights into animal, and human, behavior. 

A groundbreaking behavioral scientist and dynamic animal trainer, Karen Pryor is a powerful proponent of the principles and practical uses of positive reinforcement in teaching new behaviors.

Here are the secrets of changing behavior in pets, kids, even yourself...without yelling, threats, force, punishment, guilt trips...or shooting the dog! 

-  8 methods ending undesirable habits
-  The principles of the revolutionary "clicker training" method
-  The 10 laws of "shaping" behavior, for results without strain or pain
-  Explorations of exciting new uses for reinforcement training 

Learn why pet owners rave, "This book changed our lives!" and how these pioneering techniques can work for you too!

Don't Shoot The Dog - by Karen Pryor

The Culture Clash is special.

Written in Jean's inimitably informal yet precise lecture style, the book races along on par with a good thriller. The Culture Clash depicts dogs as they really are - stripped of their Hollywood fluff, with their loveable 'can I eat it, chew it, urinate on it, what's in it for me' philosophy. Jean's tremendous affection for dogs shines through at all times, as does her keen insight into the dog's mind. Relentlessly she champions the dog's point of view, always showing concern for their education and well being. Without a doubt, Jean's book is the hottest doggy item on the market.

About the Author

Jean Donaldson is the owner of Renaissance Dog Training in Montreal. She and her dogs have won numerous titles in obedience, tracking and Flyball. Jean one of the the most sought after speakers on the doggy circuit in both the U.S. and Canada.

Best Training Book Of The Year! (Maxwell Award)

The Culture Clash - by Jean Donaldson

This book is the secret for increasing the speed and efficiency of dog training. With the freedom of understanding "how your dog learns" comes the ability of making the process easy, efficient, and enjoyable for your dog.

You'll be in a position to "excel-erate" your dog's learning!

At long last we have someone who can explain all-important learning theory and make it intriguing and interesting. Agility enthusiast, obedience competitor and psychologist Dr. Pamela Reid introduces you to cutting-edge scientific techniques in dog training including, autoshaping retrieval (i.e., teaching your dog to train herself), and "errorless discrimination learning" for teaching retrieval and directed jumping.

About the Author

Reid earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in animal learning, behaviour, and cognition.

You'll love this's so useful and utterly fascinating.

 Excel-Erated Learning - by Pamela J. Reid, PhD