The best books on dog behavior & advocacy

Alana Stevenson Author Of Training Your Dog the Humane Way: Simple Teaching Tips for Resolving Problem Behaviors and Raising a Happy Dog
By Alana Stevenson

The Books I Picked & Why

Clinical Behavioral Medicine For Small Animals

By Karen L. Overall

Clinical Behavioral Medicine For Small Animals

Why this book?

A bible for resolving dog and cat behavioral issues. It is packed with scientific advice and research on everything from cat and dog development and training to medications and positive ways to resolve dog and cat behavior problems. Good to read through its entirety as well as to have on hand as a reference.


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The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training

By Paul Owens

The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training

Why this book?

The original dog whisperer, Paul Owens, teaches dog parents how to positively train their dogs according to how dogs learn. He uses a humane, science-based approach, and includes breathing exercises people can do when stressed so that they can teach their dog in a calm way. The Dog Whisperer goes over how to teach and train your dog during distractions and context learning, as well as introduces readers to clicker training, shaping behaviors and target training. This is a good book on humane, positive training to have on the shelf.


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How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong: A Road Map for Rehabilitating Aggressive Dogs

By Pamela S. Dennison

How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong: A Road Map for Rehabilitating Aggressive Dogs

Why this book?

How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong offers an easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach to rehabbing a dog who is dog reactive both on and off-leash. It’s a good book and means of support for dog owners who have problems with their reactive dogs. This book provides solid techniques and is filled with honesty and empathy.


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How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves

By Dr. Sophia Yin

How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves

Why this book?

Dr. Sophia Yin passed away in 2014. This book is on passive training which I implement regularly with fearful and reactive dogs. Passive training is how people teach their dogs, often unknowingly, 24-7. By understanding how your behavior affects your dog, you can teach and modify your dog’s behavior in a kind way without active instruction.


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Dogs Are From Neptune

By Jean Donaldson

Dogs Are From Neptune

Why this book?

Dogs Are From Neptune is an excellent book and tool for working with fearful and reactive dogs. Jean Donaldson provides instructions and real-life implementation of desensitization and counter-conditioning techniques for a variety of dog behavior problems – such as fear of strangers, food guarding, leash-reactivity, fear of handling, and high prey drive.


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