The best dog training and behavior books to help you understand your furry best friend

Who am I?

I’ve been a dog trainer for over twenty years, so helping people learn how to communicate with their pups is what I’m all about! I also create how-to content for a variety of pet websites and I’m now lucky enough to fill my days writing dog-centric novels where all the happily ever afters involve four paws. My two furry best friends, Millie the Smooth Brussels Griffon and Olive the mixed-breed dog, provide tons of inspiration for my books, and I also get to round out my canine characters with frequent “guests stars” aka the foster dogs that hang out with us while they look for their forever homes.


I wrote...

Lost, Found, and Forever

By Victoria Schade,

Book cover of Lost, Found, and Forever

What is my book about?

What do you do when you discover your four-legged best friend might belong to someone else? From the acclaimed author of Who Rescued Who comes the charming story of a custody battle between two pet parents who would do anything for the dog they both adore. A winning romance and a pure delight!

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals

Victoria Schade Why did I love this book?

This is the book that completely changed the way I interacted with dogs. I read it during the infancy of my dog training career and it opened my eyes to the micro-communications that dogs have with one another (and us!) that can show us exactly how they’re feeling. A must-read for every pet parent who wants to better understand what their dog is saying. (Hint: that waggy tail might not mean your dog is happy!)

By Turid Rugaas,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked On Talking Terms with Dogs as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Yawning, lip-licking, sneezing, even scratching are just a few of the 30-plus signals that dogs use to communicate with one another.

With On Talking Terms With Dogs you can learn to recognize these signals and use them yourself to interact with your dog.

Norwegian dog trainer and behaviorist Turid Rugaas has made it her life work to study canine social interaction. She coined the phrase calming signals to describe the social skills, sometimes referred to as body language, that dogs use to avoid conflict, invite play, and communicate a wide range of information to other dogs and also humans.

Every…


Book cover of The New Click to Calm: Solutions for All Dogs in a Challenging World

Victoria Schade Why did I love this book?

Leash reactivity is one of the most common issues that pet parents face, and this book maps out easy-to-follow protocols for navigating it, as well as other common behavioral challenges. This photo-rich book features my method of choice, clicker training, which is a science-based dog-friendly way to bring about positive behavioral change. Plus, clicker training is lots of fun!

By Emma Parsons, Emma Parsons,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The New Click to Calm as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Our dogs’ behavior issues can often limit their lives and add challenges to ours. Emma Parsons offered hope and revolutionary solutions to thousands of owners of aggressive dogs as well as to professional trainers with her groundbreaking book Click to Calm, Healing the Aggressive Dog.

Now, she’s done it again. In her new book, The New Click to Calm: Solutions for All Dogs in a Challenging World, Emma has not only updated the Click to Calm protocol to enable more rapid behavior change but she teaches us how to apply it to help dogs with more common, less intense behavioral…


Book cover of The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

Victoria Schade Why did I love this book?

Go ahead and add every single book McConnell has ever written to your reading list because the Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and all-around badass can do no wrong. McConnell has published a series of dog training books covering everything from puppy training to living in a multi-dog household peacefully and they’re all wonderful, but this one stands apart because it weaves lyrical storytelling with real-world dog training advice. Major McConnell fangirl here!

By Patricia McConnell,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked The Other End of the Leash as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Learn to communicate with your dog—using their language
 
“Good reading for dog lovers and an immensely useful manual for dog owners.”—The Washington Post
 
An Applied Animal Behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years’ experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell reveals a revolutionary new perspective on our relationship with dogs—sharing insights on how “man’s best friend” might interpret our behavior, as well as essential advice on how to interact with our four-legged friends in ways that bring out the best in them.
 
After all, humans and dogs are two entirely different species, each shaped by its individual evolutionary heritage. Quite simply,…


Book cover of Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon

Victoria Schade Why did I love this book?

Well researched, eye-opening, and surprisingly entertaining, this book proves that the legacy of the pit bull and the dogs themselves are miles apart. I’m a frequent pit bull foster mom and I know firsthand how wonderful these misunderstood dogs are, but Dickey actually brings the facts to paint a picture of a breed in peril through no fault of their own. This book will make you question everything you think you know about pit bulls.

By Bronwen Dickey,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Pit Bull as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The controversial story of one infamous breed of dog--a New York Times Bestseller ("Animals" list).

When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed—beloved by Teddy Roosevelt and Helen Keller—come to be known as a brutal fighter? Dickey’s search for answers takes her from nineteenth-century New York dogfighting pits to early twentieth‑century movie sets, from the battlefields of Gettysburg to struggling urban neighborhoods. In this illuminating story of how a popular breed became demonized--and what role humans have played in…


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

Victoria Schade Why did I love this book?

If I tell you that this book made me cry will it prevent you from reading it? There’s so much to love in this one, from the “news you can use” training lessons to the recurring themes of treating our dogs with the empathy, respect, and compassion they deserve. Think you need to be an alpha to have a well-behaved dog? Think again and let Clothier’s beautiful book show you the way.

By Suzanne Clothier,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Bones Would Rain from the Sky as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Akin to Monty Roberts's 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.


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