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    I need some advice on good reading about dogs behaviour and training please. It's for a friend who completely and fully bought into the 'I need to dominate my dog or she'll take over the world' theory and now slowly comes to realise that growling and yanking her dog at every occasion may not have been the best idea she's ever had She is a very busy mom though - so it shouldn't be too long or too dry to read. I quite enjoyed 'Inside of a Dog' but think it may be not the right book for her. Any suggestions?

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    I thoroughly enjoyed 'Chill out Fido' but that's specifically aimed at teaching over-excitable dogs to calm down. I thought it gave a good overview of dog behaviour and training though. And it was well written with references to research, but I didn't find it dry.

    The 'Click for joy' book is very easy to read and can be used as a reference book. It's been a while since I read it but I'm pretty sure it explains the how and why of positive reinforcement training.

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    Why a book ? There are plenty of Web sites that will give your friend more than enough information. Looking at previous threads on this forum would be a really good start !

    But my favourites are:

    This one below is from this forum and looks at what a pup goes through at different ages. Definitely don’t look at it to excuse bad behaviour – but to understand what your pup is going through at her different ages..
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...-calendar.html

    Heaps of really useful information here – so please have a really good look around this site:
    Dog Star Daily

    This next one – is a really good read and will cover all the areas you need to look at for training your pup.
    TOT – Triangle of Temptation
    NILIF – Nothing in Life is Free
    Behavioural Interrupter
    Dog Behaviour Articles | Steve Courtney Dog Training

    Kikopup - makes things look so easy – so have a good look around her website.
    kikopup - YouTube

    This next ones are also excellent:
    Leslie McDevitt: Control Unleashed�: Home Page and Patricia McConnell PH.D. | McConnell Publishing Inc.

    Just a few suggestions for your friend !

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    send her over to Leerburg Dog Training | 16,000 pages of dog training information, 500 free dog training streaming videos, free eBooks, podcasts, by Ed Frawley and Michael Ellis, easy to read and there are youtube videos too. Considering these are quite high end working dogs she should find the information easy to switch to with her own

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    A book because there are still people out there who actually read books instead of reading online (I find that hard to believe too..!) She isn't so much into the web and computers'n stuff... a bit of a hippy if you like

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    Shaping success - Susan Garrett
    Ruff love - Susan Garrett
    A modern Dog's life - Paul McGreevy
    How dogs learn - Burch and Bailey
    Control Unleased - Leslie McDevitt
    Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know - alexandra horowitz
    Alexandra also wrote some great stuff on how dogs play.

    On talking Terms with dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas: book and video. My dog likes the video.
    This stuff is really important - you can prevent dog fights starting if you have know this stuff.

    And one I want to read -
    "When Pigs Fly - Training Success With Impossible Dogs" by Jane Killion

    This list came from a posting by Hyacinth, maybe ones of these?

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    Thanks Farrview,
    I was just browsing Amazon and found 'On Talking Temrs with Dogs'... That sounds like a winner because her dog is very reactive to other dogs

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    The calming signals book doesn't really give any advice on training though. It's vital information, but then she would need another resource to help her devise training strategies.

    I wouldn't recommend Control Unleashed for this person either. I found it hard to read and didn't get all the references to agility training.

    And shaping is probably also too advanced. Ruff Love sounds good, but I don't know if it's a book for beginners.

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    I just ordered the Calming Signal DVD and a small book 'Feisty Fido'...

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