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Five Excellent Books About Dogs

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BEFORE/AFTER You Get Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar 

These two books are must reads for anyone who is getting a new puppy.  Dr. Dunbar uses his years of experience to explain some of the best methods for raising your dog so he will be a pleasure to live with.  These books are written with care and a gentle humor that will help you navigate the trials of bringing home your new puppy.  The best thing about these books is that they are available for free PDF download at http://www.dogstardaily.com/free-downloads

Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor

This book will help you to understand your dog, and how to help your dog understand you.  It will also help you teach the people in your life how to pick up after themselves.  Too good to be true, you say?  This book is all that and more.  Karen Pryor is a leader in clicker training, and this book helps outline how clicker training works and how to implement it.


The Other End of the Leash by Dr. Patricia McConnell

This book is more about humans through a dog’s perspective.  It is written by applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer, Dr. Patricia McConnell.  She discusses how humans and dogs differ in communication styles and how to meet your dog half way and begin to communicate with him in a way that he will understand.


Bones Would Rain from the Sky by Suzanne Clothier

Suzanne Clothier uses her observation, empathy, and common sense, to help you build a life long relationship with your dog.  She discusses the world from a dog’s perspective and helps guide you through the process of raising and training your dog to be a companion and partner.


Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a better Friend to Your Pet by Dr. John W. S. Bradshaw

Besides the super long title, this book is a wonderful outline of where dogs came from and where they are going, and how we can get there with them as companions.  This book talks about the moral and ethical concerns in training and living with dogs, as well as talking about the most sensible way to train our dogs to live among humans.  

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Laura Azevedo CPDT-KA

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