Great Inductory Books
The Culture Clash, Jean Donaldson: Considered THE definitive
book on positive reinforcement-based dog training, by the SF/SPCA’s
very own Director of The Academy for Dog Trainers.
Don’t Shoot the Dog, Karen Pryor: A clear and entertaining
book for anyone who wants to understand or change the behavior of an
animal using positive reinforcement.
Train Your Dog the Lazy Way, Andrea Arden: A fun book with
great tips on teaching your dog manners in the home.
Dr. Dunbar’s Good Little Dog Book, Ian Dunbar: Bay Area trainer,
author, and founder of Sirius Puppy Training offers helpful training
Toolbox for Remodeling Your Problem Dog, Terry Ryan: Gives you
the tools to solve specific problems, then provides the expertise to
transfer the methods to other problems you may have with your canine
Power of Positive Dog Training, Pat Miller: Follow Pat's unique
six-week training program, and your dog will learn to think and to
choose proper behavior.
The Dog Who Loved Too Much, Nicholas Dodman: Clear writing on
treating various behavior problems, written by a professor from the
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.
The Perfect Puppy, Gwen Bailey: Emphasizes prevention over
cures in order to turn your puppy into a well-adjusted, confident,
happy adult dog.
Before You Get Your Puppy and After You Get Your Puppy,
Ian Dunbar: Bay Area puppy guru discusses the six essential deadlines
to meet in your puppy’s developmental process in order to raise a
Dogs Are From Neptune, Jean Donaldson: Intelligent, objective,
and compassionate advice on treating behavior problems such as
shyness, fear, food guarding, handleability, separation anxiety,
recall, and many others.
How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks, Ian Dunbar: A comprehensive
workbook for the motivated dog owner, comprising sections on basic
off-leash obedience, temperament modification, behavior
troubleshooting, training theory and health care
Behavior Booklets (set of 9), Ian Dunbar: Straightforward and
effective advice on specific behavior issues such as housetraining,
socialization, barking, aggression, chewing, digging, and
shyness/fear of people.
Excel-erated Learning, Pamela Reid: Geared towards the dog
trainer, this book explains scientifically how dogs learn, and how
best to teach them. Required reading for the SF/SPCA’s Academy for
Dog Language, Roger Abrantes: Contains great encyclopedia-style
information and photos of dog body language and facial expressions.
Understanding Your Dog, Michael W. Fox: A reissued guide to dog
psychology and behavior that will help you learn the motivation
behind your dog's behavior.
The Domestic Dog, James Serpell, Ed: The latest scientific and
scholarly information on the origins and evolution of canine behavior
from international experts will give you insights into the behavior
of the domestic dog.
Help! This Animal is Driving Me Crazy!, Daniel Tortora: Learn
how to apply Dr. Tortora's psychological techniques to retrain a wide
range of behavioral problems, from selecting the right puppy and
raising him, to solving problems such as incessant barking to