are a number of excellent books and training guides available that are
intended to teach pet owners how to apply the basic principles of
learning and training in a humane, effective, and logical manner. At the
other extreme, there are many training books and manuals written by
self-professed experts who advocate techniques that may be
scientifically unsound, inappropriate, or inhumane. Following these
latter techniques will seldom lead to improvement of the problem, and
might even aggravate some conditions.
"Assess the background, expertise and, in particular,
the education of the author(s)."
The best way to select a book, video or training manual is to seek
the guidance or recommendation of a veterinarian, behaviorist, or
obedience trainer whom you trust and respect. It can also be useful to
assess the background, expertise and, in particular, the education of
the author(s). Be certain that the book you choose covers the training
techniques, products, and topics for which you are seeking assistance.
In general, the most recent publications will include the most recent
advances in behavior, training, and products. However, some of the older
texts are the best resources for obtaining a sound understanding of the
psychology of learning and the basic behavior of dogs and cats.
Although inclusion in the reference list below is not intended to be an
endorsement, the publications mentioned have been screened and are
included based on the following criteria:
- The author has a sound knowledge of basic canine and feline behavior.
- Training techniques emphasize positive reinforcement, motivation, and shaping rather than punishment.
- Training is designed to promote desirable behavior rather than to correct or punish undesirable.
Note that while many of the books and DVD's are available from
bookstores and online book distributors, that some titles are most
easily acquired from www.Dogwise.com.
UNDERSTANDING CANINE AND FELINE BEHAVIOR
Beaver BV. (2003) Feline Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians. 2nd edition. W. B. Saunders: ST. Louis, MO
Beaver BV. (1999) Canine Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians. W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia, PA
Bradshaw, JWS. (1992) The behavior of the domestic cat. C-A-B International. Oxon, UK.
Bradshaw, JWS. The True Nature of the Cat. Boxtree, London, 1993
Coppinger R, Coppinger L. (2001). Dogs - A startling new understanding of the origin, behavior and evolution. Scribner, NY
Dunbar I. (1999) Dog Behavior. Howell Book House, NY
Fox M. Canine Behavior, Charles Thomas, Springfield. IL, 1965
Fox MW. The Dog: It's Domestication and Behavior. New York, Garland STM Press, 1978
Houpt, K. (2004). Domestic Animal Behavior for
Veterinarians and Animal Scientists, 4th edition. Blackwell Publishing:
Jensen P (ed). (2007) The behavioral biology of dogs. CABI Publications
Scott JP, Fuller JL. (1965) Dog Behavior. The Genetic Basis. University of Chicago Press, Chicago
Serpell, J; Barrett, P (Eds.) (1996) The Domestic Dog:
Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People. Cambridge
Thorne, C. (ed.) (1992). The Waltham Book of Dog and Cat Behavior. Pergamon Press: Oxford
Turner DC, Bateson P (editors). (2000) The Domestic Cat, the biology of its behavior, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
READING LIST FOR PET OWNERS: TRAINING and Behavior Problems
Ackerman, L., Landsberg, G. and Hunthausen, W. (eds)
(1996). Cat Behavior and Training: Veterinary Advice for Owners. TFH
Publications: Neptune, NJ.
Ackerman, L., Landsberg, G. and Hunthausen, W. (eds)
(1996). Dog Behavior and Training: Veterinary Advice for Owners. TFH
Publications: Neptune, NJ.
American Association of Feline Practitioners (2004). Feline Behavior Guidelines, www.aafponline.org
Burch MR, Bailey JS. (1999) How Dogs Learn. Howelll Book House.
Bohnenkamp G. (1991). From the Cat's Point of View, Perfect Paws, Inc., Belmont, CA.
Bohnenkamp G. (1994). Help! My Dog Has An Attitude, Perfect Paws, Inc., Belmont, CA.
Other titles and resources from Gwen Bohnenkamp also recommended
Delzio S, Ribarich C. (1999) Felinestein. Pampering the Genius in Your Cat. Harper Perennial, NY
Dodman, N. (1996). The Dog Who Loved too Much. Bantam, NY.
Dodman, N. (1997). The Cat Who Cried for Help. Bantam, NY.
Dodman N. (1999). Dogs Behaving Badly. An A-to-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavioral Problems in Dogs. Bantam, NY.
Donaldson J, (1996) The Culture Clash. James and Kenneth Publishers, Berkley, CA
Other books and DVD's by Jean Donaldson also recommended
Dunbar, I. (2004). Before and After Getting Your Puppy, New World Library
Other books and DVD's by Ian Dunbar also recommended
Estep D, Hetts S. Help! I'm barking and I can't be
quiet: a pet parenting guide. Other books and resource material
authored by Daniel Estep or Suzanne Hetts also recommended www.animalbehaviorassociates.com
Heath S. (1993). Why does my cat...? Souvenir Press, London.
Horwitz D, Landsberg G. Lifelearn CD of client behavior handouts, 2008 edition. Lifelearn, Guelph, ON, 800-375-7994. www.lifelearn.com,
Hunthausen W, Landsberg G. AAHA client behavior handouts, AAHA press, Denver, CO.
Kilcommons, B. and Wilson, S. (1994). Child-Proofing Your Dog. Warner Books: New York.
Marder, A. (1994). Your Healthy Pet: A Practical Guide
to Choosing and Raising Happier, Healthier Dogs and Cats. Rodale Press:
Emmaus, PA, 216pp.
McConnell PB, Moore AM. Family Friendly Dog Training, 2006 Dog's Best Friend Limited, www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com, other titles by Patricia McConnell also recommended
Miller P. (2001)Power of Positive Dog Training. Howell Book House.
Miller P. (2004) Positive Perspectives. Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog, Dogwise Publishing, Wenatchee, Washington.
Moore A. (2006). The Dog Behavior Answer Book. Storey Publishing.
Parsons E. Click to Calm. Healing the Aggressive Dog. Karen Pryor's Clicker Training.
Pryor, K. (2002). Don't Shoot the Dog; The new art of teaching and dog training. Ringpress Books, Gloucestershire, UK.
Pryor K (2002) Clicker training for dogs. Ringpress Books, Surrey, UK
Pryor K (2002) Clicker training for cats. Ringpress Books, Surrey, UK
Ryan, T, Mortensen K. (2004) Outwitting Dogs Lyons Press, Guilford, CT
Reid P. (1996). Excel-erated Learning, James and Kenneth, Berkley.
Rutherford C, Neil D. (2005) How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With. 4th ed. Alpine Publications.
Rugras T (2006) Calming Signals: What Your Dog Tells you, DVD, Dogwise
Rugras T, (2005) My dog pulls, what do I do. Dogwise Publishing.
Schwartz S. (1996). No more myths. Howell Book House, NY.
Schwartz S (2002) Dr. Cookie's Guide to Living Happily with your Cat. St. Martins Griffin, NY
Scidmore, Brenda and McConnell, Patricia. (1996). Puppy
Primer, Order from Dog's Best Friend, Ltd., PO Box 447, Black Earth, WI
Seksel K. (2001) Training your cat. Hyland House Publishing, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia
Sternberg S. (2003) Successful Dog Adoption. Howell Book House, Indianapolis, IN
Thornton KC. (2006) Simple Solutions: Leash Training,
Bow Tie Press, Irvine, CA, (also other books by Kim Campbell Thornton in
the Simple Solutions Series including Aggression, Barking, Chewing,
Clicker Training, Digging, Housetraining, Socialization etc. www.bowtiepress.com)
Urban Puppy or Ultimate Puppy Tool Kit. www.urbanpuppy.com or www.premier.com
Wright JC, Lashnits JW. (1994). Is your Cat Crazy? MacMillan, NY
Yin S. (2004) How to behave so your dog behaves. TFH Publications
READING & REFERENCES ON PET SELECTION
See our handout on pet selection
READING & REFERENCES FOR VETERINARIANS
Askew HR. (2003). Treatment of behavior problems in dogs and cats. A guide for the small animal veterinarians. 2nd ed. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK.
Beaver, B. V. (1994). The Veterinarian's Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Iowa State University Press: Ames, IA.
Bowen J, Heath S. (2005) Behavior Problems in Small Animals - Practical Advice for the Veterinary Team, Elsevier.
Crowell-Davis SL, Murray T. (2006) Veterinary Psychopharmacology, Blackwell Publishing
Dodman NH, Shuster L. (1997). Psychopharmacology of Animal Behavior Disorders. Blackwell Science Inc., Malden, MA. 332 pp.
Hart BL, Hart LA, Bain M (2006) Canine and Feline Behavior Therapy 2nd edition, Blackwell
Hetts SA. (1999). Pet Behavior Protocols. What to Say, What to Do, When to Refer. AAHA Press, Denver.
Horwitz H, Heath S, Mills D. (2003), BSAVA Manual of
Canine and Feline Behavioral Medicine. British Small Animal Veterinary
Association, Gloucester, UK.
Houpt KA (editor). (1997). Progress in Companion Animal
Behavior. Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice, 27
Houpt K, Virga V. (2003) Update on Clinical Veterinary
Behavior. Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice,
33 (2), 185-453.
Jackson J, Anderson RK, Line S (2001). Early learning
for Puppies to Socialize and Promote Good Behavior. A Program Guide for
Veterinary Clinics, Canine Trainers and Humane Societies. Premier Pet
Products, Richmond, VA.
Journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science - Elsevier-l
Journal of Veterinary Behavior; Clinical Applications and Research - Elsevier
Horwitz D, Neilson J. (2007). Blackwell's Five Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion,
Canine and Feline Behavior with CD, Blackwell Publishing
Keltner NL, Folks DG. (2001). Psychotropic Drugs, 3rd edition, Mosby, St. Louis.
Landsberg GM, Mills D (eds) Proceedings of the 6th International Veterinary Behavior Meeting and ECVBM-CA, Fondazione Iniziative Zooprofilattiche E Zootcniche, Brescia, IT, 2007
Landsberg G, Hunthausen W, Ackerman L (2003). Handbook of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat, 2nd edition, Saunders, Edinburgh, UK
Landsberg G, Araujo JA. Behavior Problems in Geriatric Pets. Vet Clin N Am Sm Anim Pract, 675-698
Mills D, Levine E, Landsberg G et al (eds). 2005.
Current Issues and Research in Veterinary Behavioral Medicine, Purdue
Landsberg GM, Head E. (2004) Aging and effects on behavior. Geriatrics and Gerontology of the Dog and Cat, 2nd ed. Hoskins JD (ed), Saunders, St. Louis, 29-42
Landsberg GM, Horwitz D. (2003) Behavior of Dogs and Cats, Lifelearn, Guelph, www.lifelearn.com
Lindsay, S. R. (2000). Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior
and Training, Vol. 1: Adaptation and Learning. Iowa State University
Lindsay, S. R. (2001). Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior
and Training, Volume Two: Etiology and Assessment. Iowa State University
Lindsay S Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training,
Volume Three, Procedures and Protocols, (2005), Blackwell Publishing,
Mills DM, Landsberg GM (guest editors). Special Issue: Veterinary Behavioral Medicine. Selected papers from the 5th International IVBM, Appl Anim Behav Sci, 105 (4), 2007
Mills DS, Heath SE, Harrington LJ. (1997). Proceedings
of the first international conference on veterinary behavioral
medicine. Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, Herts, UK.
Overall K, Mills DS, Heath SE, Horwitz D. (editors)
(2001). Proceedings of the third international congress on veterinary
behavioral medicine. Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, Herts,
Overall, K. (1997). Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals. Mosby, St. Louis.
Reid PJ. (1996). Excel-erated Learning. James and Kenneth Publishers, Oakland, CA.
Schwartz, S. (1997). Instructions for Veterinary Clients: Canine and Feline Behavior Problems. 2nd edition, Mosby, St. Louis.
Seksel K et al (eds). 2003 Proceedings of the 4th
International Veterinary Behavior Meeting, Caloundra, Australia, Post
Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science, University of Sydney.
Tilley LP, Smith FWK, (editors) (2004) The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult Canine and Feline 3rd Edition, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, MD
Veterinary Clinics of North America (2008, in press) - Practical Aspects and New Perspectives in Animal Behavior
Voith VL, Borchelt PL. (editors) (1996). Readings in
Companion Animal Behavior, Trenton, NJ, Veterinary Learning Systems, 236
WEBSITES FOR ASSOCIATIONS AND FURTHER BEHAVIOR INFORMATION
American Animal Hospital Association - www.healthypet.com
American Association of Pet Dog Trainers - www.apdt.org
American College of Veterinary Behaviorists - www.dacvb.org
American Humane Society - www.americanhumane.org
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior - www.avsabonline.org
Animal Behavior Society - www.animalbehavior.org/
Applied Ethology - www.usask.ca/wcvm/herdmed/applied-ethology
American Association of Feline Practitioners, 2004, Feline Behavior Guidelines, www.aafponline.org
Association of Pet Behavior Counsellors - www.apbc.org.uk
Association of Pet Dog Trainers, www.apdt.com
Association for the Study of Animal Behavior - www.asab.org
Canadian Association of Pet Dog Trainers - www.cappdt.ca
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association - www.animalhealthcare.ca
Companion Animal Behavior Therapy Study Group - www.cabtsg.org
European College of Veterinary Behavioral Medicine Companion Animals- www.ecvbm.org
European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology - www.esvce.org
Indoor Cat Initiative - Ohio State University - www.vet.osu.edu/indoorcat
International Positive Dog Training Association - www.ipdta.org
International Society for Applied Ethology - www.applied-ethology.org/
International Society for Anthrozoology - www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/CCAB/isaz.htm
National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, www.nadoi.org
Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians - www.svbt.org
UC Davis Veterinary Behavior Program- www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/CCAB/main.htm
Veterinary Information Network - www.vin.com
Veterinary Partner - http://www.veterinarypartner.com
Other Resources and Websites (may include commercial content)
American Animal Hospital Association: Client Behavior
Pamphlets co-authored by Gary Landsberg and Wayne Hunthausen, AAHA,
AAHA Senior Care Guidelines -http://www.aahanet.org/About_aaha/About_Guidelines_senior.html
Bailey B. 2006 DVD. The fundamentals of animal training, Dog Sports Video
Child Safety - www.thebluedog.org
Clicker training - www.clickertraining.com - Clicker training DVD's and products by Karen Pryor
Click and treat - http://www.clickandtreat.com/
Clicker training USA - http://www.clickertrainusa.com/
Clicker Magic DVD - Karen Pryor, 2007, Sunshine books
Clicker puppy DVD, Doggone Crazy, 2005 (DVD),
Doggone safe - www.doggonesafe.com (safety with children and clicker training resources)
Canine cognitive dysfunction - www.cdsindogs.com
Donaldson J. (2007) Perfect Paws in 5 days featuring Jean Donaldson's Modern Training Methods DVD. Perfect Paws Productions
Donaldson J, Dunbar I. (2007) Fighting dominance in a dog whispering world DVD. Dogtec
Dunbar I. (2006). Sirius Dog Training DVD. James and Kenneth Publishers
Other books and DVD's by Jean Donaldson and / or Ian Dunbar also recommended.
Gentle Leader Head Halter training - www.abrionline.org
Hetts S, Estep DQ, Grant D. Canine Behavior: Observing
and Interpreting Canine Body Postures. (DVD or VHS format) Produced by
Animal Care Training, Inc., www.animalbehaviorassociates.com
Kilcommons B, Wilson S (2006). My Smart Puppy - www.mysmartpuppy.com
North Toronto Animal Clinic (Dr. G. Landsberg) - www.northtorontovets.com, behavior links, behavior questionnaires
PetCare Television - Welcome Home Your New Friend - www.petcaretv.com
Pets Incredible - Training Your Adopted Dog - www.petsincredible.com, HSUS
Pets Incredible - Your Adopted Cat - www.petsincredible.com
Pet Safety DVD - bowwowow.com
Pet Safety Video: Hunthausen W. Learning to be safe with animals. Dogs, Cats, and Kids (Video). www.westwoodanimalhospital.com
Pet safety: www.deltasocietyaustralia.com.au/
Pet safety: www.meetingmilo.com
Pet safety: www.growingupwithpets.ca, www.growingupwithpets.com
Puppy Smarts - DVD - Train Your Pet with Love and Respect, www.puppysmarts.com
The Gentle Leader Way - Premier Pet Products - Gentle Leader training DVD
Human Animal Bond and Pet Loss
Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement - www.aplb.org
Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior - www.indiana.edu/~animal/index.html
Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society - http://www2.vet.upenn.edu/research/centers/cias/
CENSHARE - Center to Study Human Animal Relationships and Environment (University of Minnesota) - www.censhare.umn.edu/
Delta Society - www.deltasociety.org
Pet Loss Support Hotlines - www.avma.org/careforanimals/animatedjourneys/goodbyefriend/plhotlines.asp
Pet Loss Support - Ontario Veterinary College - www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/petloss/
Pet Loss Support - Purdue - http://www.vet.purdue.edu/chab/loss.htm
Pet Loss Support - University of Florida - http://neuro.vetmed.ufl.edu/alt_med/petgrief/petloss.htm
Pet Loss Support - Washington State University - http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/PLHL/home/index.asp
Purdue Center for the Human Animal Bond - www.vet.purdue.edu/depts/vad/cae/
UC Davis Center for Animals in Society - www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/Animals_in_Society/main.htm