BOOKS Recommended Dog Training Books

  • After You Get Your Puppy, Dr. Ian Dunbar, James & Kenneth Publishers, Berkeley, CA, 2001. Lots of great information for the puppy owner, including developmental deadlines and the importance of socialization.
  • Before You Get Your Puppy, Dr. Ian Dunbar, James & Kenneth Publishers, Berkeley, CA, 2001. Important information everyone should know before they get their dog, including developmental deadlines and housetraining.
  • Beginning Family Dog Training, Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., Dog’s Best Friend, Ltd, Black Earth, WI, 1996. A great little book about the basics of dog training using positive reinforcement. Easy to understand, full of helpful information and fun to read.
  • Behavior Booklets, Center for Applied Animal Behavior – Dr. Ian Dunbar and Gwen Bohnenkamp, James & Kenneth Publishers, Berkeley, CA, 1985. This is a series of nine behavior booklets including: Preventing Aggression, Housetraining, Housetraining Supplement, Barking, Chewing, Digging, Shyness/Fearfulness – Towards People, Fighting and Socialization. Even though these are not clicker training, they are positive training techniques and very good. You can figure out where to add the click. (James and Kenneth Publishers (800) 784-5531.
  • The Cautious Canine, How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears, Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., Dog’s Best Friend, Ltd., Black Earth, WI, 2002. The best little booklet I’ve seen to help clients to deal with a fearful dog. This practical guide outlines specific steps for helping a dog if their behavior is motivated by fear.
  • Click for Joy! Questions and Answers from Clicker Trainers and their Dogs, Melissa C. Alexander, Sunshine Books, Inc., Waltham, MA, 2003. This book lists questions and answers pertaining to clicker training. It’s a helpful reference for experienced trainers or people just learning about clicker training.
  • Click Here for a Well-Trained Dog, Deborah Jones, Ph.D., Howln Moon Press, Eliot, ME, 2002. A good basic book on clicker training. Lots of information.
  • Clicker Fun, Dog Tricks and Games Using Positive Reinforcement, Deborah Jones, Ph.D., Howln Moon Press, Eliot, ME, 1998. An easy to read little book full of many different tricks and games to entertain you and your dog and make training more fun!
  • Clicking with Your Dog, Peggy Tillman, Sunshine Books, Waltham, MA, 2000. This is a wonderful book on clicker training. It gives step-by-step instructions with illustrations for a whole bunch of behaviors. This is worth having in your resource library!
  • The Clicker Training Manual, Volume I, Gail T. Fisher, All Dogs Gym, Manchester, NH, 1997, recently revised 2003. A manual full of great articles and lots of information for the beginning dog trainer. This is Gail’s training manual at All Dogs Gym in New Hampshire.
  • Clicker Training for Obedience, by Morgan Spector, Sunshine Books, Waltham, MA, 1999. Morgan has put together a very detailed “how to” book. He writes it with emphasis on people who want to take their dogs to a level of professional obedience – dog shows.
  • The Culture Clash, Jean Donaldson, James & Kenneth Publishers, Berkeley, CA, 1996. An incredible book by an outstanding dog trainer. Donaldson makes a powerful case for thinking in terms of behavior modification rather than the older and more anthropomorphic dominance models of dog training.
  • Doctor Dunbar’s Good Little Dog Book, Dr. Ian Dunbar, James & Kenneth Publishers, Berkeley, CA, 1992. This is an all around good book on dog training. It’s very short and concise and includes some nice photographs to aid understanding. Although, Dunbar does not use a clicker, his training methods are quite compatible. Just add the clicker before the reward to do clicker training.
  • The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to dog Training, Paul Owens, Adams Media Corporation, Holbrook, MA, 1999. This is a good and positive book on training. It contains some information on nutrition, breathing techniques (for the human) and other beneficial material that you don’t find in most books.
  • Dogs Behaving Badly, An A-to-Z Guide to Understanding & Curing Behavioral Problemsin Dogs, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Bantam Books, New York, NY, 1999. This is a great A to Z manual on dealing with dog problems written by Dr. Dodman, who heads the Animal Behavior Clinic at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. It’s written in a witty style and includes lots of real life stories about dogs.
  • Don’t Shoot The Dog! – The New Art of Teaching and Training, Revised Edition, Karen Pryor, Bantam Books, New York, NY, 1999. This book is a classic in the field of clicker training and a must read for clicker trainers wanting to know more.
  • How Dogs Learn, Mary R. Burch, Ph.D. and Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D., Howell Book House, New York, NY, 999. This book explains the basic principles of behavior and how they can be used to teach your dog new skills, diagnose problems and eliminate unwanted behaviors. This is a good book for the student who wants to understand more than the basics.
  • Excel-erated Learning, Explaining how dogs learn and how best to teach them, Pamela J. Reid, Ph.D. James and Kenneth Publishers, Berkeley, CA, 1996. This book gets into greater detail on how dogs learn and how dog training works. This is another book for the student who wants to delve deeper into understanding dog behavior and training.
  • The Other End of the Leash, Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., The Ballantine Publishing Group, New York, Y, 2002. This is a wonderful book that gives you more understanding of how dogs and people communicate. It’s also full of real-life stories and practical solutions to common problems.
  • The Power of Positive Dog Training, Pat Miller, Hungry Minds, Inc. New York, NY, 2001. This is a wonderful book on training with positive methods, including clicker training. Pat Miller writes wonderful articles for the Whole Dog Journal, and her training advice is compassionate and pragmatic.
  • Puppy Primer, Brenda Scidmore & Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., Dog’s Best Friend, Ltd., Black Earth, WI, 1996. A great guide to a positive puppy training program. Practical approach, easy to understand and fun to read.
  • Purely Positive Training, Companion to Competition, Sheila Booth, Podium Publications, Ridgefield, CT, 1998. This is a great book about using only positive reinforcement in working with your dog. It includes how to raise your puppy positively and how to build a positive relationship with your dog.
  • Taking Care of Puppy Business, A Gentle Approach for Positive Results, Gail Pivar and Leslie Nelson, Tails-U-Win!, Canine Center, Manchester, CT. 1998. A very short and concise little booklet on how to raise puppies with a gentle approach.
  • Quick Clicks, 40 Fast and Fun Behaviors to Train with a Clicker, Mandy Book and Cheryl S. Smith, Legacy by Mail, Carsborg, WA, 2001. A quick guide to training lots of behaviors with a clicker.

VIDEOS Recommended Dog Training Videos

  • Click and Go Video, Deborah Jones, Ph.D., Presents the basic principles of clicker training. Techniques presented include shaping, luring, and targeting.
  • Click and Treat Training Kit, Gary Wilkes. A comprehensive introduction to clicker training dogs.
  • Clicker Magic, Karen Pryor. Footage from seminars showing a variety of behaviors, and different species.
  • On Target, Gary Wilkes. An introduction and how-to for using targeting in dog training.
  • The Clicker Training Center presents Puppy Kindergarten, Corally Burmaster. A good introduction to clicker training with emphasis on how to start with young puppies.
  • Take a Bow Wow – Easy Tricks Any Dog Can Do. Virginia Broitman & Sherri Lippman. A great collection of functional dog tricks.
  • Bow Wow,Take 2, Virginia Broitman & Sherri Lippman. A collection of fun and functional dog tricks .
  • The How of Bow Wow: Building, Proofing and Polishing Behaviors, Virginia Broitman & Sherri Lippman. A great video on fine tuning behaviors.
  • Training Companion Dog tapes (set of 4), Dr. Ian Dunbar. James & Kenneth Publishers (800-784-5531). More detail using Dunbar’s training techniques. Good, positive training techniques, even though it’s not clicker training. You can figure out where to add the click. Vol. 1 – Socialisation/Early Training, Vol. 2 – Behavior Problems, Vol. 3 – Walking on Leash/Jumping up, Vol. 4 – Recalls/Stays
  • Training Dogs with Dunbar, Dr. Ian Dunbar. James & Kenneth Publishers (800-784-5531). An excellent overview of Dunbar’s positive training techniques. Although this is not clicker training, it’s good. You know where to add the click.
  • TTOUCH of M.A.G.I.C. for Dogs & Puppies. The basics of the T-Touch techniques demonstrated on dogs and in different situations.