I have altered the layout of the recommended readingpage just a little. I have now organized the books into new sections, with my top picks in the first section. These are books I feel that every person interested in dog behaviour, training, or just wants to understand their dog better, should read.
As you go down the list of ‘top picks’ you will find that the topics get progressively more complicated. So, if you are new to dogs, training, or behaviour, or you just want to an overall view of my own training philosophy, then start at the top and work your way down.
All the other books I have read (as relates to dogs) are organized into sections associated to their topics, so if you read something that you want to delve further into– you can.
There are some books that are not in line with my philosophy or methods of training. These books contain ideas or methods which are open to debate socially, morally or ethically. I have still included them as possible reads because I love for people to think critically– these books encourage that practice.
So, here are my top picks, to see the complete reading list please visit the methods-recommended reading page on my website.
Marika’s Top Picks
McConnell, Patricia PhD 2002, ‘The Other End of the Leash’ Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs’ NY: Random House Pub.
Pryor, Karen 2009, ‘Reaching the Animal Mind’ NY: Scribner
Roberts, Monty 2001, ‘Horse Sense for People’UK: Haper Collins Pub
McConnell, Patricia B. PhD 2007, ‘For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You are Your Best Friend’ NY: Ballentine Books
Lopez, Barry 1975, ‘Of Wolves and Men’ NY: Scribner
McCullen, Debby 2010, ‘How Many Dogs?’ PA: Tanacacia Press.
Arthur, Nan Kene CPDT, CDBC 2009, ‘Chill Out Fido: How to Calm Your Reactive Dog’ WA: Dogwise Pub
Martin, Ann M 2008 3rd ed., ‘Food Pets Die For’ OR: New Sage Press.
Handelman, Barbara 2008, ‘Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook’ WA: Wolf and Word Press.
Pelar, Colleen CPDT 2009, ‘Kids and Dogs: A Professional’s Guide to Helping Families’VA: Dream Dog Pub.