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Scent of the Missing
     By Susannah Charleson,  2010, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, New York,  ISBN:  978-547-15244-8
See my post from 5-2-11 to read a REVIEWAwesome depiction of Charleson's experiences as a Dallas, Texas Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteer.  Detailed and personal, follows her journey as a field assistant training her own Golden Retriever, Puzzle, to become certified as a SAR Dog.  For anyone considering volunteering for a canine SAR team, it would serve them well to read this book first.  For anyone else, an inside look at the intense commitment of SAR volunteers.  Great book for anyone interested in training dogs!

Surviving Your Dog's Adolescence: A Positive Training Program
     By Carol Lea Benjamin, 1993, Macmillan General Reference, New York, NY, ISBN: 0-87605-742-3

See my post from 02-10-11 to read a REVIEW.  Informative, easy-to-read training manual to help dog owners cope with an out-of-control adolescent dog.  Recommend this book to any dog-owner!

Follow My Leader
     By James B. Garfield, first published in 1957, Viking Press, 1994, Puffin Books, NY, ISBN 0-14-036485-4
See my post from 10-20-10 to read a REVIEW.  Juvenile fiction, loaded with dialogue, somewhat dated.  Jimmy, an 11-year-old boy is blinded and learns independence with his guide dog, Leader.

Inside of a Dog.  What Dogs See, Smell, and Know.
     By Alexandra Horowitz, PhD in cognitive science, 2009, Scribner, New York, ISBN 978-1-4165-8340-0 
See my post from 8-25-10 to read a REVIEW.  Excellent exploration of life from a dog's point of view--his "umwelt," relying on scientific studies and the author's own observations.


Dog Speak:  How to Learn It, Speak It, and Use it to Have a Happy, Healthy, Well-behaved Dog
     By Bash Dibra with Mary Ann Chrenshaw, 2001 (ISBN 0-684-82417-5)
Dibra introduces the reader to "dog speak," and how to interpret dog expressions, body-language, and vocalizations.  This is a good overview of basic obedience, using correction/praise methods.  Includes proper leash handling, puppy-training, and information about the AKC Canine-Good Citizen test.

The Right Dog for You
     By Daniel F. Tortora, Ph.D., 1980, (ISBN 0-671-24221-0)
Technical discussion of AKC specific breeds--what they are and what they are bred for.  Extensive tables listing behavior and temperament characteristics. Includes an involved method of dog selection to fit your family and lifestyle.

Dog Obedience Training
     By Ross Allan, 1997 (ISBN 0-7910-4605-2)
Allan is a leading trainer in Australia and was trained at the R.A.A.F.  This book is a straightforward text about basic obedience.  Allan covers basic training principles, puppy-training, heel, sit-stay, recall, etc, and uses a training collar.

Mini Encyclopedia of dog Training and Behavior
      By Colin Tennant, 2006 (ISBN 978-0-7641-3238-4)
A small, concise book with plenty of new dog ownership information, stressing positive training methods.

Kathy Santo's Dog Sense:  Everything You Need to Know about Raising, Training, and Understanding the Dog in Your Life
     By Kathy Santo, 2005 (ISBN 1-4000-4343-3)
Entertaining and easy read about Santo's methods in "typing" a dog and recommended techniques in training these types.  Covers many training techniques, including leash corrections.  Santos recommends professional training with correction or pinch collars.

The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior
      By Dr. Bruce Fogel, DVM, 1992 (ISBN 978-0876055137)
Fogel is a veterinarian and this book covers international research in dog psychology.  Highly recommended!

And of course, books by Cesar Millan:

Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
     By Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier, 2006 (ISBN 978--3-7337337)

Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog...And Your Life
     By Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier, 2007 (ISBN-13 9780307381668)


American Kennel Club:

AKC Canine-Good Citizen program:

Breed information:
  • Loads of fun information about breeds, including mixed breeds or "hybrids," as well as links to articles about care and training, and just about anything pet-related!

Dogs in Depth Online Dog Encyclopedia:
  • More information on breeds, choosing a dog, etc.

Therapy Dogs International:
  • A good site to browse for information about potential use of a well-trained dog.

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