Note: The ideas expressed here are strictly the author's opinions. Always contact your veterinarian and/or trainer/behaviorist for any questions regarding the health or behavior of your pet.
|At the bottom of this page are links to pages discussing common canine problems, from separation anxiety to aggression, but first we want to talk about our favorite dog books.
The Dog Pack has well over 200 different books on dogs and if we were to buy just two, they would be:
- How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication by Stanley Coren. We absolutely love this book and The Washington Post agrees: "The best key yet to what dogs are thinking - the closest thing we have to King Solomon's magic ring."(Audrey C. Foote, The Washington Post). We have given this book as a gift to our friends who are pet sitters because we believe it to be extremely useful. Click on the photo or the book name for detailed information.
- The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller is the best book yet on explaining how and why purely positive training works. Inside, you'll find easy to read discussion of the philosophy of positive training followed by training tips and exercises. This book is geared toward the dog owner who wants to develop a relationship with their dog based on friendship and positive reinforcement, not fear and punishment. You get 30 chapters with instructive illustrations, including an easy-to-follow, step-by-step, six-week basic training program (with diary) for any dog. Click on the photo or the book name for detailed information.
288 Pages, $9.49
256 Pages, $12.49
As far as training books, here are our favorites:
- The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller
- The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training
- Animal Planet's Yelpline!
- The Animal Planet and the Humane Society of the United states have teamed up to bring you the Yelpline, answers to common problems people have with their pets.
- Find a Certified Animal Behaviorist!
- If you need to find a certified animal behaviorist in your area, click here.
- Find a Trainer!
- If you need to find a trainer in your area who is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, click here.
- Read these behavior tips on barking from the Animal Planet's Yelpline.
- Understanding Aggressive Dog Behavior
- Discovery.com's Animal Planet Yelpline has a wonderful article on aggressive behavior in dogs.
- Separation Anxiety
- Hobo, one of The Dog Pack Dogs, had a severe case of separation anxiety. He was so thrilled to be off the streets and have a good, clean home with plenty of food and love that whenever we were out of his sight, he went crazy, howling, chewing at window sills, scratching doors, trying to eat through whatever was between us and him. Desperate to help him overcome this problem, we searched high and low and finally found some techiques that seemed to work. Most importantly, these techniques emphasize that separation anxiety is NOT the dog's attempt to punish or seek revenge on his owner for leaving him alone, but is actually a panic response. Click here for the information that helped us.
- Animal Advice and Training
- This page has lots of wonderful advice, behavior links, and contact information for a behavior helpline. The Dumb Friends League works to keep people and pets together and they offer a toll free number for assistance with dog or cat behavior: 1-877-738-0217. We especially like their quote at the top of their page: "Properly trained, a man can be a dog's best friend."--Cary Ford