Don't Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor
Required reading for all Camp staff - this book is easy to read and considered the bible of learning theory. Not exclusively a dog training book, DSTD outlines 8 methods for putting an end to all kinds of undesirable behavior without yelling, threats, force, punishment, guilt trips - or shooting the dog; the 10 laws of shaping behavior; house training the dog, improving your tennis game, keeping the cat off the table, and much, much more! An easy and very worthwhile read.
On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas
Required viewing for all Camp Staff - this book and video combination focuses on physical canine communication skills. Understanding the dog's body language, especially signals used to maintain social hierarchy within the pack is critical for safety and keeping the peace. You may never look at dogs the same way after watching this one!
How To Teach A New Dog Old Tricks by Ian Dunbar
This is the best step-by-step guide to basic obedience that we've found! Clear descriptions and pictures depict off-leash, lure-reward techniques that work on puppies, adolescents and adult dogs. This book makes basic training easy, enjoyable and FUN! A must have for new puppy owners!
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
A revolutionary new way of understanding the relationship between humans and domestic dogs. The author's work with her own dogs and those of her clients, and her studies with other behaviorists has led her to the realization that dogs probably learn exclusively through conditioning of various types. Understand the role of conditioning on a dog's intelligence, instincts and ultimately their behavior. Fascinating read for anyone who wants to understand the canine mind but couldn't read between the woofs!
The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell
When humans communicate with dogs, a lot can get lost in the translation. Focusing on human behavior, this book teaches us how to speak consistently in a language dogs understand and avoid sending conflicting and confusing messages. This is a great book for people who want to understand and deepen the relationship they already share with their treasured companion.