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  With 400 photos and a step-by-step plan, this puppy book visually guides you through socialization, potty training, and life skills while making the process fun.        2nd ed. "Get rid of your dogs-are-like-humans thinking and learn to appreciate the TRUE strengths and abilities of your canine companions. Find out what really makes a dog tick, what motivates him and how to get the behavior you are looking for!"
       "Demonstrates how you can train your dog, have fun, and build a lasting relationship at the same time.When you apply the training methods in this book and follow the unique six-week training program, your dog will learn to think and to choose proper behavior." I use this book as the foundation for my training classes, with great success.      "When humans communicate with dogs, a lot can get lost in the translation. Focusing on human behavior, Dr. McConnell teaches readers how to retrain themselves to speak consistently in a language dogs understand and avoid sending conflicting and confusing messages."

If you read these 4 books you'll know more than 95% of dog owners, and more than most traditional dog trainers, as well!

     The definitive guide to the Australian Shepherd dog. Includes updated information on selection, care, training, grooming, health, herding, agility, showing, other activities, genetics and breeding, as well as a detailed history of the breed. This enormous 3rd edition also includes information on Miniature Australian Shepherds.      The Australian Shepherd has a devoted following. Highly desired for its versatility, the Aussie is an intelligent, athletic, and very people-oriented herding dog. In this second edition of the popular and respected The Australian Shepherd, Aussie expert Liz Palika has updated the material to reflect the breed's booming popularity, including the dramatic increase in performance records.
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       Trainer favorite! Engaging, humorous and easy to follow, the updated Puppy Primer is packed with positive reinforcement tips, tricks, special topics and more. This expanded version is used by thousands of trainers across the U.S. New dog owners love it because it provides clear and concise information that makes training effective and fun. It's upbeat and encouraging, yet is chock full of useful information that every puppy owner needs.        Details the nuts and bolts of clicker training from getting the behavior started to the proper use of rewards and how to fade the use of rewards. Trainers consider this one of the best books written on clicker training. Explains how to change from compulsive methods to non-force training.       A comprehensive guide to acquiring, living with, and caring for a dog, from puppyhood through old age. In clear, concise, and fun-to-read language, it tells readers everything they need to know, including how to select and acquire a dog, set up house, deal with health care, nutrition, exercise, grooming, breeding (or not), basic and more advanced training, and more.
      This is NOT a training DVD, it's an introduction to the concept of clicker training. If you think clicker training is complicated, watch this adorable DVD of young children training puppies, and you'll change your mind!       Clicker training is so gentle you don't need to way for your puppy to “grow up” to begin training. It's fun so that your puppy will beg you to play “the training game.” And it's easy, so that everyone in the family can participate.
      Let two top Los Angeles trainers guide you step by step, through simple, gentle techniques that produce amazing results. Your dog will learn all basic and other essential commands. Over 40 minutes of exercises and valuable tips, featuring many different dog breeds. Includes "sit!", "down!", "stay!, "come!", "give!", "wait!" , house training, food, play toys and more.      From 3-14 months of age, your puppy is a sponge. What should you train? How should you train it? How do you lay that invaluable foundation before embarking on training for your chosen sport?   Agility is an off-leash sport in a potentially highly distracting environment. A balance of play and control for these youngsters allows for an easy transition into agility training and competition.

      Raw Dog Food explains in simple, friendly, and understandable terms the logic behind this approach. In this fun and slightly irreverent book the author shows how feeding your dog a raw diet can be economical and easy for you, and healthy for your dog.        A comprehensive and digestible guide for getting your dog up and running on a raw-food diet. If you are at all apprehensive about feeding meat and bones safely, this book will give you the knowledge you need and a boost to your confidence. Includes chapters on: - how to transition your dog onto a raw diet the right way - the different types of ingredients to feed - tailoring your dog's diet to meet specific needs - BARF and prey-model approaches to raw diets - where to obtain raw food economically and conveniently - and more.
      Pet owners seeking to give their dogs a better coat, better skin, and healthier teeth and gums, as well as longer lives and more stable temperaments, will benefit not only from the background data in this book, but also the step-by-step instructions and recipes for preparing these diets. The book includes charts with the recipes, instructions on keeping diets simple and balanced, guidelines on preparation, suggestions for finding ingredients, and how much to feed a dog by body weight.       Ancestors and canine cousins of our dogs didn't eat “krunchy kibble” or “meat ‘n gravy in a can.” They ate what they found or caught... and it wasn't cooked or “enriched” either! It was high in protein, with balanced fats, and usually included a few fruits, vegetables and grasses. Steve Brown, an expert on canine nutrition, shows how you can bring the benefits of the canine ancestral diet to your dog by feeding him differently as little as just one day a week.
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Holistic Health Care

Homeopathic veterinarians rely on your observations to evaluate treatment, and this book, full of success stories, will teach you exactly what information is needed in order to help your animals not only heal, but regain their former vitality, energy, and zest for life. This easy-to-read book is the best all-round introduction to homeopathy available. Dr. Dooley intersperses stories from his twenty years of training and experience as he explains what homeopathy is, how it differs, when to use it, what to expect, how to get results, and what is needed for success in treatment. Highly recommended by homeopathic practitioners.

The second edition includes updated resources and research sections.

Most people understand homeopathy as a treatment for people, but as this book shows, our four-legged friends can benefit from it as well. First published in 1999, Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs quickly became a bestseller and an important resource for anyone looking for a more organic approach to caring for their cats and dogs. Using accessible language, author Don Hamilton gives readers an authoritative overview of animal homeopathy, covering history, treatment principles, homeopathic disease theory, and simple methods for using homeopathic remedies. In this compelling, very accessible book, Dr. Goldstein explains exactly what holistic medicine is and how it works. By treating the root of a health problem instead of its symptoms, you too can help your animal to regain and maintain its own health, as nature intended. Dr. Goldstein also shares many remarkable true stories of supposedly terminally ill animals who have recovered to full wellness. Inside you'll discover
From the author who brought you THE FIRST-AID COMPANION FOR DOGS AND CATS, award-winning pet journalist Amy Shojai presents this new large-format edition of her popular NEW CHOICES IN NATURAL HEALING FOR DOGS & CATS.

At your fingertips you'll find over 1,000 at-home remedies for your pet's problems.
The Veterinarians' Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs is both an introduction and a guide to the vast world of natural healing methods, treatments, and foods now available for dogs. Author Martin Zucker offers advice from dozens of holistic practitioners and licensed veterinarians, who share their recipes, insights, and "prescriptions." Here dog owners will find information on everything from nutritional supplements to massage therapy, as well as how these treatments can be used alone or in conjunction with traditional medications and surgical techniques.
     Would you like to have a closer relationship with your dog? Would you like to help it overcome behavior or health problems?      The Tellington Touch (also known as the Tellington TTouch) can help, and you can soon be doing it with your dog. Sometimes it makes an unbelievable difference...  Perhaps you have a dog who is afraid of thunderstorms. Or a dog who has arthritis. Or a dog who is hard to control on leash. Or a dog who... well, you can fill in the blank!  


      Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we vary. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love       Akin to Monty Roberts's The Man Who Listens to Horses and going light-years beyond The Hidden Life of Dogs , this extraordinary book takes a radical new direction in understanding our life with canines and offers us astonishing new lessons about our pets. From changing the misbehaviors and habits that upset us, to seeing the world from their unique and natural perspective, to finding a deep connection with another being, BONES WOULD RAIN FROM THE SKY will help you receive an incomparable gift: a profound, lifelong relationship with the dog you love.


  "Quite simply this is an excellent book. It is well-written, with snatches of dry humour. It should be mandatory reading for anybody who keeps a dog or has intentions of so doing." -R. W. F. Poole, Daily Telegraph 

Over the last few years a substantial body of knowledge has been built up about the psychology of dog behavior. Combining more than twenty years of practical experience as a veterinary clinician with a personal knowledge and understanding of the latest international research, Dr. Bruce Fogle has written the most inclusive and relevant book on how the canine mind works.

      Ever wish you could talk to your dog? With this bible of canine body language you can learn to read him! Well-organized, loaded with photos and detailed explanations, it helps you interpret your dog's emotions and, indeed, thoughts.

Winner of the DWAA Maxwell Award for 2006, Best General Reference Book
      For those who love to see the joy on a dog's face when they are truly enjoying play, this is a great book that explains what goes on in a dog's body and mind that makes social play so important. Anyone involved with dogs should read this book and be sure every dog they encounter is having fun!"  — Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA and author of Off Leash Dog Play       Children need to learn to play safely with dogs in their family and in the community. Written by children for children, Good Dog! teaches children to read a dog's body language and use this knowledge to be kind, respectful, and safe around dogs. It also builds children's confidence by teaching them how to train dogs with positive reinforcement—and to have fun doing it. The positive, non-punitive training methods are endorsed by professional dog trainers and child-safety experts. But don't tell the kids that—tell them it's just plain FUN!
    What is your dog trying to tell you and other dogs? How can you tell when play turns into aggression, or whether a dog is showing friendliness, fear, or stress? The Language of Dogs DVD contains extensive footage of a variety of breeds showing hundreds of examples of canine behavior and body language. Learn how to identify common behaviors, including look-aways, freezes, submissive grins, tail flags, dog smiles, sneezes, shake-offs, urogenital check-outs, displacement behaviors—the list goes on and on.      This in-depth seminary provides a comprehensive understanding of who dogs are and why they do what they do. You'll gain a state-of-the-art knowledge of canine behavior and its practical application to your relationship with your dog, and his/her relationship to you, other humans and other dogs. In this dvd slides, videos and personal demonstrations give you an enhanced understanding of the importance of genetics and development, along with the new discoveries about canine play behavior, social behavior and canine cognition. run time 6 hrs


     Positive Answers for the Aggressive Dog. The dog that bites. The dog that attacks other dogs. The dog who may not survive his own aggressive behavior. What can be done to help these dogs? When Emma Parsons, canine behavior consultant, discovered that her own dog was aggressive, she developed innovative and effective strategies to calm, alter, and re-shape his reactive displays, and those of her clients' dogs.      In 41 essays the author of the classic work on dog behavior, Culture Clash, helps us understand what really motivates dogs, corrects our wrong-headed notions about canine behavior and explains how to solve problems. Taken from actual case files. Enlightening!
     Fearful, aggressive, reactive, unruly, or just too rambunctious— does this describe your dog? You may know many techniques for dealing with your reactive or aggressive dog, but with many dogs, to get the results you want you need a clear step-by-step plan. In this live-recorded 3-hour seminar, veterinarian and applied animal behaviorist, Dr. Sophia Yin presents a comprehensive plan for helping fearful, aggressive or reactive dogs overcome their behavioral problems.        Reactivity: A Program for Rehabilitation explains how to train the most important behaviors and skills needed for tackling reactivity. In-depth tutorials show you how to lower stress, build calmness, build attention, train alternate behaviors, reinforce the absence of reactivity, and, most importantly, build your dog's confidence and trust in you.
      The world can be a very distracting place for reactive dogs. The show environment, no matter what the sport, can be one of the biggest challenges! Can your dog get through a door shared by other dogs at a show?  What happens if another dog sniffs your dog's body?  What if the space is severely limited? How do you move your dog through?  Can your dog watch another dog play close by? Can he watch another dog perform agility?     

This program is filled with different exercises that you can practice with your dog to teach him to ignore the distractions in the environment—no matter what or where they are.

      Do you have a Jekyll and Hyde dog at the other end of the leash? Is she wonderful with familiar dogs but barks and lunges at unfamiliar ones? Through slides, videos and live demonstrations, Treating Dog-Dog Reactivity will show you how to: • Make neighborhood walks enjoyable again! • Use Classical and Operant Conditioning like a pro • Match the training method with the dog • Turn away from trouble before it starts • Stop other dogs from charging at your own dog

      MUST READ history of clicker training. This classic adventure story will delight anyone who loves animals and the sea. Lads Before the Wind is also the most readable book written on the new science of training and communicating with positive reinforcemnet       Don't let the title of this book confuse you. Positive reinforcement isn't just for dogs! This book teaches you how to use positive reinforcement on the people around you.
      Written by one of the leading veterinary behaviorists in the country, this revised and expanded edition of the original bestseller features brand new chapters that provide the most up-to-date science of dog behavior and explains key concepts in clear, straightforward language. How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves takes a scientifically sound yet practical approach to explaining dog behavior and training theory, and then shows you how to apply these concepts so you can train your dog to be well behaved.        Melissa C. Alexander, moderator of the online discussion forum ClickerSolutions, collects clear and accurate answers to over one hundred commonly asked questions about clicker training in one essential reference. Click for Joy! is packed with information for experienced trainers and newcomers alike, including: * positive, effective solutions to common problems * practical instructions to train any behavior for fluency and reliability * encouragement, advice, and success stories from clicker trainers around the world.
      "Clicking with Your Dog" is the answer for all pet owners who want a dog to be a real partner and friend. The author's step-by-step illustrations explain the clicking process more clearly than ever before. Soon you will truly understand your dog, and, thanks to the clicker, your dog will understandd you!"       The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Positive Dog Training continues to be one of the most successful series titles in the Pet category.
A perfect read for first-time dog owners, those who have trained dogs with other methods, and anyone who has brought home a seemingly "bad" dog.  Features a regimen for training a dog for the Canine Good Citizenship Test
      The book Dogwise recommends for all new pet parents because it is a complete training, puppy raising, problem-solving, and basic health guide for all ages of a dog's life. Written as a series of columns in Whole Dog Journal, it gives you information on day-to- day living with dogs in small, easily understood "bites."        The author is a good writer, witty and perceptive, and her highly responsive bull terriers (impossible dogs!) are living proof that she's really onto something. I bet you can't open to a single page without going “Oh! I want to try that!” Whether you have an “untrainable” breed or not, here's how to build a beautiful relationship with kindness all the way.
      The Focused Puppy presents a variety of foundation exercises for your pup's first year. The book tells you exactly what skills you should be working on and when. By following each step, you and your puppy will build a wonderfully rewarding relationship that will carry over into everything you do together. And once his foundation skills are set, you can easily take your training in any direction you choose.


A celebrated pioneer in the field of no-punishment animal training, Karen Pryor is responsible for developing clicker training—an all-positive, safe, effective way to modify and shape animal behavior—and she has changed the lives of millions of animals. Practical, engrossing, and full of fascinating stories about Pryor's interactions with animals of all sorts, Reaching the Animal Mind presents the sum total of her life's work. She explains the science behind clicker training, how and why it works, and offers step-by-step instructions on how you can clicker-train any animal in your life.
      Who needs Control Unleashed? Dogs that are uncomfortable or unable to work off lead around other dogs Dog that are easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating Dogs that are reactive or easily aroused Dogs that are anxious or stressed and shut down Dog that are unable to control their impulses when excited This training program can change your dog's life!       Control Unleashed®: The Puppy Program is meant as "preventive medicine" for puppy raisers. Many common behavior problems can be either prevented or minimized by starting a puppy with good foundation training from the beginning. In addition, this book provides a program that will help you create a puppy that is ready for sport-specific training at the appropriate age-a puppy with the ability to focus on whatever you want, for as long as you want, whenever you want.
      Offers easy-to-follow steps to teach your dog to come when called. This DVD teaches dog owners and trainers surefire ways to train a dog to come in a any situation, removing the fear of your dog running into the street and traffic. Includes tips on building a trusting relationship with your dog, how to apply the principles of positive dog training, and techniques to reinforce what you ve taught.      Featuring puppies as young as 9 weeks and dogs much older, "Crate Games" gives step-by-step instruction. Allows anyone to produce: focus and motivation for work,  a dog that can relax in his crate even while you work another dog, a phenomenal sit stay, a speedy and dependable recall, distance skills for obedience or agility, self- rather then imposed-control, a remarkable working relationship
      Awarded Best DVD of 2004, this fun filled video introduces the foundation behaviors dogs should learn.      This companion DVD goes in to more detail on shaping behaviors, or using 'baby steps' to teach the tricks.


      No matter what's going on inside or outside the ring, Diane Peters Mayer shows you how to calm yourself, stay focused, boost your self-esteem, and give a blue-ribbon performance. She uses a multidimensional approach developed during her years as a psychotherapist and anxiety specialist, complete with exercises and techniques adapted from such areas as sports psychology, yoga, and physical fitness.       Positive Training for Show Dogs is the first book to apply the latest scientific research on how dogs learn to the world of dog showing. Whether you are just getting started in the breed ring or are an experienced show dog handler, you will enjoy learning how to work with your dog as your partner to get outstanding showing results by using positive reinforcement without punishment.
      Using quick, easy, positive methods with, Dennison explains how you can train your dog to excel in all levels of AKC or APDT Rally Obedience. Written in a user friendly, well organized style, this book will make training easier and more fun for both you and your dog. Dennison explains every sign and provides step by step training exercises. Her methods can be used with or without a clicker.       Agility Right from the Start is the first training resource you should have and the last one you'll need. Authors Eva Bertilsson and Emelie Johnson Vegh now bring to the US and Canada the powerful modern training system that made them agility stars in Europe.
      When this book was first published, there was a lot of skepticism about clicker training for demanding competition events. Not anymore. With plenty of today's top dogs having being trained the clicker way, there are heaps of success as well as waves of enthusiasm for clicker training in all competition arenas.       Agility is a playful game. Dogs don't care if you win or lose, they only care how you play the game. Not only does Click & Play Agility tell you how, but it tells you why the click and play training techniques described work. Let the author guide you through the science of how dogs learn so that you can better understand how to teach agility to your dog.
      This book explains the clicker training process in detail, and clearly demonstrates how it is used to teach the skills needed to pass each of the ten elements of the Canine Good Citizen test. Additional skills such as socialization and ignoring distractions are also covered.       Your dog rules when it comes to scenting ability, but you hold the key that allows him to learn how to explore his kingdom more fully. That key is your willingness to work with him in what dog trainers call nosework exercises and games. While your dog has a wonderful innate ability to scent, nosework will present fun and interesting challenges.
      Tracking is something that comes naturally to each and every dog, no matter what age, breed, or size. Teaching your dog to track is the perfect to way to spend time together. Tracking can help build your relationship and will challenge both of you mentally and physically. You can teach very young puppies to track even before they are ready to start formal obedience training. These positive methods work with adult dogs, too.       The retrieve is one of the most difficult skills for most dogs to master in competetive obedience. It is difficult becuase it involves a long series of steps that the dog must learn in order to retrieve the object successfully. More and more trainers are realizing that teaching a comples series of behaviors like this is most easily done through the use of clicker training — using the same techniques used by large animal trainers working with whales, dolphins and elephants.
      Rally Obedience training and Rally Obedience competition is all about having fun and interacting with your dog. Whether or not you choose to train with a clicker, this book will set you on the path to success in AKC Rally or APDT Rally competition, from novice to championship level. The Rally training exercises will make dog training interesting and fun. Your dog will become more cooperative and responsive in everyday life.       Whether you are interested in working dogs for a hobby, on the ranch, or for serious trial competition, Stockdog Savvy will be an invaluable aid. Beginning with chapters on herding dog characteristics, instinct, and choosing a herding dog, the Taylors explain how to prepare your puppy and do basic foundation training. The book progresses to starting the dog on stock and developing a useful working dog and ends with advanced lessons and preparing for the various types of competition.
      This is the first book in the award winning "Dog Sports Skills" series. This first book will focus on developing a competition dog sports foundation based in engagement and relationship. It doesn't matter what genetic package or temperament your dog is born with; you can bring out the best in your dog! To train your dog, you must develop a relationship that encourages a willing and happy attitude with natural focus while eliminating undue stress in both training and competition.       . 2014 'Book of the Year" for Dog Behavior and Training! (Maxwell award). In this second book in the "Dog Sports Skills" series, Authors Denise Fenzi and Deb Jones take an in-depth look at the topic of motivation. They talk about what motivation is, and what it is not, along with an illuminating discussion of how a dog is unique in the animal world, and how educated trainers can use that to maximum advantage
      WINNER of the 2015 Book of the Year for Dog Behavior and Training! If you want to develop your playful relationship with your dog, this book is easily the most comprehensive source on the topic, covering food, toy and personal play in great depth. Fenzi and Jones begin by explaining that good play is not measured by the techniques you use, but rather the amount of enjoyment it generates between you and your dog.       . Struggling to keep and maintain your dog's attention during training or competition? Sure that your dog knows all of the work, if only he would focus and stay engaged? In the highly anticipated fourth (and final?) book in the "Dog Sports Skills" series, authors Denise Fenzi and Deb Jones turn their attention to the topics of Focus and Engagement. This book is a fantastic addition which is sure to broaden your understanding of a crucial element of training performance dogs
    Featuring puppies as young as 9 weeks and dogs much older, "Crate Games" gives step-by-step instruction. Allows anyone to produce: * Focus and motivation for work * A dog that can relax in his crate even while you work another dog * A phenomenal sit stay * A speedy and dependable recall * Distance skills for obedience or agility * Self- rather then imposed-control * A remarkable working relationship * Confidence while being proofed during any tough distraction * A dog that keenly offers responses when being shaped * But I can't take the treats and toys in the ring!
     Leslie McDevitt's versatile Control Unleashed® program is designed to teach dogs and puppies how to relax, focus, and work off-leash reliably in stimulating and stressful situations. Instead of using up their energy by getting distracted, excited, or worried about the things going on around them, dogs and puppies learn how to use their energy for focusing on you and the task at hand. Canine freestyle trick behaviors
What makes a “show dog” is that attitude that just dares the judge not to put him up and that's something that can be taught, if you start early and focus on the right things. Perfect for puppies, novice dogs, or lackluster show dogs needing a "re-tread." This series is mostly demonstrated by our 6-7 week old puppies but is suitable for any beginning show dog of any age. Intro to treiball

The Whole Dog Journal - This magazine is a must have! WDJ doesn't allow advertising, so they have editorial freedom to say what they want. They promote holistic health care and positive dog training. Each year they review dog foods and new products. Their monthly training articles by Pat Miller alone are worth the subscription cost.
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