Some recommended reading…
A friend of mine is training to become a dog trainer, and she came around not so long ago to borrow a couple of books from my ever-expanding collection of dog books. I gave her the ones she was looking for. And then saw another I thought she should probably read too… and another. She left with at least twice as many books as she’d come for!
I love seeing people take an interest in learning about dogs and I bring books to all of my puppy consults to wave at the humans as recommended reading.
Of course, there are so many aspects to looking after and training a dog, there’s no one-fits-all book, so here is a selection of some of the books I most commonly recommend to dog owners.
For a practical overview of puppy care, I recommend:
How to Handle Living with your Dog, Winkie Spiers
For gaining a better understanding of dogs:
The Other End of the Leash, Patricial McConnell
For canine communications:
Calming Signals: On Talking Terms with Dogs, Turid Rugaas
On feeding your dog:
Raw and Natural Nutrition in Dogs, Lew Olsen
On the evolution of dogs:
Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behaviour and Evolution, Coppinger & Coppinger
On positive training:
Don’t Shoot the Dog, Jean Donaldson
The Kingdom of Canine Scent, Ann Lill Kvam
On holistic healthcare (I know it’s not for everyone!):
The Holistic Dog, Holly Mash
For some basic tips on mental stimulation, try the mental stimulation section of:
No Walks? No Worries! Maintaining wellbeing in dogs on restricted exercise, Sian Ryan & Helen Zulch
Happy reading! If you’d like any further recommendations, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line, and I’ll be more than happy to oblige!