Here’s a list of books that I recommend on a number of dog related topics. Dogwise is the best online source for dog related literature.

New Puppy

Before and After You Get Your Puppy—Dr. Ian Dunbar. Generously offered as a FREE download from

Perfect Puppy—How to Raise a Well Behaved Dog—Gwen Bailey

Puppy Primer, 2nd Edition—Brenda Scidmore & Patricia McConnell

Puppy School—Gwen Bailey

Sirius Puppy Training Video—Dr. Ian Dunbar

The Connection Collection—Suzanne Clothier (this should be mandatory reading for all puppy/dog owners!)

Ultimate Puppy—Great website for new puppy owners!

Basic Training

How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks—Dr. Ian Dunbar

Really Reliable Recalls—Leslie Nelson

The Power of Positive Training, 2nd Edition—Pat Miller

The Thinking Dog: Crossover to Clicker Training—Gail T. Fisher

Advanced Training

Advanced Shutzhund—Karen Duet & Ivan Balabanov

CTS Obedience Without Conflict #1—Clear Communication DVD—Ivan Balabanov

CTS Obedience Without Conflict #2—The Game DVD—Ivan Balabanov


Feisty Fido—Help for the Leash Reactive Dog, 2nd Edition—Patricia McConnell and Karen London

Fight! A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-Dog Aggression—Jean Donaldson

Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs—Jean Donaldson


Dog Language—An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior—Roger Abrantes

Dogs A New Understanding Of Canine Origin, Behavior, And Evolution—Raymond & Lorna Coppinger

Evolution of Canine Social Behavior—Roger Abrantes

Genetics And The Social Behavior Of The Dog—John Paul Scott & John L. Fuller—the classic study

Inside of a Dog—Alexandra Horowitz


Cautious Canine—How to Help Dogs Conquer their Fears—Patricia McConnell

Dogs Home Alone—Roger Abrantes—A step by step guide to help with separation anxiety

Help for Your Fearful Dog—A Step-By-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears—Nicole Wilde

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers—Robert Sapolsky—not a dog book but a very interesting read on the effects of stress

Health Care

Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook, 4th Edition—Debra Eldridge, Liisa Carlson, Delbert Carlson, James Giffin, Beth Adelman

Speaking for Spot by Dr. Nancy Kay

The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity—Demian Dressler and Susan Ettinger

Learning Theory

Don’t Shoot the Dog—Karen Pryor

Excel-erated Learning—Pam Reid


Canine Nutrigenomics—The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health—W. Jean Dodds, DVM & Diana Laverdure

Food Pets Die For, 3rd Edition—Ann Martin—a startling look at the pet food industry

K9 Kitchen—Your Dogs’ Diet: The Truth Behind The Hype, 2nd Edition—Monica Segal


Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs—Suzanne Clothier

The Emotional Lives of Animals—A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow and Empathy—And Why They Matter—Marc Bekoff

For the Love of a Dog—Understanding Emotion In You And Your Best Friend—Patricia McConnell

The Other End of the Leash—Patricia McConnell

Stucture/Anatomy/Gait Analysis

Dog Anatomy—A Coloring Atlas—Robert Kainer & Thomas McCracken

K-9 Structure & Terminology—Edward Gilbert, Jr. & Thelma Brow


Wolves—Behavior, Ecology,  and Conservation—L. David Mech & Luigi Boitani, Editors

So you want to be a dog trainer?

Must read books for aspiring dog trainers  [aside from those already listed]:

Coaching People to Train Their Dogs—Terry Ryan

Culture Clash—Jean Donaldson

Dogs Are from Neptune—Jean Donaldson

Dominance—Fact Or Fiction? —Barry Eaton

Getting a Grip on Aggression Cases—Practical Considerations for Dog Trainers—Nicole Wilde

Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training—Steven Lindsay