Dog Behavior and
Canine Psychology Books

The Dog's Mind
The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior
by Bruce Fogle, Anne B. Wilson
Paperback: 224 p. Publisher: Howell Book House (1992)
This informative book explores the psychology of canine behaviour: How do dogs perceive the world about them? How do they see, hear, learn, relate to their owners? How large are their brains, what is their emotional makeup? Why do they suffer from stress and how can it be coped with? Not necessarily a training manual but gives a great insight into just how the dog's mind works and how the dog relates to his surroundings.
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Dog Language
Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior
by Roger Abrantes
Paperback: 266 p. Publisher: Dogwise Publishing (2001)
The ethologist Roger Abrantes explains why dogs do what they do and how we can express ourselves so that our dogs can understand us better. It is a systematic book, ordered alphabetically, offering a comprehensive set of facial expressions, signs and signals, behaviours etc. and describes what each signal or expession means. It doesn't tell however how to deal with it. Contains 94 beautiful drawings illustrating over 150 different dog expressions.  More information:

Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog
by Brenda Aloff
370 pages
Dogwise Publishing (November 2005)
A great book to learn how to understand what your dog is really thinking. The numerous pictures allow the reader to learn dog body language in much the same way as he would learn a type of sign language.
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Recommended Books for Dog Owners
The Rosetta Bone : The Key to Communication Between Humans and Canines (Howell Dog Book of Distinction)
by Cheryl Smith. Hardcover: 256 p. Publ: Howell Book House (2003)
E xpert dog trainer and competitor Cheryl S. Smith reveals unique insights and provides gentle training advice,  focusing on the behavioral basis-- the "silent" symbols-- for the average dog owners to decipher canine meanings, communicate effectively and increase training success.  She reveals how a dog's breed can affect his personality and explains how to decode-- and correct-- common behavior problems.  More information

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How to be the Leader of the Pack...And have Your Dog Love You For It.
by Patricia B. McConnell Ph.D.
16 pages
McConnell Publishing, Ltd.; 3rd edition (January 1, 1996)
This little dog training booklet shows you how to love your dogs without spoiling them, provide boundaries without intimidation and avoid aggression related to fear or dominance. The ideas and exercises are based on the way dogs communicate with each other, so they are highly effective and easy for your dog to understand.
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The Rosetta Bone
Aggression in Dogs: Practical Management, Prevention & Behaviour Modification
by Brenda Aloff
Publisher: Dogwise Publishing (2004)
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On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals
by Turid Rugaas
78 pages
Dogwise Publishing; 2nd edition (2005)
Turid explains how dogs use calming signals, to avoid threats from people and dogs or to calm down nervousness and fear, and how we, as dog owners, can use them as well with our own dogs.
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So Your Dog's Not Lassie
So Your Dogs Not Lassie: Tips for Training Difficult Dogs and Independent Breeds
by Betty Fisher, Suzanne Delzio
281 p. Publisher: HarperResource; 1st ed (1998)
Contrary to what is usually written, not all dogs want to earn their
owner's approval. This book focuses on free-thinking, very
 independent, highly energetic, distractable or dominant dogs.
The first few chapters cover dog behavior, equipment & logistics, becoming alpha of your "pack", body language, rewards, and treats. For the specific exercises, the author uses her own bulldogs as examples and explains exactly how to teach your dog the exercise, the steps to reaching the end result (ex. basic heeling to competition level heeling), and some common problems you might encounter.
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How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-human Communication
by Stanley Coren
288 pages
Simon & Schuster Ltd; New edition edition (2001)
This book focuses as much on body language as he does on verbal communication.
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Bonding with Your Dog: A Trainer's Secrets for Building a Better Relationship
by Victoria Schade
224 pages
Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (2009)
This book reveals that a successful relationship between you and your dog isn't about establishing yourself as the pack leader, but about building a meaningful bond. The author explains how this bond forms the core of the entire relationship between you and your dog; if it's lacking, it's the primary source of any frustration you may be having with your dog. More information:

Positive Reinforcement: Training Dogs in the Real World
by Brenda Aloff
The author makes it clear that all dogs are trainable if you know how to communicate with them clearly using the most gentle and effective way.
Operant conditioning is a specific type of learning whereby behaviors are altered or changed primarily by manipulating the consequences that follow them.
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Get Connected with Your Dog: Emphasizing the Relationship While Training Your Dog
by Brenda Aloff
Hardcover: 395 pages
Direct Book Service; 1st edition (February 20, 2008)
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Scaredy Dog! Understanding and Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog
by Ali Brown
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