Recommended books

Bones would Rain From the Sky by Suzanne Clothier; if you only can buy one book to improve your relationship with your dogs, this should be it. Stories, anecdotes and lessons that will help deepen your understanding of the other species we like best. about $25 .

The Other end of theLeash by Patricia McConnell; Insight into the dog’s perspective of our behavior. How to be a good dog leader. about $14.

Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson; What motivates your dog to want to do what you want? How can we understand what is ‘normal’ dog behavior? about $17

Training books

Get the behavior you want through positive training methods, not coercive ones. Enlist your dog as your friend, give him a job to do, you will both be happier and have a lot of fun !

Clicking with your dog by Peggy Tillman; If you are new to clicker training, positive training and /or don’t have a good trainer in your area, this is the book for you. Easy to use, great illustrations, lesson plan in back. about $24

Shutzhund Obedience by Sheila Booth; how to train a dog to be a happy working dog. not a clicker training book, but a positive training manual just the same.about $24

Don’t shoot the dog by Karen Pryor; A classic in clicker training, full of good ideas, stories and practical advice on training any animal. about $12

Healthcare resource books

The Pill book guide to Medication for your Dog and Cat Bantam books, reference $6.99; comprehensive guide to prescription and OTC drugs, dosages, side effects and more.

Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook by Giffin MD & Carlson DVM Howel Book House $27

UC Davis School of Vet. Med Book of Dogs ed. Mordecai Siegal Harper Collins $32. Complete medical reference for Dogs and Puppies.<