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Don’t Shoot the Dog! Originally published entitled: Don’t shoot the dog!: how to improve yourself and others through behavioral training, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984. It is not a dog training manual, yet somehow started a dog training revolution.
Author: Karen Pryor
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The Culture Clash: Winner of the Maxwell Award for BEST DOG TRAINING BOOK (1997) from the Dog Writers? Association of America. Voted #1 BEST BOOK (2000 & 2001) by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers?the largest and most influential worldwide association of professional pet dog trainers. The Culture Clash is utterly unique, fascinating to the extreme, and literally overflowing with information so new that it virtually redefines the state of the art in dog behavior and training. The Culture Clash depicts dogs as they really are? stripped of their Hollywood fluff, with their loveable “can I eat it, chew it, urinate on it, what’s in it for me” philosophy. The author’s tremendous affection for dogs shines through at all times, as does her keen insight into the dog’s mind. Relentlessly she champions the dog’s point of view, always showing concern for their education and well-being. Author: Jean Donaldson
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Chill Out Fido! Does your dog go bonkers when the doorbell rings or when you grab the leash to take him for a walk? If you find your dog is often difficult to control, you are not alone! The inability to get their dogs to relax and calm down is one of the most common behavioral problems that dog owners face. This two part book will help you first identify the factors that cause this kind of behavior in dogs and then provides you with eleven key training exercises you can use to help your dog chill out in everyday situations where so many dogs get wild and crazy! First you will learn there are a large number of factors that can all play a part in a dog displaying unruly or unfocused behaviors, and in some cases high levels of stress. Each of the exercises are designed to teach your dog how to calm down, pay attention to you, relax, and respond with a new set of skills to every day situations with confidence and composure. You will improve the relationship and achieve the ideal dog you always wanted. Author:  Nan Arthur
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Barking, the Sound of a Language: Barking is more than just noise. Barking is natural and almost all dogs bark. It is one of the many ways dogs communicate with each other as well as with humans. In this book, author Turid Rugaas, well known for her work on identifying and utilizing canine “calming signals,” turns her attention to understanding and managing barking behavior. Think of barking as your dog’s language. By learning to identify what your dog is expressing when he barks, you can take steps to minimize their negative effects.  Author: Turid Rugaas
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Play with Your Dog: Pat Miller explores the role and benefits of play between you and your dog – and between dogs. Play behaviors have important learning and health benefits that help dogs become well-adjusted members of both their canine and human families. Through play your dog learns dog-to-dog social graces and is mentally and physically stimulated. Play can be a great training tool, helping to build the relationship between you and your dog. And while play comes naturally to most dogs, there are many who need to be encouraged to discover their “inner puppy.” Pat includes dozens of game ideas collected from trainers all over the country you can try out with your dog(s). Author: Pat Miller
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The Thinking Dog: It is such a joy to work with a dog who proactively engages in behaviors as you build a relationship that will surprise you in its depth and versatility. Clicker training has proven to be the most effective means of developing a “Thinking Dog,” one works in partnership with the trainer, making choices the right choices]]for the trainer and the dog. One of the biggest obstacles the trainer often faces, however, is his or her own training history and habits working with a dog. But you can make the transition once you understand how dogs learn and the mechanisms of operant conditioning. Learn from author Gail Fisher’s crossover experiences as well as those of the hundreds of students she has helped make the change over the past thirteen years. Author: Gail Fisher
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Do Over Dogs: What exactly is a Do-Over Dog? It might be a shelter dog you’re working with to help her become more adoptable. Perhaps it’s the dog you’ve adopted, rescued, or even found running stray who is now yours to live with and love]]forever. Or it could be the dog you’ve lived with for years but you realize he still has “issues” that make him a challenging canine companion. A Do-Over Dog is any dog that you think needs make that deserves a second chance in life. Noted author and trainer Pat Miller has spent her life working with both people and shelter dogs, family dogs, and dogs with behavior problems. In her newest book she shares the wisdom of her years in the field of force-free, positive dog training to help give people and pets a first class life together. Author: Pat Miller
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On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals  One of our all time best selling books is now in its second edition with three additional chapters, color photos and descriptive captions. Turid Rugaas is a noted expert on canine body language, notably “calming signals” which are signals dogs give to other dogs and humans to denote stress and to attempt defuse situations that otherwise might result in fights or aggression. Written in practical, down-to-earth, logical language. Author: Turid Rugass
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Reaching the Animal Mind: From the celebrated pioneer in the field of no-punishment dog training and author of the ground breaking bestseller “Don’t Shoot the Dog!,” Karen Pryor explains her innovative training method that has changed the lives of millions of animals. Behavioral biologist Karen Pryor has spent more than thirty years in the business of training animals. First developed for marine mammals, Pryor’s all-positive “clicker” training system is a safe and effective way to modify behavior–by isolating wanted behaviors and ignoring the unwanted–and is now in world-wide use with dogs, cats, horses, birds, zoo animals, and increasingly, humans. Reaching the Animal Mind “explains in clear, accessible language, the background of the ever-widening application of non-punitive training for animals of all kinds. Author: Karen Pryor
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The Power of Positive Dog Training: A renowned dog trainer gives you the positive training tools you need to share a lifetime of fun, companionship, and respect with your dog. Plus, you’ll get: information on the importance of observing, understanding, and reacting appropriately to your dog’s body language; instructions on how to phase out the use of a clicker and treats to introduce more advanced training concepts; a diary to track progress; suggestions for treats your dog will respond to; and a glossary of training terms. Author: Pat Miller
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Plenty in Life Is Free: In this new book, renowned dog trainer Kathy Sdao reveals how her journey through life and her decades of experience training marine mammals and dogs led her to reject a number of sacred cows including the leadership model of dog training. She describes in narrative fashion how she has come to focus her own training philosophy which emphasizes developing partnerships in which humans and dogs exchange reinforcements and continually cede the upper hand to one another. Author: Kathy Sdao
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