Good Books On Canine Psychology

Just a list of some excellent books on canine psychology and training, that I’ve either read, am reading, or will be reading next. I mean training as in behaviour modification rather than teaching dogs to do neat tricks. And psychology as in how dogs think, why they act the way they do.

To anyone interested in learning more about canine psychology, I highly recommend you check out the courses offered by the ISCP. It’s a UK organisation but the courses can be done online from wherever you are in the world. You can also join in discussions and webinars, as well as their Facebook page, where you will get to know a large network of dog behaviourists and trainers.

Here are those books, in no particular order (as most of my readers are in America, I’m using the US Amazon site for the links):

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals

Charlie: The dog who came in from the wild

The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior (Howell reference books)

Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems Including Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression, Housetraining, Leash Pulling, and More!

Dog Training – The Essential Guide

Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain

Clever Dog: Understand What Your Dog is Telling You

The Power of Positive Dog Training

The Heartbeat at Your Feet: A Practical, Compassionate New Way to Train Your Dog

It’s Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet

In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding by Bradshaw, John (2012)

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

This list is by no means comprehensive. There are lots of other books on the subject, however I’ve only listed the newer ones. Some of the ideas and concepts in the older books have been debunked, or have fallen out of favour with the public, so they’re not on my list here.


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