Recommended Reading: Canine Behaviour & Psychology Books

I thoroughly enjoyed studying for my Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Psychology Course with the ISCP. For more information about the ISCP and the various courses it offers, click on this link.

There was a lot of reading to do for the course, but I’m an avid reader and devourer of books, so I was in doggy heaven. For the Diploma which I did, you need to not only read the book (by ISCP Principal extraordinaire Lisa Tenzin-Dolma) that comes with the course, you need to also be reading and digesting information from other books by other authors too. That way, you’ll have a wellrounded wealth of information to draw upon when answering the Coursework Assessments, which are at the end of each chapter of the ISCP book. The questions are essay-based, so you’ll need more than just scant information to be able to write 1000-3000 words on any area.

A couple of weeks ago, I promised my readers a list of books to read. If you are interested in learning more about how your dog thinks or why it behaves so, these are the books that I would recommend you reading.

You won’t find anything by Cesar Millan on this list. The principles discussed in these books relate to Positive Reinforcement techniques. There is no place for “Dominance Theory” or “Alpha Dog” or “Pack Leader”, or of treating dogs as wolves.

Here is that reading list, taken from Amazon (UK), in no particular order:

Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition by Adam Miklosi

Same book, different edition (I will come back to that at the end of the list)
Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition (Oxford Biology)

Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by Debra F. Horwitz et al

It’s Me or the Dog: How to have the Perfect Pet by Victoria Stilwell

Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems Including Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression by Victoria Stilwell

In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding by John Bradshaw

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia B. McConnell

Clever Dog: Understand What Your Dog is Telling You by Sarah Whitehead

Dog Speak – recognising and understanding behaviour by Chtistiane Blenski

Getting in Touch with Your Dog: A Gentle Approach to Influencing Behaviour, Health and Performance by Linda Tellington-Jones

If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind by Vilmos Csanyi

The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions by Stanley Coren

The Dog Encyclopedia (Dk)

The Complete Dog Breed Guide

Charlie: The dog who came in from the wild by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma

Dog Training – The Essential Guide by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma

The Heartbeat at Your Feet: A Practical, Compassionate New Way to Train Your Dog by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma

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

The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving and Manners by Grisha Stewart

Scaredy Dog: Understanding and Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog by Ali Brown

Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training the Crazy Dog from Over the Top to Under Control by Laura Van Arendonk Baugh

Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs by Jean Donaldson

Genius of Dogs: Discovering The Unique Intelligence Of Man’s Best Friend by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

Difficult Dogs: An Everyday Guide to Solving Behavioural Problems by Vanessa Stead

For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend by Patricia B McConnell

EMRAA Intelligence: The revolutionary new approach to treating behavior problems in dogs by Robert Falconer-Taylor et al

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals of Rugaas, Turid 2nd (second) Edition on 01 March 2009

Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution by Raymond Coppinger

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

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

Stress, Anxiety and Aggression in Dogs by Anders Hallgren

Now, going back to that book I mentioned earlier, Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition by Adam Miklosi…I was eager to lay my hands on a copy, but it seemed terribly expensive on Amazon, eBay or on any other online bookstore. And then I stumbled upon this site, which offered Free downloads of quite a lot of books of a scientific/technical nature. Could it be true?

Did that Download button give me the entire book, not just a limited preview?

Yes! You’re welcome! 😉


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