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 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0198787774/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_vj1xxbYSX05ER
Same book, different edition (I will come back to that at the end of the list)
Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition (Oxford Biology) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0199545669/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_Xj1xxb2S6T5CT
Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by Debra F. Horwitz et al https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0544334604/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_XZayxb90KSQ85
It’s Me or the Dog: How to have the Perfect Pet by Victoria Stilwell https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0007219075/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_Bk1xxbG8ZKR1T
Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems Including Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression by Victoria Stilwell https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1607744147/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_Sk1xxbCB31JBM
In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding by John Bradshaw https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/014104649X/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_yl1xxbT37QVN1
The Other End of the Leash by Patricia B. McConnell https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/034544678X/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_1l1xxbJHMMGCZ
Clever Dog: Understand What Your Dog is Telling You by Sarah Whitehead https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0007488548/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_em1xxbMQ3B1YJ
Dog Speak – recognising and understanding behaviour by Chtistiane Blenski https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1845843843/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_vm1xxbWCMV0KH
Getting in Touch with Your Dog: A Gentle Approach to Influencing Behaviour, Health and Performance by Linda Tellington-Jones https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1846891884/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_Hm1xxbQXP5QCA
If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind by Vilmos Csanyi https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0750943386/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_.p1xxb4CRJEYD
The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions by Stanley Coren https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0743280873/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_mq1xxbH46P99X
The Dog Encyclopedia (Dk) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1409364216/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_tr1xxbZ5526A2
The Complete Dog Breed Guide https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1405394668/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_Xr1xxbBCZ5N6D
Charlie: The dog who came in from the wild by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1845847849/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_zv1xxbMZ98ZT3
Dog Training – The Essential Guide by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1861442904/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_Pv1xxbEN32GSW
The Heartbeat at Your Feet: A Practical, Compassionate New Way to Train Your Dog by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1442218177/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_2v1xxbRMKBKPT
Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs by Grisha Stewart https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1617810509/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_vy1xxb4H158PX
The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving and Manners by Grisha Stewart https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1478176415/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_Ny1xxbG4XX0W7
Scaredy Dog: Understanding and Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog by Ali Brown https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0976641402/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_ez1xxbNNPXEHN
Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training the Crazy Dog from Over the Top to Under Control by Laura Van Arendonk Baugh https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0985934921/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_qz1xxb3H8FYMN
Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs by Jean Donaldson https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1617811122/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_Mz1xxbGW4AYSF
Genius of Dogs: Discovering The Unique Intelligence Of Man’s Best Friend by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1780743688/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_RC1xxbCN2GXA3
Difficult Dogs: An Everyday Guide to Solving Behavioural Problems by Vanessa Stead https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1847972543/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_5z1xxbQ91EQVB
For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend by Patricia B McConnell https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0345477154/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_jD1xxbPAZG75Z
EMRAA Intelligence: The revolutionary new approach to treating behavior problems in dogs by Robert Falconer-Taylor et al https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0857880160/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_mA1xxbVQEQQHN
On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals of Rugaas, Turid 2nd (second) Edition on 01 March 2009 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CB5WQ7M/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_FA1xxb0YC1F1F
Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution by Raymond Coppinger https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0226115631/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_7A1xxbBHHH8MD
Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/044669634X/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_EB1xxb4GH0405
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1849835675/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_SB1xxb5N3NQZF
Stress, Anxiety and Aggression in Dogs by Anders Hallgren https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/085788204X/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_xC1xxbTR646Q8
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! 😉