Books and DVDs

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There are a TON of training books and DVDs out there. Some are excellent, some middling, some abysmal. Here are some of the ones that I think are genuinely helpful and worth the money. They are listed alphabetically by author's last name.



  • Jean Donaldson, The Culture Clash
  • Jean Donaldson, Train Your Dog Like A Pro
  • Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson, My Smart Puppy
  • Jane Killion, When Pigs Fly!: Training Success with Impossible Dogs
  • Leslie McDevitt, Control Unleashed
  • Pat Miller, Do Over Dogs
  • Pat Miller, The Power of Positive Dog Training
  • Kim Saunders/, The Adopted Dog Bible
  • Sophia Yin, How To Behave So Your Dog Behaves

Understanding Your Dog

  • Brenda Aloff, Canine Body Language
  • John Bradshaw, Dog Sense
  • Suzanne Clothier, Bones Would Rain From the Sky
  • Stanley Coren, The Intelligence of Dogs
  • Alexandra Horowitz, Inside of a Dog
  • Patricia McConnell, For the Love of a Dog
  • Patricia McConnell, The Other End of the Leash

Specific Issues

  • Ali Brown, Scaredy Dog (shyness/fear)
  • Jean Donaldson, Fight! (dog-dog aggression)
  • Jean Donaldson, Mine! (resource guarding)
  • Randy Grim, Don't Dump the Dog! (everything from barking to house soiling to funny rants about dumb reasons people dump their dogs)
  • Debbie Jacobs, A Guide to Living With and Training a Fearful Dog (shyness/fear)
  • Patricia McConnell, The Cautious Canine (shyness/fear)
  • Patricia McConnell, I'll Be Home Soon (separation anxiety)
  • Patricia McConnell, Feeling Outnumbered? (running multi-dog households)
  • Patricia McConnell, Feisty Fido (leash reactivity)
  • Debby McMullen, How Many Dogs?! (running multi-dog households)
  • Nicole Wilde, Help for Your Fearful Dog (shyness/fear)

Shelter and Rescue Work

  • Sheila Boneham, Rescue Matters
  • Elizabeth Hess, Lost and Found
  • Diane Leigh and Marilee Geyer, One at a Time
  • Melinda Roth, The Man Who Talks To Dogs
  • Sue Sternberg, Successful Dog Adoption (with some hesitations: I do not agree with all Sternberg's methods or philosophies, and feel that she is excessively alarmist with respect to temperament testing, in particular. But there is nonetheless a lot of good stuff to be mined here, so I've put it on the list)


  • Susan Garrett, Crate Games
  • Sarah Kalmajs, The Language of Dogs
  • Leslie McDevitt, Control Unleashed (read the book first)
  • Leslie Nelson, Really Reliable Recall