Books About Dogs, Dog Training, and Dog Behavior


Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs By Suzanne Clothier. This is one of my favorite dog related books that I think every dog owner and trainer should read. Suzanne writes in an eloquent fashion about what it means to live well with dogs, inspiring us to be more intentional about our relationships with our dogs. If you haven’t read it yet, do it now.

Excel-Erated Learning: Explaining in Plain English How Dogs Learn and How Best to Teach Them By Pamela Reid. This is a little more on the technical side, while still being highly approachable for the average reader. Pamela covers many of the basic principles of animal learning that anyone who is serious about training their dog should know.

The Evolution of Canine Social Behavior By Roger Abrantes. If you want to gain a better understanding of the evolutionary purposes behind dominance and submission, then the is a must read. Is a small book and you can probably tackle it in one sitting if you really want. This book is also contained within the larger Dog Language, An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior which is a bit more robust.

The Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training, Volume 1, Volume 2, & Volume 3  By Steven R Lindsay. This is a must have for the professional trainer, a little pricey but well worth it. The three volumes together compile decades of research and practice about dog development, behavior, and training practices. There are some parts that are a little out-dated since its publication but it is still an essential reference.