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The following books are for all-around basic puppy/dog training for the average pet owner.
Kids and Dogs...in a perfect world this combination is all pretty pictures, loving memories and joyful companionship. In the real world, it doesn't always work out this way. The following books may help you train/re-train your puppy/dog so that you avoid behavioral or temperament problems related to canine interaction with children.
Remember that it's your responsibility to train YOUR CHILDREN how to respect, care for and interact with your puppy!! Puppies do not start life with a fear or aggressive tendency towards children, nor is lack of socialization the most common cause of dogs biting children.
The most common reason for a dog LEARNING to bite children is that they have had bad experiences with children and they feel the need to protect themselves. Puppies and children under 10 years of age MUST be constantly supervised! Young children rarely comprehend that a dog or puppy is a living, feeling entity in its own right and they have a tendency to treat the animal as just another toy.
If you have a dog that is not accustomed to children, or that you know is not comfortable with children, be vigilant when children are in the dog's vicinity. Keep in mind that the most common scenario that results in a dog biting a child is that of a child coming to visit and immediately trying to approach and pet or hug the dog.
These books will help you provide daily care for your dog and will give you a basis for evaluating changes in your dog's behavior and/or condition that could indicate the need for veterinary attention. They can also help you to understand and deal with any problems your pet may develop.
Carlson, Delbert G., DVM, and James M. Giffin, MD. Dog Owners' Home Veterinary Handbook. Howell Book House, Macmillan Publishing Company, 2nd ed. 1994.
Zink, M. Christine, DVM, PHD. Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete. Howell Book House, 1992. New edition available from the author at 1907 Eastridge Rd., Timonium, MD 21093.
McGinnis, Terri DVM. The Well Dog Book, Random House, 1996.
Brown, Robert M. D.V.M. The Cocker Spaniel Owners’ Medical Manual. Breed Manual Publications, 1989.
Pitcairn, Richard H., DVM/PhD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn. Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats.
These books contain more in-depth training information and can help solve a specific training issue and/or provide information for training your dog beyond the basic "good manners" stage.
Haggerty, Arthur and Carol Lea Benjamin. Dog Tricks: New Tricks for Old Dogs, Old Tricks for New Dogs and Ageless Tricks that Give Wise Men Paws. Black Dog & Leventhal, 1996.
Milani, Myrna M., DVM. The Invisible Leash: A Better Way to Communicate With Your Dog. New American Library, 1990.
Colflesh, Linda. Making Friends: Training your Dog Positively Howell Book House, 1990.
Pryor, Karen. Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training. Bantam, New York. 1996.
Fogle, Bruce. The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior. Howell Book House, 1992.
Bauman, Diane L. Beyond Basic Dog Training.
Strickland, Winifred G. Expert Obedience Training for Dogs. Third revised edition. Simon & Schuster, 1987.
Benjamin, Carol Lea. Dog Training in 10 Minutes. Howell Book House, 1997.
Daniels, Julie. Enjoying Dog Agility: From Backyard to Competition. Doral Publishing, 1991.
O'Neil, Jacqueline. All About Agility. Macmillan General Ref., 1998.
Baer, Ted. Communicating with Your Dog. Barrons Educational Series, 1989.
Spencer, James B. Training Retrievers for the Marshes and Meadows. Denlinger Publications.
Spencer, James B. Retriever Training Tests. Prentice Hall Press.
These are "problem" solving books designed to help owners with specific problem behaviors.
Dodman, Dr. Nicholas, DVM. The Dog Who Loved Too Much. Bantam DoubleDay Dell, 1997.
Evans, Job Michael. People, Pooches, & Problems. NY: Howell Book House, 1991.
Milani, Myrna M., DVM. The Weekend Dog. New American Library, 1988. (Penguin Books USA, Inc.) (1985).
Fisher, John. Why Does My Dog...?. Howell Book House, New York; Maxwell Maxmillian, 1991.
Dibra, Bashkim, and Elizabeth Randolph. Teach Your Dog to Behave: Simple Solutions to over 300 Common Dog Behavior Problems from A to Z. Signet, 1994.
SHOW HANDLING I
(Order Number SHK500)
SHOW HANDLING II
(Order Number SHK501) Videotape series for the novice that would like to learn
the basics of taking a dog into the show ring. Each tape is 1 hour long.
Price $29.95 each. Order by Phone 254-597-2258 or FAX
Sherluck Multimedia. The Cocker Spaniel C.D. Interactive CD that will teach the beginner, judge, breeder or handler how to evaluate and identify the "Perfect" breed specimen. 29001 176th Ave. SE, Kent, WA. 98042-9413 Phone 253-631-1442