Dog Behavior


Dog Behavior Books and DVDs

Tawzer Dog Videos has a huge selection of books and DVDs on dog behavior.  The videos include many recorded seminars by leading dog trainers and behaviorists.  Most of these are quite expensive, but you can also purchase a monthly rental plan (similar to Netflix) starting at $10/month.

Dogwise is another great resource for dog books.

Here are a few “must reads” for anyone that wants to understand dog behavior.  There are many books available on dog behavior, but I recommend those that are science-based rather than some of the more popular dog trainer books.

Bradshaw, John.  2014.  Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet.  Basic Books.

Coppinger, Ray and Lorna.  2002.  Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution.  University of Chicago Press.  If you only read one book on dog behavior, I would recommend this one.

McConnell, Patricia.  2003.  The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs.  Ballentine Books.

Rugaas, Turid.  2005.  On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals.  Dogwise Publishing.  Many of lost or loose dogs become extremely fearful and understanding how to replicate calming behaviors can be instrumental in catching them quickly and safely.

Dog Behavior Webinars

Animal Behavior Associates offers moderately priced telecourses on both dog and cat behavior.

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers offers both free and moderately priced webinars.

PetsMart Charities offers a large selection of educational resources including free recorded webinars on dog and cat behavior.  Most are aimed at sheltering or rescue work.

ASPCA Professional offers a moderate selection of free recorded webinars on dog and cat behavior.

Websites

Feral Dog Blog and Global Wildlife Resources.  GWR offers a free training library and sells a Humane Box Trapping of Dogs video.

Also don’t forget to check out all the articles relating to lost dog behavior on the Lost Pet Research blog.