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The Educated Human

Below are a very select sample of books that have inspired, informed, and sometimes, surprised me - in no particular order.  It is the author - not simply the book - that makes the list, so explore all their books, articles, videos, courses and podcasts!

Dog Sense by John Bradshaw

Dr. John Bradshaw is the founder of the Anthrozoologist Institute at the University of Bristol, and presents the latest research regarding the domestication of dogs and putting to rest all myths relating to dominance and pack behavior - thorough and accessible.

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia B. McConnenell, Ph.D

Dr. Patricia McConnell is a leader in Applied Animal Behavior and this book gives insights into how dogs perceive the world, and how this understanding helps inform our interactions with our dogs - training and otherwise.  Also check out her booklet, and 'Feisty Fido, help for the leash-reactive dog'.  Another gem.

The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

Jean Donaldson is the founder of The Academy of Dog Trainers, and provides colorful explanations from the perspective of the dog, as well as invaluable training instructions- this book is a great companion to her online videos and courses, including 'Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding' and 'Fight! A Practical Guide to Dog Dog Aggression'.

On Talking Terms With Dogs:  Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

Turid Rugaas is an internationally renown dog trainer and author.  Her compassion and love for dogs shines through on every page, without sacrificing empirically sound research findings - teaching you how to understand your dog through her body language.   This book is concise, informative and a joy to read - like all her books.

How Dogs Learn by Mary Burch & Jon Bailey

Drs. Burch and Bailey are both highly regarded researchers in dog behavior and training.  For those who want a deeper understanding of the basic principles of behavior and how they apply to dog training - this book tops the list. 

Separation Anxiety in Dogs by Malena DeMartini-Price 

Malena dispels myths and offers science- based and data driven protocols to treat Separation Anxiety.  She runs a Certified Separation Anxiety Training program.  Separation Anxiety is a serious and common problem that impacts the welfare of both you  and your dog.  Check out her blogs and online courses,

The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller

Pat Miller is founder of Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training Center and is in the forefront of advocating for positive dog training.  Her book is for anyone who has a dog, wants a dog, or needs a dog!

Doctor Dunbar's Good Little Dog Book by Ian Dunbar

Dr. Ian Dunbar is synonymous with positive training.  This book is a classic and gives you everything you need to know for getting puppies off to the right start, including socialization and training.

Click for Joy by Melissa C. Alexander

Clicker training is a complete joy for both the dog and the trainer!  This book gives you what you need to know to get started.  Seek out the many unbelievable videos of clicker training with many different types of animals - this will inspire you to learn more.

The New Click for Calm by Emma Parsons

This is a practical guide on how to reduce your dog's reactivity to such things as other dogs, moving vehicles, noises or any other triggers.  She teaches a protocol to teach your dog that the trigger is a cue to look to you for further direction,  emergency behaviors to teach, and more.

Don't Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor

Karen Pryor is a pioneer in the world of clicker training, for all animals.  She is the founder of the Karen Pryor Academy and her website is a treasure trove of videos, courses, and of course - clickers!

Podcasts and everything by Susan Friedman (

Dr. Friedman is a professor at Utah State University, a leader in Applied  Behavior Analysis as it applies to captive and companion animals..   For anyone who wants to dive deeper into the science of behavior and learning, listen to any and all of her thought provoking podcasts.

This website is golden, and speaks for itself,

Webinars by

Veterinary behaviorists - very specialized expertise - "can legally diagnose behavior issues, assess and treat the medical components of behavior problems, and prescribe diets, supplements, and medications when needed to support behavior modification and training."  They have extremely informative webinars addressing fearful and reactive dogs.

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