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K9 Behavior Basics

PUBLISHING YEAR: 2013 SUMMARY: Introduction to the essentials of dog ethology and operant conditioning aimed specifically at an audience of police dog trainers/handlers. AUDIENCE: The book was written for trainers and handlers of dogs for special operations and search-and-rescue missions who have a background in traditional, coercive training. Authors Resi Gerritsen has a PhD in psychology and is […]


Author: Gerritsen Resi, Haak Ruud, Prins Simon
Genre: professional manual
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Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Fear, Frustration and Aggression in Dogs

PUBLISHING YEAR: 2011 SUMMARY: Exhaustive manual about Grisha Stewart’s influential BAT behaviour therapy techniques AUDIENCE: Although the book is reasonably jargon-free, it relies on much experience to make the best use of it. A reader may want to read it to understand the underlying principles, whilst being coached by a certified BAT professional on execution. Warning, the review below does make use […]


Author: Stewart Grisha
Genre: professional manual
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No walks no worries

PUBLISHING YEAR: 2014 SUMMARY: Exhaustive manual for helping dogs on restricted exercise. AUDIENCE: Written for the layman, with well-illustrated contents and no jargon. REVIEW  Style and contents:  Short, richly illustrated manual on how to prepare your home and your dog for a period of confinement and restricted exercise. The gems I love that they hired a […]


Author: Ryan Sian, Zulch Helen
Genre: owner manual
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Chaser

PUBLISHING YEAR: 2013 SUMMARY: A behind-the-scenes look at the life of Chaser, the dog with the world’s largest vocabulary of understanding human words. AUDIENCE: Smooth like honey. Everyone will enjoy reading this: any jargon is explained in a conversational way and the rest is pure charm. REVIEW  The author: John Pilley is a retired and, by the […]


Author: Pilley John W.
Genre: autobiography
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Animal Rights

PUBLISHING YEAR: 2002 SUMMARY: A pocket-sized review of the formal ethical framework around animal rights. AUDIENCE: You will probably give up in disgust if you don’t have at least a smidgin of formal education in philosophy/ethics, or at least formal training in animal welfare issues. It gets pretty dry. REVIEW  The author: David de Grazia […]


Author: de Grazia David
Genre: survey of peer-reviewed literature
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BARK stops here, the

PUBLISHING YEAR: 2000 SUMMARY: A set of tips to help reduce your dog’s nuisance barking. AUDIENCE: Owners.   REVIEW  The author: Terry Ryan is a widely read and prolific author of short, practical dog behaviour manuals. She is a well-established reward-based trainer. Style and contents:  The book focuses on the symptom (barking) and works its way back to the any […]


Author: Ryan Terry
Genre: professional manual
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Pit bull placebo (the)

PUBLISHING YEAR: 2007 SUMMARY: Critical investigation of public beliefs and press coverage of the latest scapegoat breed, the Pit bull; and of fatal dog attacks in general. AUDIENCE: Any dog professionals working with dog aggression or bite risk assessments needs to read this book. REVIEW The author: Karen Delise was trained as a veterinary technician. She is also a […]


Author: Delise Karen
Genre: pop science
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Animal Wise – How we know what animals think and feel

PUBLISHING YEAR: 2014 SUMMARY: Review of the latest research into animal cognition: feeling and thinking animals under the microscope. AUDIENCE: Written for the layman and reasonably jargon-free. Academics in need of a broad survey of the literature would also benefit from it. And animal behaviour professionals will get sweeping overview of what is now known about animal cognition out of […]


Author: Morell Virginia
Genre: survey of peer-reviewed literature
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Dogs don’t look both ways

PUBLISHING YEAR: 2014 SUMMARY: Autobiography of a family dog narrated by the family dog himself. AUDIENCE: This book was written for entertainment, not education. It is written without jargon and does not require an academic or technical background. Any owner can pick it up and enjoy it. REVIEW  The author: The author, Jane Hanser, does not have […]


Author: Bracker Kiko, Hanser Jane
Genre: autobiography
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Crazy bitch

PUBLISHING YEAR: 2013 SUMMARY: Layperson’s autobiography about her life with two large dogs; one of them attacking the other in sudden episodes of intense aggression. AUDIENCE: Written for the layman, it is a smooth and pleasant read. [Caution to untrained readers: Do not accept the theoretical and technical passages uncritically. Get confirmation from an evidence-based source before accepting these points.] Behaviourists could […]


Author: Tibbetts Peggy
Genre: autobiography
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