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Adopting Rescue Dogs

   Many people have experienced the rewards of rescuing a dog from the
   shelter or through a rescue group. There are pitfalls as well as
   rewards, most of which are easily avoided. If you have questions,
   these sets of books will help you out.
   Benjamin, Carol Lea. _The Chosen Puppy: How to Select and Raise a
          Great Puppy from an Animal Shelter_. Howell Book House, 1990.
   Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Second Hand Dog: How to Turn Yours into a
          First-Rate Pet_. Howell Book House, 1994.
          An excellent handbook that dispells many myths about the
          adopted dog, gives plenty of tips and suggestions on how to
          deal with common problems. Very useful.
   Branigan, Cynthia. _Adopting the Racing Greyhound_. Howell Book House,
          Highly recommended for anyone thinking of adopting a track
   Palika, Liz. _Save That Dog: Everything You Need to Know About
          Adopting a Purebred Rescue Dog_. Macmillan General, 1997.
   Papurt, Myrna. _Saved: A Guide to Success With Your Shelter Dog_.
          Barrons Educational Series, 1997.
   Rubenstein, Eliza and Shari Kalina. _The Adoption Option: Choosing and
          Raising the Shelter Dog for You_. Howell Book House, 1996
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Understanding and Solving Common Behavior Problems

   These books help you to understand and resolve problem behaviors in
   dogs. In many cases, behavioral problems once understood are easy to
   Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Dog Problems_. Doubleday and Co. 1989.
   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.
   Dodman, Dr. Nicholas, DVM. _The Dog Who Loved Too Much_. Bantam
          DoubleDay Dell, 1997.
          This book covers behavioral and pharmacological therapies for a
          wide range of aggressive behaviors, fear-based or anxiety-based
          behaviors, obsessive behaviors, plus a few odds and ends. Some
          of the areas covered include dogs who are dominating their
          people, dog-to-dog aggression, territorial aggression,
          separation anxiety (and consequent destructiveness), sharp-shy
          dogs, and urination/defecation problems.
   Dunbar, Ian. _Dog Behavior: Why Dogs Do What They Do_. TFH
          Publications, 1979.
   Evans, Job Michael. _People, Pooches, & Problems_. NY: Howell Book
          House, 1991.
          Excellent suggestions for dealing with common problems between
          dogs and their owners. Highly recommended.
   Hannam, Ruth I. _Happy Dog! Canine Behavior and Basic Training_.
          Hoflin Publications.
   Johnson, Nancy E. _Everyday Dog_. Howell Book House, New York. 1990.
   Kilcommons, Brian, and Sarah Wilson. _Good Owners, Great Dogs_. Warner
          Books, 1992.
          Good suggestions for socializing young dogs and for working on
          behavior problems with adult dogs.
   Milani, Myrna M., DVM. _The Weekend Dog_. New American Library, 1988.
          (Penguin Books USA, Inc.) (1985). ISBN: 0-451-15731-1
          This book outlines practical solutions for working people with
          dogs. It has excellent suggestions for understanding dog
          behavior, particularly destructive or unwanted behavior. Gives
          all kinds of practical solutions to the problems of adequate
          exercise, adequate training, housebreaking, and so forth.
   Milani, Myrna M. _Dogsmart: The Ultimate Guide for Finding the Dog You
          Wnat and Keeping the Dog You Find_. Contemporary Books, 1997.
   Pryor, Karen. _Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and
          Training_. Bantam, New York. 1996.
          Karen Pryor presents different behavior modification techniques
          for dealing with several example situations (i.e. "Dog barks
          all night", "Roommate leaves dirty laundry all over apartment,"
          "Bus driver is rude," etc.) This would NOT be a good book for
          someone who wanted to teach their dog to sit and come, but it
          discusses how the trainer's actions "shape" the trainee's
          responses. Definitely a must-read for people who are interested
          in "inducive" training, and should be thought-provoking for any
          trainer who is thinking about training on a higher level than
          "When the dog does this, give him a good collar
          correction"--but experienced dog trainers will find a lot to
          quibble about in what she says.

   Probably the most commonly asked about problem! Here are RPD's
   favorite recommendations. Note that the books in the previous section
   also oftnen cover housetraining.
   Evans, Job Michael. _The Evan's Guide for Housetraining Your Dog_.
          Howell Book House, 1987.
          Evans was a monk at New Skete for some years. He discusses all
          aspects of housetraining puppies and dogs, giving many
          constructive solutions for all kinds of specific problems.
   Smith, Dr. M.L. _You Can Teach Your Dog to Eliminate on Command_.
          Smith -Sager Publications 1984.
          It's a small paperback but full of excellent advice on how to
          get the right timing etc. to give the command. Great assist to
          housetraining in general.
Interpretations of Dog Behavior

   Coon, K. 1977. _The Dog Intelligence Test_. New York: Avon, 90 p.
   Fisher, John. _Why Does My Dog...?_. Howell Book House, New York;
          Maxwell Maxmillian, Ontario. c1991.
          A wide range of problems and various solutions are listed.
          Sometimes the problems are solved with a change of diet, more
          often with simple but effective techniques. It is written much
          like an encyclopedia, each section describing a problem
          followed with a series of questions and answers about the
          problem. In most cases, the scenarios are supplied from actual
          incidents in his practice. The author is a member of the
          Association of Pet Behavior Counsellors (APBC), based in
          Britain and Ireland.
   Fogle, Bruce. _The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior_.
          Howell Book House, 1992.
          This appears to be the best, most comprehensive book
          summarizing current research on canine psychology and behavior.
          You won't find much in the way of how-to instructions, but you
          will find alot of hard facts on every aspect of the canine mind
          and personality. This book is well-written and very readable
          even by the layperson.
   Lorenz, Konrad. _Man Meets Dog_. 1977; reprinted 1994 by Kodansha.
   Mugford, Roger. _Dr. Mugford's Casebook_. Jonathan Cape, 1993.
          Case studies.
   Neville, Peter. _Do Dogs Need Shrinks?_. Citadel Press, 1992.
          Case studies.
   Polsky, Richard H., PhD. _User's Guide to the Scientific and Clinical
          Literature on Dog and Cat Behavior_, 2nd Edition, 1995,
          published by Animal Behavior Counseling Services, Inc., 2288
          Manning Ave. LA CA 90064 (310-474-3776). ISBN 0-96-30005-0-0.
          9x11 spiral bound, 92 pages, $49.95.
          Author can be reached at
Wolf Behavior

   Lopez, Barry H. _Of Wolves and Men_. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1982.
          Description of wolves and their relationship with humans. Not
          really a technical discussion of wolves like the _The Wolf_
   Mech, L. David. _The Wolf_. University of Minnesota Press, 1970.
          Complete description of the wolf, its behavior and ecology.
          David Mech is a renowned wolf expert, and this is an extremly
          informative and well written book.
   Steinhart, Peter. _The Company Of Wolves_, Vintage Books, 1996.
          From the book: "I think we have spent fifteen to twenty
          thousand years transforming the wolf, through the process of
          domestication, into an animal that for the most part can live
          safely, happily, and humanely in human homes. In producing and
          proliferating wolf hybrids, we take a big step backwards. We
          are undoing what we have worked twenty thousand years to do."

   Fuller, J. L., C. A. Easler, and E. M. Banks. 1950. Formation of
          conditioned avoidance responses in young puppies. Am. J.
          Physiol. 160:462-66. Houpt, Katherine A., VMD, PhD and Thomas
          R. Wolski DVM. Domestic Animal Behavior for Veterinarians and
          Animal Scientists, 1982, pp. 235-238.
          Discusses studies on breed differences in learning ability or,
          at least, in acquisition and performance of various tasks.
          Contains references to similar studies.
   Honore, Erika K., and Peter H. Klopfer. _A Concise Survey of Animal
          Behavior_. Academic Press, 465 S. Lincoln Dr., Troy MO 63379.
          An in depth academic approach to helping people understand and
          appreciate animal behavior, including dogs.
   Lynch, J. J., and J. F. McCarthy. 1967. The effect of petting on a
          classically conditioned emotional response. Behaav. Res. Ther.
   Pfaffenberger, Clarence J. _The New Knowledge Of Dog Behavior_. Howell
          Book House, 1971.
          Mr Pfaffenberger wrote this book based on his own experiences
          working with the breeding program at Guide Dogs for the Blind
          and the research of Dr. J. Paul Scott of the Animal Behavior
          Division at Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory in Bar
          Harbor, Maine. As a measure of the success of the work at Guide
          Dogs for the Blind, in the late 1940's, only nine percent of
          the dogs that started training could become responsible guides.
          In 1958 and 1959, all the dogs bred and developed according to
          the knowledge gained by Pfaffenbarger were as good or better
          than the dogs of 1946 and 90% became guide dogs despite
          stricter requirements from the 1946 standard.
   Scott, J. P., and J. L. Fuller. _Dog Behavior. The Genetic Basis_.
          University of Chicago Press, 1974.
          This landmark study provides much of the actual research cited
          and used by later behaviorists, including Pfaffenberger's _New
          Knowledge_. Hard to find, but worth getting if you're
          interested in this subject. It documents the breeding
          experiments done at Bar Harbor, Maine that are the basis of
          most of what we know about the inheritance of behavior. Five
          dissimilar breeds were chosen for the study and the behavior of
          each breed was studied in depth as also the F1 and F2 hybrids.
   Shewell, P.C and J.D. Nancarrow. Dogs that bite. British Medical
          Journal, 1991. 6816:1512-13.
          The article contains statistics of cases treated at West
          Midland Regional Plastic and Jaw Surgery Unit, Wordsley
          Hospital, during the period 1982-1989. The review of the
          article indicates that the most common situation that causes
          dogs to bite is a child coming to visit a family with dogs
          where the child immediately approaching the dog and hugging it.
          It is also worth noting that Dobermans and Rottweilers only
          caused 7% of all cases.
   Stanley, W. C., J. E. Barrett, and W. E. Bacon. 1974. Conditioning and
          extinction of avoidance and escape behavior in neonatal dogs.
          J. Comp. Physiol. Psychol. 87:163-72.
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   The dog is Man's best friend.
   Ogden, Paul. _Chelsea, the Story of a Signal Dog_. Fawcett Books,
          This is written by a man who is a professor at Fresno State
          Univ. in CA. It's the utterly charming story of his own
          attempts to adopt and train a dog to be his signal dog (he is
          deaf) and then, years later, he goes on to get a CCI dog. This
          book does a great job of helping you understand how the deaf
          community functions in a hearing world, and how they perceive
   Cohen, Barbara and Louise Taylor. _Dogs and Their Women_. Little Brown
          & Co, 1989.
          Lots of good stories and pictures.
   Cohen, Barbara and Louise Taylor. _Woman's Best Friend: A Celebration
          of Dogs and Their Women_. Little Brown & Co., 1996
          All new pictorial celebration.
   Derr, Mark. _Dog's Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human Relationship_.
          Henry Holt & Co., 1997.
          As much about people who work with dogs as the dogs themselves.
          Misses the boat on selective breeding, however, with the tired
          old canard of "hybrids" making better dogs.
   Goode, Angela and Mike Hayes, eds. _Great Working Dog Stories_ and
          _More Great Working Dog Stories_. ABC Books, GPO Box 9994
          Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2001. 1990.
          These are a collection of working dog stories from Outback
          Australia. Any one who loves these dogs or just loves a good
          dog story should read them. The stories are a mixture of happy
          and sad, all of them are true and written by the individual
          relating the story. The length of each story ranges from a few
          lines to a couple of pages.
   Hearne, Vicki. _Bandit, the Dossier of a Dangerous Dog_.
          Harperperennial Library, 1992.
          Along with much philosophy, the author recounts her experiences
          with pit-bulls and other "dangerous" breeds.
   Kilbourn, Cheryl A. _For the Love of Princess: Surviving the Loss of
          Your Pet_. Princess Publishing, 1987.
          From back: "For the Love of Princess is a deeply moving
          portrayal of the loving bond between the author and her canine
          companion of nine years. When Cheryl learned that Princess had
          an irreversible disease and their time together was limited,
          her pain began."
   Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff. _Dogs Never Lie About Love: Reflections on
          the Emotional World of Dogs_. Crown Pub. 1997.
          Sentimental view of dogs. As Selma G. Lanes said in an LA Times
          book review, in part: "[He] brings to his subject ...
          intelligence, originality and a refreshing willingness to go
          out on a good number of scientifically unsupported limbs in his
          enthusiasm for canines."
   Serpell, James. _In the Company of Animals_. Revised, Cambridge Univ
          Press, 1996.
          Book on pet keeping through time and across cultures.
   Yates, Elizabeth. _Sound Friendships_. Bob Jones Univeristy Press,
          It details the life that is led by Willa and her hearing dog,
          Honey. It isn't as in-depth on the nuts and bolts as CHELSEA is
          but it is a good simple read.
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General Books on Dogs

   These books provide an overview of dogs in general...of their amazing
   variety in breeds and activities.
   Alderton, David. _Dogs (Eyewitness Handbook)_. Dorling Kindersly Publ.
          Thumbnail sketches of many breeds. Photographs include both
          puppy and adult representives of the breed.
   Caras, Roger. _Harper's Illustrated Handbook of Dogs_. HarperCollins,
          It gives a picture of every AKC dog breed and a one page
          description of each breed in the back. The description covers
          appearance, AKC standards, potential health problems, needs,
          history, temperament.
   De Prisco, Andrew and James B. Johnson. _The Mini Atlas of Dog
          Breeds_. TFH Publications, 1990.
          This book lists and describes over 500 breeds from around the
          world. Abundantly illustrated with color drawings and photos.
          Includes a short forward on what criteria you should consider
          in choosing a breed, and a short description of the categories
          it chose to group dogs in (slightly different from, eg. AKC
   Gannon, Dee. _The Rare Breed Handbook_. Doral Publishing, 1990.
          Describes 80 rare breeds. Loose leaf format.
   Mandeville, John J., and Ab Sidewater, eds. _The Complete Dog Book:
          official publication of the American Kennel Club_. Eighteenth
          edition. Howell Book House, Macmillan Publishing Company, New
          York. 1992.
          This is the reference for the AKC breed standards, each of
          which covers several pages and includes a black and white
          photograph and text on the breed's history, characteristics,
          and nature. The health section is not illustrated, but is
          otherwise excellent as it was prepared with the cooperation of
          the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the
          University of Pennsylvania. Newly admitted breeds, such as the
          Shar-pei, have been added to this edition.
   Sylvester, Patricia, ed. _The Reader's Digest Illustrated Book of
          Dogs_. Revised edition. The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.,
          Pleasantville, NY. 1989. ISBN 0-89577-340-6. 384 pages.
          Besides the excellent text and illustrations in the album,
          which cover 2 pages for each breed (175 total), the informative
          sections are also well-written and illustrated and include many
          color photographs as well. This is a good general reference on
          dogs, and is especially helpful when choosing a breed to own.
          The health chapters are invaluable to non-veterinarian owners.
   Taylor, David. _The Ultimate Dog Book_. Simon & Schuster, 1990.
          This is another breed book. Largely coffee-table material, its
          distinguishing feature is the outstanding quality of
          photography. Each breed featured has a two page spread, with
          photos of the dog that include: full side view, side of head,
          front of head, and variations within that breed (eg, coloring,
          though surprisingly the Labrador Retriever entry only shows a
          black Labrador). This is worth getting for the picture quality
          alone, but not necessarily as an extensive breed guide in its
          own right.
   Tortora, Daniel F. _The Right Dog For You_, Simon & Schuster, 1983.
          Offers a complex decision procedure, with lots of
          questionnaires to alert you to the potential significance of
          various features of breed behavior and physical
          characteristics. This is one of the few books that will
          discuss, candidly, negative aspects of a particular breed.
   Walkowicz, Chris. _The Perfect Match_. Howell Book House, 1996.
   Wilcox, Bonnie and Chris Walkowicz. _Atlas of Dog Breeds_. TFH
          Publications, 5th ed, 1995.
          Over 900 pages long in large format. The authors are top notch
          writers and did extensive research to compile this
          comprehensive resource of the world's dog breeds. The book is
          profusely illustrated with excellent quality photographs and a
          3-5 page article. This book makes a good effort to show every
          color and every coat type of each breed in the various photos.
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A-Z's of Raising, Training, and Caring for Dogs

   Monks of New Skete, The. _How To Be Your Dog's Best Friend_. Little
          Brown & Co., 1978.
          A monastary in upstate New York breeds, raises, and trains
          German Shepherd Dogs. On the basis of their considerable
          experience, they offer troubleshooting guides, discuss
          discipline, environmental restrictions, basic and puppy
          training, and much more. Extensive bibliography. The emphasis
          is on understanding the dog in order to communicate with it or
          to solve problem behavior. An excellent, well written classic.
   Spadafori, Gina. _Dogs for Dummies_, IDG Books, 1996.
          IDE Press branches out from their well known computer help
          books to present this one on dog care. It's an excellent book,
          and has moved up quite high on my list of recommended books
          especially for first time dog owners. But there's something for
          everyone here. Take a look! And I'm _not_ saying this just
          because she had nice things to say about my website...
Common Sense & Preventive Care

   McGinnis, Terri DVM. _The Well Dog Book_, Random House, 1996.
          What's nice about this book is the way it helps you to
          differentiate between emergency situations and those that can
          wait until morning. There is an introductory section which
          explains how to examine your dog when he/she is healthy so that
          you will know when something is not right.
   Miller, Harry. _The Common Sense Book of Puppy and Dog Care_. Bantam
          Books, 3rd Rev Edition 1990.
          This small book provides a surprising amount of useful
          information. A little on the "lightweight" side, nevertheless,
          it gives a good outline of what you should know about your
          puppy or dog. You can use this to decide how much you do know
          and where you need to brush up on what you don't. Besides
          sections on how to select the right dog, it covers basic puppy
          needs (housetraining, feeding, illnesses), basic training,
          basic pet care, and a complete list of AKC breeds (each breed
          illustrated with b/w drawing, thumbnail sketch included -- good
          as an overview, but not very specific). Includes a section on
          practical home care, listing major symptoms you should be alert
          for, and listing general criteria by which you can determine a
          dog's overall healthiness. Discusses major diseases and
          problems, gives sketches on what may be wrong given certain
          symptoms. Includes guides to nutrition, grooming, health care.
          (Author is Emeritus Director, Gaines Dog Research Center.)
   Pitcairn, Richard H., DVM/PhD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn. _Complete
          Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats_. Rodale Press, 1995.
          This book is full of information about the physical and
          emotional well-being of our pets, well documented, researched,
          and invitingly written to get one involved and committed to a
          complete, balanced approach to pet care. There is a large
          portion devoted to nutrition, first defining the nutritional
          needs of the pet (dogs/cats), breakdowns of proteins, carbos,
          vitamins, minerals, trace elements, etc. - these by weight and
          condition of pet (e.g., from small nursing puppy to senior
          citizen with particular needs). Then they compare commercial
          products (read the label!) with his variety of menus, additives
          of powders & oils (always charted out by weight - easy to
          follow); comparison is by nutritional content, cost factors,
          and speed of preparation - to be honest, we all look for
          convenience. There are also sections on Poisons, Disease, Being
          Prepared for the Unexpected, Traveling.
   Taylor, David. _You and Your Dog_. Random House, 1986.
          This useful book is an overall guide to the health and care of
          dogs. It includes a basic listing of dog breeks (AKC). This is
          a good general purpose book that gives you an idea of what all
          is involved in owning and caring for a dog. Taylor gives
          flow-chart questions to consider when deciding if symptoms are
          serious or not. An easily understandable format. Not as
          comprehensive as other care books, but a good start in
          understanding what you need to look for when your dog seems
          off. Includes illustrations of many procedures, such as teeth
          cleaning and nail trimming. Informative discussion of
          reproductive system, grooming, and dog anatomy.
   Tellington-Jones, Linda, with Sybil Taylor. _The Tellington Ttouch_.
          Penguin USA, 1995.
          Some of what Linda does is clearly helpful in dealing with
          problem dogs and cats, but there are parts of her presentation
          of her ideas that may turn people off because they seem to be a
          little too far out of the mainstream. Good massage tips.
   Volhard, Wendy and Kerry Brown. _The Holistic Guide for a Healthy
          Dog_. Howell Book House, 1995.
Older Dogs

   Goldston, Richard, and Johnny D HOskins (ed). _Geriatrics and
          Gerontology of the Dog and Cat_. W.B.Saunders, Co., 1995.
   Hampton, John K. Jr., PhD, and Suzanne Hampton, PhD. _Senior Years:
          Understanding Your Dog's Aging Process_. Howell Book House,
   Pinney, Chris. _Caring for Your Older Dog_. Barrons Educational
          Series, 1995.
   Wilcox, Bonnie, and Chris Walkcowicz. _Old Dogs, Old Friends: Enjoying
          Your Older Dog_. Howell Book House, 1991.
          Frequently and highly recommended.
Veterinary Handbooks

   Fraser, Clarence. _Merck Veterinary Manual_ Merck & Co. 1998.
          This is the "bible" for veterinarians and vet students.
   Boyle, George E. VMD and Charles L. Blood. _First Aid for Dogs_.
          Dembner Books, 1988.
          This book is a handy guide on how to quickly deal with injuries
          to your dog before bringing him in to the veterinarian for more
          complete treatment. Written in a direct, refreshing style, this
          book covers emergencies from tick removals to whelping puppies
          ("Blessed and Not So Blessed Events."). Tips on travelling, how
          to deal with seizures, a list of poisons...a lot is packed into
          this trade paperback book. Illustrated with photographs. I
          highly recommend this book.
   Carlson, Delbert G., DVM, and James M. Giffin, MD. _Dog Owners's Home
          Veterinary Handbook_. Howell Book House, Macmillan Publishing
          Company, 2nd ed. 1994.
          This comprehensive book is a complete guide to health care of
          dogs. It lets you know when you can treat the dog, or when you
          need to take it to the vet post-haste. It lists symptoms so
          that you may inform your vet of relevant information about its
          condition. The arrangement of the material facilitates rapid
          reference. Illustration of key procedures (pilling, taking
          pulse/temperature, etc). Lists poisonous substances, including
          houseplants. A valuable book to have around.
   Turner, Trevor, ed. _Veterinary Notes for Dog Owners_. Stanley Paul,
          Similar to the Horse Owners book.
   Vanderlip, Sharon Lynn, DVM. _The Collie: A Veterinary Reference for
          the Professional Breeder_. Biotechnical Veterinary, 1984.
   White, Darlene, DVM. "Eliminating the Threats of Zoonoses," in Dog
          World, April 1992 (v77n4); a Maclean Hunter Publication, 29 N.
          Wacker Dr., Chicago IL 60606-3298.
Breeding & Whelping

   Evans, Job Michael and Kay White. _The Book of the Bitch: A Complete
          Guide to Understanding and Caring for Bitches_. MacMillan
          General, 1997.
          Excellent guide to the care of breeding stock and puppies.
   Holst, Phyllis A., DVM. _Canine Reproduction_. Alpine Publications,
   Richards, Dr. Herbert. _Dog Breeding for Professionals_. TFH
          Publications, Inc., 1978.
   Smith, Margaret Ruth and Anne Serrane. _The Joy of Breeding Your Own
          Show Dog_. Howell Book House, 1980.
   Walkowicz, Chris and Bonnie Wilcox. _Successful Dog Breeding_. Howell
          Book House, 1994.
Genetics and Inherited Diseases

   Clark, Ross D. and Joan R. Stainer, eds. _Medical and Genetic Aspects
          of Purebred Dogs_. Cortlandt Group, 1983.
          For most AKC breeds and a few UKC breeds, there are sections on
          + Origin & History
          + Description
          + Breeding and Whelping
          + Recognized Problems
          + Old Age
          This accumulation of knowledge about the health of specific
          breeds from breeders and veterinarians provides the potential
          dog owner with information that can help them select a strong
          breed, an informed and caring breeder, and a healthy pet.
   Hutt, Frederick B. _Genetics for Dog Breeders_. W.H. Freeman & Co,
   Lanting, Fred L. _Canine Hip Dysplasia and Other Orthopedic Problems_.
          Alpine Publications, Inc., CO. 1994.
   Little, Clarence. _The Inheritance of Coat Color in Dogs_. Howell Book
          House, 1979.
          This book really deserves to be reprinted. Not only is it a
          great reference for figuring out how color is inherited, it is
          a wonderful primer to genetics and how the various forms work.
          An indispensible classic.
   Morgan, Joe P. DVM and Michele Stephens, DVM. _Radiographic Diagnosis
          and Control of Canine Hip Dysplasia_. Iowa State University
          Press, 1985.
          A technical, well written book. From the preface: "written from
          the eyes of a diagnostic radiologist and small animal
          practitioner and is designed for the veterinary practitioner
          who deals with owners and breeders in working to solve the
          serious problem of dysplasia. The book is planned to assist in
          describing the disease to this group. It is also hoped that the
          monograph will find its way into the hands of the lay person
          who has a love for dogs. All technical terms are clearly
          defined and most will be able to profit in their understanding
          of this disease by reading this book." Replete with x-rays.
          Morgan is a consultant for OFA and has reviewed over 25,000
          x-rays for them. The book includes specific descriptions of
          dysplasia in GSDs, Labs, Great Pyrenees, and St. Bernard, for
          the first time(they say) clearly spelling out the differences
          between the breeds.
   Nicholas, Frank W. _Introduction to Veterinary Genetics_. Oxford Univ
          Press, 1996.
          Excellent introduction to genetics. Highly recommended.
          Paperback is less expensive, but "out of stock" at the
   Rubin, Lionel F. _Inherited Eye Diseases in Purebred Dogs_. William &
          Wilkins, 1989.
   Willis, Malcolm B. _Genetics of the Dog_. Howell Book House, 1989.
          A classic in the field, covers genetics, genetic problems, and
          methods for breeding away from them.
Nutritional Information & Practices

   Coffman, Howard. _The Dry Dog Food Reference_ PigDog Press.
          A must read for anyone that wants the most information on
          commercially made dry dog food. No ads, no pricing, simply
          serious information for serious owners. This book compares 193
          products from more than 50 brands. There are sections
          explaining the AFFCO, ingredient lists and nutrient
          definitions. Spiral bound.
   Collins, Donald Reiszner. _The Collins Guide to Dog Nutrition_, 2nd
          Ed., Howell Book House 1987.
   Good Dog! Magazine. _The Dog Food Book_
          According to Good Dog!: Packed with solid information on
          shopping for food, secrets of the business, nutrition basics,
          research into ethoxyquin, allergies, bloat and much more.
          Second edition contains 100 pages and crammed with good stuff
          from 7 years of Good Dog! $14 (CAN$17.95) postpaid, send email
          to for details.
   National Research Council. _Nutrient Requirements of Dogs_. National
          Academcy Press, 1985.
          This is written by the Subcommittee on Dog Nutrition, Committee
          on Animal Nutrition, Board on Agriculture, National Research
          Council. It reads pretty well for something put out by a
          committee. Lots of references. Lots of tables of nutrient
          contents of various foodstuffs. Don't expect any discussions of
          what dog food is best! For the most part, consumers are left to
          figure this out for themselves.
   Shils, ME, Olson JA, and Shike M. _Modern Nutrition in Health and
          Disease_. 8th edition: two volumes, Lea & Febiger, 1993.
          Highly respected and one of the best text books used in
          veterinary grad school.
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Dogs and Kids

   Dogs and children...the perfect combination or the perfect nightmare?
   For too many people it's the latter. Use these books to learn how to
   solve problems, what you can fix and what you should avoid.
   Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Dog Training for Kids_. Howell Book House, 1988.
   Kilcommons, Brian and Sarah Wilson. _Childproofing Your Dog: A
          Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for the Children in Your
          Life_. Warner Books, 1994.
   Leon, Jane E. and Lisa D Horowitz. _Becoming Best Friends: Building a
          Loving Relationship Between Your Pet and Your Child_. Berkley
          Pub Group, 1993.
   McLennan, Bardi and Shon Cox Doucette. _Dogs and Kids: Parenting
          Tips_. Howell Book House, 1993.
   O'Neil, Jacqueline. _Kids + Dogs = Fun: Great Activities Your Kids and
          Dogs Can Do Together_. Howell Book House, 1996.
   Rodgers, Cook and Clarice Rutherford. _Kids and Pets: A Family Guide
          to Living and Growing Together_. Alpine Publications, 1997.
   Tucker, Michael. _Dog Training for Children and Parents_. MacMillan
          General Reference, 1998.
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Physical Structure

   Brown, Curtis. _Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis_. Hoflin Publishing.
          Detailed analysis of dog structure and gaiting. Invaluable,
          well illustrated.
   Elliot, Rachel. _Dog Steps_
          This wonderful book has detailed photographs, xrays and
          drawings to help illustrate just what goes on with each step a
          dog takes. Highly recommendend for anyone seriously interested
          in improving their understanding of a dog's structure.
   Gilbert, Edward M., Thelma Brown, Curtis Brown. _K-9: Structure and
          Terminology_. Howell Book House, 1995.

   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.
          This eminently readable book goes over canine physiology, both
          internal and structural. She covers how to keep your dog in
          general good shape, discusses some conditioning strategies, and
          finally details a number of possible impediments to
          conditioning your dog, including: genetic and traumatic joint
          problems and lameness, the effects of medication on your dog,
          and moreover lists all the things you need to consider when
          trying to keep your dog fit and healthy. Recommended for all
          people doing regular physical activity with their dog.
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Books About Puppies

   Another popular topic is puppies -- how to pick them, raise them, and
   train them.
   Allan, Eric. _Every Puppy: Perfect Pet or Perfect Pest?_. Howell Book
          House, 1996.
          Covers everything involved in owning a puppy. Great primer.
   Bailey, Gwen. _The Perfect Puppy_, Readers Digest, 1996.
   Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way To Train Your
          Dog_. Howell Book House, 1985.
          She uses praise, contact, play and toys to motivate puppies,
          but she does not recommend food training a young puppy. She
          does recommend crate training and she also recommends sleeping
          in the same room with the puppy. She provides methods to teach
          no, OK, good dog, bad dog, sit stay heel, come, down, stand,
          go, enough, over, out, cookie, speak, take it, wait and off to
          puppies. She talks about canine language and talks some about
          mental games you can play with your dog such as mirror games,
          and copying your dog and having him copy you, chase games and
          even playing rough with your puppy.
          Most training methods rely on the foundational relationship
          between an owner and his dog, and this book provides some ideas
          on establishing that relationship while the puppy is still
          young. While the prohibitions on food training are considered
          outdated today, this classic book is still a valuable book for
          anyone trying to understand and establish a good relationship
          with their puppy from the start; highly recommended.
   Brahms, Ann and Paul. _Puppy Ed.: Training Your Dog at an Early Age_.
          Ballantine Books, 1995 (reissue)
          Describes how to start teaching your puppy commands. This is a
          thoughtful book that discusses in practical detail what you can
          and cannot expect to do with your puppy in training it. They
          stress that by expecting and improving good behavior from the
          start, later, more formal training goes much easier.
   Dunbar, Ian, DVM. _How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks_ (Manual for the
          Sirius Puppy Training Program). James and Kenneth Pubs.,
          Oakland. 1991.
   Hart, Ben, Lynette Hart, Benjamin L. Hart. _The Perfect Puppy: How to
          Choose Your Dog by Its Behavior_. WH Freeman. 1988.
          This covers only about 65 breeds' temperaments, but makes a
          greater effort to be objective than some other sources. Lists
          health defects in particular breeds.
   Kovary, Robin. _12 Step Problem Prevention Program for Puppies_.
          Self-published, New York. 1990.
   Lowell, Michele. _Your Purebred Puppy: A Buyer's Guide_. Holt and Co.
          Far more comprehensive than the Harts' book, with useful
          warnings about health defects to watch for in specific breeds.
          The author may be reached at
   Monks of New Skete, The. _The Art of Raising a Puppy_. Little, Brown &
          Co., 1991.
          The monks of New Skete have put together an excellent book that
          discusses puppy development and the things that should be done
          at the appropriate stages and why. First they follow a newborn
          litter through its various stages of development and at each
          stage they discuss what is happening. They discuss testing
          puppies' temperaments and what you want to look for, under
          which circumstances. They discuss briefly dog breeds, and how
          to find reputable breeders. They then launch into a series of
          useful chapters: housebreaking, preliminary obedience, laying
          the foundations of training, understanding (reading) your dog,
          how to become the pack leader, basic training, discipline, and
          general care. A good bibliography is provided at the back.
   Randolph, Elizabeth. _How to Help Your Puppy Grow Up to be a Wonderful
          Dog_. Fawcett Books, 1995.
   Rutherford, Clarice, and David H. Neil, MRCVS. _How to Raise a Puppy
          You Can Live With_. Alpine Publications, Loveland, CO, 1981.
          ISBN 0-931866-09-X. 126 pages.
          The authors demonstrate their deep understanding of young dogs,
          and their clear guidance is sure to help owners build a strong
          bond with their new companion. For a new owner this book
          demonstrates basic obedience training, covers the first year
          developmental stages, and presents simple practical advice for
          dealing with behavior problems
   Schwartz, Charlotte. _The Howell Book of Puppy Raising_. 1st ed.
          Howell Book House. c1978. ISBN 0-87605-770-9.
          Full of all kinds of useful information. Tips on housetraining,
          use of crates, how to feed, ways to train them, etc.
   Shook, Larry. _The Puppy Report: How to Select a Healthy, Happy Dog_.
          Del Rey 1995 (reprint)
          Larry Shook is a newspaper reporter who, despite working with
          an allegedly reputable breeder, ended up with a purebred dog
          with a very serious temperament problem - a problem that the
          breeder had compelling reason to know about in advance. So
          Shook put his professional skills to work and has written a
          helpful, brief book about the dangers of 'inbreeding' and about
          how to avoid breeders who'll knowingly sell dogs that are very
          likely to have serious physical or psychological problems. Not
          surprisingly, he comes down very hard on puppy mills and stores
          that sell live animals. Surprising/shocking is some of the
          information he relays about the AKC and certain common breeding
          practices which are, in effect, encouraged by AKC policies.
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Canine Sports

   Copold, Steve. _The Complete Book of Coursing_. Hoflin Publishing.
          Hardcover $50 + $3 s&h ($8 outside U.S.). 96 pages, 8.5x11
          size. Covers all aspects of lure and open field coursing.
          Reprint of the 1976 coursing classic, greatly expanded and
          updated. Companion Video is $50.
  Breed Ring Exhibition
   Alston, George G. _The Winning Edge, Show Ring Secrets_. Howell Book
          House, 1992.
          Alston is an experienced and knowledgeable professional handler
          and the book is full of great tips. Nice philosophies about
          dogs and dog shows. The book is well-written and very readable.
   Coile, D. Caroline. _Show Me! A Dog Showing Primer_. Barrons
          Educational Series, 1997.
   Craige, Patricia and Luana Luther (ed). _Born to Win: Breed to
          Succeed_. Doral Publishing, 1997.
   Eaton, Dandine B. _In the Ring_, Hoflin Publications
          Interview with seven dog show judges -- gives insight into the
          sport of showing dogs
   Hall, Lynn. _Dog Showing for Beginners_. Howell Book House, 1994.
   Stern, Jane and Michael Stern. _Dog Eat Dog: A Very Human Book About
          Dogs and Dog Shows_. Scribner, 1997.
  Backpacking and Camping
   LaBelle, Charlene G. _A Guide to Backpacking with Your Dog_. Alpine
          Publications, Inc. 1992.
   Riley, Alan. _Teaching Your Dog Backpacking_. TFH Publications, 1979.
   Walters, Heather MacLean. _Take Your Pet Along: 1001 Places to Stay
          With Your Pet_. M.C.E., 1997.
          Pet friendly places you can stay at or go to.
   Walters, Heather MacLean. _Take Your Pet, Too! Fun Things to Do!_.
          M.C.E., 1997.
  Obedience Training
   (See also the Training section.)
   Burnham, Patricia Gail. _Playtraining Your Dog_. St. Martin's Press,
          175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. c1980. ISBN 0-312-61691-0
          (trade paperback).
          An excellent book that describes how to use play to motivate
          your dog through obedience training. She focuses on how to
          teach each exercise in the AKC Novice, Open, and Utility
          classes. Her philosophy, though, lends itself to any type of
          training. Well written and informative. For you greyhound
          lovers, all her dogs and inside photos are of greyhounds.
   Edelstein, Mardee Farnham. _Obedience & Tracking Today_. Hoflin
          Comprehensive guide to training for both the obedience ring and
          for the tracking tests.
   Handler, Barbara. _Successful Obedience Handling: The NEW Best Foot
          Forward_. Alpine Pub, 1991.
          This is a great book for the person just starting showing in
          obedience. It covers _everything_...what to wear, what the
          rules are, what to expect, etc.
   Strickland, Winifred G. _Expert Obedience Training for Dogs_. Third
          revised edition. Simon & Schuster, 1987.
          Strickland is a well known dog trainer. Covers all aspects of
          training and competition including the formal training for AKC
          obedience trials (novice, open, utility, tracking). Includes
          some general care (health and feeding) tips. Author has also
          written _Obedience Class Instruction for Dogs_.
   Adelman, Mary B. _Schutzhund Training_. Denlingers Pub Ltd., 1995.
   Barwig, Susan. _Schutzhund: Theory and Training Methods_. Howell Book
          House, 1991.
          See also the video tapes (1992) Schutzhund: Overview,
          Schutzhund: Protection I, Schutzhund: Protection II, and
          Schutzhund: Protection III.
  Frisbee Dogs
   I'd like to caution anyone interested in Frisbee work that this sport
   is very hard on dogs' physical structure, so you should do as much
   research as possible before picking this up. The twists and jumps are
   very hard on joints.
   Bloeme, Peter, _Frisbee Dogs: How to Raise, Train, Compete_.
          Skyhoundz, 1994.
          See also the video tapes: Frisbee Dogs W/Frisbee, Frisbee Dogs:
          Throwing Video, and Frisbee Dogs: Training Video.
   Daniels, Julie. _Enjoying Dog Agility: From Backyard to Competition_.
          Doral Publishing, 1991.
   O'Neil, Jacqueline. _All About Agility_. Macmillan General Ref., 1998.
   Quinlan, George Phillip. _Agility Course Notebook_. Howln Moon Press,
   Simmons-Moake Jane. _Agility: The Fun Sport for All Dogs_. Howell Book
          House, 1992.
   Tatsch, K. _Construction Plans for Dog Agility Obstacles_.
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Training and Training Methods

   These books are suggested for the person interested in more extensive
   training beyond basic good behavior. If you're interested in a
   specific activity, you may also find more relevant books in the Sports
   or Working Dogs sections.
   Baer, Ted. _Communicating with Your Dog_. Barrons Educational Series,
          Heavily illustrated with color photos. A sensible approach to
          laying a good foundation for extensive obedience training (even
          if you don't take the dog any further than what's outlined in
          here). Simple instructions for teaching a 20-word language,
          with emphasis on understanding and building on previous work.
   Bauman, Diane L. _Beyond Basic Dog Training_. New, updated edition.
          Howell Book House (Maxwell Maxmillan International), New York.
          1991. ISBN: 0-87605-410-6.
          Emphasis is on training a "thinking" dog rather than a
          pattern-trained dog. Extensive manual on obedience training.
          Communication and understanding are discussed. A well known and
          often recommended book.
   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.
          This book has more tricks in it than you will even dream of
          teaching your dog with suggestions for the method. In the back
          they have a listing by breed of tricks that are especially
          suitable or unsuitable for that breed.
   Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Dog Training in 10 Minutes_. Howell Book House,
          Basic dog training in minutes of work per day. Covers how to
          understand your dog, and includes humane ways of training your
   Burnham, Patricia Gail. _Playtraining Your Dog_. St Martin's Press,
          An excellent book that describes how to use play to motivate
          your dog through obedience training. She focuses on how to
          teach each exercise in the AKC Novice, Open, and Utility
          classes. Her philosophy, though, lends itself to any type of
          training. Well written and informative. For you greyhound
          lovers, all her dogs and inside photos are of greyhounds.
   Colflesh, Linda. _Making Friends: Training your Dog Positively_ Howell
          Book House, 1990.
          A readable book that applies to all aspects of everyday
          training and building a good relationship with your dog. Her
          method maximizes using your dog's intelligence and your good
          relationship with your pet and minimizes the use of force. It
          takes things all the way from housebreaking the new dog through
          the basic obedience exercises and includes chapters on
          aggression and moving on to off-leas work with your dog.
   Donaldson, Jean. _Culture Clash_.
   Handler, Barbara. _Positively Obedient: Good Manners for the Family
          Dog_. Alpine Pub., 1987.
          This follows _How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With_ very
          nicely. This is a book a novice owner can read, follow and
          succeed in getting results.
   Koehler, William. _The Koehler Method of Dog Training_. Howell Book
          House, 1996 (new edition)
          Originally published in 1962, Koehler's methods are considered
          unusually harsh and counterproductive by many modern trainers.
          On the other hand, his methods do have a history of success,
          especially with breeds considered less trainable. This book is
          largely of historical interest, especially for the serious and
          experienced trainer. This book is definitely not recmmended for
          the novice dog owner.
   Lewis, Janet. _Smart Trainers, Brilliant Dogs_.
   Milani, Myrna M., DVM. _The Invisible Leash: A Better Way to
          Communicate With Your Dog_. New American Library, 1990.
   Olson, Bjorn. _Training Your Dog Step by Step_.
   Pryor, Karen. _Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and
          Training_. Bantam, New York. 1996.
          Karen Pryor presents different behavior modification techniques
          for dealing with several example situations (i.e. "Dog barks
          all night", "Roommate leaves dirty laundry all over apartment,"
          "Bus driver is rude," etc.) This would NOT be a good book for
          someone who wanted to teach their dog to sit and come, but it
          discusses how the trainer's actions "shape" the trainee's
          responses. Definitely a must-read for people who are interested
          in "inducive" training, and should be thought-provoking for any
          trainer who is thinking about training on a higher level than
          "When the dog does this, give him a good collar
          correction"--but experienced dog trainers will find a lot to
          quibble about in what she says.
   Reid, Pamela. _Excel-Erated Learning_.
   Rogerson, John. _Your Dog, its Development, Behaviour and Training_.
          David & Charles, 1988.
   Tucker, Michael. _Dog Training Step by Step: A New Guide for Owners
          and Instructors_. Howell Book House, 1991.
          Tucker is an ex GDB instructor and his books are easy to read
          and follow. His others are _Dog Training Made Easy_, _Solving
          Your Dog Problems_.
   Volhard, Joachim, Gail Tamases Fisher. _Training Your Dog: The Step By
          Step Manual_. Howell Book House, 1983.
   Weston, David. _Dog Training: The Gentle Modern Method_. Howell Book
          House, 1992.
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Books on Working Dogs

   Historically, dogs have worked alongside people in many different
   capacities. True to their adaptability, modern day demands in
   different capacities have created new venues of work that dogs have
   also done well in.
   Holmes, John. _The Farmer's Dog_. Diamond Farm Book Pubns, 1991.
   Jones, H. Glyn. _A Way of Life: Sheepdog Training, Handling, and
          Trialling_. Diamond Farm Book Pubns., 1987.
          H. Glyn Jones talks to Barbara C. Collins.
   Karrasch, Dick. _Training a Stockdog: For Beginners_. Wondereye Farm,
          Rt. 1, Box 42, Vandiver AL 35176.
   O'Reilly, Chuck. _Training Working Livestock Dogs_. Rt. 4, Box 33B,
          Red Wind MN 55066.
   _Ranch Dog Trainer's Puppy Book_. RDT, 7686 State Route 17, West
          Plains, MO 65775. (RDT is also a magazine, orderable at the
          same address.)
   Robertson, Pope. _Anybody Can Do It: A Sheepdog Training Manual_.
          Diamond Farm Book Pubns., 1979.
   Templeton, John and Matt Mundell. _Working Sheep Dogs_. Order from
  Search and Rescue, Scent Work
   American Rescue Dog Association. _Search and Rescue Dogs: Training
          Methods_. Howell Book House, 1991.
          ARDA outlines their philosophy and methods for SAR. This book
          is excellent for an understanding of the depths of committment
          and work to be a SAR volunteer. It is a compilation of notes
          made over a thirty year period; consequently some of the
          information is out of date. There are two main deficiencies in
          this book. The first is a bias toward the German Shepherd Dog,
          such that they actually refuse to use any other breed; the
          second is a seemingly cavalier disregard for the consequences
          of deliberately searching for cadavers with SAR dogs, when such
          dogs should always search for live scent (particularly for
          disaster work).
   Bryson, Sandy. _Search Dog Training_. Boxwood Press, 1984.
          A well organized, comprehensive discussion of search dog
          training. Includes practical tips, discussion of search and
          rescue and the law and many other topics.
   Bulanda, Susan. _Ready! The Training of the Search and Rescue Dog_.
          Doral Publishing, 1995.
   Button, Lue. _Practical Scent Dog Training_. Alpine Publications, Inc.
          214 19th St. SE, Loveland, CO 80537. 1990. ISBN: 0-931866-47-2.
          A step-by-step practical training guide for air scent, evidence
          search, disaster search and the AKC tracking test. Starts with
          young puppies. Well illustrated and methods extensively tested
          at Los Alamos' Mountain Canine Corps.
   Davis, Louis Wilson. _Go Find! Training Your Dog to Track_. Howell
          Book House, 1974.
          Blurb: "Major L. Wilson Davis is America's recognized authority
          on Tracking -- named in September 1973 to the Obedience
          Advisory Committee of the AKC as its official consultant on
          Tracking and scent training for dogs. This official status
          follows upon decades of recognized achievemnent in these phases
          of Obedience training. Following distinguished service with the
          K-9 Corps during WWII, he has been active in the Governmnent's
          program of using trained tracking dogs for the recovery of
          detonated missile parts in missile experimentation. Major Davis
          was an AKC licenced judge for all classes of Obedience. He is
          presently training director of the famous Oriole Dog Training
          Club of Baltimore. He organized and headed the Baltimor City
          K-9 Corps, one of the finest in the country, and is often asked
          to lecture and advise police departments on the use of tracking
          dogs in law enforcement. Major Davis is a recipient of the
          Quaker Oats Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated
          contributions to dog training."
   George, Charles, and Linda George. _Search and Rescue Dogs (Dogs at
          Work)_. Capstone Press, 1998.
   Johnson, Glen. _Tracking Dog: Theory and Methods_. Arner Pub, 1989.
          From blurb: "The author became fascinated with the tracking
          tests held at widely spaced intervals during the years where he
          could not get over the trouble trainers were having training
          their own dogs for this highly regarded title. He embarked upon
          a course of research, experimentation and documentation that
          enabled him to formulate his own training program that has
          TRACKING TITLE. Old wives tales went out the window and
          theories became irrelevant as the program was based solely on
          "observable behavior" of those dogs that were already trained
          to track. The results of these experiments and the program
          itself are detailed in "Tracking Dog - theory and methods".
   Pearsall, Milo D. and Hugo Verbruggen, MD. _Scent: Training to Track,
          Search, and Rescue_. Alpine Pubs, 1982.
          Blurb: "The authors first look at the scientific qualities of
          scent -- what and how dogs smell and how environmental factors
          affect the track. Then they use this background as a basis for
          training. Topics include the science of scent, kindergarten
          puppy tracking, tracking equipment, tracking tests, training to
          search, search and track, search and find, search and rescue,
          trail companion, scent and the law enforcement agency, first
          aid on the trail and much more."
   Syrotuck, Bill. _Scent and the Scenting Dog_. Arner Publications, 204
          Lewis Street, Canastota, NY 13032, c1972.
          Early work on understanding scent.
   Tolhurst, William D. with Lena F. Reed. _Manhunters! Hounds of the Big
          T_. Hound Dog Press, 1985.
          Tolhurst is a Search and Rescue volunteer in upstate New York.
          This book recounts his experiences using bloodhounds in
          trailing. Many fascinating stories. Tolhurst includes a section
          on training a dog to locate dead bodies.
   The Tracking Club of Massachusetts. _Tracking! A Practical Guide for
          TD and TDX_. 438 Lowell Street, Wakefield, MA 01880. $8 plus
          shipping and handling.
          An inexpensive booklet on tracking that is put out by The
          Tracking Club of Massachusetts. It is a very concise, yet clear
          introduction to tracking for all breeds. It was written by the
          members of the club some of which have almost 30 years tracking
   Tweedie, Jan. _On The Trail: The Practical Guide to the Working
          Bloodhound and Other Search and Rescue Dogs_. Alpine Pub, 1997.
  Service Dogs
   Harrington, Paula. _Looking ahead: Guide Dogs for the Blind_. 1st ed.
          San Rafael, CA: Guide Dogs for the Blind, c1990.
          This one is sort of a "coffee table" book; lots of nice color
          photographs, and it covers the history of Guide Dogs, the
          training (both for the dog and the blind person), the 4-H puppy
          raisers, and lots of other stuff.
   Pfaffenberger, Clarence J., et al., with the editorial assistance of
          Sarah F. Scott. _Guide Dogs for the Blind, Their Selection,
          Development, and Training_. Amsterdam; New York: Elsevier
          Scientific Pub. Co.; distributors for the U.S. and Canada,
          Elsevier/North Holland, 1976.
          Many specific details on the genetics, training, 4-H project
          coordination, and so forth.
  Sled Dogs
   Collins, Miki and Julie. _Dog Driver, A Guide for the Serious Musher_.
          Alpine Publishing, 1991. 385 pgs hardcover. ISBN:
          A complete reference covering all aspects of working and living
          with sled dogs. From housing to health, nutrition, equipment,
          breeding, training, and much more. Sprint racing, long distance
          racing, weight pulling, camping, and so forth are also covered.
          Excellent book for learning about sledding and sled dogs. Best
          if used in association with one of the other novice books
          mentioned for beginning mushers.
   Flanders, Noel. _The Joy of Running Sled Dogs_. Alpine Publishing
          1989. 107 pgs softcover. ISBN: 0-931866-39-1.
          This is a brief, beginners level, introduction to living and
          working with sled dogs. A good compact reference.
   Fishback, Lee and Mel. _Novice Sled Dog Training_. 13th printing,
          Raymond Thompson Company, 1989. 37 pgs softcover.
          This is a very brief guide for the begining dog driver. Covers
          equipment, basic obedience, lead dog training, handling problem
          dogs, and sled dog racing.
   Kaynor, Carol and Mari Hoe-Raitto. _Skijoring: An Introduction to the
   Levorsen, Bella, ed. _MUSH! A beginer's Manual of Sled Dog Training_,
          edited for the Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers Inc. Arner
          Publications, 204 Lewis Street, Canastota, NY 13032, 1976.
          250pgs hardcover. ISBN: 0-91424-06-4.
          A beginners guide to sled dogs and mushing. This is a very good
          begining book to learn about equipment and training, as well as
          sled dog health issues. Excellent novice mushing book.
   Welch, Jim. _The Speed Mushing Manual_. Sirius Publishing, 1989. ISBN:
          This is a book about serious sprint sled dog racing, the how
          to's. Not a novice book.
  Hunting Dogs
   Free, James Lamb. _Training Retrievers_.
          A classic. It outlines the long-standing training methods for
          field dogs. A good book even if some of it is outdated. An
          excellent description of training a dog to handle.
   Rafe, Stephen. _Training Your Dog for Birdwork_.
   Spencer, James B. _Hunting Retrievers: Hindsights, Foresights and
          This is general interest, and well-written, but doesn't contain
          a lot of training specifics.
   Spencer, James B. _Training Retrievers for the Marshes and Meadows_.
          Denlinger Publications in Fairfax, VA.
          It starts with puppy selection and goes on up to advanced marks
          and blinds. It is helpful in providing tips on resolving
          training blocks.
   Spencer, James B. _Retriever Training Tests_. Prentice Hall Press.
          Helps you to set up training situations and teaches you how the
          dog should react to things like hills, cover, land-water-land
          retrieves, how the wind affects them, etc.
   Tarrant, Bill. _Training the Hunting Retriever_. Howell Book House,
          Mamillan Publishing Co., 866 Third Ave., New York NY 10022.
  Police and Protection Dogs
   Chapman, Samuel G. _Police Dogs in America_. Bureau of Government
          Research, 1979.
   Duet, Karen Freeman and George Duet, _The Home and Family Protection
          Dog: Selection and Training_. Howell Book House, 1993 ISBN
          Anyone who is thinking of getting a dog who's more than a
          'mobile alarm' (watchdog) should consult this book.
   Tolhurst, Bill. _The Police Textbook for Dog Handlers_. Sharp
          Printing, 3477 Lockport Road, Sanborn, NY 14132. 1991.
          (Paperback, 89 pages.)
          This book is only available from the author. $14 plus $2
          shipping and handling. Write to Bill Tolhurst, 383 Willow
          Street, Lockport, NY 14094. The most comprehensive training
          book available. Contains information not available from any
          other source. Contains updated information covered by the
          original National Police Bloodhound Training Manual (1977).
          Plus: how to train a land-cadaver dog, a water-cadaver dog, an
          article-search dog, an accelerant (arson) dog. Information on
          the Scent Transfer Machine, about radio-controlled dogs, on
          crime scene dog development, on the use of a scent sleeve.
          Discusses seminars, Bloodhound misconceptions, testifying in
          court, commands, puppy profiles (how to select a puppy) and
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