There are so many incredible books and authors out there -- it's impossible to include them all, because the list would be overwhelming. This list is NOT all-inclusive and does not try to be.

Recommended Authors

The authors below have authored many, many books. Whether the books are mentioned explicitly on this list or not, their books are highly recommended. You can't go wrong with these people!

  • Patricia McConnell
  • Nicole Wilde
  • Pamela Dennison
  • Turid Rugaas
  • Jean Donaldson
  • Karen Pryor
  • September Morn
  • Pat Miller
  • Kathy Sdao

Classics and Must-Haves

  • On Talking Terms with Dogs, by Turid Rugaas
  • For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend, by Patricia McConnell
  • Don't Shoot the Dog!, by Karen Pryor
  • Culture Clash, by Jean Donaldson
  • The Other End of the Leash, by Patricia McConnell
  • Click for Joy, by Melissa Alexander
  • The How of Bow Wow (DVD), by Virginia Broitman
  • Control Unleashed, by Leslie McDermitt
  • Improve Your I-Cue: The Science of Signals, by Kathy Sdao

General Training

  • How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, by Sophia Yin
  • Really Reliable Recall (DVD), by Leslie Nelson
  • Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Training, by Pamela Dennison
  • Power of Positive DOg Training, by Pat Miller
  • Clicking with Your Dog: Step by Step in Pictures, by Peggy Tillman
  • The How of Bow Wow (DVD), by Virginia Broitman
  • Clicker Training for Dogs, by Karen Pryor
  • Shaping Success, by Susan Garrett
  • Control Unleashed, by Leslie McDermitt
  • Improve Your I-Cue: The Science of Signals, by Kathy Sdao

Competition Training

  • Click Your Way to Rally Obedience, by Pamela Dennison
  • Building Blocks for Performance, by Bobbie Anderson
  • Clicker Training for Obedience, by Morgan Spector
  • Click and Play Agility, by Angelica Steinker


  • Before and After Getting Your Puppy, by Ian Dunbar
  • Raising a Behaviorally Healthy Puppy, by Suzanne Hetts
  • Your Outta Control Puppy, by Teoti Anderson

Advanced study

  • Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training, vol. 1-3, by Steven Lindsay
  • The Fundamentals of Animal Training (DVD), by Bob Bailey
  • ABCs of Behavior Shaping (DVD), by Ted Turner
  • Canine Neuropsychology for Dog Behaviour Counselors and Trainers, by James O'Heare
  • Excel-Erated Learning, by Pamela Reid
  • Know Way, Know How, by Kathy Sdao
  • Advanced Clicker Training, by Kathy Sdao

Fear and Aggression

There are so many excellent books on working with fearful or aggressive dogs. I listed several below, but there are many others. You can't go wrong with books or DVDs by:

  • Pamela Dennison
  • Jean Donaldson
  • Patricia McConnell
  • Brenda Aloff
  • Pia Silvani
  • James O'Heare
  • Emma Parsons

Specific resources you might find helpful:

  • Help for Your Fearful Dog, by Nicole Wilde
  • Canine Body Language, by Brenda Aloff
  • How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong, by Pamela Dennison
  • Click to Calm, by Emma Parsons
  • Bringing Light to Shadow, by Pamela Dennison
  • Fight!, by Jean Donaldson
  • Canine Aggression Workbook, by James O'Heare
  • Mine!, by Jean Donaldson
  • Aggression in Dogs, by Brenda Aloff
  • Scardy Dog, by Ali Brown
  • Cujo Meets Pavlov, by Kathy Sdao
  • Constructional Aggression Treatment, by Dr. Jesus Rosales Ruiz and Kellie Snider

For Professional Trainers

  • One on One: A Dog Trainer's Guide to Private Training, by Nicole Wilde
  • Coaching People to Train their Dogs, by Terry Ryan
  • Teaching People, Teaching Dogs, by Dani Weinberg

Other Recommended Resources

  • Dominance: Fact or Fiction, by Barry Eaton
  • Living with Kids and Dogs, by Colleen Pelar
  • Dominance Theory and Dogs, by James O'Heare
  • Raising Puppies and Kids Together, by Pia Silvani
  • The Bark Stops Here, by Terry Ryan


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