The Help Desk
Here are some resources (not meant to be all inclusive) that TCATC members have found useful in bringing up a new puppy, exploring the human-canine bond, training and behavior issues at any age, and learning about canine health.
Many of the books can be previewed online with Amazon’s “look” or “search inside” features, including selected pages, table of contents and index. Also, if your local library system does not have an item but another Minnesota library system does, you can request a copy through interlibrary loan at no charge.
Airedale Terriers, A Complete Pet Owner's Manual by Dorothy M. Miner, Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 96 pages. This comprehensive book covers everything about Airedale purchase, care, nutrition, breeding, behavior and training. It also includes a list of useful addresses and literature. Helpful illustrations and full-color photos appear abundantly throughout the book. The text is informative and designed for pet owners of all ages. Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Airedale Terrier Club of America web site store at http://www.airedale.org/hwcshopping.php. Also available through Hennepin County Library.
Training and behavior
Dogs Deserve Dialogue: Rover Should Hang on Your Words, Not on Your Leash by Judy Moore, Tyke Publishing, 184 pages. This book uses plain language and teaches a practical method based on communication, not domination or punishment, for changing problem behavior. The author holds training clinics in Colorado and selected cities around the country. Read editorial and customer reviews and view selected pages at www.amazon.com. Available directly from the author at www.helpyourdog.com.
Don't Shoot the Dog! The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor, Bantam Books, 202 pages. This publication is an entertaining explanation of using “positive reinforcement in teaching new behaviors … in pets, kids -- even yourself -- without yelling, threats, force, punishment, guilt trips ... or shooting the dog.” Specific sections cover “shaping” behavior; cooperation without coercion; using the power of reinforcement to get rid of a negative behavior; and how this applies to instruction methods like clicker training. Read editorial and customer reviews and view selected pages at www.amazon.com. Also available at www.bantam.com and through Hennepin County Library.
How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners (revised) by The Monks of New Skete, Little Brown and Company, 2002, 256 pages. An informal, step-by-step training guide and discussion on the spiritual connection between humans and dogs. Covers most aspects of dog ownership, including naming the puppy, training with praise instead of punishment, eye contact, sleeping arrangements and pet loneliness. Read editorial and customer reviews and view selected pages at www.amazon.com. Also available through Hennepin County Library.
How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With (4th Edition) by Clarice Rutherford and David H. Neil, Alpine Blue Ribbon Books, 2005, 160 pages. This is a standard item in many new puppy packets supplied by dog breeders. Covers housebreaking and what not to do. Read customer comments and view selected pages at www.amazon.com. Also available through Hennepin County Library.
Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog by Carol Lea Benjamin, Howell Book House, 256 pages. “Based on the natural way a mother dog trains her puppies…. Timeless classic.” (Editorial review) Considered one of the top training books of all time. Read editorial and customer reviews and view selected pages at www.amazon.com. Also available through Hennepin County Library.
People Training for Dogs: A Common Sense Guide to Understanding the Basics of Dog Behavior (DVD) with Cesar Millan, available at www.dogpsychologycenter.com. “I rehabilitate dogs. I train people,” says Millan. Topics include the basics of dog behavior, the nature of the pack, energy and body language, rules and boundaries, and the importance of a walk. Millan is the star of the popular dog behavior series “Dog Whisperer” on the National Geographic Channel. Check http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/dogwhisperer/ for program schedule.
Puppy Primer by Brenda Scidmore & Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., Dog's Best Friend, 63 pages. Publisher McConnell specializes in canine behavior problems and is co-host of the Wisconsin Public Radio show, “Calling All Pets,” broadcast on more than 110 stations nationwide. Her specialty is diagnosing and treating aggression and other serious behavioral concerns. This book contains down-to-earth, easy-to-read and easy-to remember information on socializing and training issues. Read editorial and customer reviews at www.amazon.com. Also available at www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com or by calling 608-767-2435.
Super Puppy: How to Raise the Best Dog You'll Ever Have! by Peter J. Vollmer, Super Puppy Press, 40 pages. This book is written especially for novice pet owners. It is a basic guide providing valuable information on what to look for in a puppy; how to build a good human-pup relationship; how to read dog body language; how to prevent problems through social stimulation; and suggestions on discipline, housebreaking, housetraining, chewing, barking, jumping up, recall, exercise, and pup control in your absence. Read editorial and customer reviews at www.amazon.com. Also available in some pet food/supply stores or at www.superpuppy.com
What All Good Dogs Should Know, the Sensible Way to Train by Jack Volhard & Melissa Bartlett, Howell Book House, 113 pages. This book provides a wealth of information for teaching a dog to be an ideal companion. "Humorous yet practical suggestions are presented for preventing bad habits, dealing with a dog's basic needs, growth stages and why things happen and when." (Book cover) The text of this abridged book on dog behavior is accompanied by supportive original cartoon art. Read editorial and customer reviews and view selected pages at www.amazon.com. Also available through Hennepin County Library.
The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats: Over 1,000 Solutions to Your Pet’s Problems , Rodale Press, 1996, 403 pages, including extensive index. Read customer reviews and view selected pages at www.amazon.com. This book may be difficult to find new. Prices can be compared at www.amazon.com and www.froogle.com. Also available through Hennepin County Library.
Drs. Foster and Smith Information Center for dogs at http://www.drsfostersmith.com/.
Free, online articles and information on many topics, including allergies; arthritis; dental, ear and eye care; beds; crates; medications; nutrition; problem behavior; sanitation and traveling with your dog.
Merck Veterinary Manual, eighth edition online, http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp. Merck & Co., Inc. and Merial Limited present this f ree, online, searchable edition as a public service. It was superseded by the ninth edition of The Merck Veterinary Manual in February, 2005, and may contain outdated information. The new edition can be purchased for $45 from the same link, where you can view sample content, including table of contents.
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