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Susanne Clothier
Pippa Mattinson
Patricia McConnell
Turid Rugaas

Body language

Canine Body Language by Brenda Aloff
Lots of photos and explanations, expensive but worth it.

Doggie Language
by Lili Chin

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

Barking, the Sound of a Language by Turid Rugaas

Understanding your dog: Behaviour and the underlying science

Dogs in Mind by Jackie Drakeford
Gives an insight into what dogs are thinking, and why they do what they do.

Dog Secrets by David Ryan
What your dog wishes you knew

Clever Dog by Sarah Whitehead
Understand what your dog is telling you

The House Lurcher by Jackie Drakeford
How to cope with that mysterious sighthound temperament in a domestic environment...

Learning and Behavior 7th Edition by Paul Chance
The science underlying learning and behaviour. The writing style and depth is very good for an introductory text book.

How to Think Straight about Psychology by Keith Stanovich
Not actually a psychology book, but a book about what science is, what that means etc.

How Dogs Learn by Mary R. Burch and Jon S. Bailey
Clear explanation of the priciples of learning, operant conditioning etc, with examples.

Oh Behave! Dogs from Pavlov to Premack to Pinker by Jean Donaldson
Readers will be challenged to think, to learn how to separate fact from myth, and evaluate the variety training methods currently being espoused in the popular media.

In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding by John Bradshaw
Overturns some common myths about dogs' emotions and behaviour, explains how dogs evolved, and why they are not ‘wolves in dogs’ clothing’.

The Secret Language of Dogs by Victoria Stillwell


I’ll Be Home Soon
by Patricia McConnell
How to prevent and cure separation anxiety.

Mine! by Jean Donaldson
Guide to understanding and curing resource guarding.

Total Recall by Pippa Mattinson
Reward-based recall training.


The Puppy Primer by Patricia McConnell

Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy by Steve Mann

Choosing the Perfect Puppy by Pippa Mattinson

The Happy Puppy Handbook by Pippa Mattinson

The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Puppy by Victorial Stillwell

Health and diet

Honey's Natural Feeding Handbook for Dogs by Jonathan Self
A guide to raw dog diets, written by the experts at Honey’s Real Dog Food Co.

Running Dog Maintenance by Penny Taylor
The equivalent of a Haynes Manual for lurchers and sighthounds, though much will apply to other breeds/types.

Internet resources

Emma Judson’s Canine Consultants blog:

Kikopup on YouTube:

Victoria Stillwell: The Official Victoria Stilwell Website
There are some great articles under 'Dog Training', 'Dog Behavior' and 'Dog Wellness'.
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