Books to Boost Your Dog's Training and Behaviour


Many people who share their homes with a canine animal companion experience some level of behavioural problems. These can range from the mischievous puppy whose favourite pastime consists of seeing how fast they can reduce objects to shreds, to an aggressive dog who is either terrified of everyone, or thinks they’re leader of the household.

There is a host of literature written by veterinarians, animal behaviourists, and animal trainers that explain ways to try and get your four-legged friend to behave in a socially acceptable manner. Below is a list of some excellent books that may help you, and your animal companion - all written by Canadian professionals.

1. Behavior Problems of the Dog & Cat – 3rd Edition

About the Book

“Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat,” offers a highly practical approach to behavioural training. Dr. Landsberg discusses diagnostic guidelines, preventative advice, treatment guidelines and charts, case examples, and valuable information for all those studying the field of companion animal bevaviour. The book also provides details on the use of drugs and natural supplements to help optimize the behaviour services offered in practice.

About the Author

Dr. Gary Landsberg has authored numerous articles, books and chapters in the field of canine and feline behaviour.  He is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and a former president and member of the executive board. Dr. Landsberg is also a diplomat of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine and sits on their executive board.

2. Ruff Love: a Relationship Building Program for You and Your Dog

About the Book

Garrett’s book “Ruff Love: A Relationship Building Program,” is a favourite resource for dog trainers worldwide.

The author asks, “do you find it difficult to motivate your dog to do what you want, when you want? Is your dog’s recall effective only if there isn’t something more interesting nearby?” If you answered yes to these and other similar questions, then you need “Ruff Love.”

After reading the book, Kathy Keats wrote that thanks to “Ruff Love,” her two-year-old border collie Mojo, is able to function in everyday life. Mojo used to be “extremely stimulated by motion and a bit fearful,” but now she has “a wonderful companion and performance partner.”

About the Author

Susan Garrett is a pre-eminent canine sports instructor, and is recognized as a leading educator of dog trainers. Her understanding of how to apply learning principles to competitive dog training has made her a much sought after speaker throughout North America, and as far away as Japan, Australia and Europe.

3. ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training

About the Book

In Appelbaum’s book “ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training,” the author shares his secrets and techniques to help you get your dog to behave.

Appelbaum’s book is for frustrated pet owners who are looking for practical, humane answers that provide results. The experienced approach contained in the “ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training,” has proven itself with over 40,000 dog owners across the United States and Canada who have found the answers “as simple as ABC.”

About the Author

Steven Appelbaum is President and CEO of Animal Behavior and Training Associates, Inc. He is also President of Animal Behavior College, Inc. (ABC), a highly innovative school that is helping to train and ABC-certify the next generation of professional dog trainers. He has over twenty-five years of experience training thousands of dogs, and hundreds of professional trainers.

4. The New Holistic Way for Dogs and Cats: The Stress-Health Connection

About the Book

Dr. McCutcheon and Weinstein’s book “The New Holistic Way for Dogs and Cats: The Stress-Health Connection,” examines the all-important health-stress connection, while drawing upon the latest scientific thinking and combining it with a comprehensive, preventive, and holistic philosophy of pet care.

About the Authors

Dr. Paul McCutcheon, DVM, is a former director of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and the Human-Animal Bond Association of Canada. Dr. McCutcheon has contributed numerous articles to Pets Quarterly, Dogs Annual, Alive Magazine, Health Naturally, California Veterinarian, Canadian Veterinary Journal, and the Journal of the International Institute of Stress.

Susan Weinstein is a writer with a special interest in animals and health care. Recent articles have appeared in “The Whole Dog Journal,” and “Dogs! Dogs! Dogs!”

Please note that we are in not endorsing these training books, but simply providing you with ideas of what is available. There are many different training options out there and it is up to you to decide what is best for your dogs and you.