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A great discussion on the myths of the "alpha dog" idea and the differences between compulsion/punishment based training methods and positive reinforcement training methodologies.

SUGGESTED READINGS:

The following readings are for the interested lay-person as well as for those who wish to go a bit further into the field of animal behaviour and behaviour modification theory.


Ali Brown
Scaredy Dog!


Susan Clothier                                                         
Bones Would Rain from the Sky


Raymond and Lorna Coppinger                                   
Dogs - A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution
What is a Dog?
How Dogs Work


Nicholas Dodman
The Dog Who Loved Too Much
Dogs Behaving Badly


Jean Donaldson                                                      
The Culture Clash
Other End of the Leash
Dogs are from Neptune
Mine!
Fight!


Gail Fisher
The Thinking Dog


Temple Grandin
Animals in Translation


Patricia B. McConnell                                            
The Cautious Canine
Leader of the Pack
Family Friendly Dog Training


Pat Miller                                                                
The Power of Positive Dog Training
Positive Perspectives 


Emma Parsons
Click to Calm


Karen Pryor                                                             
Don't Shoot the Dog
Lads Before the Wind                                                                               
Clicker Training for Dogs
Reaching the Animal Mind 


Pamela J. Reid                                                         
Excel-erated Learning


Turid Rugaas                                                           
On Talking Terms with Dogs


Kathy Sdao                                                       
Plenty In Life Is Free


Grisha Steward                                                       

Behaviour Adjustment Training 2.0


Nicole Wilde                                                        
Help For Your Fearful Dog


Health Care:

Richard and Susan Pitcairn                                       
Natural Health for Dogs and Cats


Wendy Volhard & Kerry Brown                                  
The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog


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