The Mightiest Heart
by Lynn Cullen, Illustrated by Laurel Long

This book is a retelling of the clasic story of Gelert. Although we have not yet seen it, the artwork is reported to be beautiful." It is a "children's book," but are we not all children when it comes to wolfies ?

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: A Training Manual for Dog Owners
by The Monks of New Skete

You wouldn't think that a group of Roman Catholic Monks would know a lot about the raising and training of dogs, but they do. I suppose the fact that their livliehood depends on their knowledge helps. This book is a nice approach to training you and your dog.

The Art of Raising a Puppy
by the Monks of New Skete

This book is a really nice introduction to puppies and a nice approach to training you and your puppy.

A three-video complete developmental system which brings the philosophy, methods and insight of the monks to the dog owner. Topics include: the stages of puppy development, the meaning of socialization, the responsibility of being a leader, a complete guide to basic training, understanding body language, discipline and corrections, and integrating obedience into everyday life.


Deals exclusively with feeding dogs and designed for those who want easy to read, common sense guidance on feeding for maximum health, low cost and low environmental impact. Inspired by the observation that dogs and cats fed their natural whole food diet are far healthier than when fed cooked and processed foods, and contains valuable information for anyone who is involved with dogs, including vets, vet students, breeders and dog owners generally. Concerns the relationship between diet, health and disease in dogs. Everyone's talking about this book! From Australia.


Dr. Ian Billinghurst's new puppy book! (Author recommends reading Give Your Dog a Bone first). Divided into three parts: Part 1: introduces the BARF (Bones And Raw Food) diet for feeding dogs, which is based on the dietary needs of dogs as shaped by several hundred thousand years of evolution. Part 2: about feeding for breeding. Practical common sense approach to producing an optimum number of healthy pups with a minimum of fuss. Part 3: growing pups into healthy adults that do not develop Hip or Elbow dysplasia, or any of the other skeletal diseases which are so common in modern dogs. Central to this part is the Bones And Raw Foods program of diet and exercise, which is inspired by the observation that animals are much healthier when fed their biologically appropriate diet based on Bones And Raw Foods.

Note: some of the advice in this book, especially that about breeding frequency, is not recommended by many breeders, including ourselves

Born to Win: Breed to Succeed
Patricia Craige (Trotter)

The philosophy and experiences of a breeder-exhibitor having some practical ideas based on a lifetime in dogs. For the breeder, just breeding a good animal is not enough. The puppy must be nourished properly long before the dam is bred, the litter born into the absolute ultimate environment and the puppies raised, trained and Winning Takes a Plan--genetics, breeding conditioned like Olympic athletes!

 - Winning Takes a Plan--genetics, breedinprograms;
 - Winning Means Putting Your Plan into Action-- breeding stock, writing a pedigree;
 -Winning Means Hard Work --kennelling, picking and raising puppies, conditioning, time management, record;
 -Winning Means Having Fun--dog shows, handling, sportsmanship, Westminster KC;
 -Winning Means Special People--mentors, families;
 -Winning Means Factoring in the Future--breed changes, tomorrow's breeders.

1997, 320 pages

Dog Showing for Beginners
Lynn Hall

Insider tips and observations to help the new exhibitor enter the world of dog shows. Understand the point system, required equipment, entering shows and coping with "politics".

Clicker Training

Karen Pryor is primarily responsible for the growth of operant coditioning in Dogs. This method of training is also known as "positive training" or "Clicker Training" and is the least traumatic method of training for both the dog and the human.

Karen Pryor
This is essentially an introduction to clicker training (positive reinforcement training system based on operant conditioning, a set of sceintific principles describing the development of behavior in which the animal operates on the environment, instead of the other way around). Contents include: a memo from Karen, A Dog & A Dolphin (training without punishment), Getting Started (a few easy behaviors to train with a clicker), Clicker tips, frequently asked questions, and resources.

Clicker Magic
Karen Pryor
An excellent video that demonstrates Clicker training and demonstrates how it can be used. Included is a "home video" of an abused and terrified donkey being brought into a wash stall by the gentle reinforcement of forward movement.
The video comes with a clicker.

Click for Joy Melissa C. Alexander
A good 2nd book that has questions and answers from Clicker Trainers and their Dogs. Covers topics not covered in Pryor's book/video

Clicking with Your Dog, Step-by-Step in pictures Peggy Tillman
100 behaviors, illustrated click by click in simple drawings; lots of good management and care information for the beginning or inexperieced dog owner as well.

Click to Win Karen Pryor
An excellent book that applies positive training to perparation for the conformation show ring. This is a collection of articles from the AKC Gazette.

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