Recommended Reading for Puppy Families

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Before You Get Your Puppy/After You Get Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar

(Available for free as e-book from

Way To Go! How to Housetrain a Dog of Any Age by Karen London & Patricia McConnell

How To Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Dr. Sophia Yin

Perfect Puppy in 7 Days by Dr. Sophia Yin

Family Friendly Dog Training – A Six Week Program for You and Your Dog by Patricia McConnell and Aimee Moore

The Ultimate Puppy Tool Kit by Premier Pet Products


Resources on the web:  (go to “Resources” then “Library”)


Recommended Reading about Canine Body Language:

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide Interpreting The Native Language Of The Domestic Dog by Brenda Aloff

DVD: The Language Of Dogs – Understanding Canine Body Language And Other Communication Signals by Sarah Kalnajs

Off-Leash Dog Play – A Complete Guide To Safety & Fun by Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs

We highly recommend being very selective when choosing material and trainers. Be sure to choose certified trainers (with CPDT credentials) who use positive reinforcement methods of socialization and training. We caution against using trainers known for Cesar Milan techniques of dominance. To read more on why dominance theory should be avoided, visit Dr Sophia Yin at the below site.