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======= There are many FAQ's available for this group. For a complete listing of these, get the "Complete List of RPD FAQs". This article is posted bimonthly in rec.pets.dogs, and is available via anonymous ftp to rtfm.mit.edu under pub/usenet/news.answers/dogs-faq/faq-list, via the Web at http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/lists/faq-list.html, or via email by sending your message to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with send usenet/news.answers/dogs-faq/faq-list in the body of the message. This article is Copyright 1997 by the Author(s) listed below. It may be freely distributed on the Internet in its entirety without alteration provided that this copyright notice is not removed. It may NOT reside at another website (use links, please) other than the URL listed above without the permission of the Author(s). This article may not be sold for profit nor incorporated in other documents without he Author(s)'s permission and is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty. ========== Adopting Rescue Dogs Many people have experienced the rewards of rescuing a dog from the shelter or through a rescue group. There are pitfalls as well as rewards, most of which are easily avoided. If you have questions, these sets of books will help you out. Benjamin, Carol Lea. _The Chosen Puppy: How to Select and Raise a Great Puppy from an Animal Shelter_. Howell Book House, 1990. Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Second Hand Dog: How to Turn Yours into a First-Rate Pet_. Howell Book House, 1994. An excellent handbook that dispells many myths about the adopted dog, gives plenty of tips and suggestions on how to deal with common problems. Very useful. Branigan, Cynthia. _Adopting the Racing Greyhound_. Howell Book House, 1992. Highly recommended for anyone thinking of adopting a track greyhound. Palika, Liz. _Save That Dog: Everything You Need to Know About Adopting a Purebred Rescue Dog_. Macmillan General, 1997. Papurt, Myrna. _Saved: A Guide to Success With Your Shelter Dog_. Barrons Educational Series, 1997. Rubenstein, Eliza and Shari Kalina. _The Adoption Option: Choosing and Raising the Shelter Dog for You_. Howell Book House, 1996 _________________________________________________________________ Hosted by K9 WEB Understanding and Solving Common Behavior Problems These books help you to understand and resolve problem behaviors in dogs. In many cases, behavioral problems once understood are easy to solve. Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Dog Problems_. Doubleday and Co. 1989. Dibra, Bashkim, and Elizabeth Randolph. _Teach Your Dog to Behave: Simple Solutions to over 300 Common Dog Behavior Problems from A to Z_. Signet, 1994. Dodman, Dr. Nicholas, DVM. _The Dog Who Loved Too Much_. Bantam DoubleDay Dell, 1997. This book covers behavioral and pharmacological therapies for a wide range of aggressive behaviors, fear-based or anxiety-based behaviors, obsessive behaviors, plus a few odds and ends. Some of the areas covered include dogs who are dominating their people, dog-to-dog aggression, territorial aggression, separation anxiety (and consequent destructiveness), sharp-shy dogs, and urination/defecation problems. Dunbar, Ian. _Dog Behavior: Why Dogs Do What They Do_. TFH Publications, 1979. Evans, Job Michael. _People, Pooches, & Problems_. NY: Howell Book House, 1991. Excellent suggestions for dealing with common problems between dogs and their owners. Highly recommended. Hannam, Ruth I. _Happy Dog! Canine Behavior and Basic Training_. Hoflin Publications. Johnson, Nancy E. _Everyday Dog_. Howell Book House, New York. 1990. Kilcommons, Brian, and Sarah Wilson. _Good Owners, Great Dogs_. Warner Books, 1992. Good suggestions for socializing young dogs and for working on behavior problems with adult dogs. Milani, Myrna M., DVM. _The Weekend Dog_. New American Library, 1988. (Penguin Books USA, Inc.) (1985). ISBN: 0-451-15731-1 (paperback). This book outlines practical solutions for working people with dogs. It has excellent suggestions for understanding dog behavior, particularly destructive or unwanted behavior. Gives all kinds of practical solutions to the problems of adequate exercise, adequate training, housebreaking, and so forth. Milani, Myrna M. _Dogsmart: The Ultimate Guide for Finding the Dog You Wnat and Keeping the Dog You Find_. Contemporary Books, 1997. Pryor, Karen. _Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training_. Bantam, New York. 1996. Karen Pryor presents different behavior modification techniques for dealing with several example situations (i.e. "Dog barks all night", "Roommate leaves dirty laundry all over apartment," "Bus driver is rude," etc.) This would NOT be a good book for someone who wanted to teach their dog to sit and come, but it discusses how the trainer's actions "shape" the trainee's responses. Definitely a must-read for people who are interested in "inducive" training, and should be thought-provoking for any trainer who is thinking about training on a higher level than "When the dog does this, give him a good collar correction"--but experienced dog trainers will find a lot to quibble about in what she says. Housetraining Probably the most commonly asked about problem! Here are RPD's favorite recommendations. Note that the books in the previous section also oftnen cover housetraining. Evans, Job Michael. _The Evan's Guide for Housetraining Your Dog_. Howell Book House, 1987. Evans was a monk at New Skete for some years. He discusses all aspects of housetraining puppies and dogs, giving many constructive solutions for all kinds of specific problems. Smith, Dr. M.L. _You Can Teach Your Dog to Eliminate on Command_. Smith -Sager Publications 1984. It's a small paperback but full of excellent advice on how to get the right timing etc. to give the command. Great assist to housetraining in general. Interpretations of Dog Behavior Coon, K. 1977. _The Dog Intelligence Test_. New York: Avon, 90 p. Fisher, John. _Why Does My Dog...?_. Howell Book House, New York; Maxwell Maxmillian, Ontario. c1991. A wide range of problems and various solutions are listed. Sometimes the problems are solved with a change of diet, more often with simple but effective techniques. It is written much like an encyclopedia, each section describing a problem followed with a series of questions and answers about the problem. In most cases, the scenarios are supplied from actual incidents in his practice. The author is a member of the Association of Pet Behavior Counsellors (APBC), based in Britain and Ireland. Fogle, Bruce. _The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior_. Howell Book House, 1992. This appears to be the best, most comprehensive book summarizing current research on canine psychology and behavior. You won't find much in the way of how-to instructions, but you will find alot of hard facts on every aspect of the canine mind and personality. This book is well-written and very readable even by the layperson. Lorenz, Konrad. _Man Meets Dog_. 1977; reprinted 1994 by Kodansha. Mugford, Roger. _Dr. Mugford's Casebook_. Jonathan Cape, 1993. Case studies. Neville, Peter. _Do Dogs Need Shrinks?_. Citadel Press, 1992. Case studies. Polsky, Richard H., PhD. _User's Guide to the Scientific and Clinical Literature on Dog and Cat Behavior_, 2nd Edition, 1995, published by Animal Behavior Counseling Services, Inc., 2288 Manning Ave. LA CA 90064 (310-474-3776). ISBN 0-96-30005-0-0. 9x11 spiral bound, 92 pages, $49.95. Author can be reached at abcs@westworld.com Wolf Behavior Lopez, Barry H. _Of Wolves and Men_. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1982. Description of wolves and their relationship with humans. Not really a technical discussion of wolves like the _The Wolf_ (Mech). Mech, L. David. _The Wolf_. University of Minnesota Press, 1970. Complete description of the wolf, its behavior and ecology. David Mech is a renowned wolf expert, and this is an extremly informative and well written book. Steinhart, Peter. _The Company Of Wolves_, Vintage Books, 1996. From the book: "I think we have spent fifteen to twenty thousand years transforming the wolf, through the process of domestication, into an animal that for the most part can live safely, happily, and humanely in human homes. In producing and proliferating wolf hybrids, we take a big step backwards. We are undoing what we have worked twenty thousand years to do." Research Fuller, J. L., C. A. Easler, and E. M. Banks. 1950. Formation of conditioned avoidance responses in young puppies. Am. J. Physiol. 160:462-66. Houpt, Katherine A., VMD, PhD and Thomas R. Wolski DVM. Domestic Animal Behavior for Veterinarians and Animal Scientists, 1982, pp. 235-238. Discusses studies on breed differences in learning ability or, at least, in acquisition and performance of various tasks. Contains references to similar studies. Honore, Erika K., and Peter H. Klopfer. _A Concise Survey of Animal Behavior_. Academic Press, 465 S. Lincoln Dr., Troy MO 63379. 1990. An in depth academic approach to helping people understand and appreciate animal behavior, including dogs. Lynch, J. J., and J. F. McCarthy. 1967. The effect of petting on a classically conditioned emotional response. Behaav. Res. Ther. 5:55-62. Pfaffenberger, Clarence J. _The New Knowledge Of Dog Behavior_. Howell Book House, 1971. Mr Pfaffenberger wrote this book based on his own experiences working with the breeding program at Guide Dogs for the Blind and the research of Dr. J. Paul Scott of the Animal Behavior Division at Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. As a measure of the success of the work at Guide Dogs for the Blind, in the late 1940's, only nine percent of the dogs that started training could become responsible guides. In 1958 and 1959, all the dogs bred and developed according to the knowledge gained by Pfaffenbarger were as good or better than the dogs of 1946 and 90% became guide dogs despite stricter requirements from the 1946 standard. Scott, J. P., and J. L. Fuller. _Dog Behavior. The Genetic Basis_. University of Chicago Press, 1974. This landmark study provides much of the actual research cited and used by later behaviorists, including Pfaffenberger's _New Knowledge_. Hard to find, but worth getting if you're interested in this subject. It documents the breeding experiments done at Bar Harbor, Maine that are the basis of most of what we know about the inheritance of behavior. Five dissimilar breeds were chosen for the study and the behavior of each breed was studied in depth as also the F1 and F2 hybrids. Shewell, P.C and J.D. Nancarrow. Dogs that bite. British Medical Journal, 1991. 6816:1512-13. The article contains statistics of cases treated at West Midland Regional Plastic and Jaw Surgery Unit, Wordsley Hospital, during the period 1982-1989. The review of the article indicates that the most common situation that causes dogs to bite is a child coming to visit a family with dogs where the child immediately approaching the dog and hugging it. It is also worth noting that Dobermans and Rottweilers only caused 7% of all cases. Stanley, W. C., J. E. Barrett, and W. E. Bacon. 1974. Conditioning and extinction of avoidance and escape behavior in neonatal dogs. J. Comp. Physiol. Psychol. 87:163-72. _________________________________________________________________ Hosted by K9 WEB Companionship The dog is Man's best friend. Ogden, Paul. _Chelsea, the Story of a Signal Dog_. Fawcett Books, 1993. This is written by a man who is a professor at Fresno State Univ. in CA. It's the utterly charming story of his own attempts to adopt and train a dog to be his signal dog (he is deaf) and then, years later, he goes on to get a CCI dog. This book does a great job of helping you understand how the deaf community functions in a hearing world, and how they perceive themselves. Cohen, Barbara and Louise Taylor. _Dogs and Their Women_. Little Brown & Co, 1989. Lots of good stories and pictures. Cohen, Barbara and Louise Taylor. _Woman's Best Friend: A Celebration of Dogs and Their Women_. Little Brown & Co., 1996 All new pictorial celebration. Derr, Mark. _Dog's Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human Relationship_. Henry Holt & Co., 1997. As much about people who work with dogs as the dogs themselves. Misses the boat on selective breeding, however, with the tired old canard of "hybrids" making better dogs. Goode, Angela and Mike Hayes, eds. _Great Working Dog Stories_ and _More Great Working Dog Stories_. ABC Books, GPO Box 9994 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2001. 1990. These are a collection of working dog stories from Outback Australia. Any one who loves these dogs or just loves a good dog story should read them. The stories are a mixture of happy and sad, all of them are true and written by the individual relating the story. The length of each story ranges from a few lines to a couple of pages. Hearne, Vicki. _Bandit, the Dossier of a Dangerous Dog_. Harperperennial Library, 1992. Along with much philosophy, the author recounts her experiences with pit-bulls and other "dangerous" breeds. Kilbourn, Cheryl A. _For the Love of Princess: Surviving the Loss of Your Pet_. Princess Publishing, 1987. From back: "For the Love of Princess is a deeply moving portrayal of the loving bond between the author and her canine companion of nine years. When Cheryl learned that Princess had an irreversible disease and their time together was limited, her pain began." Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff. _Dogs Never Lie About Love: Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs_. Crown Pub. 1997. Sentimental view of dogs. As Selma G. Lanes said in an LA Times book review, in part: "[He] brings to his subject ... intelligence, originality and a refreshing willingness to go out on a good number of scientifically unsupported limbs in his enthusiasm for canines." Serpell, James. _In the Company of Animals_. Revised, Cambridge Univ Press, 1996. Book on pet keeping through time and across cultures. Yates, Elizabeth. _Sound Friendships_. Bob Jones Univeristy Press, 1992. It details the life that is led by Willa and her hearing dog, Honey. It isn't as in-depth on the nuts and bolts as CHELSEA is but it is a good simple read. __________________________________________________________ Hosted by K9 WEB General Books on Dogs These books provide an overview of dogs in general...of their amazing variety in breeds and activities. Alderton, David. _Dogs (Eyewitness Handbook)_. Dorling Kindersly Publ. Thumbnail sketches of many breeds. Photographs include both puppy and adult representives of the breed. Caras, Roger. _Harper's Illustrated Handbook of Dogs_. HarperCollins, 1985. It gives a picture of every AKC dog breed and a one page description of each breed in the back. The description covers appearance, AKC standards, potential health problems, needs, history, temperament. De Prisco, Andrew and James B. Johnson. _The Mini Atlas of Dog Breeds_. TFH Publications, 1990. This book lists and describes over 500 breeds from around the world. Abundantly illustrated with color drawings and photos. Includes a short forward on what criteria you should consider in choosing a breed, and a short description of the categories it chose to group dogs in (slightly different from, eg. AKC groupings). Gannon, Dee. _The Rare Breed Handbook_. Doral Publishing, 1990. Describes 80 rare breeds. Loose leaf format. Mandeville, John J., and Ab Sidewater, eds. _The Complete Dog Book: official publication of the American Kennel Club_. Eighteenth edition. Howell Book House, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York. 1992. This is the reference for the AKC breed standards, each of which covers several pages and includes a black and white photograph and text on the breed's history, characteristics, and nature. The health section is not illustrated, but is otherwise excellent as it was prepared with the cooperation of the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Newly admitted breeds, such as the Shar-pei, have been added to this edition. Sylvester, Patricia, ed. _The Reader's Digest Illustrated Book of Dogs_. Revised edition. The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville, NY. 1989. ISBN 0-89577-340-6. 384 pages. Besides the excellent text and illustrations in the album, which cover 2 pages for each breed (175 total), the informative sections are also well-written and illustrated and include many color photographs as well. This is a good general reference on dogs, and is especially helpful when choosing a breed to own. The health chapters are invaluable to non-veterinarian owners. Taylor, David. _The Ultimate Dog Book_. Simon & Schuster, 1990. This is another breed book. Largely coffee-table material, its distinguishing feature is the outstanding quality of photography. Each breed featured has a two page spread, with photos of the dog that include: full side view, side of head, front of head, and variations within that breed (eg, coloring, though surprisingly the Labrador Retriever entry only shows a black Labrador). This is worth getting for the picture quality alone, but not necessarily as an extensive breed guide in its own right. Tortora, Daniel F. _The Right Dog For You_, Simon & Schuster, 1983. Offers a complex decision procedure, with lots of questionnaires to alert you to the potential significance of various features of breed behavior and physical characteristics. This is one of the few books that will discuss, candidly, negative aspects of a particular breed. Walkowicz, Chris. _The Perfect Match_. Howell Book House, 1996. Wilcox, Bonnie and Chris Walkowicz. _Atlas of Dog Breeds_. TFH Publications, 5th ed, 1995. Over 900 pages long in large format. The authors are top notch writers and did extensive research to compile this comprehensive resource of the world's dog breeds. The book is profusely illustrated with excellent quality photographs and a 3-5 page article. This book makes a good effort to show every color and every coat type of each breed in the various photos. Expensive. _________________________________________________________________ Hosted by K9 WEB A-Z's of Raising, Training, and Caring for Dogs Monks of New Skete, The. _How To Be Your Dog's Best Friend_. Little Brown & Co., 1978. A monastary in upstate New York breeds, raises, and trains German Shepherd Dogs. On the basis of their considerable experience, they offer troubleshooting guides, discuss discipline, environmental restrictions, basic and puppy training, and much more. Extensive bibliography. The emphasis is on understanding the dog in order to communicate with it or to solve problem behavior. An excellent, well written classic. Spadafori, Gina. _Dogs for Dummies_, IDG Books, 1996. IDE Press branches out from their well known computer help books to present this one on dog care. It's an excellent book, and has moved up quite high on my list of recommended books especially for first time dog owners. But there's something for everyone here. Take a look! And I'm _not_ saying this just because she had nice things to say about my website... Common Sense & Preventive Care McGinnis, Terri DVM. _The Well Dog Book_, Random House, 1996. What's nice about this book is the way it helps you to differentiate between emergency situations and those that can wait until morning. There is an introductory section which explains how to examine your dog when he/she is healthy so that you will know when something is not right. Miller, Harry. _The Common Sense Book of Puppy and Dog Care_. Bantam Books, 3rd Rev Edition 1990. This small book provides a surprising amount of useful information. A little on the "lightweight" side, nevertheless, it gives a good outline of what you should know about your puppy or dog. You can use this to decide how much you do know and where you need to brush up on what you don't. Besides sections on how to select the right dog, it covers basic puppy needs (housetraining, feeding, illnesses), basic training, basic pet care, and a complete list of AKC breeds (each breed illustrated with b/w drawing, thumbnail sketch included -- good as an overview, but not very specific). Includes a section on practical home care, listing major symptoms you should be alert for, and listing general criteria by which you can determine a dog's overall healthiness. Discusses major diseases and problems, gives sketches on what may be wrong given certain symptoms. Includes guides to nutrition, grooming, health care. (Author is Emeritus Director, Gaines Dog Research Center.) Pitcairn, Richard H., DVM/PhD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn. _Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats_. Rodale Press, 1995. This book is full of information about the physical and emotional well-being of our pets, well documented, researched, and invitingly written to get one involved and committed to a complete, balanced approach to pet care. There is a large portion devoted to nutrition, first defining the nutritional needs of the pet (dogs/cats), breakdowns of proteins, carbos, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, etc. - these by weight and condition of pet (e.g., from small nursing puppy to senior citizen with particular needs). Then they compare commercial products (read the label!) with his variety of menus, additives of powders & oils (always charted out by weight - easy to follow); comparison is by nutritional content, cost factors, and speed of preparation - to be honest, we all look for convenience. There are also sections on Poisons, Disease, Being Prepared for the Unexpected, Traveling. Taylor, David. _You and Your Dog_. Random House, 1986. This useful book is an overall guide to the health and care of dogs. It includes a basic listing of dog breeks (AKC). This is a good general purpose book that gives you an idea of what all is involved in owning and caring for a dog. Taylor gives flow-chart questions to consider when deciding if symptoms are serious or not. An easily understandable format. Not as comprehensive as other care books, but a good start in understanding what you need to look for when your dog seems off. Includes illustrations of many procedures, such as teeth cleaning and nail trimming. Informative discussion of reproductive system, grooming, and dog anatomy. Tellington-Jones, Linda, with Sybil Taylor. _The Tellington Ttouch_. Penguin USA, 1995. Some of what Linda does is clearly helpful in dealing with problem dogs and cats, but there are parts of her presentation of her ideas that may turn people off because they seem to be a little too far out of the mainstream. Good massage tips. Volhard, Wendy and Kerry Brown. _The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog_. Howell Book House, 1995. Older Dogs Goldston, Richard, and Johnny D HOskins (ed). _Geriatrics and Gerontology of the Dog and Cat_. W.B.Saunders, Co., 1995. Hampton, John K. Jr., PhD, and Suzanne Hampton, PhD. _Senior Years: Understanding Your Dog's Aging Process_. Howell Book House, 1992. Pinney, Chris. _Caring for Your Older Dog_. Barrons Educational Series, 1995. Wilcox, Bonnie, and Chris Walkcowicz. _Old Dogs, Old Friends: Enjoying Your Older Dog_. Howell Book House, 1991. Frequently and highly recommended. Veterinary Handbooks Fraser, Clarence. _Merck Veterinary Manual_ Merck & Co. 1998. This is the "bible" for veterinarians and vet students. Comprehensive. Boyle, George E. VMD and Charles L. Blood. _First Aid for Dogs_. Dembner Books, 1988. This book is a handy guide on how to quickly deal with injuries to your dog before bringing him in to the veterinarian for more complete treatment. Written in a direct, refreshing style, this book covers emergencies from tick removals to whelping puppies ("Blessed and Not So Blessed Events."). Tips on travelling, how to deal with seizures, a list of poisons...a lot is packed into this trade paperback book. Illustrated with photographs. I highly recommend this book. Carlson, Delbert G., DVM, and James M. Giffin, MD. _Dog Owners's Home Veterinary Handbook_. Howell Book House, Macmillan Publishing Company, 2nd ed. 1994. This comprehensive book is a complete guide to health care of dogs. It lets you know when you can treat the dog, or when you need to take it to the vet post-haste. It lists symptoms so that you may inform your vet of relevant information about its condition. The arrangement of the material facilitates rapid reference. Illustration of key procedures (pilling, taking pulse/temperature, etc). Lists poisonous substances, including houseplants. A valuable book to have around. Turner, Trevor, ed. _Veterinary Notes for Dog Owners_. Stanley Paul, 1991. Similar to the Horse Owners book. Vanderlip, Sharon Lynn, DVM. _The Collie: A Veterinary Reference for the Professional Breeder_. Biotechnical Veterinary, 1984. White, Darlene, DVM. "Eliminating the Threats of Zoonoses," in Dog World, April 1992 (v77n4); a Maclean Hunter Publication, 29 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago IL 60606-3298. Breeding & Whelping Evans, Job Michael and Kay White. _The Book of the Bitch: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Caring for Bitches_. MacMillan General, 1997. Excellent guide to the care of breeding stock and puppies. Holst, Phyllis A., DVM. _Canine Reproduction_. Alpine Publications, 1985. Richards, Dr. Herbert. _Dog Breeding for Professionals_. TFH Publications, Inc., 1978. Smith, Margaret Ruth and Anne Serrane. _The Joy of Breeding Your Own Show Dog_. Howell Book House, 1980. Walkowicz, Chris and Bonnie Wilcox. _Successful Dog Breeding_. Howell Book House, 1994. Genetics and Inherited Diseases Clark, Ross D. and Joan R. Stainer, eds. _Medical and Genetic Aspects of Purebred Dogs_. Cortlandt Group, 1983. For most AKC breeds and a few UKC breeds, there are sections on + Origin & History + Description + Breeding and Whelping + Recognized Problems + Old Age This accumulation of knowledge about the health of specific breeds from breeders and veterinarians provides the potential dog owner with information that can help them select a strong breed, an informed and caring breeder, and a healthy pet. Hutt, Frederick B. _Genetics for Dog Breeders_. W.H. Freeman & Co, 1979. Lanting, Fred L. _Canine Hip Dysplasia and Other Orthopedic Problems_. Alpine Publications, Inc., CO. 1994. Little, Clarence. _The Inheritance of Coat Color in Dogs_. Howell Book House, 1979. This book really deserves to be reprinted. Not only is it a great reference for figuring out how color is inherited, it is a wonderful primer to genetics and how the various forms work. An indispensible classic. Morgan, Joe P. DVM and Michele Stephens, DVM. _Radiographic Diagnosis and Control of Canine Hip Dysplasia_. Iowa State University Press, 1985. A technical, well written book. From the preface: "written from the eyes of a diagnostic radiologist and small animal practitioner and is designed for the veterinary practitioner who deals with owners and breeders in working to solve the serious problem of dysplasia. The book is planned to assist in describing the disease to this group. It is also hoped that the monograph will find its way into the hands of the lay person who has a love for dogs. All technical terms are clearly defined and most will be able to profit in their understanding of this disease by reading this book." Replete with x-rays. Morgan is a consultant for OFA and has reviewed over 25,000 x-rays for them. The book includes specific descriptions of dysplasia in GSDs, Labs, Great Pyrenees, and St. Bernard, for the first time(they say) clearly spelling out the differences between the breeds. Nicholas, Frank W. _Introduction to Veterinary Genetics_. Oxford Univ Press, 1996. Excellent introduction to genetics. Highly recommended. Paperback is less expensive, but "out of stock" at the publishers. Rubin, Lionel F. _Inherited Eye Diseases in Purebred Dogs_. William & Wilkins, 1989. Willis, Malcolm B. _Genetics of the Dog_. Howell Book House, 1989. A classic in the field, covers genetics, genetic problems, and methods for breeding away from them. Nutritional Information & Practices Coffman, Howard. _The Dry Dog Food Reference_ PigDog Press. A must read for anyone that wants the most information on commercially made dry dog food. No ads, no pricing, simply serious information for serious owners. This book compares 193 products from more than 50 brands. There are sections explaining the AFFCO, ingredient lists and nutrient definitions. Spiral bound. Collins, Donald Reiszner. _The Collins Guide to Dog Nutrition_, 2nd Ed., Howell Book House 1987. Good Dog! Magazine. _The Dog Food Book_ According to Good Dog!: Packed with solid information on shopping for food, secrets of the business, nutrition basics, research into ethoxyquin, allergies, bloat and much more. Second edition contains 100 pages and crammed with good stuff from 7 years of Good Dog! $14 (CAN$17.95) postpaid, send email to gooddogmag@aol.com for details. National Research Council. _Nutrient Requirements of Dogs_. National Academcy Press, 1985. This is written by the Subcommittee on Dog Nutrition, Committee on Animal Nutrition, Board on Agriculture, National Research Council. It reads pretty well for something put out by a committee. Lots of references. Lots of tables of nutrient contents of various foodstuffs. Don't expect any discussions of what dog food is best! For the most part, consumers are left to figure this out for themselves. Shils, ME, Olson JA, and Shike M. _Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease_. 8th edition: two volumes, Lea & Febiger, 1993. Highly respected and one of the best text books used in veterinary grad school. _________________________________________________________________ Hosted by K9 WEB Dogs and Kids Dogs and children...the perfect combination or the perfect nightmare? For too many people it's the latter. Use these books to learn how to solve problems, what you can fix and what you should avoid. Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Dog Training for Kids_. Howell Book House, 1988. Kilcommons, Brian and Sarah Wilson. _Childproofing Your Dog: A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for the Children in Your Life_. Warner Books, 1994. Leon, Jane E. and Lisa D Horowitz. _Becoming Best Friends: Building a Loving Relationship Between Your Pet and Your Child_. Berkley Pub Group, 1993. McLennan, Bardi and Shon Cox Doucette. _Dogs and Kids: Parenting Tips_. Howell Book House, 1993. O'Neil, Jacqueline. _Kids + Dogs = Fun: Great Activities Your Kids and Dogs Can Do Together_. Howell Book House, 1996. Rodgers, Cook and Clarice Rutherford. _Kids and Pets: A Family Guide to Living and Growing Together_. Alpine Publications, 1997. Tucker, Michael. _Dog Training for Children and Parents_. MacMillan General Reference, 1998. _________________________________________________________________ Hosted by K9 WEB Physical Structure Brown, Curtis. _Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis_. Hoflin Publishing. Detailed analysis of dog structure and gaiting. Invaluable, well illustrated. Elliot, Rachel. _Dog Steps_ This wonderful book has detailed photographs, xrays and drawings to help illustrate just what goes on with each step a dog takes. Highly recommendend for anyone seriously interested in improving their understanding of a dog's structure. Gilbert, Edward M., Thelma Brown, Curtis Brown. _K-9: Structure and Terminology_. Howell Book House, 1995. Conditioning Zink, M. Christine, DVM, PHD. _Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete_. Howell Book House, 1992. New edition available from the author at 1907 Eastridge Rd., Timonium, MD 21093. This eminently readable book goes over canine physiology, both internal and structural. She covers how to keep your dog in general good shape, discusses some conditioning strategies, and finally details a number of possible impediments to conditioning your dog, including: genetic and traumatic joint problems and lameness, the effects of medication on your dog, and moreover lists all the things you need to consider when trying to keep your dog fit and healthy. Recommended for all people doing regular physical activity with their dog. _________________________________________________________________ Hosted by K9 WEB Books About Puppies Another popular topic is puppies -- how to pick them, raise them, and train them. Allan, Eric. _Every Puppy: Perfect Pet or Perfect Pest?_. Howell Book House, 1996. Covers everything involved in owning a puppy. Great primer. Bailey, Gwen. _The Perfect Puppy_, Readers Digest, 1996. Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way To Train Your Dog_. Howell Book House, 1985. She uses praise, contact, play and toys to motivate puppies, but she does not recommend food training a young puppy. She does recommend crate training and she also recommends sleeping in the same room with the puppy. She provides methods to teach no, OK, good dog, bad dog, sit stay heel, come, down, stand, go, enough, over, out, cookie, speak, take it, wait and off to puppies. She talks about canine language and talks some about mental games you can play with your dog such as mirror games, and copying your dog and having him copy you, chase games and even playing rough with your puppy. Most training methods rely on the foundational relationship between an owner and his dog, and this book provides some ideas on establishing that relationship while the puppy is still young. While the prohibitions on food training are considered outdated today, this classic book is still a valuable book for anyone trying to understand and establish a good relationship with their puppy from the start; highly recommended. Brahms, Ann and Paul. _Puppy Ed.: Training Your Dog at an Early Age_. Ballantine Books, 1995 (reissue) Describes how to start teaching your puppy commands. This is a thoughtful book that discusses in practical detail what you can and cannot expect to do with your puppy in training it. They stress that by expecting and improving good behavior from the start, later, more formal training goes much easier. Dunbar, Ian, DVM. _How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks_ (Manual for the Sirius Puppy Training Program). James and Kenneth Pubs., Oakland. 1991. Hart, Ben, Lynette Hart, Benjamin L. Hart. _The Perfect Puppy: How to Choose Your Dog by Its Behavior_. WH Freeman. 1988. This covers only about 65 breeds' temperaments, but makes a greater effort to be objective than some other sources. Lists health defects in particular breeds. Kovary, Robin. _12 Step Problem Prevention Program for Puppies_. Self-published, New York. 1990. Lowell, Michele. _Your Purebred Puppy: A Buyer's Guide_. Holt and Co. 1991. Far more comprehensive than the Harts' book, with useful warnings about health defects to watch for in specific breeds. The author may be reached at elowell@sprynet.com. Monks of New Skete, The. _The Art of Raising a Puppy_. Little, Brown & Co., 1991. The monks of New Skete have put together an excellent book that discusses puppy development and the things that should be done at the appropriate stages and why. First they follow a newborn litter through its various stages of development and at each stage they discuss what is happening. They discuss testing puppies' temperaments and what you want to look for, under which circumstances. They discuss briefly dog breeds, and how to find reputable breeders. They then launch into a series of useful chapters: housebreaking, preliminary obedience, laying the foundations of training, understanding (reading) your dog, how to become the pack leader, basic training, discipline, and general care. A good bibliography is provided at the back. Randolph, Elizabeth. _How to Help Your Puppy Grow Up to be a Wonderful Dog_. Fawcett Books, 1995. Rutherford, Clarice, and David H. Neil, MRCVS. _How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With_. Alpine Publications, Loveland, CO, 1981. ISBN 0-931866-09-X. 126 pages. The authors demonstrate their deep understanding of young dogs, and their clear guidance is sure to help owners build a strong bond with their new companion. For a new owner this book demonstrates basic obedience training, covers the first year developmental stages, and presents simple practical advice for dealing with behavior problems Schwartz, Charlotte. _The Howell Book of Puppy Raising_. 1st ed. Howell Book House. c1978. ISBN 0-87605-770-9. Full of all kinds of useful information. Tips on housetraining, use of crates, how to feed, ways to train them, etc. Shook, Larry. _The Puppy Report: How to Select a Healthy, Happy Dog_. Del Rey 1995 (reprint) Larry Shook is a newspaper reporter who, despite working with an allegedly reputable breeder, ended up with a purebred dog with a very serious temperament problem - a problem that the breeder had compelling reason to know about in advance. So Shook put his professional skills to work and has written a helpful, brief book about the dangers of 'inbreeding' and about how to avoid breeders who'll knowingly sell dogs that are very likely to have serious physical or psychological problems. Not surprisingly, he comes down very hard on puppy mills and stores that sell live animals. Surprising/shocking is some of the information he relays about the AKC and certain common breeding practices which are, in effect, encouraged by AKC policies. _________________________________________________________________ Hosted by K9 WEB Canine Sports Coursing Copold, Steve. _The Complete Book of Coursing_. Hoflin Publishing. Hardcover $50 + $3 s&h ($8 outside U.S.). 96 pages, 8.5x11 size. Covers all aspects of lure and open field coursing. Reprint of the 1976 coursing classic, greatly expanded and updated. Companion Video is $50. Breed Ring Exhibition Alston, George G. _The Winning Edge, Show Ring Secrets_. Howell Book House, 1992. Alston is an experienced and knowledgeable professional handler and the book is full of great tips. Nice philosophies about dogs and dog shows. The book is well-written and very readable. Coile, D. Caroline. _Show Me! A Dog Showing Primer_. Barrons Educational Series, 1997. Craige, Patricia and Luana Luther (ed). _Born to Win: Breed to Succeed_. Doral Publishing, 1997. Eaton, Dandine B. _In the Ring_, Hoflin Publications Interview with seven dog show judges -- gives insight into the sport of showing dogs Hall, Lynn. _Dog Showing for Beginners_. Howell Book House, 1994. Stern, Jane and Michael Stern. _Dog Eat Dog: A Very Human Book About Dogs and Dog Shows_. Scribner, 1997. Backpacking and Camping LaBelle, Charlene G. _A Guide to Backpacking with Your Dog_. Alpine Publications, Inc. 1992. Riley, Alan. _Teaching Your Dog Backpacking_. TFH Publications, 1979. Walters, Heather MacLean. _Take Your Pet Along: 1001 Places to Stay With Your Pet_. M.C.E., 1997. Pet friendly places you can stay at or go to. Walters, Heather MacLean. _Take Your Pet, Too! Fun Things to Do!_. M.C.E., 1997. Obedience Training (See also the Training section.) Burnham, Patricia Gail. _Playtraining Your Dog_. St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. c1980. ISBN 0-312-61691-0 (trade paperback). An excellent book that describes how to use play to motivate your dog through obedience training. She focuses on how to teach each exercise in the AKC Novice, Open, and Utility classes. Her philosophy, though, lends itself to any type of training. Well written and informative. For you greyhound lovers, all her dogs and inside photos are of greyhounds. Edelstein, Mardee Farnham. _Obedience & Tracking Today_. Hoflin Publications Comprehensive guide to training for both the obedience ring and for the tracking tests. Handler, Barbara. _Successful Obedience Handling: The NEW Best Foot Forward_. Alpine Pub, 1991. This is a great book for the person just starting showing in obedience. It covers _everything_...what to wear, what the rules are, what to expect, etc. Strickland, Winifred G. _Expert Obedience Training for Dogs_. Third revised edition. Simon & Schuster, 1987. Strickland is a well known dog trainer. Covers all aspects of training and competition including the formal training for AKC obedience trials (novice, open, utility, tracking). Includes some general care (health and feeding) tips. Author has also written _Obedience Class Instruction for Dogs_. Schutzhund Adelman, Mary B. _Schutzhund Training_. Denlingers Pub Ltd., 1995. Barwig, Susan. _Schutzhund: Theory and Training Methods_. Howell Book House, 1991. See also the video tapes (1992) Schutzhund: Overview, Schutzhund: Protection I, Schutzhund: Protection II, and Schutzhund: Protection III. Frisbee Dogs I'd like to caution anyone interested in Frisbee work that this sport is very hard on dogs' physical structure, so you should do as much research as possible before picking this up. The twists and jumps are very hard on joints. Bloeme, Peter, _Frisbee Dogs: How to Raise, Train, Compete_. Skyhoundz, 1994. See also the video tapes: Frisbee Dogs W/Frisbee, Frisbee Dogs: Throwing Video, and Frisbee Dogs: Training Video. Agility Daniels, Julie. _Enjoying Dog Agility: From Backyard to Competition_. Doral Publishing, 1991. O'Neil, Jacqueline. _All About Agility_. Macmillan General Ref., 1998. Quinlan, George Phillip. _Agility Course Notebook_. Howln Moon Press, 1994. Simmons-Moake Jane. _Agility: The Fun Sport for All Dogs_. Howell Book House, 1992. Tatsch, K. _Construction Plans for Dog Agility Obstacles_. _________________________________________________________________ Hosted by K9 WEB Training and Training Methods These books are suggested for the person interested in more extensive training beyond basic good behavior. If you're interested in a specific activity, you may also find more relevant books in the Sports or Working Dogs sections. Baer, Ted. _Communicating with Your Dog_. Barrons Educational Series, 1989. Heavily illustrated with color photos. A sensible approach to laying a good foundation for extensive obedience training (even if you don't take the dog any further than what's outlined in here). Simple instructions for teaching a 20-word language, with emphasis on understanding and building on previous work. Bauman, Diane L. _Beyond Basic Dog Training_. New, updated edition. Howell Book House (Maxwell Maxmillan International), New York. 1991. ISBN: 0-87605-410-6. Emphasis is on training a "thinking" dog rather than a pattern-trained dog. Extensive manual on obedience training. Communication and understanding are discussed. A well known and often recommended book. Haggerty, Arthur and Carol Lea Benjamin. _Dog Tricks: New Tricks for Old Dogs, Old Tricks for New Dogs and Ageless Tricks that Give Wise Men Paws_. Black Dog & Leventhal, 1996. This book has more tricks in it than you will even dream of teaching your dog with suggestions for the method. In the back they have a listing by breed of tricks that are especially suitable or unsuitable for that breed. Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Dog Training in 10 Minutes_. Howell Book House, 1997. Basic dog training in minutes of work per day. Covers how to understand your dog, and includes humane ways of training your dog. Burnham, Patricia Gail. _Playtraining Your Dog_. St Martin's Press, 1986. An excellent book that describes how to use play to motivate your dog through obedience training. She focuses on how to teach each exercise in the AKC Novice, Open, and Utility classes. Her philosophy, though, lends itself to any type of training. Well written and informative. For you greyhound lovers, all her dogs and inside photos are of greyhounds. Colflesh, Linda. _Making Friends: Training your Dog Positively_ Howell Book House, 1990. A readable book that applies to all aspects of everyday training and building a good relationship with your dog. Her method maximizes using your dog's intelligence and your good relationship with your pet and minimizes the use of force. It takes things all the way from housebreaking the new dog through the basic obedience exercises and includes chapters on aggression and moving on to off-leas work with your dog. Donaldson, Jean. _Culture Clash_. Handler, Barbara. _Positively Obedient: Good Manners for the Family Dog_. Alpine Pub., 1987. This follows _How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With_ very nicely. This is a book a novice owner can read, follow and succeed in getting results. Koehler, William. _The Koehler Method of Dog Training_. Howell Book House, 1996 (new edition) Originally published in 1962, Koehler's methods are considered unusually harsh and counterproductive by many modern trainers. On the other hand, his methods do have a history of success, especially with breeds considered less trainable. This book is largely of historical interest, especially for the serious and experienced trainer. This book is definitely not recmmended for the novice dog owner. Lewis, Janet. _Smart Trainers, Brilliant Dogs_. Milani, Myrna M., DVM. _The Invisible Leash: A Better Way to Communicate With Your Dog_. New American Library, 1990. Olson, Bjorn. _Training Your Dog Step by Step_. Pryor, Karen. _Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training_. Bantam, New York. 1996. Karen Pryor presents different behavior modification techniques for dealing with several example situations (i.e. "Dog barks all night", "Roommate leaves dirty laundry all over apartment," "Bus driver is rude," etc.) This would NOT be a good book for someone who wanted to teach their dog to sit and come, but it discusses how the trainer's actions "shape" the trainee's responses. Definitely a must-read for people who are interested in "inducive" training, and should be thought-provoking for any trainer who is thinking about training on a higher level than "When the dog does this, give him a good collar correction"--but experienced dog trainers will find a lot to quibble about in what she says. Reid, Pamela. _Excel-Erated Learning_. Rogerson, John. _Your Dog, its Development, Behaviour and Training_. David & Charles, 1988. Tucker, Michael. _Dog Training Step by Step: A New Guide for Owners and Instructors_. Howell Book House, 1991. Tucker is an ex GDB instructor and his books are easy to read and follow. His others are _Dog Training Made Easy_, _Solving Your Dog Problems_. Volhard, Joachim, Gail Tamases Fisher. _Training Your Dog: The Step By Step Manual_. Howell Book House, 1983. Weston, David. _Dog Training: The Gentle Modern Method_. Howell Book House, 1992. _________________________________________________________________ Hosted by K9 WEB Books on Working Dogs Historically, dogs have worked alongside people in many different capacities. True to their adaptability, modern day demands in different capacities have created new venues of work that dogs have also done well in. Herding Holmes, John. _The Farmer's Dog_. Diamond Farm Book Pubns, 1991. Jones, H. Glyn. _A Way of Life: Sheepdog Training, Handling, and Trialling_. Diamond Farm Book Pubns., 1987. H. Glyn Jones talks to Barbara C. Collins. Karrasch, Dick. _Training a Stockdog: For Beginners_. Wondereye Farm, Rt. 1, Box 42, Vandiver AL 35176. O'Reilly, Chuck. _Training Working Livestock Dogs_. Rt. 4, Box 33B, Red Wind MN 55066. _Ranch Dog Trainer's Puppy Book_. RDT, 7686 State Route 17, West Plains, MO 65775. (RDT is also a magazine, orderable at the same address.) Robertson, Pope. _Anybody Can Do It: A Sheepdog Training Manual_. Diamond Farm Book Pubns., 1979. Templeton, John and Matt Mundell. _Working Sheep Dogs_. Order from SHEEP! Search and Rescue, Scent Work American Rescue Dog Association. _Search and Rescue Dogs: Training Methods_. Howell Book House, 1991. ARDA outlines their philosophy and methods for SAR. This book is excellent for an understanding of the depths of committment and work to be a SAR volunteer. It is a compilation of notes made over a thirty year period; consequently some of the information is out of date. There are two main deficiencies in this book. The first is a bias toward the German Shepherd Dog, such that they actually refuse to use any other breed; the second is a seemingly cavalier disregard for the consequences of deliberately searching for cadavers with SAR dogs, when such dogs should always search for live scent (particularly for disaster work). Bryson, Sandy. _Search Dog Training_. Boxwood Press, 1984. A well organized, comprehensive discussion of search dog training. Includes practical tips, discussion of search and rescue and the law and many other topics. Bulanda, Susan. _Ready! The Training of the Search and Rescue Dog_. Doral Publishing, 1995. Button, Lue. _Practical Scent Dog Training_. Alpine Publications, Inc. 214 19th St. SE, Loveland, CO 80537. 1990. ISBN: 0-931866-47-2. A step-by-step practical training guide for air scent, evidence search, disaster search and the AKC tracking test. Starts with young puppies. Well illustrated and methods extensively tested at Los Alamos' Mountain Canine Corps. Davis, Louis Wilson. _Go Find! Training Your Dog to Track_. Howell Book House, 1974. Blurb: "Major L. Wilson Davis is America's recognized authority on Tracking -- named in September 1973 to the Obedience Advisory Committee of the AKC as its official consultant on Tracking and scent training for dogs. This official status follows upon decades of recognized achievemnent in these phases of Obedience training. Following distinguished service with the K-9 Corps during WWII, he has been active in the Governmnent's program of using trained tracking dogs for the recovery of detonated missile parts in missile experimentation. Major Davis was an AKC licenced judge for all classes of Obedience. He is presently training director of the famous Oriole Dog Training Club of Baltimore. He organized and headed the Baltimor City K-9 Corps, one of the finest in the country, and is often asked to lecture and advise police departments on the use of tracking dogs in law enforcement. Major Davis is a recipient of the Quaker Oats Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated contributions to dog training." George, Charles, and Linda George. _Search and Rescue Dogs (Dogs at Work)_. Capstone Press, 1998. Johnson, Glen. _Tracking Dog: Theory and Methods_. Arner Pub, 1989. From blurb: "The author became fascinated with the tracking tests held at widely spaced intervals during the years where he could not get over the trouble trainers were having training their own dogs for this highly regarded title. He embarked upon a course of research, experimentation and documentation that enabled him to formulate his own training program that has resulted in 100% OF ALL DOGS COMPLETING THE PROGRAM EARNING A TRACKING TITLE. Old wives tales went out the window and theories became irrelevant as the program was based solely on "observable behavior" of those dogs that were already trained to track. The results of these experiments and the program itself are detailed in "Tracking Dog - theory and methods". Pearsall, Milo D. and Hugo Verbruggen, MD. _Scent: Training to Track, Search, and Rescue_. Alpine Pubs, 1982. Blurb: "The authors first look at the scientific qualities of scent -- what and how dogs smell and how environmental factors affect the track. Then they use this background as a basis for training. Topics include the science of scent, kindergarten puppy tracking, tracking equipment, tracking tests, training to search, search and track, search and find, search and rescue, trail companion, scent and the law enforcement agency, first aid on the trail and much more." Syrotuck, Bill. _Scent and the Scenting Dog_. Arner Publications, 204 Lewis Street, Canastota, NY 13032, c1972. Early work on understanding scent. Tolhurst, William D. with Lena F. Reed. _Manhunters! Hounds of the Big T_. Hound Dog Press, 1985. Tolhurst is a Search and Rescue volunteer in upstate New York. This book recounts his experiences using bloodhounds in trailing. Many fascinating stories. Tolhurst includes a section on training a dog to locate dead bodies. The Tracking Club of Massachusetts. _Tracking! A Practical Guide for TD and TDX_. 438 Lowell Street, Wakefield, MA 01880. $8 plus shipping and handling. An inexpensive booklet on tracking that is put out by The Tracking Club of Massachusetts. It is a very concise, yet clear introduction to tracking for all breeds. It was written by the members of the club some of which have almost 30 years tracking experience. Tweedie, Jan. _On The Trail: The Practical Guide to the Working Bloodhound and Other Search and Rescue Dogs_. Alpine Pub, 1997. Service Dogs Harrington, Paula. _Looking ahead: Guide Dogs for the Blind_. 1st ed. San Rafael, CA: Guide Dogs for the Blind, c1990. This one is sort of a "coffee table" book; lots of nice color photographs, and it covers the history of Guide Dogs, the training (both for the dog and the blind person), the 4-H puppy raisers, and lots of other stuff. Pfaffenberger, Clarence J., et al., with the editorial assistance of Sarah F. Scott. _Guide Dogs for the Blind, Their Selection, Development, and Training_. Amsterdam; New York: Elsevier Scientific Pub. Co.; distributors for the U.S. and Canada, Elsevier/North Holland, 1976. Many specific details on the genetics, training, 4-H project coordination, and so forth. Sled Dogs Collins, Miki and Julie. _Dog Driver, A Guide for the Serious Musher_. Alpine Publishing, 1991. 385 pgs hardcover. ISBN: 0-931866-48-0. A complete reference covering all aspects of working and living with sled dogs. From housing to health, nutrition, equipment, breeding, training, and much more. Sprint racing, long distance racing, weight pulling, camping, and so forth are also covered. Excellent book for learning about sledding and sled dogs. Best if used in association with one of the other novice books mentioned for beginning mushers. Flanders, Noel. _The Joy of Running Sled Dogs_. Alpine Publishing 1989. 107 pgs softcover. ISBN: 0-931866-39-1. This is a brief, beginners level, introduction to living and working with sled dogs. A good compact reference. Fishback, Lee and Mel. _Novice Sled Dog Training_. 13th printing, Raymond Thompson Company, 1989. 37 pgs softcover. This is a very brief guide for the begining dog driver. Covers equipment, basic obedience, lead dog training, handling problem dogs, and sled dog racing. Kaynor, Carol and Mari Hoe-Raitto. _Skijoring: An Introduction to the Sport_. Levorsen, Bella, ed. _MUSH! A beginer's Manual of Sled Dog Training_, edited for the Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers Inc. Arner Publications, 204 Lewis Street, Canastota, NY 13032, 1976. 250pgs hardcover. ISBN: 0-91424-06-4. A beginners guide to sled dogs and mushing. This is a very good begining book to learn about equipment and training, as well as sled dog health issues. Excellent novice mushing book. Welch, Jim. _The Speed Mushing Manual_. Sirius Publishing, 1989. ISBN: 0-96236-43-0-4. This is a book about serious sprint sled dog racing, the how to's. Not a novice book. Hunting Dogs Free, James Lamb. _Training Retrievers_. A classic. It outlines the long-standing training methods for field dogs. A good book even if some of it is outdated. An excellent description of training a dog to handle. Rafe, Stephen. _Training Your Dog for Birdwork_. Spencer, James B. _Hunting Retrievers: Hindsights, Foresights and Insights_. This is general interest, and well-written, but doesn't contain a lot of training specifics. Spencer, James B. _Training Retrievers for the Marshes and Meadows_. Denlinger Publications in Fairfax, VA. It starts with puppy selection and goes on up to advanced marks and blinds. It is helpful in providing tips on resolving training blocks. Spencer, James B. _Retriever Training Tests_. Prentice Hall Press. Helps you to set up training situations and teaches you how the dog should react to things like hills, cover, land-water-land retrieves, how the wind affects them, etc. Tarrant, Bill. _Training the Hunting Retriever_. Howell Book House, Mamillan Publishing Co., 866 Third Ave., New York NY 10022. c1991. Police and Protection Dogs Chapman, Samuel G. _Police Dogs in America_. Bureau of Government Research, 1979. Duet, Karen Freeman and George Duet, _The Home and Family Protection Dog: Selection and Training_. Howell Book House, 1993 ISBN 0-87605-619-2 Anyone who is thinking of getting a dog who's more than a 'mobile alarm' (watchdog) should consult this book. Tolhurst, Bill. _The Police Textbook for Dog Handlers_. Sharp Printing, 3477 Lockport Road, Sanborn, NY 14132. 1991. (Paperback, 89 pages.) This book is only available from the author. $14 plus $2 shipping and handling. Write to Bill Tolhurst, 383 Willow Street, Lockport, NY 14094. The most comprehensive training book available. Contains information not available from any other source. Contains updated information covered by the original National Police Bloodhound Training Manual (1977). Plus: how to train a land-cadaver dog, a water-cadaver dog, an article-search dog, an accelerant (arson) dog. Information on the Scent Transfer Machine, about radio-controlled dogs, on crime scene dog development, on the use of a scent sleeve. Discusses seminars, Bloodhound misconceptions, testifying in court, commands, puppy profiles (how to select a puppy) and more. _________________________________________________________________ Hosted by K9 WEB