Recommended Reading

The following books are all excellent reading to help you with your new dog or puppy:


 "Good Owners, Great Dogs" by Brian Kilcommons

 "Child-Proofing Your Dog" by Brian Kilcommons

 "How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With"  by C. Rutherford & D. H. Nell

 "How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks"  by Ian Dunbar, DVM

 "Fido, Come!"  by Liz Palika

 "Don't Shoot the Dog!" by Karen Pryor

 Karen Pryor's Clicker Training Start-Up Kit

 "So your Dog's Not Lassie" by Betty Fisher/Suzanne Delzio

 "The Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson

 "Think Dog" by John Fisher

 "The Dog Who Loved Too Much" by Dr. Dodman

 "The Complete Idiot's Guide To A Well-Trained Dog" by Volhard

 "Help For Your Shy Dog" by Deborah Wood

 "Caninestein" by Betty Fisher/Suzanne Delzio

 "Choosing & Caring For A Shelter Dog" by Bob Christensen

 "Temperament Testing For Dogs In Shelters" by Sue Sternberg (* or anything else by Sue)

 "Dogs are From Neptune" by Jean Donaldson, Good on fear/anxiety problems, behavior, obedience, Etc.

 "Puppy Preschool" by John Ross and Barbara McKinney


Here's a couple of books for more information about Australian Shepherds:


 "All About Aussies: The Australian Shepherd from A to Z"  by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle

 "Australian Shepherd  Champion of Versatility"  by Liz Palika

 "The Essential Australian Shepherd" - Consulting Editor - Ian Dunbar "The Essential Australian Shepherd" is a small inexpensive book with good info and tips!


If you cannot find these books through your local book store, here is a toll-free number for a mail order business: Dogwise @ 800-776-2665 - (a great place to find any animal related book!!) & their website:

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Smart Dogs

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