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:

And you might also try or

Smart Dogs

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