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Book Review #1 (sorta): Dog Training Books

A couple of my friends post book reviews and I've decided to post and see if folks like it.  If you want to see more, then let me know even if you don't like these particular books.  I tend to read a variety of books on particular themes.  Right now my two themes are dog training books and Jane Austen.  I think I've posted other book reviews before, but I haven't formally picked them out as book reviews.

Dog Training Books:

Canine body language : a photographic guide : interpreting the native language of the domestic dog  by Brenda Aloff 
First most of the book consists of black and white images of dogs.  Some have complained about the lack of color, but I personally found it easier to interpret the pictures this way.  I usually have trouble reading books like this but I found the photos and descriptions really illuminating.  Some of the photos are blurry because the photographer is capturing a second or two of action.  Yet after seeing the frozen image I was able to see it in my dog's interactions.  It's a book you have to study but if you have the ability to make use of this book, I highly recommend it.  This book also covers calming signals which most assistance dogs use quite a lot and I had not found such detail in other books.

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell
I learned from this book how to do better recalls - move away from my dog.  It was not the revelation for me that people gush about in Amazon, but I got a good grounding in canine behavior from CCI.  I think another problem is the author does spend a bit too much time on personal anecdotes and not enough time on topics such as picking the right dog to begin with rather than bringing a problem dog to her practice.   It's short on training tips, but then it doesn't promise to be a training manual.  I think if you have problem understanding dog behavior or have a dog with behavior problems then I would recommend this book. 

Training a Labrador Retriever by September B. Morn
Part of a series of train your [breed] books which seems to be a growing trend.  A good basic training book that covered a surprising amount by simply laying out the how to without much theory. l'm not sure what specific things there were about labs except a brief few pages at the beginning about the breed standard.  I would recommend this book to any dog owner who wanted to train their dog.


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Jul. 23rd, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
If I remember correctly, I really liked Patricia McConnell's book. Her appreciation for her dogs really comes through, and unapologetically so. And that's really lovely.
Keep posting reviews!
Jul. 24th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your words of support :) I think no one else agreed though.
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