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Tell me your favorites here - I'm thinking training/behavior related, for the most part. Not Doberman specific, although I'd welcome a Doberbook recommendation too while we're at it...

Anyone read Patricia McConnell?

Anyone read Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide by Brenda Aloff?

These are two things I've come across recommended lately online but have not read a dog book in years... It's time. Tell me what you like and why!

Thanks... :biggrin55
 

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I just got Schutzhund Obedience Training in Drive with Gottfried Dildei by Sheila Booth. This book was recommended by quite a few people on the DobeObedience list. I have not started reading it yet. Will keep you posted on what I think.
 
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I liked the Canine Body Language better than The Other Side of the Leash since it had pictures to illustrate what the author was talking about. It made everything much clearer. If I had read and digested that book before I rescued Harley, I probably never would have been bitten because I would have recognized the warning signs. I think the McConnell book is a good primer to comparing and contrasting doggie versus human psychology, but I felt sometimes she lost focus and spent too much time talking about primates. Even with this shortcoming, I think it's still a must read for any dog owner.

I also liked Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan and Surviving Your Dog's Adolescence by Carol Lea Benjamin. I believe both of these apply well to all high-energy dogs (i.e. Dobies) that need structure in their lives.

I have read all of these several times each and pick up new things each time.
 

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"Training in drive" is a great book. I also am a fan of "Training Dogs: A Manual" by Konrad Most. "Tracking from the Beginning" by Gary Patterson is a great read too!
 

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Thanks, all... already some good suggestions. Jason, any particular reason you like those books? (just makes it easier for me to sort through all of it!)
 

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I really like those books because they taught me how to be fair to my dog. When I first got my pup I was kind of a crank and yank trainer... To teach sit I pulled up on leash pushed down on but... Those books along with a litany of other sources helped me understand how unfair I was being with Ajax. They improved his obedience 100 fold while at the same strengthening our bond.

I would also recommend Ivan Balabanov's "Obedience Without Conflict" to anyone who plans to do competition anything with their dogs. They are dvd's and can be a little pricey but I have found them worth their weight in gold!
(Since they are dvd's it isn't much weight, but you guys get the expression!
 

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Just found this thread. I have been reading a book that came heavily recommended by a lady from the OB Club here in E'ville "Competition Obedience: A Balancing Act" by: Judy Bryon & Adele Yunck. I haven't gotten far into yet but so far so good!! Even if I decide not to go into competition ob, this book has so far been VERY informative, easy to understand and a great training tool!!
 
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Well it is funny you should ask as I just recommended my favorite book to another member yesterday. "The Doberman Pinscher - Brains and Beauty" is my favorite doberman book. It covers everything from the breed standard, understanding your doberman, training, routine care, showing your doberman, special care of older dobermans and keeping your dobeman healthy. The authors are Rod Humphries and Joanna Walker. We have had this book for about 7 years and still read it. It is so neat to read after getting your doberman and then to compare the things they say in the book to your own experiences. Soooooooo many ring true.
 

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I just bought The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller - has anyone else read this one? I'll let you know if it was worth the $20 or not!
 

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Please, all let me know how the new books are... I have some good ones now for my list... Thanks!
 

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I hate to sound so generic, but the Cesar Milan "Dog Whisperer" book is a really nice and easy read if you just want to learn about basic dog fundamentals and the importance of energy and presence..
 
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a good obedience book that has stuff beyond how to teach a dog to sit and lay down lol is "Beyond Basic Obedience"
 

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I'm going to bump this to see if anyone else has recommendations or updates on their recent reads.

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Well it is funny you should ask as I just recommended my favorite book to another member yesterday. "The Doberman Pinscher - Brains and Beauty" is my favorite doberman book. It covers everything from the breed standard, understanding your doberman, training, routine care, showing your doberman, special care of older dobermans and keeping your dobeman healthy. The authors are Rod Humphries and Joanna Walker. We have had this book for about 7 years and still read it. It is so neat to read after getting your doberman and then to compare the things they say in the book to your own experiences. Soooooooo many ring true.
I definitely agree, while some of the info is a tad dated it is still a great source for learning the basics of the breed. I ordered mine a couple years ago when i was first getting really interested in dobes, and had to wait like 6 months to get it. Just made me more crazy about them. Well worth the wait though!
 
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