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02 Understanding and Solving Common Behavior Problems


This article is from the Publications about dogs FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore with numerous contributions by others.

02 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

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
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.


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