Recommended Reading

What To Keep In Mind

The vast majority of information available on the web, in books, on podcasts, videos, and any other media is published by purely positive dog trainers. A google search on any dog training topic will typically yield these results in vast quantities, with the balanced approach being much more difficult to unearth—balanced meaning that we tell the dog what behaviors we like, but also what behaviors we do not like. There is a lot of valuable information in this content, but it is important to keep in mind that a purely positive approach will not always be enough to achieve the results we want (rewards can only increase behaviors). In certain cases, it can even worsen the behavior we wish to stop. A good example of that would be redirecting a biting puppy to a toy or bone. In some cases, the toy or bone is reinforcing and the puppy will then bite more, yet this is the most common advice available to the public on the topic. There are four basic methods by which we can influence behavior and by excluding one or more of them, we hinder our ability to influence the dog to varying degrees, depending on the particular dog. For this reason, I want to provide my own free content as well as reading suggestions that might help people who are struggling to find support and advice that has a more balanced approach.


The Art of Raising a Puppy by The Monks of New Skete

How To Be Your Dog’s Best Friend by The Monks of New Skete

Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide by Brenda Aloff

Cesar’s Way by Cesar Millan

Be The Pack Leader by Cesar Millan

The Good Dog Way: Love Them by Leading Them by Sean O’Shea (Ideal for owners struggling with serious behavioral issues.)


(A blog by Gary Wilkes, the creator of clicker training for dogs. This blog contains a wealth of information from someone who has devoted decades to working with dogs in a variety of settings and has developed an in-depth understanding of canine behavior that is unparalleled. He is thoughtful, unbiased, results-oriented, and direct. )