Recommended reading for guardians of fearful, aggressive or anxious dogs

We recommend the following reading for guardians of dogs with fear, aggression or separation anxiety:

Dogs are from Neptune by Jean Donaldson
Candid answers to urgent questions about aggression and other aspects of dog behavior, from the author of the best seller, Culture Clash. Includes case histories and guidelines for dealing with: aggression toward strangers; resource guarding; dog-dog aggression; behavior problems such as counter surfing, barking, mouthiness during play, mounting, stool eating; obedience problems such as off leash control, stay breaking, recall off distractions, pulling; and fear and anxiety problems. Uses positive reinforcement methods: clickers, food treats, praise, and recommends Gentle Leader in certain cases.

The Cautious Canine: How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D
How to help dogs conquer their fears with desensitization and counter conditioning. Step by step instructions to help your dog get over his fear of unfamiliar people.
*If you want to use the program for something besides a dog who's afraid of strangers, just substitute the relevant species and problem and go from there. It can be used to get over fear of the vet, a ceiling fan, whatever - as long as the behavior problem is motivated by fear. Even people can use the program!

I'll Be Home Soon! by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D
How to prevent and treat Separation Anxiety. Most dogs can be left home alone during the day and lead happy, fulfilled doggy lives without destroying your house. But a small number of dogs suffer from a serious problem called Separation Anxiety, in which they panic at your departure and stay panicked until you return. This book is designed to help you prevent separation anxiety, provide modification techniques for dogs suffering from Separation Anxiety, and help you raise a dog with good "house manners."

Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step by Step Guide for Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears by Nicole Wilde
From popular author and trainer Nicole Wilde! A comprehensive guide to the treatment of canine anxiety, fears, and phobias. Chock full of photographs and illustrations and written in a down-to-earth, humorous style.

Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs by Jean Donaldson
A practical how-to guide on resource guarding/aggression including food bowl, object, bed, crate and owner guarding. From the popular author of Culture Clash, and Dogs Are From Neptune.

Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression by Jean Donaldson
From the award-winning author of Culture Clash and MINE! A practical guide to the treatment of dog-dog aggression, this down-to-earth manual will teach you how to use behavior modification to retrain a dog that bullies other dogs or becomes fearful when approached by other dogs.

Help! I'm Barking and I Can't be Quiet! by Daniel Estep, Ph.D and Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D
Finally, there is real help for barking dogs and their pet parents. Includes: Ten most common causes of excessive barking; effective options for corrections; the importance of meeting your dog's behavioral needs; guidelines for the use of anti-bark collars; how to find help from professionals; valuable references and resources.

Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog by Emma Parsons
When Emma Parsons, canine trainer and behavior consultant, discovered that Ben, her own prized golden retriever, was aggressive toward other dogs and that traditional remedies took his reactivity to nightmarish levels, she turned to clicker training. In the process, Emma developed innovative and highly effective strategies to calm, alter, and re-shape Ben's aggressive displays. Her work has since helped many clients successfully reduce and even resolve their dogs' reactivity to both dogs and humans.

The Dog Who Loved Too Much: Tales, Treatments and the Psychology of Dogs by Nicholas Dodman, Ph.D
Here is the first consumer-oriented discussion of the use and application of medication in the management and treatment of behavioral problems in dogs. Dogs experience the whole range of psychological problems that humans do: depression, anxiety, fear, aggression, and grief. The dog-owning public is seeking solutions to doggie problems which may include the application of human medications. A Professor of Behavioral Pharmacology at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, author Dodman's approach includes an in-depth understanding of behavior, making key changes in diet, exercise, environment, and at times prescribing state-of-the-art medication. Case histories enhance the understanding of Dodman's theories. Fascinating reading!

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