In my life long journey to help humans understand their companion dogs, I wanted to offer you a list of safe reading material from reputable authors and scientists.

Changing unwanted behavior is a scientific systematic process frequently using desensitization and counter condition.  Desensitization is defined as the diminished emotional responsiveness to a negative or aversive stimulus.  This process was developed by psychologist Mary Cover Jones.  As a Positive Reinforcement Dog Behavior Consultant, I use desensitization and counter conditioning to diminish the dogs emotional response by changing how the dog feels about a particular stimulus.  


I was Annie’s 3rd owner adopted in Dec. 2000

Like you, I sought out a reward based professional (as opposed to  correction trainers) to counter condition my first family dog Annie, after she bit 3 men.  After weeks of desensitization and counter conditioning, Annie went on to earn her Canine Good Citizen certification in two different states and continued on to earn her Therapy Dog International Certification and has visited many nursing homes and hospitals.  So wanting to help your dog is the start, now finding the best method of training is essential to your companion dogs success.

Books on canine body language, relationships, learning theory, positive reinforcement training and counter conditioning are a great way to understand why your dog is acting a certain way.  
Annie is 15 now and still a wonderful companion.

Annie past at 15 years of age, and was a wonderful family dog.

Understanding who the dog is based on his temperament traits will help identify why he is responding this way.  This knowledge will help you identify if your dog can change his behavior and how long it might take. The following resources are only a few of my favorites and are available through Dogwise at

  • Calming Signals, by Turid Rugaas 
  • Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide, by Brenda Aloff 
  • Culture Clash, by Jean Donaldson 
  • Dog Behavior Books by  Ian Dunbar 
  • Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor
  • Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior & Training: Steven R. Lindsay
  • Dog-to-Dog Aggression Video, by Sue Sternberg 
  • Dog Language, by Roger Abrantes 
  • Excel-erated Learning, by Pamela Reid 
  • Low Stress Handling by Sophia Yin
  • How to be the Leader of the Pack, by Patricia McConnell 
  • How to Speak Dog, by Stanley Coren 
  • The Dog Listener, by Jan Fennell 
  • The Power of Positive Training, by pat miller
  • Living with Kids and Dogs, by Colleen Pelar
  • Bones Would Rain from the Sky by Suzanne Clothier