Advanced Think Dog! Course reading list

Strongly recommended!
You are likely to have already read many of these texts, but please refresh your memory if it’s some time ago.

In Defence of Dogs – Why Dogs Need Our Understanding John Bradshaw, 2011
ISBN: 9781846142956

Reaching the Animal Mind Karen Pryor 2009.
ISBN: 9780743297769 Scribner. (Currently available at £12.00 from

Oh Behave! Dogs from Pavlov to Premack to Pinker Jean Donaldson 2008
ISBN: 978129242528 First Stone Publishing.

Dominance - fact or fiction? Barry Eaton 2008. Booklet.
ISBN: 9780953303946 (from

Dominance Theory and Dogs James O’Heare 2008.
ISBN: 9780973836943 (from

The Dog’s Brain - a simple guide. V Strong 1999.
ISBN: 0953281469 (Easy-to-understand booklet)

The Dog Aggression Workbook. James O’Heare 2007.
ISBN: 9780973836936 (from Amazon)

Separation Distress and Dogs. James O’Heare 2009.
ISBN: 9780973836950 (from

For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend
Patricia McConnell 2007.
ISBN: 9780345477156 Ballantine Books.

Affective Neuroscience - The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions.
Jaak Panksepp 1998. (BRILLIANT! If not exactly bedtime reading!)
ISBN: 019517805X Oxford University Press

Additional suggested reading:
Please note, these are suggested publications. Some of the titles may be difficult to get hold of so don’t panic if you cannot find them to buy or borrow – however, the wider your field of reading, the better.

Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training. Steven R Lindsay 2000 and/or 2001 (Volume I or II). Either of these volumes are excellent - expensive, but worth it!
ISBN: 0813807549 Wiley-Blackwell.

The Psychology of Fear and Stress. Jeffrey Gray 1991.
ISBN: 0521270987 Cambridge University Press. (Out of print, worth borrowing if possible)

Emotional Intelligence. Daniel Goleman 2005.
ISBN: 055338371X Bantham Books.

Learning - Behaviour and cognition. David A Leiberman1999.
ISBN: 0534339255 Wadsworth Publication.

The Kennel Club Illustrated Breed Standards. 2003.
ISBN: 0091890284 Ebury Press.

The Domestic Dog - its evolution, behaviour and interactions with people.
Edited by James Serpell 1995.
ISBN: 0521425379 Cambridge University Press.

An Introduction to Animal Behaviour. Aubrey Manning & Marian Stamp Dawkins 1998.
ISBN: 0521578914 Cambridge University Press.

The Emotional Brain. Joseph Le Doux 1998.
ISBN: 0297841084 Weiden, Field and Nicholson.

Think Dog John Fisher 2012 updated version only. (Chapter on diet and behaviour is very useful)
ISBN: 9781844037094 Octopus Publishing Group. (Currently only available as Kindle version from

Dogs - A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution
Raymond and Lorna Coppinger (Originally published 2001).
ISBN: 9780684855301 Scribner. Any edition.