Think Dog! Certificate Course recommended reading list

Please note that prices and availability change on Amazon on a daily basis so our notes on this are for guidance only.

Strongly recommended!

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

Reaching the Animal Mind Karen Pryor 2009.
ISBN: 9780743297769 Scribner. (from

In Defence of Dogs – Why Dogs Need Our Understanding John Bradshaw, 2012
ISBN: 9780141046495 Penguin (from

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

Clever Dog: The Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know Sarah Whitehead, 2013
ISBN: 9780007488544 Harper Collins (from

How Dogs Learn Burch and Bailey, 1999
ISBN: 9781630260392 Howell Books (from

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Additional suggested reading/watching:

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 – however, the wider your field of reading, the better. The APDT ( has a lending library which may be of use.

Dogs - A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution Raymond and Lorna Coppinger. (Originally published 2001) Any edition. Can come in and out of print. Do not pay any more than £10 for this book

Dominance Theory and Dogs James O’Heare 2008.
ISBN: 9780973836943 (£15.99 from

The Culture Clash. Jean Donaldson 1996.
ISBN: 18880470504 James & Kenneth Publishers. (from

Why Does My Dog? John Fisher 1999.
ISBN: 028563418X Souvenir Press.

Dogwise. John Fisher 1992.
ISBN: 0285631144 Souvenir Press.

Don’t Shoot the Dog. Karen Pryor 2002.
ISBN: 1860542387 Ringpress Books.

How Dogs Learn. Mary R Burch and Jon S Bailey 1999.
ISBN: 0876053711 Howell Book House.

Diary of A Dotty Dog Doctor. John Fisher 1998.
ISBN: 095328140X Alpha Publishing (from

The Motivation Movie DVD – 37 min DVD by Jo Hill.
ISBN: 053281493 (from