Book Recommendations

narrative-794978_960_720These are the books that have the 4dogsandalittlelady seal of approval.  Any one of them is a treasure trove of information that will bring you closer to your pup and help you to understand them better while teaching you how to train them effectively using positive reinforcement.  If you have suggestions for books that should be included on the list, please email us at with the title  and why it should be included!  Thank you.



General Training and Advice

How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Dr. Sophia Yin

Written by one of the leading veterinary behaviorists in the country, this revised and expanded edition of the original bestseller features brand new chapters that provide the most up-to-date science of dog behavior and explains key concepts in clear, straightforward language. How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves takes a scientifically sound yet practical approach to explaining dog behavior and training theory, and then shows you how to apply these concepts so you can train your dog to be well behaved.

Positive Perspectives 1 & 2 by Pat Miller

The Power of Positive Training by Pat Miller

Pat Miller has been a dog trainer for over thirty years. She is the founder of Peaceable Paws Dog & Puppy Training Center and is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She is a leading proponent of positive dog training techniques, and her columns on training are read by thousands in publications such as Whole Dog Journal. She is the author of Play With Your Dog; The Power of Positive Dog Training; Positive Perspectives, Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog; and Positive Perspectives 2, Know Your Dog, Train Your Dog.

Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

The book that has shaped modern dog training and ownership with its unique and scientifically sound recognition of the “cultural” differences between dogs and humans. Dogs can’t read so you need to in order to really understand your dog.

Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor

“Whatever the task, whether keeping a  four-year-old quiet in public, housebreaking a puppy,  coaching a team, or memorizing a poem, it will go  fast, and better, and be more fun, if you know how  to use reinforcement.”–Karen  Pryor.

Now Karen Pryor clearly explains the  underlying principles of behavioral training and through  numerous fascinating examples reveals how this art  can be applied to virtually any common situation.  And best of all, she tells how to do it without  yelling threats, force, punishment, guilt trips–or  shooting the dog. 8 methods for putting an end to  all kinds of undesirable behavior. The 10 laws of  “shaping” behavior–for results without strain  or pain through “affection training.”  How to combat your own addictions to alcohol,  drugs, cigarettes, overheating or whatever, how to deal  with such difficult problems as a moody spouse, an  impossible teen, or an aged parent. Plus. .  .House training the dog, improving your tennis game,  keeping the cat off the table, and much more!

Excel-Erated Learning by Pamela J. Reid

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell

For the Love of a Dog by Patricia McConnell

Train Your Dog Positively by Victoria Stilwell

Bones Would Rain from the Sky by Suzanne Clothier

Reaching the Animal Mind by Karen Pryor

Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs by Karen Pryor

Decoding Your Dog by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Plenty in Life is Free by Kathy Sdao

Click for Joy by Melissa Alexander

The Dog Whisperer by Paul Owens

Positive Reinforcement: Training Dogs in the Real World by Brenda Aloff

Oh Behave! by Jean Donaldson

Feeling Outnumbered? by Patricia McConnell and Karen London

Puppy Help

The Puppy Primer by Karen London and Patricia McConnell

Before and After Getting Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar

Perfect Puppy in 7 Days by Dr. Sophia Yin

The Puppy Whisperer by Paul Owens


On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

Canine Body Language by Brenda Aloff

Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin


Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt

The Cautious Canine: How to Help Dogs Conquer their Fears by Patricia McConnell

Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out by Laura VonArendonk Baugh

Scaredy Dog by Ali Brown

Separation Anxiety

I’ll be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety by Patricia McConnell

Don’t Leave Me! Step by Step Guide for your Dog’s Separation Anxiety by Nicole Wilde


Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash Reactive Dog by Patricia McConnell

Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog by Emma Parsons

Fight! by Jean Donaldson

Do Over Dogs by Pat Miller

How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong by Pam Dennison

When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs by Jane Killion

Chill Out Fido! by Nan Arthur

Aggression in Dogs by Brenda Aloff

Resource Guarding

Mine! by Jean Donaldson