ian and puppies

anonymous asked:

for someone who is looking to adopt an older dog in about six months - what dog training books/resources do you recommend?

Ahhh so exciting! A few that rise to the top for me:


  • Decoding Your Dog - American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • Love Has No Age Limit: Welcoming An Adopted Dog Into Your Home - Patricia McConnell
  • Bones Would Rain From the Sky - Suzanne Clothier
  • The Other End of the Leash - Patricia McConnell
  • Don’t Shoot the Dog - Karen Pyor (link to free pdf)
    Before You Get Your Puppy and After You Get Your Puppy - Ian Dunbar (link to free pdfs)
  • On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals - Turid Rugaas
  • Control Unleashed - Leslie McDevitt
  • How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves - Sophia Yin
  • The Power of Positive Dog Training - Pat Miller


YouTube Channels

Other Online Resources

  • Dr. Sophia Yin 
  • The Whole Dog Journal (there’s a paywall for some of their articles, but much of it is free)
  • Sue Ailsby’s Training Levels (I don’t see these on peoples’ radar as often as some of the other resources on this list, but they’re a real gem! Simple, clear structure for building and proofing behaviors in little steps. The old version published in 2000 is available free online, but the fuller, updated 2010 version can be purchased here.)

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers also has an extensive recommended reading list with other ideas!