Books and Videos I have reviewed
Over the years I have read a few books and lately watched several videos on different canine matters.
I was not born with knowledge so I rely in knowledge I acquire from trainers as well as other canine professionals. My methods
have been successful so far, but not because of that I am going to stop reading books and watching other professionals.
Learning never ends and even trainers and authors I don't really fully agree with their theaories or some methods, have brought
new ideas to me. I have been able to adapt what I consider useful from one person and mix with others and still obtain results.
As I list titles below, please note that I will attempt to explain what I dislike from the author or book or video if anything.
Regardless of my opinion, I encourage studying these for what is not useful to me, might be of use to your situation.
Also the order in which I list them does not indicate any preference, just the order in which they happen to be next to me as I
copy their information on this page. At this point in my life I can't even remember what book I got first or when.
If you require my assistance with an issue, I might ask you to read a book or watch a video so you may comprehend better.
Most often I can LEND it to you or tell you how to obtain a copy. Some books should be kept as reference forever.
Things I do not give away are my personal copies of books or my markers for radiographs. I do not mind lending them but I do
like them around me because you never know when you will need that reference or in the case of x-ray a specific type of marker.
- Dog Training Handbook a 10-week training course by Stella Smith & Sally Bergh-Roose, published in 2002
by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
This is a very well structured basic training book, easy to understand and designed for the owner that wants some basic knowledge
on how to teach basic commands.
- Dog Problems by Carol Lea Benjamin, published in 1989 by Howell Book House
Got doggie problems? This book is quite abundant on information as to how to correct misbehaviors on your dog.
Wonderful as all her books.
- How Dogs Think by Stanley Coren, published in 2004 by SC Psychological Enterprises, Ltd.
This is a book that goes into every detail as to how dogs sense the world around them and allows better understanding of these
wonderful animals.
- Natural Dog Training by Kevin Behan, published in 2001
This book is quite abundant on information as to what motivates dogs and explains and how to train your dog by using some basic
canine principles.
- Dog Training in Ten Minutes by Carol Lea Benjamin, published in 1996
Quick, easy fun ways to teach new tricks to your dog. Wonderful like all her books.
- American Pit Bull Terriers/American Staffordshire Terriers A Complete Pet Owner's Manual by Joe Stahlkuppe,
published in 2000 by Barrons
Nice easy to understand book with very basic information about the Bully's, should not be taken as sole source of information
about the breed. Useful, but will give you only basic ideas.
- Dogs Behavior Booklets by Dr. Ian Dunbar& Gwen Bohnenkamp published in 1985 & 1986
Got doggie issues or questions? Dr Ian Dunbar covers 8 important canine issues in 9 booklets. Very well organized and explained.
Each booklet is titled according to the behavior discussed
Preventing Aggression, House Training, House Training Supplement,
Barking, Chewing, Digging, Fearfulness, Socialisation and Fighting.
These booklets are quick references and quick answers that might help in resolving these issues respectively.
Books
- Breaking Bad Habits in DOGS by Colin Tennant, published in 2003 by Barrons and by Interpret Publishing
Brilliant suggestions and methods, perfect compliment to his DVD and video series.
Colin Tennant's methods have proven very useful, however a few of his explanations I disagree with. I respect him a lot and again
his methods are useful, I just disagree about his belief of having a dominant dog in the home in a multiple dog environment. He
believes in having the most submissive male castrated and leave a dominant male unaltered. I personally have never had
difference at treating issues on dogs based on their sexual status. His view on females becoming more aggressive when spayed, is
something that I think is 50 - 50 chance of happening. I have seen many spayed females be submissive to unaltered ones.
- Mini Encyclopedia of Dog training & Behavior by Colin Tennant, published in 2006 by Barrons and by Interpret Publishing
Quick guide to specific issues in training. Very useful and simple to understand.
Colin Tennant's methods have proven very useful and I love his style, however a few of his explanations I disagree with.
I respect him a lot and again his methods are useful, I just disagree about his belief of having a dominant dog in the home in a
multiple dog environment. He believes in having the most submissive male castrated and leave a dominant male unaltered. I
personally have never had difference at treating issues on dogs based on their sexual status. His view on females becoming more
aggressive when spayed, is something that I think is 50 - 50 chance of happening. I have seen many spayed females be submissive
to unaltered ones.
- Feisty Fido Help For the Leash-Aggressive Dog by Patricia B. McConnell and Karen B. Londonpublished in 2003
by Dog's Best Friend
Nice easy to understand book with simple solutions to dealing with the leash aggessive/insecure dog.
- Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan and Melissa Joe Peltier, published in 2006
Nice book explaining how Cesar Millan developed his methods and how he became the "Dog Whisperer". Useful but not a
reference I would use solely for behavior modification. This book should be mandatory for school children to read for it brings
man closer to nature and it's best friend. Don't take me wrong, I respect and look forward to some day meeting Cesar Millan for
he obtains results and has very good intentions. I hope some day to be able to be as successful as him in the sense of being able to
help more people understand and bond with dogs. I have adopted many of Cesar's Ways from his book and videos and they work,
indeed. My only issue with Cesar's Way is the way psychological aspect. He bases his explanations using the concept of energy but
does not explain psychology principles. Yes human and canine psyche are different in a sense, but there are similarities in the
learning process of both. I would use Cesar's Way along with books and references that he himself mentions in his book.
- Dogs 500 Questions Answered by Caroline Davis, published in 2005 by Hamlyn
Nice easy to understand book in lay terms. Book with very basic information about general dog care. Not accurate in the
aggression section. I consider it a waste of money just because misinforms in the aggresion section, all the other information can
be very well found in other books. Being LAY terms might be useful to some, or to children but not a book I would reccomend
over any other.
Videos
- The World of DOGS by Colin Tennant,
Brilliant suggestions and methods.
Colin Tennant's methods have proven very useful, however a few of his explanations I disagree with. I respect him a lot and again
his methods are useful.
- The World of DOGS 2 by Colin Tennant,
Brilliant suggestions and methods for puppy training and care as well as a very interesting grooming section.
Colin Tennant's methods have proven very useful, and clever.
- Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan - Season 1 by Cesar Millan and National Geographic, published in 2006
Nice series and interesting cases and methods. Useful reference for certain issues. I would use along with other options for
behavior modification. Cesar's methods of dominance do not always work in all situations. There are easier ways in some of those
cases. I would have taken a different approach to his in a few cases. Dog training and rehab is like a math or physics problem, we
can use totally different methods and reach a result.  The final result is what matters when it comes to saving a life by changing a
dog's behavior. Don't take me wrong, I respect and look forward to some day meeting Cesar Millan for he obtains results and has
very good intentions. I have used and adopted many of Cesar's Ways from his book and videos and they work, indeed. My only
issue with Cesar's Way is the way psychological aspect. He bases his explanations using the concept of energy but does not explain
psychology principles. Yes human and canine psyche are different in a sense, but there are similarities in the learning process of
both. I would use Cesar's Way along with books and references that he himself mentions in his book.
- Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan: Stories From  by Cesar Millan and National Geographic, published in 2006
Interesting cases and methods. Useful reference for certain issues. I would use along with other options for behavior modification.
Cesar's methods of dominance do not always work in all situations. There are easier ways in some of those cases. I would have
taken a different approach to his in a few cases. Dog training and rehab is like a math or physics problem, we can use totally
different methods and reach a result.  The final result is what matters when it comes to saving a life by changing a dog's behavior.
Don't take me wrong, I respect and look forward to some day meeting Cesar Millan for he obtains results and has very good
intentions. I have used and adopted many of Cesar's Ways from his book and videos and they work, indeed. My only issue with
Cesar's Way is the way psychological aspect. He bases his explanations using the concept of energy but does not explain
psychology principles. Yes human and canine psyche are different in a sense, but there are similarities in the learning process of
both. I would use Cesar's Way along with books and references that he himself mentions in his book.
- Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan: Aggression  by Cesar Millan and National Geographic, published in 2006
Interesting cases and methods. Useful reference for certain issues.
- Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan: People Training For Dogs  by Cesar Millan, published in 2006
Interesting cases and methods. Useful reference for certain issues. Explanations need to include a bit more of psychology
principles.
- Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan: Mastering Leadership by Cesar Millan, published in 2006
Interesting cases and methods. Useful reference for certain issues. Explanations need to include a bit more of psychology
principles.