Books you may find helpful
No matter how long you own dogs, there is always more to learn and books can be great resources for this. Below is a listing of books that may help you on your journey to learning more about working with your dog. Also included are books about other farming subjects.
|Livestock Guardians, by Jan Dohner, is a comprehensive guide for farmers struggling to reduce predation of sheep, goats, and other livestock. Dohner, who has more than 26 years of experience with guardian animals, helps owners understand the keys to effective livestock protection: careful selection of the right guardian animal, proper guardian livestock bonding, dedicated training, and ongoing problem-solving.Three chapters address the use of guardian dogs; collectively, these chapters explain how to evaluate, train, understand, and socialize these hardworking canines. A separate chapter provides detailed information on many guardian breeds from around the world.|
|This is a complete revision of the very popular original edition of this book. Readers will find many new photographs, refined training methods and a new chapter o unusual stock. Topics include: What a livestock protection dog can do Selecting a puppy Caring for your dog Behavioral problems and solutions Preparations for a family companion Guarding unusual stock Older dogs Puppy temperament testing and training Plus much more!!!|
|Jump from the bandwagon to the farm with one of the hottest-growing food sources in the country. Goats is an in-depth guide to small-scale goat keeping—for pleasure and profit! The author delivers essential information on choosing, breeding, and tending goats while also herding together some fascinating and fun facts about them. Comprehensive discussions, full-color photos, and easy-to-use charts will help to ensure the success of your goat-keeping ventures.
· From cashmere to milk and meat!
· Select the right breed for your farm
· Learn common goat herd behavior
· Keep goats healthy with a nutritious diet
· Spot symptoms of common goat disease
· Breed, deliver, and care for does and bucks
· Market and sell fresh goat milk
· Explore goat resources and Web sites Plus many other helpful tips!
|In addition to introducing readers to the various breeds and strains of herding dogs in the world, Herding Dogs discusses the working styles, instinct tests, trials and training for all working farm dogs. From the basic skills of stockdog training to the types of herding styles to the commands used to direct dogs at work, this useful handbook also advise newcomers on how to select the right puppy for a working ranch or hobby farm situation, how to train and acclimate the pup, solving common behavioral problems, feeding working dogs, basic first aid and more.|
|Digging holes in the backyard, chewing a hole in your favorite sock, running laps in the kitchen—dogs are always on the move. Why not channel some of that indefatigable energy into a hobby that can be fun for both you and your furry friend?
Training your dog (and yourself) for agility competitions will create a fun working relationship that both of you can enjoy. Find everything you need to know in this fun guide that includes information on pre-agility training, detailed advice on correction-free training, and step-by-step agility training techniques. Also learn how to make your own agility obstacles, use a clicker as a motivational tool, and officially enter agility trials.
Participating in agility competitions can build a strong, enduring bond between you and your dog. Read The Beginner’s Guide to Dog Agility to learn the ins and outs of this exciting hobby.
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Yawning, lip-licking, sneezing, even scratching are just a few of the 30-plus signals or that dogs use to communicate with one another. Now, with On Talking Terms with Dogs, you can learn to recognize these signals and use them to interact with your dog. The new second edition has color photographs throughout with detailed captions explaining the behavior.Norwegian dog trainer and behaviorist Turid Rugaas has made it her life work to study canine social interaction. She coined the phrase calming signals to describe the social skills, sometimes referred to as body language, that dogs use to avoid conflict, invite play, and communicate a wide range of information to other dogs.
Learn to identify situations that are stressful to your dog so that you can resolve or avoid them.
Rehabilitate a dog that has lost her ability to read or give calming signals.
Become a keen observer of canine behavior at home, in the community, and among dogs to get better behavior and build a solid relationship.
This new edition has outstanding photographs with captions interpreting what you observe
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Be A Dog’s Best Friend is written in the voice of Ema, a ten-year-old with a wealth of information about how to safely interact with dogs. Ema takes her readers on a tour of all of the dogs in her life, offering tips along the way of how to best approach new dogs, play with familiar dogs, and steer clear of dogs unknown to her. Be A Dog’s Best Friend features clear illustrations of dogs demonstrating inviting and uninviting body language, as well as demonstrations of do’s and don’ts. The language used is geared toward children ages six to ten years of age. For children younger than six, adults can use the text and pictures to begin a dialogue.
|If puppies are on the way, you want those newborns to have the best possible chance of survival and good health by being prepared. You can’t count on a vet being available, so breeders need to learn these skills. Learn how to administer simple but effective measures to help puppies in distress. Described in friendly, non-technical terms from a long-time breeder.|
|Is your dog afraid of strangers? Would he rather hide than play with other dogs? Does he take cover at the sound of thunder, or cringe when you pick up a brush or nail clippers? Never fear! Whatever your dog is afraid of, this comprehensive guide to the treatment of canine anxiety, fears and phobias can help. Topics include learning how to read your dog’s stress signals; how your attitude affects your dog’s behavior; how to set up a Firm Foundation program at home; how to establish leadership so your dog will feel more secure; the influence of good nutrition and regular exercise on your dog’s fear issues; four essential skills to teach, and how to apply them in everyday life; and much more. Written by a professional trainer/behavior consultant of over 20 years who specializes in fear issues, the book includes easy-to-follow, step-by-step behavior modification programs that really work. 15 specific fears are addressed, including those of people, other dogs, sounds, touch, nail-clipping, riding in the car, and being left alone. Get advice on products and cutting-edge complementary therapies that can help to calm your cautious canine. Filled with photographs, illustrations, and over 400 pages of specific, immediately useful advice, written in a down-to-earth and humorous style.|
At long last, dogs will know just how smart their owners can be. By unlocking the secrets of the hidden language of dogs, psychologist Stanley Coren allows us into the doggy dialogue, or “Doggish,” and makes effective communication a reality.
Drawing on substantial research in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and years of personal experience, Coren demonstrates that the average house dog can understand language at about the level of a two-year-old human. While actual conversation of the sort Lassie seemed capable of in Hollywood mythmaking remains forever out of reach, Coren shows us that a great deal of real communication is possible beyond the giving and obeying of commands.
Dog Whisperer Books – Caesar Millan
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