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Old 07-26-2011, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We're planning to add a spoo to our home in the next few months and I'm trying to be as prepared as possible. My husband and I have psych degrees, so we're familiar with general principles of classical and operant conditioning; however, most of our knowledge is based on rats in Skinner boxes and pigeons pressing colored circles, not dogs. So, I'm looking for some expert advice on dog training resources.

Currently, I'm reading Good Owners, Great Dogs and we have The Everything Dog Training and Tricks Book (it was a yard sale find). Next on my list are The Dog Whisperer and Inside of a Dog; I'll pick up the Kalstone grooming reference, too.

I have a long list of general dog books, but are there any you'd recommend? Anything specifically written for working with poodles?

Thanks and I promise this is my last question (at least for a few weeks )
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Although I am not a huge fan of Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer), I did like his puppy book (How to Raise the Perfect Dog), it had a lot of good info. Karen Pryor's "Don't Shoot the Dog" is a classic as well as "Reaching the Animal Mind." I attended a seminar and got to hear Karen Pryor speak and she is just fascinating to me."The Other End of the Leash" by PAtricia McConnell is often recommended. I haven't read this one yet.

I have found that my poodle responds very well to positive training, particularly clicker training. He thinks it's a game and just loves it. I try not to use harsh methods with him as he really does not respond and he's quite sensitive. He wants to please me, more so even than my Golden Retriever which I thought was the epitome of wanting to please, LOL.
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Not specifically about poodles, but Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson is the book that I think should be required reading for all dog owners.

You say you're already familiar with behaviorism, but if you haven't read Don't Shoot the Dog or Reaching the Animal Mind, they're both really good.

A couple of other good books specifically about dogs are Bones Would Rain From the Sky and The Other End of the Leash.

About Poodles specifically...well, I own the massive The Book of the Poodle by Anna Katherine Nichols, but it's old now--anyone here know if there's a more up-to-date version of it? Or a similar book which *isn't* the typical Petsmart-type-"insert a few photos of a particular breed amongst the general dog info and call it a book about that breed"-book to recommend? Because I'd buy it, too!

If you like fiction, too, there's a cozy mystery series about a woman with spoos. The author's name is Laurien Berenson, and I think the very first one is A Pedigree to Die For.

Hope this helps! As you can tell, I love books!

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Ha! Paddle Addict and I were posting at the same time, with some of the some recommendations! That should tell you something.

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Thanks. Several titles by Pryor and McConnell are on my long list (I have them organized by local library site - I figure I'll read a few and then buy the ones that seem most helpful). I'm thinking about getting McConnell's book on separation anxiety just in case. the other titles mentioned are also on my list, so I suspect I'm headed in the right directions

I'm not familiar with Cesar Millan (is that a pseudonym?), but there is a puppy book - The Puppy Whisperer - listed on Owen's site that seems to be a companion to The Dog Whisperer. They sound like a good pair to have - especially since I'm already planning for spoo number two
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Definitely The Culture Clash and The Other End of The Leash as others have recommended. For the Love of a Dog was pretty good too, also by Patricia McConnell. Patricia McConnell also has The Puppy Primer. I haven't read it, but everything that I have read by her has been phenomenal.

Doesn't apply to poodles as a breed, but I think that every to-be dog owner should read up on pet food and nutrition so that you can make educated decisions on what you feed your dog. Food Pets Die For and Protect Your Petby Ann Martin were both enlightening. I don't particularly believe all of everything in them, but they do have some good facts and advice.
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Doesn't apply to poodles as a breed, but I think that every to-be dog owner should read up on pet food and nutrition so that you can make educated decisions on what you feed your dog. Food Pets Die For and Protect Your Petby Ann Martin were both enlightening. I don't particularly believe all of everything in them, but they do have some good facts and advice.
Thanks! I've added those titles.

Has anyone read Marion Nestle's Feed Your Pet Right? I like her for human nutrition, but I suspect her pet food advice will conflict with many others' perspectives.
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I haven't yet, but plan to. Nutrition is nutrition. Feed the body what it was designed to eat. If she recognizes that dogs and cats are carnivores and what that means about the kind of nutrition that they need, then she probably has some good advice. Either way, I like to hear another point of view on things.
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If you can spare the room on your bookshelves, another great all around poodle reference book would be
Eileen Greeson, The Complete Standard Poodle.
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Thanks! I've added those titles.

Has anyone read Marion Nestle's Feed Your Pet Right? I like her for human nutrition, but I suspect her pet food advice will conflict with many others' perspectives.
Not a fan of this book... honestly, I have learned more about nutrition from the Whole Dog Journal (worth the subscription!) as well as researching online. I like DogAware.com (the author of this site writes for Whole Dog Journal). Reading ingredients lists for various foods on dogfoodadvisor.com and dogfoodanalysis.com is also eye opening!
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