When I began the Animal Training Perspectives series, I had a few thoughts I wanted to share.
However, I was surprised during a question session with readers, prior to the series, when I was asked what my favorite animal training and behavior books were.
Which was a fair question, but truthfully I had to think about it because I don’t just do just one type of animal behavior or animal training.
This means that my library is pretty diverse since I work with a variety of species in different venues that cross many different parts of the “industry.”
Plus, I’ve been in my career with animals a long, long time and so have boxes of animal books in my storage room and only a few make it into my household book cases.
I also have my own work and methodology which you can read from my columns posted here on the site–and if you want to know about the integrative animal training methods I use, they can be found in my book, What Animals Can Teach Us about Spirituality.
Now my active book shelves tend to contain reference books that tell me about the natural history and behavior patterns of animals versus, “How To” books but the ones that are out of the storage area and that get hands on use include:
- Learning & Behavior by Mazur (although most other pros I know prefer Learning & Behavior by Chance)
- Animal Training (Edited by Ken Ramirez)
- Psychopharmacology of Animal Behavior Disorders
- Encyclopedia of Animal Behaviorr
- Walker’s Mammals of the World
- Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World
- Atlas of Cat Breeds of the World
For general ease of reading and comprehension of different principles of training for both pet owners and pet professionals I can suggest
Of course there are many others but that is all I am going to share for now and I’ll be posting the favorites of the people who took the time to list them at another time…and I have a few dog training and behavior books waiting for reviews in the pile.
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