Are you a big pet book reader? If you’re reading this blog then you probably are. But are you a big dog behavior book reader? If so, this post is for you. Because I’m trying to amp up and modernize my arsenal of puppy behavior books … and I need your help.

I got to thinking about this when I read Dr. Lisa Radosta’s most recent animal behavior newsletter on the subject.

Who’s that?

Dr. Lisa Radosta is one of my favorite veterinarians ever. She’s a veterinary behaviorist who works out of Coral Springs, a sleepy Fort Lauderdale suburb that just happens to boast one of the biggest, bestest animal hospitals in South Florida. But she also works through her website, and soon enough I promise she’ll be writing her own books. In the meantime, here are two puppy behavior books she recommends:

Puppy Start Right, Foundation Training for the Companion Dog

By Kenneth Martin DVM, Debbie Martin BS, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

This 194 page, photo filled book is easy to read and understand. Written by a veterinarian and a certified dog trainer, it is scientifically accurate and up to date. It outlines developmental stages, puppy training, learning theory, and basic obedience training for the older dog, as well. It is spiral bound, which allows the reader to set it down and leave it open to any desired page while working with their dog or puppy. It is available through Veterinary Behavior Consultations.

Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right

By Dr. Sophia Yin

Dr. Yin has written a readable, entertaining book which is accurate, complete, up to date and effective. This book outlines her week-long babysitting and training gig for her father's Australian Cattle Dog puppy. It explains how puppies develop physically and behaviorally. It is also a full training manual for puppies. It is filled with color photographs of every step of the training, as well as clear, concise instructions on how to make it happen.

(PK Note: Though I’ll confess that I have a thing about books that claim to give you a perfect anything in any number of days, I will nonetheless offer a vote of confidence to anything Dr. Yin writes.)


OK, so those are Dr. Radosta’s picks. What are your favorite puppy behavior reads?

Dr. Patty Khuly

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