One of the largest dog publications in the world today is Animals, The New Scientist, a joint publication of the American Veterinary Medical Association and The Academy of Animals, which serves as a peer reviewed journal. The publication covers all aspects of animal behavior, from intelligence to tail motion. Animals, The New Scientist, reaches a wide audience by providing information on new advances in science and medicine as well as the history and characteristics of animals. From dogs to whales, Fish To People: The biology of animals and plants, and Wild Health: Making health a global problem offers comprehensive coverage on topics relevant to the well being of pet dogs, cats, horses, birds, fish and reptiles.
Pet Dogs and Pets Guide to Autism is an exceptionally valuable resource for pet owners and animal behavior experts. Autism is becoming more common among dogs, with more families having to make decisions about how to treat an autistic child. Pets Guide to Autism provides a clear understanding as to what behavior is normal for an autistic child as well as how it can be affected by a dog’s behavior. Information on managing behavior that may be inappropriate is also discussed. A book such as this will undoubtedly be helpful to pet owners, as autism affects many lives.
Another popular animal behavior publication focused on animal behavior dogs and pets is Cuddle, Please! by Suzanne LeVert, Ph.D. The book provides a unique perspective on how people interact with dogs, as well as how they should interact to maintain a positive relationship. Cute, Fluffy, Furry – the spelling is definitely Cute, Fluffy, Furry, but without the adorable!
In The Pocketbook of Dog Behavior, Dr. Susan Nelson offers advice on training your dog and maintains a positive, supportive relationship. Dogs are social creatures, after all, and Dr. Nelson explains how to effectively match the behavior of your pet to appropriate responses in your own behavior. This is a book that can help dog owners from all walks of life learn to manage their dogs better. In addition, this text is full of great practical advice and interesting tidbits.
Of course, as a veterinarian, I can’t forget to share a little humor in my book. In Animals, Don’t Say No by Dr. Susan Nelson, you’ll laugh at some of the silly behavior displayed by animals. It’s full of cute, colorful anecdotes about dogs and cats. Nelson also shares her frustrations dealing with animal behavior, and she seems to take a personal stake in correcting pet behavior problems. When it comes right down to it, there really aren’t any “tricks” that can work any better than human interventions – at least for most animals.
As a dog trainer, I thoroughly recommend this book to other animal owners. However, before you start giving this book a whirl, make sure you have a solid grasp of what actually motivates your pet to act in a certain way. Some behaviors are simply intended as a play, and you can teach them without having to resort to punishment. But other difficult behaviors will require more direct engagement with the animal – and this book has the exercises and suggestions for doing just that.