Everyone/ regardless of their methods, have favorite dog training books. These are a few of my favorites, from the past and present. I'll give MY evaluation of them, based on past and present expierience.
The Standard book of Dog Care: Jeannette W. Cross and Blanche Saunders. I mention this only because it was my very first dog training book. Mom gave it to me for my 12th birthday (1957). (I think she got tired of me dragging home everthing with fur, scales or feathers that couodn't out run me).
The New Knowledge of Dog Behaviour: CJ Pfaffenburger. My true awakening to understanding dogs. This will always be near and dear.
The Koehler Method of Dog Training: W. R. Koehler. Bill Koehler got his start with Military dog training WWII. Went on to become a trainer for Walt Disney movies. One of my first books from back in the 60s. Heavy handed, compupsion, but it's still effective. One of the first I purchased after starting obedience classes with a St. Bernard.
Dog Obedience, The Guide For Trainers: Blanche Saunders. Blanch traveled all over the country with her standard poodles to promote dog training. Also one of my 60's books.
TONS of dog training books for the next plenty years. Most very similar. The Richard Wolters books stand out. He was a big duck dog trainer.
Purely Positive: Shelia Booth. Although I'm not 100% motivational, as Shelia teaches, it's still one of the better books out there for foundation training.
Schutzhund, Therory and Training Methods: My first Schutzhund book. Excellent!
Applied Dog Behavior And Training: Vols I, II, III: Steven R. Lindsay. Absolute BEST, but college text reading (that meand serious 'stuff\" for me
) for those interested in what's in a dogs head. Covers just about everything in a three volum set. = expensive
Cadaver Dog Handbook: Andrew Rebmann, Edward David, Marcella H. Sorg. Great for the scent dog handler.
Just good reading
All the James Herriot series
Behaviour of Wolves, Dogs and Related Canids: Michael W. Fox. One of my first thinking books on dog behaviour. Scarry huh! :wink:
Dogs: Raymond Coppinger and Lorna Coppinger. Fantastic theory on the evolution of the dog. For me, it pretty much did away with the wolf at the campfier theory.
I've got tons more, but these have always been at the top. :wink: