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Doggone Good Books

All books on this list are available in our online store as well as our Animal Antics store locations in Milwaukee, Saukville and Racine. Click on the title for more information or to place an order.


  • Cautious Canine by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
    So much aggression in dogs results from fear, but fear-based problems can become worse if treated incorrectly. This booklet provides a step-by-step explanation of desensitizing and counter classical conditioning.


  • Feeling Outnumbered? by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. and Karen B. London, Ph.D.
    Filled with practical ideas about keeping life fun in houses that have two dogs or many more than that, Feeling Outnumbered is a great resource for all multiple dog owners, whether novice or professional.


  • Feisty Fido by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. and Karen B. London Ph.D.
    This booklet is designed for anyone, novice or professional, who works with dogs who are aggressive to other dogs on leash.


  • How to be the Leader of the Pack by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
    Learn how to love your dogs without spoiling them and provide boundaries without intimidation. This booklet clarifies how to be a benevolent leader and avoid aggression related to fear or dominance.


  • I'll be Home Soon by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
    This booklet explains the difference between dogs who truly have separation anxiety and those that merely misbehave and then describes a behavior modification program for the prevention and treatment of both problems.


  • Play Together, Stay Together by Karen B. London, Ph.D. & Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
    This engagingly written booklet shows how play can enhance your relationship with your dog, improve your dog's responsiveness, and provide your dog with the mental and physical exercise he or she needs.


  • Puppy Primer by Brenda K. Scidmore & Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
    From potty training to socialization, this book will tell you everything you need to know to raise a healthy and happy puppy.


  • The Other End of the Leash by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
    This book shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationships with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with dogs.


  • Way to Go! by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. and Karen B. London Ph.D.
    This clear, concise booklet can help your puppy or adult dog learn a lifetime of good habits.


  • The Big Bang! by Claudeen E. Mc Auliffe, M.Ed.
    This book will teach you how to help your dog cope with thunderstorms and fireworks. This wonderful reference explains why some dogs panic and gives many resources and holistic ways to help including: Tellington Method Training, Anxiety Wraps, Flower Essences, Essential Oils, Herbs, Capes, Homeopathy and Pheromones.


  • Love Has No Age Limit by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
    Includes information on what to do as you enter the house, how to handle the first few days, what to do and what not to do as you get to know each other, and tips on everything from the car ride home to the first vet visit. It includes advice on training and a section on solving common behavioral problems to helps prevent the most frequent dilemmas that people encounter when adopting a new dog.


  • Tales of Two Species: Essays on Loving and Living with Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
    This book is a wonderful collection of Patricia’s insightful essays originally published in Bark magazine. Addressing issues from genetics to communication, from dog training to temperament testing, Tales of Two Species is written for every dog lover who wants to expand their understanding of the behavior of people and their furry best friends.


  • Family Friendly Dog Training: A Six Week Program for You and Your Dog by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. and Aimee M. Moore. 
    Do you want your dog to be polite and well-behaved in every situation? If you answered "yes," then Family Friendly Dog Training is the right book for you! This user-friendly, engaging book describes a six-week dog training program that gets dogs and their owners off on the right paw. In Family Friendly Dog Training, you will learn: ~ How to use treats in dog training without spoiling your dog ~ How to teach your dog to: ~ come EVERY time you call ~ sit when asked ~ lie down ~ stay ~ heel ~ leave it ~ wait ~ and so much more!


  • Raising Puppies & Kids Together A Guide for Parents by Pia Silvani, CPDT and Lynn Eckhardt.
    The relationship between puppies and kids can be magical, but it can become troublesome and even downright dangerous if proper behavior is not taught from the start. Here, top trainers show you the best training methods for a polite and well-mannered dog and also show you important rules to teach your child. Whether you have an infant, toddler, or school-age child and are thinking about getting a puppy, or you have a beloved family pet and are planning to start a family, this book is an essential guide for anyone who wants a safe, sane, and happy household. 


  • For the Love of a Dog by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
    Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we vary. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love. In For the Love of a Dog, McConnell suggests that one of the reasons we love dogs so much is that they express emotions in ways similar to humans. After all, who can communicate joy better than a puppy? But not all emotional expressions are obvious, and McConnell teaches both beginning dog owners and experienced dog lovers how to read the more subtle expressions hidden behind fuzzy faces and floppy ears. For those of us who deeply cherish our dogs but are sometimes baffled by their behavior, For the Love of a Dog will come as a revelation–a treasure trove of useful facts, informed speculation, and intriguing accounts of man’s best friend at his worst and at his very best. Readers will discover how fear, anger, and happiness underlie the lives of both people and dogs and, most important, how understanding emotion in both species can improve the relationship between them. Thus McConnell introduces us to the possibility of a richer, more rewarding relationship with our dogs. While we may never be absolutely certain what our dogs are feeling, with the help of this riveting book we can understand more than we ever thought possible. Those who consider their dogs part of the family will find For the Love of a Dog engaging, enlightening, and utterly engrossing.


  • Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs by Karen Pryor.
    If you're curious about clicker training and want to learn more, begin with Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs. If you've tried clicker training, and know that it works, keep Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs in your library to review the underlying principles and basic techniques. If you already have a copy of earlier editions, be sure to add this new edition to your library for its more than 70 photographs of clicker training in action. If you are instructor or professional trainer, it is the beginners' reference on which you can rely.