SNEAK Lending Library 

Welcome to the SNEAK Lending Library! This page lists books, workbooks, and videos which are available to SNEAK members "on loan."Dee Williamson is the librarian. If you want to borrow some materials, have any questions, or have suggestions for items you'd like to see added to the library, please let Dee know.

Contact: Dee

~ Current Collection ~

•Training Workbooks

Introductory Agility Workbook Written and published by Clean Run Productions

The first book in our highly acclaimed agility training series contains progressive exercises and instructional information for an eight-week class designed for dogs and handlers who do not have any agility training experience. 134 pages

Intermediate Agility Workbook (2 copies) Written and published by Clean Run Productions
The second book in our highly acclaimed agility training series contains progressive exercises and instructional information for an eight-week class designed for dogs and handlers that have completed a beginning agility class. 122 pages

Advanced Agility Workbook Written and published by Clean Run Productions

The third book in our highly acclaimed agility training series contains progressive exercises and instructional information for an eight-week class designed for dogs and handlers who are preparing for competition. 136 pages.

Clean Run Exercise Sourcebook: Intermediate & Advanced Jumping, Weaving, and Contact Exercises

Compiled by Pamela Green, Published by Clean Run Productions

Have you gone out to the back yard with the few obstacles you have available and realized that you didn't have any more ideas? Are you an agility instructor and need a resource to quickly find exercises at multiple levels? As home trainers, we know what we need to train, but few of us have the time or inclination to design our own training sequences. As instructors, we sometimes just need a little help. The Clean Run Exercise Sourcebook has been designed with you in mind. The exercises were developed by top handlers, trainers, and instructors and have appeared in Clean Run magazine over the years. They've been organized in the book into three sections -- jumping, weaving, and contacts -- each with sequences at both intermediate and advanced levels. All 231 exercises included in this book will fit within a 60' x 80' training area. 96 pages.

2003 Clean Run Camp Book

This year's camp book is packed with even more information than in past year's. We've left out the instructor bios and filled it with exercises and training articles. This 96-page book contains over 300 exercises, most of which are designed to fit in a 60' x 80' training area. It also contains detailed training notes for several of the classes as well as useful articles such as "How Do You Walk a Course to Win," "Deposits into the Perfect Recall Account," "Tips on Getting a Solid Stay in the Agility Ring," "Finding Your Own Handling Style," "A Philosophy for Training to Win," and more!

2002 Clean Run Camp Book

2004 Clean Run / Power Paws Camp Book

 

•Agility Specialty Books

Entering Your First Agility Trial: A Guide for the Novice Competitor Written by Cindy Buckholt, Published by Clean Run Productions


Everything you need to know to enter your first trial, from deciding what classes to enter and filling out the paperwork to what to bring! This booklet is intended to give you some idea of what to expect and also to let you know what is expected of you so that you can be more comfortable about your first trial experience. 72 pages.

Fear No More: Competing With Confidence Written by Barbara Cecil & Gerianne Darnell, Published by T9E Publishing

Do you feel you are your dog's greatest asset in practice and his greatest liability in the ring? Do you obsess over your handling errors and your dog's performance? In the ring, does your dog sometimes act as though he's never seen you before? Have you ever realized as you're leaving the ring that you were holding your breath the whole time? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you. Fear No More covers every stress-buster and tension-reliever from Affirmations to Zen, including what you should eat, drink, smell and hear, potions and pills, relaxation exercises, proper breathing, goal setting, 20 pages of "quick fixes," and much much more! Whatever your area of dog sports, make competing with your dog as enjoyable as it should be! 208 pages.

Do-It-Yourself Agility Equipment: Constructing Agility Equipment for Training or Competition Written by Jim Hutchins, Published by Clean Run Productions

Whether you are building obstacles for backyard training, for agility classes, or for AKC, NADAC, or USDAA trials, Do-It-Yourself Agility Equipment is the ultimate equipment reference for the agility enthusiast. In this book, you will find 27 detailed construction plans for making everything from a welded aluminum A-frame to contact training hoops. Each plan includes a list of materials and tools needed as well as numerous illustrations to help simplify the construction of each obstacle. In addition to equipment plans, this book contains suggestions on when and why it may be better to buy something than to build it and provides the first printed Resource Guide of agility equipment and materials vendors. You will also find current equipment specifications for the major agility organizations as well as tips on how to build obstacles so that they meet the criteria for more than one organization. 160 pages

Fundamentals of Course Design for Dog Agility Written by Stuart Mah, Published by Clean Run Productions

Don't be put off by the title! This is a must-have book for every agility judge, instructor, or serious competitor. By understanding the elements of course design, you'll see how the design of a course influences how the dog and handler perform the course, and ultimately, if they succeed. 110 pages.

All About Agility Written by Jacqueline F. O'Neil, Published by Howell Book House

Agility has so exploded in popularity that the scene has gotten big and confusing. This book will sort it all out, with a friendly, chatty overview of Agility in all its incarnations. All About Agility will emphasize getting involved in the sport, how it has evolved, what the various rules and titles are, how the courses differ, etc. Other chapters will look at assessing your dog, what to expect at a competition, training tips from the pros and what else you can do with your agile dog.
Donated by Anne Young

Shaping Success   Susan Garrett

Why reinvent the wheel? Shaping Success contains a career's worth of training experience. From puppy basics like recalls, rear end awareness, and distraction training to games for building motivation to a step-by-step program for training incredibly reliable contacts and weave poles, Shaping Success shares the training program of one of the world's most respected dog trainers, Susan Garrett. The book covers both controlling drive and building drive, and it includes an explanation of Susan's world-famous contact training and 2x2 weave pole training methods. Plus it's an entertaining and thought-provoking read that dog owners as well as serious dog trainers will enjoy.

Competing in Agility  ( 2 copies)  Cindy Buckholt, Publication Date: 2005

Everything you need to know to enter your first trial, from filling out the paperwork to what to bring! Includes summary of rules for AKC, NACAC, and USDAA, registration forms, class descriptions and sample courses, a list of titles, and much more. SNEAK Note: this is an older addition and some rules may have been changed but still has good information.


Agility Success   Angelica Steinker

"Agility Success" is a comprehensive book on finding and keeping focus with your dog. It takes the reader through ways to achieve an "in the zone" mental connection with his/her canine partner in agility competition and practice. It is easy to read, has a workbook component, and has input from very successful agility competitors.

Excelling at Dog Agility Jane Simmons Moake: Book 1

This book provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for training your dog to master each agility obstacle with safety, fun, and competitive excellence in mind. It includes important principles for building a happy and successful working relationship with your dog, as well as a solid foundation for all of your agility training. The focus is placed upon setting high standards from the start so that no retraining will be necessary later down the road.

Excelling at Dog Agility Jane Simmons Moake: Book 2

This book teaches you how to sequence smoothly from one obstacle to the next, to reach your dog's highest potential for speed and accuracy. The book: helps you to develop a consistent set of cues for communicating with your dog on the agility course. As a result, your dog will understand your directives in an instant, even at the highest of speeds and the greatest of distances. It also provides detailed lesson plans for Beginner, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II agility training classes.

Excelling at Dog Agility Jane Simmons Moake: Book 3

This book illustrates how to isolate and train many of the higher-level skills necessary to successfully compete at the most advanced levels of competition. It describes how to strengthen and maintain existing skills for attaining fast and reliable performances in the agility ring, and provides in-depth answers to commonly asked questions in a helpful Problem Solving appendix.

Enjoying Dog Agility   Julie Daniels

One of the foundation texts on which the sport of agility has grown, Enjoying Dog Agility remains author Julie Daniels’s primer on agility training, relied upon by dog enthusiasts around the world. The text spells out the author’s step-by-step approach to teaching her two- and four-legged students based on her unique brand of TLC (Trust/Leadership/Confidence) that helps owner and dog become an effective team.

Clean Run Book of Agility Games   Bud Houston & Stuart Mah

Purpose is to provide agility instructors, judges, and enthusiasts with an easy to use and clearly written reference to nearly any agility game they might want to try. Games are described in alphabetical order and several types of indexes are provided. Games range from games of competition to those intended solely for fun and recreation. Sample courses show the reader how each game is played.

Agility Fun the Hobday Way    Ruth Hobday

Volume I of Agility Fun The Hobday Way,  covers agility training for puppies, is really two books in one. The first half is geared towards individual puppy owners, with Chapters 1-5 offering information that ranges from choosing a good agility prospect out of a litter of pups to informal training that should be done during the youngster's first six months of life. Information regarding more formal agility training begins after that. The second half of the book contains detailed instructor's plans for conducting puppy agility training classes.
This manual, then, is actually geared toward a dual audience: individual owners of puppies aimed for agility training and/or competition, and instructors who offer puppy agility group classes. The two fore-mentioned groups of readers could very possibly merge into one target audience, however, if puppy owners who were armed with this book were able to hook up with a few fellow enthusiasts and put together their own agility puppy class.

 

*NEW: Fun, Fast & Fabulous Weaves DVD Silvia Trkman

Format: DVD, NTSC format
Running Time: 1+ hour
Bonus Materials: PDF file
Release Date: 2013

Fun, Fast & Fabulous Weaves shows the easiest way to train weave poles from zero to perfection, giving your dog a complete understanding of entries, independence, and the most efficient footwork, while making it all just another fun game. This DVD also offers plenty of ideas for improving the weaving style and speed of dogs that already know how to weave as well as providing them with proofing exercises to improve performance.

Fun, Fast & Fabulous Weaves includes a PDF file with over 100 weave pole entry and proofing ideas.

About the Author
Silvia Trkman has been in agility since 1992. She is a 14-time national champion of Slovenia, with five different dogs, and a 14-time World Team member, with five different dogs. Silvia has won the FCI Agility World Championships two times. Her training methods are best known for producing fast, happy, and healthy dogs, tight turns and, of course, running contacts.


*NEW: Ready-Steady-Go! 33 Tips for More Speed DVD Silvia Trkman

Format: DVD, NTSC format
Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Release Date: 2011

The DVD addresses conditioning, attitude, games to play, dealing with stress, and making agility training more about running. Speed is definitely one of Silvia's favorite topics and having dogs that are constantly setting the best times of all jump heights, including setting the best time in her division at the FCI Agility World Championships 20 different times (16 times with La, 4 times with Bu, and Lo once had 2nd best time after La ) probably means she has something important to tell!

Silvia recommends this DVD to handlers who feel their dog could still run even faster and also to handlers who deal with motivational or stress issues. You'll also learn a lot about Silvia's approach to agility and the philosophy behind the training that makes the dogs just as fast as they are, and a lot about the conditioning that keeps the dogs that fast for a long time. This DVD will also give you a good look into Silvia's everyday life with her dogs as well as her agility training sessions. So no, it's not just for dogs with speed issues! Silvia says, "For me, it’s actually the most important pre-agility step and we follow the 33 tips all the time. And oh, it's mostly taken in beautiful Corsica mountains!"

About the Author
Silvia Trkman has been in agility since 1992. She is a 14-time national champion of Slovenia, with five different dogs, and a 14-time World Team member, with five different dogs. Silvia has won the FCI Agility World Championships two times. Her training methods are best known for producing fast, happy, and healthy dogs, tight turns and, of course, running contacts.

•Motivational Training

Purely Positive Training - Companion to Competition Written by Sheila Booth, Published by Podium Publications

The author's long-awaited second book offers a hands-off, compulsion-free, positive-power approach to training dogs. No force. Just fun. The emphasis is on building a positive relationship with our dogs, and training in a way that strengthens that bond. Named Best Dog Training Book of 1999 by the Dog Writers Association of America! 352 pages.

Excel-Erated Learning - Explaining (in Plain English) How Dogs Learn and How Best to Teach Them Written by Pamela J. Reid, Ph.D., Published by James & Kenneth Publishers

A must-read for serious dog trainers, this classic deals with motivation, stages of learning, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, single-event learning, factors that affect learning (timing, schedules of reinforcement), stimulus control, aversive control of behavior, negative punishment, the application of learning principles to changing behavior, social learning, and more. 172 pages.

Building Blocks for Performance: Give Your Puppy a Head Start for Competition Written by Bobbie Anderson with Tracy Libby, Published by Alpine Publications

In Building Blocks for Performance, Bobbie Anderson unveils 10 essential building blocks that will turn a puppy into a highly-motivated, enthusiastic, and confident performance dog. Step-by-step methods and how-to photos will help you build a strong bond with your puppy, motivate your puppy, and use play to instill specific behaviors. 15 minutes once or twice a day is all you need! 134 pages. © 2002Training Workbooks. Donated by Christine Roesler

Ruff Love: A Relationship Building Program for You and Your Dog Written by Susan Garrett , Published by Clean Run Productions

Internationally-known canine sports instructor and competitor, Susan Garrett, shares her incredibly successful relationship-building program. Based on her years of experience working with dogs, the Ruff Love program is designed not only to help people dealing with "problem" dogs, but to help agility, flyball, obedience, and other dog sport handlers build a better working relationship with their current competition dog or get their next puppy or rescue dog started out on the right paw. 96 pages. © 2002 and 2003                    Donated by Anne Young

The Dogs Mind   by Bruce Fogle

How do dogs perceive the world about them? How do they see, hear, learn, relate to their owners? How large are their brains, what is their emotional makeup? Why do they suffer from stress and how can it be coped with? Over the last few years a substantial body of knowledge has been built up about the psychology of dog behavior. Combining more than twenty years of practical experience as a veterinary clinician with a personal knowledge and understanding of the latest international research, Dr. Bruce Fogle has written the most inclusive and relevant book on how the canine mind works.

Think Dog    by John Fisher

In Think Dog!, animal behaviorist John Fisher advocates addressing the causes of pet problems rather than just controlling the symptoms. Compact chapters explain the canine mind and offer sound educational strategies to enlighten even accomplished trainers.

Inside of a Dog    by Alexandra Horowitz

Containing up-to-the minute research and providing many moments of dog-behavior recognition, this lively and absorbing book helps dog owners to see their best friend's behavior in a different and revealing light. Black & White illustrations throughout

You’re Secret Coach by Christine Smith

Unlock the power of your mind to fulfill your true potential in agility. Would you like to be able to capture that exquisite sensation of running the perfect round and recreate it again and again? Could you learn to silence those nagging doubts that emerge to undermine your confidence, just when you need it the most? Would you like to know how to transform your weaknesses into strengths? Do you want to be able to enjoy agility and have fun no matter what's on the score sheet? These things are all possible once you discover your secret coach.

 With Winning in Mind    by Lanny Bassham

With Winning in Mind is for anyone who wants to achieve a consistent mental performance under pressure and who wants to learn how to increase performance and reduce stress. Written by an Olympic and World Champion, With Winning in Mind is packed with Mental Management techniques for competitors and coaches in all sports. Learn the secrets of mastering the pressure of big competitions, the three mental processes that control a winning performance, how to turn your deficiencies into strengths, and how to train for competition. Learn the secrets of Olympic champions. Over 100,000 copies of this book have been sold and it has changed the performance of athletes around the world competing in sports ranging from golf to rock climbing to dog agility.

On Talking Terms with Dogs   by Turid Rugaas

By a noted expert on canine body language, notably “calming signals.” These are signals dogs give each other - and humans - that denote stress. These are the dogs’ attempt to defuse situations that otherwise might result in fights or aggression.

What is My Dog Thinking    by Gwen Bailey

There are probably times when you wish you knew what your dog was thinking. From tail wagging to growling, from play bowing to lip licking, this fascinating book explains why your dog behaves the way he does. What Is My Dog Thinking? covers six major aspects of dog behavior: the importance of hierarchy, food and fitness, staying safe, reproduction, social behavior, and people and dogs.

The Toolbox   by Terry Ryan

The Toolbox is a set of principles and practices you can use to analyze and address any behavior problem you may encounter. Unlike other problem-solving books that are limited in scope, Terry arms you with the tools you need to design your own solutions. Her method is based on positive motivation and rewards.

Click to Calm   by Emma Parsons

Positive Answers for the Aggressive Dog. The dog that bites. The dog that attacks other dogs. The dog who may not survive his own aggressive behavior. What can be done to help these dogs? When Emma Parsons, canine behavior consultant, discovered that her own dog was aggressive, she developed innovative and effective strategies to calm, alter, and re-shape his reactive displays, and those of her clients' dogs.
* desensitize your dog to approaching strange dogs
* grab your dog's collar without getting bitten
* teach dogs to perform canine calming signals on cue
* use your own body language when under stress as a cue for your dog to remain calm

How Do Dogs Learn     by Mary Burch Phd & Jon Bailey Phd

How Dogs Learn explore the fascinating science of operant conditioning, where science and dog training meet. How Dogs Learn explains the basic principles of behavior and how they can be used to teach your dog new skills, diagnose problems and eliminate unwanted behaviors. It's for anyone who wants to better understand the learning process in dogs. Every concept is laid out clearly and precisely, and its relevance to your dog and how you train is explained.
A Howell Dog Book of Distinction

Tricks of the Trade    by Pat Hastings

Learn the "Tricks of the Trade" from Pat Hastings, popular seminar speaker and producer of the best-selling "Puppy Puzzle" video. From the whelping box to the group ring, at home and on the road, everyone who is involved in the sport of dogs can learn something from this book. If you are a breeder or exhibitor of show dogs, "Tricks of the Trade" will be a valuable resource for years to come

More Fun and Games w/ Dogs  by Roy Hunter

Fun games to teach your dog

Better Food for Dogs   (cookbook)

People want their dogs to have happy, healthy and long lives and providing the best nutrition is one of the most important steps you can take toward achieving this goal. The problem is most of us aren't nutritionists and there are so many conflicting opinions about dog's dietary needs that feeding your dog can become an overwhelming challenge. Better Food for Dogs is an invaluable reference that will guide you through this nutritional puzzle. It also provides you with all the information -- complete with tasty recipes, tested and approved by dogs -- you need to feed your dog a natural home-prepared diet, one of the best investments you can make in his/her health.

•Videos

Agility Foundation Training

This long-awaited video from Greg Derrett of Great Britain covers all the essential basic training techniques to give you and your dog the strong foundation needed to build a successful agility career. Greg covers such topics as forming a good working relationship, socializing the dog to the competitive environment, teaching wait and directional commands, understanding body language, training handling maneuvers, proofing commands, fitness training, as well as motivation commands and other beneficial advice. 85 minutes long, VHS only, NTSC (U.S.) format.

Great Dog, Shame About The Handler

Greg's anxiously-awaited second production is available. It is also accompanied by a booklet containing all the course diagrams used in the exercises. This video comprehensively covers all the handling maneuvers needed to get the best out of you and your dog. Greg explains in great detail his proven and successful methods and handling system, taking you through more than 50 training exercises. With the importance of consistency and speed in agility today, a good handling system is essential to achieve success. The production is 1 hour and 40 minutes long. VHS, NTSC (U.S.) format

Jump Into Agility ~The AKC Agility Program

Jump Into Agility, which features over 50 different AKC breeds, breaks down the essentials of what it takes to successfully navigate every aspect of the agility course. From the A-frame to the Weave Poles, Jump into Agility is a great introduction to this exciting dog sport. Whether you are simply looking for a new way to have fun with your dog, or aspire to compete with the Word Championship Team, Jump into Agility will help you get on course! Run time: 24:35 Donated by Sally Nettleton-Smilas

What Every Agility Competitor Should Know First about The Mental Game  Lanny Bassham  Audio CD

Is the mental game important to your success in agility? The top handlers think so. Most believe that controlling the mind is as important as controlling the dog during a run. Get a jump on your competitors by starting to master the mental game early in your agility career. Most people wait years to begin learning the information on this audio CD, What Every Dog Agility Competitor Should Know First About the Mental Game. By then, they have developed habits that cost them dearly and are hard to eliminate.
Lanny Bassham's audio CD program is designed to be the first stop on your journey to mastering the mental game. Whether you are a veteran competitor that is just now getting to the mental part of the sport or a new handler, this information is vital to your success. Learn why you should begin mastering mental skills when you begin handling skills. Learn the top three mental mistakes competitors make and how to avoid making them. Everyone says that handlers should always think positively; this audio CD explains why this is so important to your success. Listening to this CD is a great way to spend your driving time on the way to trials!

Mental Management  Lanny Bassham                                      ( set of 4 dvds) 
This 4 DVD video series is an advanced class in Mental Management presented by Olympic Champion, Lanny Bassham. You will feel like you are in a live seminar as Lanny takes you through these topics.

Go The Distance   Stacy Peardot-Goudy                                                               DVD

DVD # 1 Whether you're trying to get your Velcro dog to move a few feet away from you or many yards, Stacy Peardot-Goudy's exercises for training distance work in the Go the Distance Vol. 1 DVD will help. Distance work is a key element of success in any agility venue. While it is obviously critical preparation for Gamblers, the fact is that you cannot run your dog in the upper levels of the Standard and Jumpers classes in any venue if you and your dog are joined at the hip. The ingredients in the recipe for distance work that transform the dog working close with comfort and reliability to the dog that works at a distance with comfort and reliability are experience and confidence. In this series of videos, all exercises begin with you handling at a modest distance away from the dog, gradually adding distance over time as the dog becomes comfortable and reliable at each stage. The exercises, which are based on the book of the same name, can easily be tailored to any level of dog.

DVD # 2 Need more difficult distance challenges? In the Go the Distance Vol. 2 DVD by Stacy Peardot-Goudy illustrates advanced exercises from the book Go the Distance that she co-wrote with Bud Houston. The exercises in this second DVD build on the exercises in the Go the Distance Vol. 1 DVD and cover more difficult distance challenges.

2004 FCI Agility World Championships                                                     DVD

2005 FCI Agility World Championships                                                      DVD

Training Running Contacts with Stride Regulators   Barb Davis              DVD

Barb takes you step-by-step through the entire training process, including preliminary work, explaining how to use the stride regulators to shape running contacts. Included are ideas on how to speed up contact performance; retraining on the A-Frame and the pros & cons of running contacts

Clean Run Instructor Camp DVD’s

Clean Run Intructor Conference Instructor handouts                               DVD

Scaredy Dogs  by Carolyn Barney
This DVD is a live recording of a presentation done at the 2007 Clean Run Instructor Conference.
Many agility dogs are generally fearful or become fearful during training or trialing due to specific incidences. Some dogs work through fear easily while others need careful intervention. What does fear look like? It's not always as easy to recognize as you might think. Does your foundation training program inoculate your student's dogs or leave them vulnerable? What techniques do you use to help a student who already has a fearful dog? This session will provide you with an overview of what fear looks like, how to prevent it, and how to decrease it.

Making Reinforcement Fun   by Rachel Sanders

This DVD is a live recording of a presentation done at the 2007 Clean Run Instructor Conference.
Positive reinforcement is so much more than giving your dog a cookie or a pat on the head or tossing a toy for him. Learn how to get the most out of your reward system by combining handler interaction and valuable positive reinforcement when training and competing. Make the training process more fun for both yourself and your dog, and also learn to use toys effectively during agility training.
Rachel discusses and demonstrates the "dos" and "don'ts" of play using her dog as well as dogs from the audience. Learn to use toys more effectively in your training.

Shaping For Demand   by Julie Daniels

This DVD is a live recording of a presentation done at the 2007 Clean Run Instructor Conference.
You're a clicker trainer and a good instructor, and you know how to help your student when his dog gets "stuck," but do you know how to take your dogs from "operant" to "demand"? This session shows you how to turn a dog who tolerates any agility obstacle into a dog who demands to perform the obstacle, and does so with pride.

This session presumes clicker savvy and good background experience in the art and science of teaching. The focus is on some of the finesse and fine points of creating more desire in the dog. We can't change the true hard-wired drive that Mother Nature gave our dog, but we sure can change the level of desire toward the tasks at hand. Julie shows you how to use the quadrants of operant conditioning and the two-way feedback system available in any shaping session to create a strong drive toward a task that the dog finds confusing or frightening.

•Fiction & Non-Fiction

Dog Years  by Mark Doty

When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he brings home Beau, a large, malnourished golden retriever in need of loving care. Joining Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family, Beau bounds back into life. Before long, the two dogs become Doty's intimate companions, and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days. Dog Years is a poignant, intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about living, love, and loss

The New Work of Dogs   by Jon Katz

In an increasingly fragmented and disconnected society, dogs are often treated not as pets, but as family members and human surrogates. The New Work of Dogsprofiles a dozen such relationships in a New Jersey town, like the story of Harry, a Welsh corgi who provides sustaining emotional strength for a woman battling terminal breast cancer; Cherokee, companion of a man who has few friends and doesn’t know how to talk to his family; the Divorced Dogs Club, whose funny, acerbic, and sometimes angry women turn to their dogs to help them rebuild their lives; and Betty Jean, the frantic founder of a tiny rescue group that has saved five hundred dogs from abuse or abandonment in recent years.

Drawn from hundreds of interviews and conversations with dog lovers and canine professionals, The New Work of Dogs combines compelling personal narratives with a penetrating look at human/animal attachment, and it presents a vivid portrait of a community—and, by extension, an entire nation—that is turning to its pets for emotional support and stability in a changing and uncertain world.

Marley and Me  by John Grogan

The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.

•Obedience Books

Beyond Basic Dog Training   by Diane Bauman

Shows how dogs learn, what they do with what they learn, and how a stimulated canine mind, along with an untrampled canine ego, makes for a dog that is a joy to live and work with. Covers competitive obedience exercises novice through utility, but the emphasis is on novice. Even covers how to choose a puppy for competitive obedience, special techniques for large and small dogs, proofing. Exercises are discussed individually. There is a section on using match shows and tips for your actual ring performance

Beyond Basic Dog Training Workbook   by Diane Bauman

Use the WORKBOOK as a self-help study guide if you are an individual who can’t train in a class where these methods are taught. Although specifically designed for use with Beyond Basic Dog Training, the workbook can also be used without the text. Trainers will find the workbook helpful for record keeping and working through problems. Use one copy for each dog you are training. Write in it; learn from your mistakes. The positive methods outlined are sure to create exciting results and happier, better working obedience dogs.

Dual Ring Dog  by Jacqueline Fraser

The first book to address the training needs and distinctions of dogs shown in conformation competition and Obedience Trials together, Dual Ring Dog also introduces Obedience training for retired show dogs.

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