What I’m reading
“We read to know we’re not alone.” (William Nicholson, Shadowlands)
Without reading, without books, where would I be today? Maybe I would have survived, but must less optimistically. Opening a book, I plunge into another world and then surface with more perspective and courage to face this one. Here’s what I’m currently reading.
Since the arrival of Stella, a high-energy Lab / Giant Schnauzer, last December, I have been immersed in all things dog! This applies to my reading. Among the canine behavior and training books listed below, a favorite is The Other End of the Leash. McConnell is a good writer and imparts both academic knowledge (she has a PhD in zoology) and personal anecdotes (she trains border collies on her Wisconsin ranch).
I also found 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog full of practical advice and useful as a training template. I also appreciate Geller’s advocacy for rehoming “second chance” dogs, based on her belief that canine behavior (and misbehavior) depends on the human factor, not on breed. She walks the walk and adopts rescue dogs herself.
I’m currently reading Karen Pryor’s breakthrough book Don’t Shoot the Dog! Pryor spearheaded the clicker training method based on her work with dolphins at Sea Life Park in Hawaii.
Books read in 2018
- The Other End of the Leash, Patricia B McConnell
- Reaching the Animal Mind, Karen Pryor
- Off-Leash Dog Play, Robin Bennett & Susan Briggs
- Dog, Bruce Fogel
- Training the Hard to Train Dog, Peggy Swager
- How to Listen to Your Dog, Carlotta Cooper
- 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog, Tamar Geller
- Blowing Zen, Ray Brooks