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ABC's of Dog Breeding
Claudia Waller Orlandi, PhD
Out of Print - but if you can find it!
The ABC’s of Dog Breeding Home Study Program is sponsored by the American Kennel Club and Canine Health Foundation. The program was developed to help fill the need for an affordable, easy-to-understand course of study on dog breeding and is suitable for club structured breeder’s education and appropriate for breeders of all breeds of dog. The goal of the ABC’s of Dog Breeding is to take a practical, step-by-step-approach to the art and science of breeding.

Practical Canine Anatomy
Claudia Waller Orlandi, PhD

Practical Canine Anatomy is designed to be an introduction for the novice and a review for experienced judges and breeders. This program has been sponsored by the Dog Judges’ Association of America (DJAA) and the AKC Judges’ Institute. Successful breeding and judging draws upon talents that are both science and art. The science of judging is a working knowledge of canine anatomy; the art of judging is having an “eye for a dog,” or the ability to correctly and easily evaluate the dog as one piece. In its attempt to discuss individual anatomical parts in terms of the whole dog, Practical Canine Anatomy is guided by science and art and takes a lay person’s approach to a potentially complex subject. A series of workbook exercises accompany the textbook, upon completion of which the student will receive a Certificate of Completion.

The Leonberger
Angela White
From the author
The book was written from the heart following my experiences of living with the breed. I m a senior lecturer in animal behaviour and training so there is a strong element of this throughout the book, but it also covers all aspects of living with and caring for this wonderful breed. One word of caution - this most majestic of breeds is addictive! I started with one I now have three!

Leonberger, A Kennel Club Book
Madeline Lusby
As a much needed resource for Leonberger owners and potential newcomers, this Special Rare-Breed Edition offers an authoritative text written by well-respected breeder and Leonberger authority Madeline Lusby. The book provides a concise, accurate history of the breed, a discussion of the breed standard as well as personal insight into the Leo's unique character, told through the author's delightful anecdotes. To assist owners to better understand this unique canine, this volume offers expert advice on puppy selection, obedience training, raising and safeguarding the Leonberger. Chapters devoted to everyday care for the Leo, including feeding, grooming, exercise, housebreaking and more. Additionally, a lavishly illustrated chapter on canine health, written by well-known author Dr. Lowell Ackerman, addresses topics vital to every Leonberger owner, including selecting a veterinarian, vaccinations, parasite control and more.

The Leonberger Book
Guido Perosino
A detailed technical comment on the leonberger standard along with drawings and photos. An essential tool for those who love, raise and judge this breed, to understand it more thoroughly.

Puppy Training
Charlotte Schwartz
Schwartz has taken a key commonsense principal of canine development and applied it to the education of every new puppy. All dog trainers and behaviorists agree that the first eight weeks of a dog's life are the most critical time for training and shaping the dog's behavior and obedience potential. Puppy Training presents a unique and useful approach for new owners, carefully detailing an eight-week home-training program.

The Art of Raising a Puppy
The Monks of New Skete
The authors of the classic guide How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend now tell you everything you need to know about the crucial first months of your puppy's life. From the decision to adopt a pup through the practical steps of choosing the right breed, preparing your home, caring for your new charge, and practicing basic obedience exercises, the monks of New Skete offer clear, compassionate guidelines for raising a puppy.

How to be your Dogs Best Friend, A Training Manual for Dog Owners
The Monks of New Skete
The Monks of New Skete have achieved international renown as breeders of German shepherds and as outstanding trainers of dogs of all breeds. Their unique approach to canine training, developed and refined over three decades, is based on the philosophy that "understanding is the key to communication, compassion, and communion" with your dog. The importance of honest and effective communication with your dog is underscored throughout this guide, especially in the practical training exercises: a detailed, comprehensive, fully illustrated obedience course through which the monks lead you (and your dog) step-by-step. How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend covers virtually every aspect of living with and caring for your dog.

Games and Rhymes for Dog Training Time
Allan Bauman
This is an excellent book on dog training for children. The idea of this book is to help you implement simple dog training games with your child or in a dog training class for children. The goal is for the child to forge a deep, strong friendship with his or her dog and have a dog that listens to and respects the child, leading to a relationship in which the child and dog can play together with good manners toward each other.

How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks
Ian Dunbar
Fun training with toys, treats, lures and rewards. Easy and effective, dog-friendly techniques for teaching a new puppy old tricks (such as basic manners), or for teaching an older dog that is new to training.

Surviving Your Dog’s Adolescence
Carol Lee Benjamin
Relationships, training, respect, tools, secrets, problems and much more to learn about making your dog the person you want him to be.

The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship
Between Humans and Domestic Dogs
Jean Donaldson
Written in Jean's inimitably informal yet precise lecture style, the book races along on par with a good thriller. The Culture Clash depicts dogs as they really are - stripped of their Hollywood fluff, with their loveable 'can I eat it, chew it, urinate on it, what's in it for me' philosophy. Jean's tremendous affection for dogs shines through at all times, as does her keen insight into the dog's mind. Relentlessly she champions the dog's point of view, always showing concern for their education and well being.

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals
Turid Rugaas
Turid identifies what she calls calming signals: signals used by dogs to prevent things from happening, from avoiding threats from people and dogs to calming down nervousness and fear. Turid goes on to explain how dogs use calming signals, and how we, as dog owners, can use them as well with our own dogs.

The Dog Breeders Guide to Successful Breeding and Health Management
Margaret V. Root Kustritz
This unique resource offers a general overview of canine body systems and how each system affects the breeding process. Key topics include nutrition, pharmacology, microbiology, parasitology, vaccinations, genetics, and endocrinology, as well as normal anatomy and disorders of the male and female reproductive systems.

Breeding Better Dogs
Dr. Carmelo Battaglia
If you are trying to develop a breeding program, here's a technique that works. Includes all the information needed to set up, has a clear, concise approach to the principles of breeding, with a basic color chart pedigree system that's practical. Dr. Battaglia has been active in breeding and canine research for more than 25 years.

Canine Reproduction And Whelping: A Dog Breeder's Guide
Myra Savant-Harris
The essential breeder's guide to canine reproduction problems, artificial insemination, diet, progesterone levels, C-sections, whelping help, removal of dew claws and much, much more. Whether you're a "first-timer" or an experienced breeder, you'll undoubtedly be able to learn something important from this book! If you've been having problems even getting a litter from that important bitch, you'll find some possible answers here. If you're just thinking about breeding your girl for the very first time, you'll want to read this book before you go any further. Down-to-earth and easy to understand

Solving the Mysteries of Breed Type
Richard G. Beauchamp
One of America's foremost personalities on the dog scene has written an insightful analysis of why we can't consistently breed better dogs.

Dog Breeding as a Fine Art
Amy Fernandez
Won the Dog Writer's Association of America's Award, Best General Reference Book of 2003! A practical handbook for successful dog breeding. Breeding a great dog involves utilizing a vast amount of technical information in a highly creative manner. Learn how to recognize and avoid common pitfalls; refine the selection process by improving your eye for type; understand how to apply genetic principles to your breeding program; recognize the underlying motives that influence your decisions; and use creative thinking skills to resolve difficult problems. Most breeders are striving to leave a mark on a breed, to create dogs superior to what existed before, in beauty, temperament, structural soundness and fitness for their purpose. This book answers why we strive to do it - and HOW.

The New Art of Breeding Better Dogs
Kyle Onstott
Successful Dog Breeding: The Complete Handbook of Canine Midwifery Chris Walkowicz and Bonnie Wilcox
Successful Dog Breeding is a book for the first-time breeder and longtime fancier alike, no matter what the breed. Down-to-earth practical information is given to cover virtually every contingency associated with breeding and whelping. Presented in a humorous format, even the most serious information is made easier to understand.

Control of Canine Genetic Diseases
George Padgett
If you breed dogs for any reason, you must own this book. Genetic diseases are among the most serious hazards on the landscape of modern dog breeding and one of the most vexing challenges facing today's dog breeders. Is it appropriate to open the gene pool to unwanted conditions in the pursuit of physical perfection, or must breeding to the Standard take a back seat to producing healthy animals?
In Control of Canine Genetic Diseases, renowned authority George A. Padgett, DVM, provides an expert road map to help dog breeders everywhere avoid the pitfalls they are almost destined to encounter. For anyone whose goal is to produce healthy, functional and beautiful dogs, this is the book they need. Dr. Padgett provides clear explanations of modes of inheritance, how to conduct and analyze test matings and how to lower the chances of producing affected animals. Numerous tables, diagrams and graphs further enhance the text to facilitate the breeder's understanding.

Canine Reproduction, The Breeders Guide
Phillips Holst MS, DVM
This is the definitive guide to breeding, whelping and raising puppies, now completely updated. Expert topics include: canine reproductive anatomy, understanding hormones, breeding behavior and management, caring for the pregnant bitch, whelping, pediatric care of newborns, resolving reproductive problems

Genetics, An Introduction for Dog Breeders
Jackie Isabell
A comprehensive yet easy-to-understand guide covering: the nature of heredity, evolutionary and behavioral genetics, the application of genetics to specific breeds, the art of breed selection, breeding for coat color and type, improving structural traits, how to control genetic disorders, evaluating the results, current genetic research, terminology, and a catalog of known congenital and hereditary disorders by breed.

A Breeder's Guide to Genetics: Relax, It's Not Rocket Science
Ingrid Wood and Denise Como
Introduces concepts such as dominant and recessive genes, polygenic inheritance, and genomic imprinting. Various breeding programs are explored in great detail. Issues such as breeding fads and common myths are candidly addressed. Also information on DNA testing, hybrid vigor, understanding pedigrees, and sex chromosomes. An entire section features the basic concepts of color inheritance. All scientific concepts and terms are clearly explained, often by using practical examples. Includes a carefully selected reference section, and provides breeders with the tools to make more informed breeding decisions.

Genetics: An Introduction for Dog Breeders
Jackie Isabell
While many dog breeders admit they rely on intuition to produce an extraordinarily successful litter, the role of genetics in the production of a quality litter cannot be overlooked. Yet wrapping one's brain around genetics is an overwhelming prospect and not one most breeders take to. Yet by not embracing key genetic concepts and principles, some breeders unfortunately continue to pass on common hereditary problems, such as eye and skeletal disorders, from generation to generation. The author hopes to reverse this trend by providing breeders with a comprehensive yet easy to understand guide to the nature of heredity, the application of genetics to specific breeds, how to control genetic disorders, and the art of breed selection. This book is incredibly thorouh, but understandable by the average dog breeder.

The Genetics of the Dog
Ruvinsky (animal science, U. of New England, Armidale, Australia) and Sampson (Kennel Club, London) remind us that no other species has such a long association with humans and demonstrates such genetic variation as Canis familiaris. These 19 papers, reflecting progress in the last decade in mammalian genetics driven by the genomic and biotechnological revolutions, represent all major directions in dog genetics. Contributions present up-to-date thinking on such topics as the origin of the domestic dog; consequences of domestication; biochemical and molecular genetics; the genetics of canine hip dysplasia, diseases, and behavior; pedigree analysis; the canine model in medical genetics; and dog genetic data as forensic evidence.

The Dog And Its Genome
Giger, Ostrander, and Lindbah-toh
The book that serious breeders and students of canine genetics have been waiting for! Dogs of different breeds can range remarkably in size, shape, and behavior, and yet they all carry essentially the same genome, making them a particularly fascinating model for genome plasticity. The recent release of the complete sequence of the dog genome provides an exciting new context in which to consider such variation. Twenty-six chapters written by experts in the field include various aspects of morphological and behavioral variation in dogs, their origins and domestication, and their unique value as a model system for many common but complex human diseases such as cancer, blindness, deafness, neurological diseases, and epilepsy.

Canine Terminology
Harold R. Spira
A guide to canine terminology. It features explanations of words related to dogs, and is illustrated with drawings.

K9 Structure and Terminology
Edward Gilbert Jr. and Thelma Brown
A basic introduction to the "bits and pieces" that put canines together combined with a glossary of everyday vocabulary used to describe dogs and their structure. This book takes intricate, sometimes complicated and challenging subjects and presents them in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand format.

Dog Anatomy: A Coloring Atlas 2003
Robert A. Kainer, DVM and Thomas O McCracken, MS
Simple, easy-to-use presentation of core regional anatomy presented in 195 black and white line drawings arranged on 81 plates. Consistent layout includes medically correct terminology with clear, understandable definitions. Helpful do-it-yourself coloring format maximizes comprehension and retention.

Canine Cineradiography
Rachel Page Elliot
Slow motion study of canine bone and joint movement, as seen through moving x-rays, offers a close look at skeletal action inside the dog. Dogs were individually filmed and fluoroscoped while moving on a speed-controlled treadmill in a laboratory. Different types of dogs were chosen to illustrate different ways of moving, some showing normal structure and gait, others with faulty action due to serious orthopedic problems. The study includes x-ray views from the side as well as views from beneath the moving dog. For better understanding the narration is clarified with plain text captions and graphic effects as a veterinarian explains what the film is revealing, and how variances in structure help or hinder performance. This video supplements Dogsteps video with additional material; it was filmed during the same time period, but has recently been re-mastered.

Rachel Page Elliott
This classic on the evaluation of movement and gait will help you to a better understanding of dog gait through cineradiography - "moving x-rays." Up-to-date scientific information in an easy-to-understand format!

The Dog in Action: A Study of Anatomy and Locomotion As Applying to All Breeds
McDowell Lyon
Study the dog from the inside-out. Written in 1950, The Dog In Action was the first book to thoroughly analyze, illustrate and explain the under-the-skin workings of the dog. Whether looking a Pom or Pointer, McDowell Lyon showed the dog breeder, fancier and judge that the principles of movement applied to all. The Dog In Action has inspired generations of dog breeders and judges to watch more carefully, to put aside preconceived notions of how the dog should work and learn from what their eyes tell them. While some of Lyon's theories have since been disproved, the book still deserves to be in the serious dog person's library because it is the foundation for all gait and locomotion books which have since been written.

Another Piece of the Puzzle: Puppy Development
Pat Hastings
Learn about the impact of puppy-rearing practices and socialization on a puppy's ability to develop happily and confidently in the challenging human world. Begins with an overview of developmental stages and moves on to selected articles by respected dog people about the contributions breeders and owners can make to their puppies' health, well-being and sure-footedness. Whether you're a breeder, exhibitor, performance competitor, puppy owner or prospective puppy buyer, what you learn may surprise you and will at least make you better prepared for your next experience with puppies.

Tricks of the Trade: From Best Intentions To Best In Show
Pat Hastings with Erin Rouse
In the show ring, judges assess the whole package, which is the sum of effective breeding, evaluating, rearing, teaching, conditioning, nutrition, grooming, care and presentation. Pat Hastings discusses all of these elements in this book and shares a variety of tips and tricks that she has found useful over her long career in the dog world. The revised edition is a significantly enhanced resource, with expanded text, more visuals and all-new illustrations.

Going For the Blue, Inside the World of Show Dogs and Dog Shows
Roger A. Caras
In this patented puppy tell-all, Roger Caras will enlighten, edify, and amuse readers with the inside scoop that only he can provide on what really goes on behind the scenes of dog shows. Peppered with photos of champion dogs and filled with charming anecdotes about dogs who have made it to the top and those who have been left at the bottom of the doggy pile, "Going for the Blue" is a book that will appeal to dog lovers everywhere.

Raising a Champion: A Beginner's Guide to Showing Dogs
Carole L. Richards
Whether you're new to showing dogs, or are a breeder sending a show puppy to a new home, here's an award-winning book that will help get your show puppy off to a great start! Raising a Champion is the complete handbook for people who show their own dogs. Raising a Champion has complete, detailed and fully illustrated instructions. Twenty five chapters contain step-by-step information about training for and competing in the show ring. The FAQs answer questions that every handler asks at some time. Counting championship points is carefully explained and illustrated with dozens of worked examples.

The Finishing Touch
Steve SeRine and Elaine Voci, PhD
This is a book about how to show your dog in the breed ring. It combines understanding of the psychological instincts of animals with a practical system for showing dogs and competing against the professional dog handler. The Finishing Touch also demonstrates the special contributions that dogs make in our lives and the many ways that they can teach, guide and help us. Practical, true stories are included that describe how dogs have saved people’s lives, both physically and emotionally, to remind us of how important they are to our overall well-being and life satisfaction.

An Eye for a Dog – Illustrated Guide to Judging
Robert Cole
With this book you can develop your own eye for sound movement and structure. You get to actively participate in over 100 judging scenarios similar to what a judge encounters in the show ring and compare your opinion with the author’s.

Born to Win - Breed to Succeed
Patricia Craige
This is a book about the philosophy and learned experiences of one breeder-exhibitor sharing some practical ideas based on a lifetime in dogs. For the breeder, just breeding a good animal is not enough. The puppy must be nourished properly long before the dam is bred, the litter born into the absolute ultimate environment and the puppies raised, trained and conditioned like Olympic athletes! Then, if all goes well, someday the very special athlete will achieve that longed-for success! Contents: Winning Takes a Plan (genetics, breeding programs, etc.), Winning Means Putting Your Plan into Action (selecting breeding stock, putting together a pedigree), Winning Means Hard Work (kennel facilities, picking and raising puppies, conditioning, time management, record, etc.) Winning Means Having Fun (the dog show, handling, sportsmanship, Westminster KC, etc.) Winning Means Special People (mentors, families), Winning Means Factoring in the Future (changes in the breed, grading, tomorrow's breeders.)

Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
Carlson and Giffin
In this all-new 3rd edition, Drs. Giffin and Carlson have started from scratch, with all new and updated material, including new photos and drawings. This is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use, up-to-date dog care book available anywhere. Contains important changes and new information about: flea prevention, vaccine protocols, cancer treatments, genetics and the role it plays in disease, diseases of the pancreas and liver, canine dental care, health problems of older dogs, treatment of arthritis, diagnostic tools and procedures, puppy socialization and training.

Puppy Intensive Care: A Breeder's Guide to Care of Newborn Puppies
Myra Savant-Harri
If puppies are on the way, you want those newborns to have the best possible chance of survival and good health. Learn how to administer simple but effective measures to help puppies in distress if you cannot call upon the services of a vet in a timely manner. Includes how to assess puppies in distress, tube feeding, oxygen delivery and the equipment you need to have on hand - and much more. What you need to know when you most need it delivered in friendly, non-technical terms from a long-time breeder. Comes with a 32 minute DVD to better illustrate the techniques recommended.


Dog Training for Children  library bottom
Ian Dunbar
Children have natural advantages as trainers. Dogs like being with them, because they are playful and fun. Children aren't as forceful as adults. Children tend to coax and encourage, so dogs are happier to work for them. All they have to do is learn a few simple training techniques and they'll soon put grown ups in the shade. This video will help younger members of the family make the most of their natural talents, and prove that dog training is indeed, child's play.

Breeding Better Dogs DVD set
Carmelo L. Battaglia Ph.D
If you are trying to develop a breeding program, here's a technique that works. Includes all the information needed to set up, has a clear, concise approach to the principles of breeding, with a basic color chart pedigree system that's practical. Dr. Battaglia has been active in breeding and canine research for more than 25 years.

Dogsteps: A New Look  
Rachel Page Elliot
Continuing research has produced this third edition of a best seller, containing the most up-to-date scientific information. It is especially aimed at the layperson, with clear, simple wording and easy-to-understand drawings. Study of this material will aid in recognizing what is good and what is faulty action and the application of what is learned should produce rewarding results for the conscientious dog breeder.

Emergency First Aid: Dogs 
Apogee Entertainment
The decisions you make in the first critical minutes of a medical emergency can determine whether or not you successfully get your pet to a veterinarian for proper care. This DVD will provide the knowledge you need to act quickly and confidently. Includes CPR; how to recognize shock and what to do; what to do in the case of poisoning and much more. You'll learn what items you should have in your pet first aid kit, and be well-prepared. 8 - 9 minutes longer than the video, with "Hot Buttons" and a bonus section.
Audio sets

Fundamentals of Canine Behavior - 4 disc audio CD set
Suzanne Hetts
Learn what ethology has to say about drives, dominance, heritability of behavior, communication signals, and more. Designed for people who work with dogs! A great way to prepare for APDT certification! Listen to it in the car or while walking your dog! Comes with 30 pages of notes to open and print. 4 disc set is based on the live telecourse, which is approved by CCPDT and CACVT.


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Handling the double coat during hot months:

A 30 second PR response from a member:Double coated dogs are like houses.  The outer coat is the siding that protects from sun/rain/wind, and the inner coat is the insulation.  Remove the siding, and the insulation will trap the heat/sun, and make the house hotter.  Isn't science and evolution awesome to create that??

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