Thank you to Berit Aherne, Janet Boss, Amy Dahl, Wendy Hanson, Helle Haugenes, Sally Hennessey, Nancy Holmes, Heather Houlahan, Lynn Kosmakos and Sarah Whitehead, for informative discussions on dog training and behaviour. The views and solutions set out here do not necessarily reflect their views, but their insights have been valuable.

Further Reading

Reisner I.R., Shofer F.S. Behavioral assessment of child-directed canine aggression. Inj Prev. 2007 Oct;13(5):348-51.

Rezac, P.,Rezac, K., Slama,P. Human behavior preceding dog bites to the face The Veterinary Journal 206 (2015) 284–288

Takeuchi Y., Houpt K.A., Scarlett J.M. Evaluation of treatments for separation anxiety in dogs.J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2000 Aug 1;217(3):342-5.

Steven Lindsay's Applied Dog Behaviour and Training is extremely useful. It is in three volumes, and pricey. The third volume is the one with solutions, but all three are worth reading. He can be a little idiosyncratic, and sometimes takes a long time to explain something simple, but he is thorough, and has dog-sense. He is American, but like Britain's John Fisher, had a background in dog training before becoming interested in dog behaviour. Lindsay strongly links behavioural issues to training in a wider sense, as well as looking at other causes. His pragmatic approach also fits with the British tradition. He is particularly good on ways to build up trust between owner and dog, and on training as a way to improve the dog's quality of life.

For studying dog behaviour out of interest, rather than to solve problems, Adam Miklosi's The Dog, Biology Behaviour and Cognition is fascinating. Miklosi fits well with Lindsay, because both are careful scientists in their own way. Together they give a rounded picture of dog behaviour. Scott and Fuller's classic Genetics and the Social Behaviour of the Dog gives insights into developmental stages, and some genetic differences between dogs. It is quoted by both Lindsay and Miklosi.