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Favourite Training Books and Videos

This page is updated as I acquire new books or unpack a few more boxes from our former home.  I have used/referred to all of these books or videos over the years.

Puppy Training:

“How to Raise A Puppy You Can Live With” by Clarice Rutherford and David Neil.  One of my “go to” books for understanding puppy personalities, Volhard testing and basic puppy training.  Every puppy buyer received a copy of this book when they picked up their puppy from us.

“Building Blocks for Performance”  by Bobbie Anderson and Tracy Libby.  Great techniques on building a relationship with your performance prospect.

Obedience Training and Problem Solving:

“Competition Obedience: A Balancing Act” by Judy Byron and Adele Yunck and “The Art of Proofing” by Adele Yunck.  Part of my “go to” books,  two “oldies but goodies”.  The first book sums up a lot of points from several excellent trainers I have had over the years; the second book is a great proofing guide.  Available from

“Ring Ready” by Marie Sawford.  Marie has her own obedience school, is an avid competitor and is also a judge.  One of my “go to” books whenever I encounter a training issue.

“Beyond Basic Dog Training” by Diane Bauman.  Another of my “go to” books for resolving any training issues.

“Crate Games” DVD by Susan Garrett, one of top agility instructors/competitors in the world.  Great tips and demos of using a dog’s crate for self control and motivation for training.

“Ruff Love” by Susan Garrett.  Tactics for dealing with a dog that has learned how to train its owner.  🙂

“Fun and Games With Dogs” and “FUNctional dog Training” by Roy Hunter.  Lots of “games” to use in your dog training.  I go back these books periodically and incorporate a lot of the author’s ideas.

“Peak Performance; Coaching the Canine Athlete” by Christine Zink DVM, PhD.  Excellent discussion of importance of proper structure, selecting a performance prospect and proper conditioning.

“Jumping from A to Z” by Christine Zink DVM PhD and Julie Daniels.  Proper way to teach your dog to jump safely, discussion of jumping styles, conditioning, solutions for jumping problems.

“Front and Finish”-online magazine.  This magazine has been published for 45 years, initially in print media and now as an online magazine.  Lots of useful training information, more geared towards AKC obedience, but still a lot of very useful training tips, articles and discussion.  Check out their website:

“Competitive Obedience-Focused Attention, Puppy, Novice, Open”  by AnneMarie Silverton.  I attended a 2 day seminar with Ms. Silverton in the 90’s and bought these VHS tapes.  Fortunately, our VHS tape player still works. 🙂 I go back to these tapes periodically.

“Obedience and Tracking Today” by Mardee Farnham Edelstein.  An older book with lots of good hints.  Tracking section does not incorporate urban/variable surface tracking training.

Rally Obedience:

“An Introduction to the Style of Rally Obedience” by Charles L. Kramer. An incredible guide to footwork, body position and detailed explanation of major exercises, by the individual who invented Rally Obedience.


“Enthusiastic Tracking” by Sil Sanders.  My “go to” book for training our dogs in tracking.  Contains lesson plans, sample track maps, problem solving, prepping for a tracking test.

“Track Laying 101” by Ed Presnall.  If you think walking in a straight line in a field is easy, just try it. 🙂  Great guide for tracklayers.

“Scent and the Scenting Dog” by William G. Syrotuck.  Technical description of how scent “drifts” along hills, obstacles and is affected by both temperature and humidity.

“Mastering Variable Surface Tracking” by Ed Presnall.  Ed is the fellow who invented VST in the US.  (In Canada, we call it Urban Tracking). Excellent guide on mastering challenges of transitioning from vegetation to non vegetation surfaces.

“Tracking Dog theory and methods” by Glen. R. Johnson.  An “oldie but goodie”, great resource for problem solving tracking issues.

“Fun Nosework for Dogs” by Roy Hunter.  Simple tracking training with lots of games and fun exercises.


If you intend competing in CKC (Canadian Kennel Club), AKC (American Kennel Club) or UKC (United Kennel Club) events, do yourself a favour and obtain the most recent rulebook for your event.  And, read it!  🙂