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At Adopt A Boxer Scotland we have a keen interest in dog welfare and behaviour, as a result we are always expanding our knowledge and expertise. Here are some of the books we have read and recommend for all dog owners wishing to learn more about their dogs.

Love Has No Age Limit – welcoming an adopted dog into your home

By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD & Karen B. London, PhD

Are you considering adopting a dog? Or have you recently welcomed an adult dog into your home? Then ‘Love Has No Age Limit: Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home‘ by Patricia B. McConnell, PhD & Karen B. London, PhD is a must have for your book collection.

It is a brilliant guide to help you make your new additions transition as smooth as possible and lets you know what to expect during the first day, week and month of bringing your adopted dog home. There is also a helpful section on common behavioral problems you might face.

Dog Secrets (what your dog wishes you knew)

By David Ryan PG Dip (CABC) CCAB

Understanding dogs, what they are, and why they do the things they do, gives an insight into what makes them tick. Understanding how they are affected by the things we do enables us to train, and live with, our pets more effectively. These are the “Dog Secrets” that your dog wishes you knew. There is no mystical “secret” to training dogs, as professed by some dog trainers. Dog training and owning can be perfected through simple yet effective methods that are well known to science. Illustrated by real life examples of how they have helped others, Dog Secrets explains how understanding these methods can make you a better dog trainer and have a more rewarding relationship with your dog.

Dogs that Bite and Fight

By David Ryan PG Dip (CABC) CCAB

If you are thinking of buying a puppy or adopting a rescue dog, if you have a dog that has started biting or fighting, or if you would just like to further your knowledge of dog behaviour and training, Dogs that Bite and Fight provides a complete understanding of why pet dogs become biters and fighters, how to prevent it and how to change the behaviour, including training methods that owners can use with their own pets.

I’ll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety

By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD

Separation Anxiety (SA) is a serious problem in which your dog panics at your departure and stays panicked until you return. Clear and concise, this easy-to-read booklet is written for anyone who wants to leave the house knowing that their dog is happy and their house is safe. You’ll learn:

  • How to distinguish between SA and a dog acting out of boredom
  • What causes your dog’s SA, and how to determine her specific triggers
  • A safe and effective treatment plan
  • What to expect as you work through treatment
  • How to be proactive and take steps to prevent SA from happening in the first place.