Here is a selection of books that I have found incredibly useful in helping owners to understand their dogs and in improving behaviour.

The Dog Guardian

This is the method I use to show owners how to transform their dog’s behaviour.  In this book, Nigel Reed explains the underlying philosophy and provides practical, step-by-step advice using simple, everyday language.  Implementing this information will empower you to address any undesirable behaviour – including anxiety, barking, nervousness, aggression, hyperactivity, lead pulling and jumping up – regardless of the dog’s age, breed, gender or history.  Highly recommended.

On Talking Terms With Dogs

Learn what your dog’s body language is really telling you.  Dogs use about 30 calming signals, perhaps more.  Some of these signals are used by most dogs, while other dogs have an incredibly rich ´vocabulary´.
Turid Rugaas goes into detail about the language of dogs so that we can understand what our dogs are telling us and help us build a relationship based on trust and respect.

The Culture Clash

A really outstanding book.
I see many behavioural problems caused by owners simply not understanding how dogs think.  This book explains clearly why many common mistakes occur.
This book should be required reading for anyone even thinking about owning a dog or puppy or acquiring a rescue dog – it would make life so much happier for both dog and owner.​

In Defence of Dogs

In Defence of Dogs author John Bradshaw, an anthropologist at Bristol University who has been at the centre of the latest research into how dogs operate, overturns the most common myths about dogs’ emotions and behaviour.  This book explains how we should really treat the real dog, who wants to be part of the family and enjoy life – mankind’s closest friend.  This is the real science that dog owners need to know.

Get Connected With Your Dog

Brenda Aloff’s book, with over 390 pages and the accompanying 90 minute DVD, brings new ways to train your dog and to improve your understanding of how your dog perceives the communications you give to him by providing you with a series of exercises using positive reinforcement and a new set of protocols based on developing and improving any relationship. Use the exercises shown in the accompanying DVD to build your skill and confidence as an owner.

My Dog Pulls

Straightforward instructions that teach a kind and effective method for encouraging dogs to walk on the lead without pulling.
This is the method I use to show owners that the method can be applied to any dog no matter what size, breed or age.
Dogs that encounter situations where they may lunge, bark or give aggressive displays can be helped to walk calmly and quietly on a loose lead.

The Puppy Listener

Jan Fennell presents a simple-to-follow yet detailed handbook for puppy owners.
Whether this is your first puppy or you are an experienced dog owner, the advice in this concise guide is valuable and well informed.
This guide follows the life of your puppy from weaning to walking and covers every aspect of caring for your puppy – from introducing him to his new home to dealing with the various behavioural problems that will almost certainly arise as your puppy develops.

Dog Training

In this guide, Patsy Parry offers expert advice on basic puppy training.  It covers house-training, handling and grooming, socialisation, habituation and confidence building methods.
It offers practical solutions for problems such as attention-seeking behaviour, chewing clothes, jumping up, barking and begging.  Step-by-step instructions with photos clearly explain basic techniques and covers the most important commands.  Focusing on making training easy and fun, this book will help you to achieve a ‘bomb-proof’ puppy, as well as improving your understanding of and why dogs do the things they do.


There is a whole plethora of products that claim to cure pulling on the lead, giving the impression that purchasing the item will instantly transform the way your dog behaves on the walk.  It’s how the owner responds to correct the dog pulling that is even more important.
Some dogs walk better on a harness than on a collar and lead alone, my own dogs included, although any pulling still needs to be corrected.
The design of these two harnesses prevents any rubbing at the back of the dog’s front legs, a drawback of most other harnesses that have just one chest strap. 


The Walk R Cise reflective harness is ideal to use in the darker winter months and at night throughtout the year.  These durable harnesses are made from a reflective material and are fully adjustable to ensure a perfect, comfortable fit.

They are available in a variety of sizes and also in a selection of non-reflective colours and designs.


The Haqihana harness is individually hand-made and is available in a variety of sizes.

Note that the illustration shows the available colours.  Apart from the multi option, the actual harness features one colour throughout.


I was interviewed by Alun Newman on BBC Radio Solent on 14th January 2021.  The interview was mostly about how I am now providing help in these Covid-19 times.


Following a session I ran to socialise a retriever called Jack to horses, I was asked to write an article for Intelligent Horsemanship Magazine about what I do.  The owner of the horse we used that day noticed the huge similarities between the method she used for her horses’ problems and what I was doing with my client’s dog.  Here is the resulting piece:

Why dog trainers will have to change their ways

This is an article that appeared in the Guardian about John Bradshaw’s ground-breaking research into dog behaviour.  It describes the background to the research that resulted in his In Defence of Dogs book, featured in Books, reviewed above. Click here to see the article.