Being a pet owner means forming a special connection with an animal. Since pets can’t verbally teach us about their wants, needs, and personalities, they have to instead show us with behavior. Sometimes, though, we need a little help to figure out what certain pet behaviors mean. These pet behavior books can give you the assistance you need to truly understand your pet:

Culture Clash

“Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs” by Jean Donaldson provides an interesting take on training. With the premise that dogs and humans are from different cultures, this read helps you perfect positive reinforcement training.

Don’t Shoot the Dog

Karen Pryor, a behavioral scientist and animal trainer, wrote “Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training” to help pet owners understand behavior and effectively train dogs. The book helps pet owners figure out how to use positive techniques to change certain behaviors. 

The Other End of the Leash

Patricia McConnell’s revolutionary “The Other End of the Leash” helps pet owners understand how their own behavior affects their pets. With more than two decades of experience as a dog trainer and animal behaviorist, McConnell dives into the reason humans act certain ways around dogs. This book is an interesting read for anyone who owns a dog, has owned a dog, or just wants to learn more about interspecies relationships.

Dog Language

“Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior” by Roger Abrantes teaches us more about dog behavior. As an ethiologist, Abrantes built a career out of teaching people why dogs do the things they do. This encyclopedia can help any dog owner better understand their favorite canine. 

Excel-erated Learning

Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how dogs learn with “Excel-erated Learning: Explaining in Plain English How Dogs Learn and How Best to Teach Them.” Written by Pamela J. Reid, this book can help you help your dog reach his highest potential.

Before & After Getting Your Puppy

If you have your sights set on a puppy, “Before & After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog” is a great complement. This book by Ian Dunbar can help you start your relationship off on the right paw.

Think Like a Cat

“Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat—Not a Sour Puss” is a great read for cat owners. In this book, Pam Johnson-Bennett dives into the quirky behaviors of cats and how to train them. Turns out you can teach an old…cat new tricks!

The Cat Behavior Answer Book

If your cat’s behavior puzzles you on a regular basis, “The Cat Behavior Answer Book” by Arden Moore is a great resource for you. Learn more about your cat to build an even stronger relationship.

A Kid’s Guide to Cats

Adults aren’t the only ones who want to learn more about cat behavior. If you have a cat-loving kid, Arden Moore’s “A Kid’s Guide to Cats” is the perfect option. This book is fun and easy to read, which makes it the ideal resource for your young animal lover.

The Lion in the Living Room

Abigail Tucker’s “The Lion in the Living Room” gives a sweet and illuminating telling into how these tiny hunters kneaded their way into our homes and our hearts. 

These 10 pet behavior books are some we can recommend. But Union Lake Pet Services can teach you even more about your pet’s behavior. With our training and behavior modification services, we can help you and your pet form an even stronger bond. To learn more, please call (248) 363-6262.