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Reference material I use


by Erik Prins


Reference material

Today I am going to be a bit lazy and talk about books I use when I am looking for further insight. Not all books I use are for “fun” reading. Some have such a great amount of content that even listening to them would be a challenge, at least for me. Whilst others are so technical, include lots of references that it stops the flow of the text or is written in a way I do not enjoy but are of interest and serve as a reference book for my studies or practice.

I will not comment on their content or how it reads because I use them as reference books

  • BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine by Debra Horwitz Daniel S. Mills, 2012
  • Manual of Clinical Behavioural Medicine for Dogs and Cats, Karen Overall, 2013
  • Veterinary Psychopharmacology Sharon Crowell, Thomas Murray, Leticia Mattos de Souza Dantas, 2019
  • Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training, Adaptation and Learning, Steven Lindsay, 1999
  • Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training, Etiology and Assessment of Behavior Problems, Steven Lindsay, 2000
  • Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training, Procedures and Protocols, Steven Lindsay, 2005
  • Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition, Ádám Miklósi, 2007
  • Behaviour problems of the Cat & Dog, Gary Landsberg, 2011
Man reading a book in a library with lots of other books scattered around him on a desk and a laptop

How do I use them

If I have a dog who does not present with a clear set of criteria. I use the above books to try and find an answer. One thing I need to make clear is that in line with UK legislation, only a vet can give a diagnosis. Nevertheless, to understand what a vet diagnosis means I also need to understand the treatment they are giving to the dog. This is especially important when it comes to combination therapy ( vet treating together with a dog trainer or animal behaviourist). Additionally, I may also want to check training methods, or behaviour modification methods if progress is not as planned.

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Erik Prins

Hello, My name is Erik, I am a 3D (Dutch, Dyslexic, Diabetic), 55-year-old young man who lives with his wife, daughter and 3 Greyhounds in North Warwickshire. I volunteer as a dog trainer and run my own dog training and dog psychology business. I am proudly Dyslexic, please forgive my grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and you may be so lucky to experience my chaotic mind. I hope you will enjoy the content as it builds up over time.