Suggested Reading

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Canine Ergonomics: The Science of Working Dogs

Canine Ergonomics By William S. Helton
$60.95 1
     Providing a complete overview, from physiology to cognition, this is the first book to discuss working dogs from a scientific perspective. It covers a wide range of current and potential tasks, explores ergonomic and cognitive aspects of these tasks, and covers personality traits and behavioral assessments of working dogs. A quick look at the chapters, contributed by experts from across the globe and across the multidisciplinary spectrum, illustrates the breadth and depth of information available in this book.1
     Traditionally, information concerning working dogs is mostly hearsay, with the exchange of information informal at best and non-existent at worst. Most books available are too general in coverage or conversely, too specific. They explain how to train a service dog or train a dog to track, based on training lore rather than empirical methods verified with rigorous scientific standards. This book, drawing on cutting edge research, unifies different perspectives into one global science: Canine Ergonomics.1

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The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior

The Dog's Mind By Dr. Bruce Fogle
$12.95 1
     How do dogs perceive the world about them? How do they see, hear, learn, relate to their owners? How large are their brains, what is their emotional makeup? Why do they suffer from stress and how can it be coped with?1
     Over the last few years a substantial body of knowledge has been built up about the psychology of dog behavior. Combining more than twenty years of practical experience as a veterinary clinician with a personal knowledge and understanding of the latest international research, Dr. Bruce Fogle has written the most inclusive and relevant book on how the canine mind works.1

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K9 Officer's Legal Handbook

The Dog's Mind By Ken Wallentine
$32.00 1 2
     New in 2008 is the latest addition to the Officer's Handbook Series: K9 Officer's Legal Handbook. Author Ken Wallentine, a nationally recognized expert, examines the many legal issues surrounding the use of police dogs. From drug detection and use of force to labor law concerns unique to dog handlers, Wallentine explores the full range of K9 deployments in an accessible and practical manner. Handlers, policy makers, and trainers will benefit from the Handbook's "in the field" approach. The Handbook's CD-ROM companion features the contents of the book plus the text of all of the cases and statutes cited by the author in a fully searchable format.2       Elite K9

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Pet Emergency First-Aid for Working Dogs

Pet First-Aid for Working Dogs
$39.95 3
     DVD included with this product. Topics include: High-Tech Veterinary Treatment, First Aid Kits, Rescue Breathing, CPR (latest AHA standards), Choking, Drowning, Spinal Injuries, Fractures, Gunshot and other Wounds, Embedded Objects, Shock, Spider Bites, Heat Stroke, Seizures and much more. This program is a must for all dog handlers and pet owners alike.
     Plus, a special bonus section contains Intro to Working Dogs and Tribute to Working Dogs and Happy Dogs. 3

Ray Allen Professional K9 Equipment

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Police K9 Tracking: A Guide for Training & Deploying the Police Tracking Dog

The Dog's Mind By Tracy Bowling
$39.95 1
     A definitive and exhaustive 300-page manual on how to train and deploy the police K9 tracking team with over 40 diagrams, illustrations, and photos. All aspects of the discipline are covered including an historic overview, canine scenting abilities, track scent picture, scent discrimination training techniques, deployment tactics, equipment, record-keeping, and more. This book takes the police, military, or SAR K9 trainer step by step through the training of a K9 for reliable scent discriminate tracking. Learn how to successfully and more safely deploy a K9 tracking team.1

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K9 Fruad! Fraudulent Handling of Police Search Dogs

K9 Fraud! By Resi Gerritsen & Ruud Haak
$27.95 1
     Internationally recognized dog handlers Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak define what it means to commit K9 fraud and provide tips on how to avoid it. While some instances of fraud are deliberately planned, many more are unintentional and result from a lack of training or confusion about what police dogs can and cannot do. To illustrate the various ways K9 fraud can derail investigations, the authors examine a number of case studies from around the world - including the 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States and the Scott Peterson case. Gerritsen and Haak also share ways to minimize the instances of K9 fraud by emphasizing proper training methods, a rigorous scientific understanding of dogs, and a strong bond between handler and dog.1

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Synopsis Credits

1 = Amazon
2 = Elite-K9 Equipment
3 = Ray Allen Equipment


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