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The New Complete Portuguese Water Dog 2nd edition by Kathryn Braund Howell Reference Books 1997
ISBN 0-87605-261-8
This is the definitive guide to PWD's. The 1985 first edition was named Best Dog Book of 1985 by the Dog Writers Association of America. The first edition and the revised edition are regarded as the PWD "Bible". It is filled with facts, genealogy, and history, as well as caring for your dog including invaluable health and training tips. It is packed with photos of all colors, types, and examples of PWD's. This book is a must-have for any Portuguese Water Dog owner. It is exceptionally well written by the foremost expert in the breed.
IF YOU HAVE TO BUY ONLY ONE BOOK ON PWD'S THIS IS THE ONE! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

The Portuguese Water: A Guide for the New Owner
by Verne K. Foster available through www.Pawtraits.com
A Portuguese Water Dog puppy can be a challenge to a new owner. This short book will help guide the puppy buyer through the maze of questions they will have in regard to their new dog. It includes information on crate training and housebreaking, socializing and typical PWD behavioral traits and more. A variety of suggested training solutions is given for biting, chewing, barking in the crate, and jumping up.
WE FEEL THIS SMALL BOOK IS SO VITAL FOR THE NEW OWNER THAT WE INCLUDE IT AS PART OF THE PURCHASE OF A DACHER PUPPY.

The Portuguese Water Dog by Carla Molinari Second Edition Lisbon 1998 ISBN 972-9181-22-5
A tremendous history of the Portuguese Water Dog in Portugal and the early imports from Portugal to the United States. The book also has wonderful photos of typical Portuguese dogs. The illustrated section on the Portuguese breed standard is excellent. A number of pedigrees of early influential dogs fill the rear of the book. Unfortunately neither the first or second edition is still in print and the book is becoming increasingly difficult to find. It may be available in used bookstores or directly from Carla Molinari at the Clube de Português Canicultura in Lisbon.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

The Portuguese Water Dog (Comprehensive Owners Guide) by Paolo Correa Kennel Club Books LLC 2005
ISBN 1-59378-286-1
This is a new European book and uses the formula approach for a whole series of breed books with 90% the same in every book (bringing home your puppy, house breaking, etc). Only about 10% is specific to the PWD. However, that part is excellent and the photos depict typical PWDs in Europe. For most people we would recommend you get Kathryn Braund's book. This book should be of interest only to those readers who want to have everything regarding the PWD.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR REASONS NOTED ABOVE

Training

Dog Training for Dummies 2nd Edition by Jack Volhard For Dummies Publishing 2005
ISBN 0-76458-418-9
The Complete Idiot's Guide to a Well-Trained by Joachim Volhard, Wendy Volhard Macmillian Distribution 1999 ISBN 1-58245-034-X
Both are good starting books for training both puppies and adult dogs. We strongly advocate the Volhards Puppy Aptitude Test and consistently use it. However some of their training techniques are a bit old fashioned. Positive reinforcement is mentioned but many of the other obedience techniques may not be effective for the PWD who definitely do better with positive rather than corrective training. There is an excellent section of preparing your dog for the Canine Good Citizen Test. The book also contains a good amount of general information on dog care, crate training, nutrition, and housebreaking in the book.
THE UPDATED 2ND EDITION IS RECOMMENDED

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners (Revised & Updated Edition) by The Monks of New Skete Little, Brown 2002 ISBN 0-31661-000-3
This book and their earlier book The Art of Raising a Puppy have been praised and recommended by many breeders for years but we firmly believe the techniques described in this book may work well for German Shepherd Dogs but are not appropriate for PWDs who are much better trained by positive reinforcement techniques.
NOT RECOMMENDED

Before & After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy & Well-Behaved Dog by Ian Dunbar New American Library 2004 ISBN 1-57731-455-7
There are many dog-training manuals to choose from, but Dr. Ian Dunbar's book is the best we have found. Dr. Dunbar who is both a veterinarian and animal behaviorist has developed a number of dog training programs including the renowned Sirius Puppy Training in the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Dunbar is the Director of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior in Berkeley, California and he was a founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. This book includes information that prospective dog owners should know before they select a puppy, and he also explains how to meet his proscribed series of important Developmental Deadlines (two of which come up even before the dog reaches its new home). Dr. Dunbar's emphasis on kind, positive approaches -- based on what dogs are really like -- has revolutionized the field of training and is emphasized throughout the book. In addition to a step-by-step guide to every stage of puppyhood, the book includes a pre-puppy shopping list and a complete list of the best dog training books and videos.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With by Clarice Rutherford and David H. Neil 4th Edition 2005 Alpine Blue Ribbon Books ISBN 1-57770-076-6
This short book (slightly more than 100 pages) is collaboration between Mrs. Rutherford an American breeder, obedience trainer, and animal behaviorist and Dr. Nell a British veterinarian. It is a wonderful introduction to how puppies develop and how to train them in a positive fashion. The basic tenet of the book is that early training beginning as soon as your puppy comes home will ensure that your puppy will grow up to be a dog you and everyone else can live with. Our 1981 first edition is well worn or should we say dog-eared from use over the last two and half decades. The new edition has been completely revised and has a new section on dealing with puppy separation anxiety that has become an increasing problem in our busy, urban existence. At the end of the book there is an additional section on temperament testing which is done in a pictorial format. Over 300,000 copies of this insightful book have been sold since it was first published and the training tips are every bit as useful today as when it was first written.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

The Puppy Whisperer A Compassionate, Nonviolent Guide to Early Training and Care by Paul Owens and Terence Cranendonk with Norma Eckroate 2007 Adams Media ISBN 1-59337-597-2
Paul Owens' first book The Dog Whisperer has been a best seller and the companion DVD of the same name has been rated the best-rated family dog training DVD on the market. His new book written with Terence Cranendonk focuses on all aspects of puppies not just training. Interestingly Paul Owens who had been a dog trainer for years using the typical physical punishment and aversion training switched to a compassionate positive training approach in 1990. That is the same year he acquired a brown PWD puppy named Molly. I am sure Molly helped him understand the value of positive puppy training. The preface of this book describes the incredible adjustments that Molly now a blind 16-year-old PWD had to make to their new home. This book completely covers all aspects of puppy ownership and training. It has an excellent chapter on specific problem behaviors and suggested solutions. The book also contains a nice introduction to clicker training if you do not want to purchase a separate book on that subject. The book is a reference manual not a bedtime read.
RECOMMENDED

Puppy's First Steps edited by Nicholas Dodman BVMS 2007 Houghton Mifflin ISBN 0-618-66304-5
I wanted to like this new comprehensive book on puppies but it has too many flaws to recommend it to a new puppy owner. This book was written by a committee of veterinary specialists from Tufts and edited by the famous TV veterinarian and behaviorist Dr Nicolas Dodman. The book clearly suffers from that multiple author approach. Several chapters are well worth reading such as the ones on socialization, pet insurance and the first aid kit are some that I would recommend. Others including the discussion of puppy nutrition, the Tufts approach to temperament testing, and puppies and young children are not complete or contain incorrect information. It would be nice to have a single book to recommend to puppy owners that would cover all aspects of puppy ownership including veterinary care, training, development, health problems, etc. This is clearly not that book, save your money.
NOT RECOMMENDED

Clicker Training Your Dog by Karen Pryor 2002 Interpet Publishing ISBN 1-86054-282-4
Karen Pryor introduced clicker training into the dog training's world. As a dolphin trainer, she was convinced that the animal friendly method she used for training dolphins would work for dogs as well. She has definitely proven to be correct. Many trainers and individual dog owners all over the country now use clicker training. This book explains what clicker training is, why you should use it and especially how to use it. She provides step-by-step basic instructions about using clicker training with dogs. She notes that clicker training is not about the clicker or about the treat. It is about reinforcement and correct timing, in such a way that information is communicated between trainer and dog.
RECOMMENDED-THIS BOOK IS A GOOD INTRODUCTION BEFORE GOING TO A CLICKER TRAINING CLASS.

Children

Living with Kids and Dogs Without Losing Your Mind by Colleen Pelar 2007 2nd Edition C&R Publishing, LLC ISBN 1-93356-266-8
This small book written by a mom who is also a dog trainer is an excellent reference on dogs and kids and how they relate to each other. The author goes through each stage in a child's life from babies to teenagers and how dogs and kids interact at each life stage. Great tips on behavior problems and suggestions for solutions for both the humans and canines. Most parenting books emphasize controlling the dog while dog training books stress control the kids, Colleen sees the whole picture and takes the best middle ground, common sense approach I have ever read.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

Happy Kids, Happy Dogs by Barbara Shumannfang 2006 Lulu.com ISBN 1-41167-212-7
This book is written by a Certified Pet Dog Trainer who has taught prenatal classes at Duke University Hospital in reducing stress and injury in child-dog interactions. Although she focuses on dog bite prevention in children this is an excellent book for a family who is expecting a new addition. She gives great advice on how to prepare your dog for the new baby's arrival. The book is filled with great photos and illustrations of step-by-step training. A portion of the cost of the book goes to non-profit charities.
RECOMMENDED OVERALL AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IF YOU ARE EXPECTING A NEW BABY


More in depth classic training and behavior texts that we have found valuable and recommend for those who want more information on training:
•Don't Shoot the Dog! : The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor Bantam 1999
ISBN 0-55338-039-7

•Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson James & Kenneth Publishers 1997 ISBN 1-888047-054

•The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller and Jean Donaldson Howell Book House 2001 ISBN 0764536095

•The Other End of the Lead by Patricia McConnell Ballantine Books 2003 ISBN 034544678X


Video

Sirius Puppy Training is a wonderful, professionally produced 90-minute video. It shows renowned dog trainer Dr. Ian Dunbar and three other trainers working with puppies of various breeds and ages. Much of the action takes place in a Sirius Puppy Training class, as well as in the owners' homes and in a dog park. The video shows both adults and children training their puppy and is excellent for children to watch. The program emphasizing training puppies younger than 18 weeks. This video does not use clicker training, but it is based on the same principles as clicker training, so it is very compatible with that approach. The video provides an information-rich learning tool to watch for both adults and children several times. If you are thinking of getting a puppy this award winning video will get you off to a great start in puppy training.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Clicker Puppy DVD (Karen Pryor Clicker Training)
The idea behind the DVD is excellent but the execution on the video is not optimal. The pros are there is a PWD puppy in the video and in shows entire families including younger children participating in clicker training but the timing and video camerawork are poor. You would be better off taking a clicker training class from a professional trainer as the timing of the click is the key to successful clicker training and that is best taught one-on-one. The idea of a DVD to teach clicker puppy training is great but the DVD is poorly executed.
NOT RECOMMENDED

Show Grooming the Portuguese Water Dog (Sonnen Video)
Professional handler Bill McFadden demonstrates show grooming of the PWD. This instructional video covers the basics of bathing, breed-specific grooming and handling and provides a look into the professional techniques required for show grooming Portuguese Water Dogs. Bill and his wife Taffe have shown our dogs for more than twenty years and understand the breed. The dog in the video is dear to our heart Ch. Dacher's L'atitude. The running time for the video is one hour and 47 minutes. The video is available on VHS from dogwise.com.
RECOMMENDED IF YOU INTEND TO SHOW YOUR OWN DOG

Created September 2006
Modified December 4, 2010