Academic papers/books about dogs

Here you can find scientific papers about modern canine science - more follows.

Learning Theory/Training methods

Blackwell, E.J., Bolster, C., Richards, G., Loftus, B.A. & Casey, R.A. (2012). The use of electronic collars for training domestic dogs: estimated prevalence, reasons and risk factors for use, and owner perceived success as compared to other training methods. BMC Veterinary Research, 8, 93.


Blackwell, E.J., Twells, C., Seawright, A. & Casey, R.A. (2008). The relationship between training

methods and the occurrence of behaviour problems in a population of domestic dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 3, 207-217.


Casey, R.A., Loftus, B., Bolster, B., Richards, G.J. & Blackwell, E. J. (2014). Human directed aggression in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris): Occurence in different contexts and risk factors. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 152, 52-63.


China, L., Mills, D. S. & Cooper, J. J. (2020) Efficacy of Dog Training with and without remote electronic collars vs. a focus on positive reinforcement. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 22. July 2020


Deldalle, S. & Gaunet, F. (2013). Effects of 2 training methods on stress-related behaviors of the dog (Canis familiaris) and on the dog–owner relationship. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 9, 58-65.


Grohmann, K., Dickomeit, M. J., Schmidt, M.J. & Kramer, M. (2013). Severe brain damage after punitive training technique with a choke chain collar in a German shepherd dog. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 8, 180-184.


Haverbecke, A., Laporte, B., Depiereux, E., Giffroy, J-M. & Diederich, C. (2008). Training methods of military dog handlers and their effects on the team's performances. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 113, 110-122.


Herron, M. E., Shofer, F. S. & Reisner, I. R. (2009). Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational

and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors.

Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 117, 47– 54.


Hiby, E. F., Rooney, N. J. & Bradshaw, J. W. S. (2004). Dog Training methods: their use, effectiveness

and interaction with behavior and welfare. Animal Welfare, 13 , 63– 69.


Kwan, J.Y. & Bain, M. J. (2013). Owner Attachment and Problem Behaviors Related to Relinquishment and Training Techniques of Dogs. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 16, 168-183.


Luescher, U.A. & Reisner, I.R. (2008). Canine aggression to people—a new look at an old problem. The

veterinary clinics of North America: small animal practice, 38 (5), 1107– 1130.


Rooney, N. J. & Cowan, S. (2011). Training methods and owner–dog interactions: Links with dog
behaviour and learning ability. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 132, 169–177.


Vierra de Castro, A. C., Barrett, J., de Sousa, L., Olsson, A.S. (2019). Carrots versus sticks: The relationship between animal training methods and dog-owner attachment. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, in press, corrected proof, available online 31 July 2019.

Ziv. G. (2017). The effects of using aversive training methods in dogs - A review. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 19, 50-60.

Review of dog training methods: learning ability, welfare and current standards.

British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,

Author: IJ. Makowska, M.Sc, Ph.D. (December 2018)

Review of dog training methods: learning ability, welfare and current standards
Author IJ. Makowska, M.Sc, Ph.D.
British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.4 MB

Noa Szefler: What every person can learn from dog training

Some very competent scientist talk about the danger of aversive dog training

Domestication/Dominance/Village Dogs

Dr. Sophia Yin and various other professionals about dominance and dog training

Dr. David Mech about the term "alpha" wolf

Cognitive intelligence and emotions / Human-dog interaction

Dr. Gregory Berns: How dogs love us - MRI Study

Blog article about this study can be found here.

Dr. Jaak Panksepp: The Science of Emotions