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.


Casey, R.A., Naj-Oleari, M., Cambell, S., Mendl, M., Blackwell, E.J. (2021). Dogs are more pessimistic if their owners use two or more aversive training methods. Scientific Reports, 11:19023.


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


De Castro Vieira, A.C., Fuchs, D., Munhoz Morello, G., Pastur, S. & de Sousa, L. (2020). Does training method matter? Evidence for the negative impact of aversive-based methods on companion dog welfare. PlosOne, Dec 16


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.


Vieira de Castro A.C., Fuchs D., Morello G.M., Pastur S, de Sousa L, Olsson I.A.S. (2020). Does training method matter? Evidence for the negative impact of aversive-based methods on companion dog welfare. PLoS ONE 15(12): e0225023.


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

Jules Howard - What Science can tell us about dogs

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

Prof Daniel S. Mills about how Canine Science works: