on 20 August 2010
I have used all three volumes of this book several times on my animal behavioural science degree (borrwed from university library), if you are doing a degree in animal behaviour or a related subject i would highly recommend this book, i haven't found anything else that really compares or is at the same standard while being as easy to use. Its scientific enough for use on a degree but it is still easy to understand (for me - this book would be a too heavy for a casual dog owner looking to sort out a small behaviour problem as this has all the science behind it as well, and you probably will need a scientific background to understand some of it)
So these books are not for everyone as it isnt a 'light read' but if you are looking for something scientific without it being a load of jargon that you can't understand then these are the books to get. They are expensive, but are an investment if you want to go into dog behaviour for a career, as i do. They are so good that i have bought all three volumes so i have copies at home to save me from taking them out the library all the time! Volume 1 is about how dogs learn (which casual owners would not really need to buy or use) but volumes 2 and 3 are about the cause and solution for solving behaviour problems, so you could get away with just getting volumes 2 and 3 if you are worried about buying all three them being too expensive if you are just looking into problem dog behaviour.
on 16 September 2011
This is a very useful book, thoroughly researched, very helpful for any canine professional, especially trainers and behaviour counsellors. It is heavy going in some parts if you don't have a background in biology, but just re-read it and it gets clearer. Lots of help with training, and tackling behaviour problems. Lindsay is very humane and sensible, and I like his take on ethics. Really no canine professional can afford not to read this.