I just got back from the annual International Dog Symposium here in Germany which took place all last weekend. Had the extreme pleasure of being able to sit at the same table as Anders Hallgren for dinner Saturday night. Anders is pretty much accepted as the father of modern positive based non-coercive dog training methods. Some even go so far as to call him the first dog psychologist in the world. Not all of his books have been translated into English, but there are two that I think belong in every dog owner's library. The ABC's of Dog Language clearly explains in simple language how to better understand your dog's body language, facial expressions, verbal sounds, movements and everything else a dog does to try to communicate. Based on the work of Turid Rugaas, he applies her work to more every day events commonly experienced by most dog owners. If you have ever found yourself wondering just what the heck your dog was trying to tell you, this is the book to help you understand. Mental Activation: Ways to Stimulate Your Dog's Brain and Avoid Boredom Many dog owners get so focused on physical training that they forget about mental training. Dogs can think and also love to solve puzzles and logic problems. This book will help you stimulate your dog's thinking ability and also help on those nasty winter days coming up when spending lots of time outside might not be easily done. Cheers and have fun!