Suggested Reading

Herding Training:

Training a Stockdog: "Anyone Can Do It" 
by Pope Robertson  Rovar Press 
A very practical training manual for training a dog to work using a method anyone can use, even the first time dog trainer.
Natural Ability, the instincts of the high calibre working dog
by Tully Williams
A DVD analysis of the instincts of the working dog. Footage of dogs in action and exactly what Instincts are needed to produce top dogs.
Training and Working Dogs for Quiet Confident Control of StockJun 1991 by Scott Lithgow.
Working Sheep Dogs: A Practical Guide to Breeding, Training and Handling
by Tully Williams (Landlinks Press) (
Herding Dogs: Progressive Training by Vergil S. Holland (
Herding Primer; glossary, terms & concepts
by Jean Barrett
Working With A Stockdog
by  Anna M. Guthrie, Outrun Press

     Often stock training issues relate to relationship issues with the handler rather than lack of talent. A working dog needs to be a true partner and many sadly aren't. Raising a well behaved, obedient, compliant dog should be the goal of anyone that plans to have their dog eventually work stock.
     The following books are not herding training books but rather basic training and relationship books to help people achieve the partnership with their dog they will later need in their stock work.
The Perfect Puppy
by Gwen Bailey 
A down to earth, practical guide for raising a dog that is a pleasure to live with. 
available at

How to be the Leader of the Pack...and have you dog love you for it!
 by Patricia B. McConnell, PHD 

Understanding and Teaching Self Control
by Suzanne Clothier 

Ruff Love
 by Susan Garrett 
A guide for reclaiming the problem dog. 
The Culture Clash
by Jean Donaldson published by James and Kenneth Publishers 
available at 

Cesar's Way The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Common Dog Problems
 by Cesar Millan 
A look into a dog's view of the world and a reminder to communicate with dogs though their language, not ours. 
available at 
The Other End of the Leash
by Patricia McConnell
My Smart Puppy
by also Sarah Wilson and Brian Kilcommons'