Recommended

We have put together some recommendations of books, food, supplies, and other items below.  Each item links directly to Amazon.com.  When you purchase items utilizing our link, a portion of purchase will benefit West Coast Boxer Rescue.

Recommended Reading

Positive Reinforcement Training

Parenting Your Dog: Develop Dog-Rearing Skills for a Well-Trained Companion by Trish KingThis book is written by my canine behavior teacher who worked with dogs at The Marin Humane Society for decades. The use of positive reward-based care and training shows how to identify and adapt to the stages of your dog’s life with the right techniques to address problem behaviors and help your dog adjust to and become part of the family dynamic.
The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat MillerA renowned dog trainer gives you the positive training tools you need to share a lifetime of fun, companionship, and respect with your dog. Plus, you'll get: information on the importance of observing, understanding, and reacting appropriately to your dog's body language.

Behavior

Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog by Brenda AloffYour dog is talking. Are you listening? More important are you WATCHING? Dogs are attempting to communicate with humans as well as other dogs all the time. It s up to us to learn how to interpret their native language the language of body movement, facial expression and proximity to things and other beings.
Aggression in Dogs: Practical Management, Prevention & Behaviour Modification by Brenda AloffFor anyone who wants to know more about aggression or dog behavior. As thee book says, Aggression has a wide range of manifestations. And, it shows how to address reactive or aggressive behavior, with over 400 pages of text, drawings, and photographs.
For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend by Patricia McConnellYes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we vary. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.
Living With a Deaf Dog: A Book of Advice, Facts and Experiences About Canine Deafness by Susan C. BeckerUltimate book regarding canine deafness. A book of advice, facts and experiences about canine deafness.

Other Subjects

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior (A Harvest Book) by Temple GrandinI don't know if people will ever be able to talk to animals the way Doctor Doolittle could, or whether animals will be able to talk back. Maybe science will have something to say about that. But I do know people can learn to "talk" to animals, and to hear what animals have to say, better than they do now. --From Animals in Translation
A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life by Steven KotlerDog rescue is one of the largest underground movements in America. It is also one of the least understood. This insider look at the culture of dog rescue begins with Kotler's personal experience working with an ever-peculiar pack of dogs and becomes a much deeper investigation into exactly what it means to devote one's life to the furry and the four-legged, in the end showing why living in a world of dogs may be the best way to uncover the truth about what it really means to be human.
The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim GorantAnimal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dog-fighting operation. But what became of the fifty-one dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Jim Gorant reveals, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. The Lost Dogs traces the effort to bring Vick to justice and turns the spotlight on these infamous pit bulls, which were saved from euthanasia by an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court order that Vick pay nearly a million dollars in "restitution" to the dogs.

Walking Tools

Supplies

Ethical 9-1/2-Inch Stoneware Crock Dog DishWe love ceramic bowls. It's heavy and less likely to slide around. Also, some dogs are known to get rashes with plastic dishes.
Loving Pets Standard No-Tip Dog Bowl, 32-OunceStainless steel bowls are wonderful too, especially the no-tip kind. These are basic bowls, perfect for any home.
ProSelect Stainless Steel Adjustable Dog Diner Bowl, 5-Quart, BlackSome dogs do much better with raised food dish. If your dog has arthritis, he or she will love you for getting a raised food dish.
POSTURE-PRO Adjustable Double Diner, Black, 3-QuartSome dogs do much better with raised food dish. If your dog has arthritis, he or she will love you for getting a raised food dish.
Petmate Microban Pet Bed Petmate Deluxe Pillow Bed with Microban, Gusseted Red/Gold Striped Chenille, 27-inch X 36-inchSpoil your pup in a plush and soft dog bed! They will love you for it.
Midwest Quiet Time e'Sensuals Bolstered Orthopedic Dog Bed Sofa 36 Inches by 54 Inches in Sage.Orthopedic dog bed is especially useful for an older dog, but young dogs will love it too. Your pups will be extra happy with the bolsters around the sides to lay their head on.
Midwest Life Stages Double-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate, 42 Inches by 28 Inches by 31 InchesCrate is a valuable tool for training your dog. It's a safe place where they get to be calm. We recommend 42" long crate for medium to large Boxers and 36" for smaller Boxers. We love the wire crate rather than the plastic for better air circulation.
Flexrake Standard Poop Pet Scoop/Spade with 3-Feet Aluminum HandlePoop scoop -- once you use it you will never let go...

Training Aids

Premium Deluxe Dog Pet Training Treat Bait Bag Pouch, Red, with FREE Clicker by Downtown Pet SupplyTreat bag is an important tool for positive reinforcement dog training.
Premium Deluxe Dog Pet Training Treat Bait Bag Pouch with FREE Clicker by Downtown Pet SupplyTreat bag is an important tool for positive reinforcement dog training.
Karen Pryor, Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs Kit"New to clicker training? then this is a "must read". Learn from this book how training can be FUN, both for you and your dog!" If you are curious about clicker training and want to give it a try, Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs is the place to begin. Karen Pryor's readabale, entertaining chapters introduce you to the why's and how's of clicker training from choosing a treat and timing the click to training a trick. Now in an expanded edition, Getting Started will introduce you to the power of positive training for your new puppy or older dog.

Toys

Mr Bill Plush Toy 10 InMr. Bill says "Oh Noooo...." when he is squeezed. For some reason all dogs love this toy.
KONG Classic KONG Dog Toy, Large, RedStuff your Kong with peanut butter and watch your dog. Enuf said.
Kyjen PP01056 Hide-A-Squirrel Pet Toy, LargeThe Hide-A-Squirrel introduces an innovative approach to playtime. The toy works as a reverse puzzle. First, hide the squeaky squirrel pieces in the in the various openings in the plush tree trunk. Then, simply sit back and watch as dogs use their problem solving skills to retrieve them. Dogs love to search, stalk, and capture the small "squeaky" prey.
Petstages Rag Rope BallDogs will love to chew and play tug-a-war with this combo toy!
KONG Air Dog Squeakair Tennis Balls Dog Toy, Medium, Yellow, 3/packEvery dog needs few squeaky tennis balls!
Kyjen Invincibles Plush Snake Dog Toy, 6 Squeakers, Green/BlackOh the snake! Wrap it around your dog and watch them try to untangle themselves.
Buster Food Cube Large Size (Colors May Vary)Buster Food Cube A Buster® Cube will engage, mystify and delight your little smarty in equal measure. Just fill it with dry food or treats, roll it past your dog and let the fun begin. When it rolls, it dispenses food. The dog will keep very busy, gradually learning how to roll it to release the tasty bites inside, and suddenly playing is rewarded! And as she gets better at it, you can adjust the degree of difficulty to keep things interesting.

Food

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, Hi Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison, 30-Pound BagMade with real roasted meats and supplemented with fruits and vegetables, these grain-free formulas provide a superior taste sensation, highly digestible energy and natural antioxidants to support a healthy immune system and overall health.
Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, Pacific Stream Canine Formula with Smoked Salmon, 30-Pound BagMade with real roasted meats and supplemented with fruits and vegetables, these grain-free formulas provide a superior taste sensation, highly digestible energy and natural antioxidants to support a healthy immune system and overall health.
Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, Wetlands Canine Formula with Roasted Wild Fowl, 30-Pound BagMade with real roasted meats and supplemented with fruits and vegetables, these grain-free formulas provide a superior taste sensation, highly digestible energy and natural antioxidants to support a healthy immune system and overall health.
Taste of the Wild Grain-Free High Prairie Dry Dog Food for Puppy, 30-Pound BagMade with real roasted meats and supplemented with fruits and vegetables, these grain-free formulas provide a superior taste sensation, highly digestible energy and natural antioxidants to support a healthy immune system and overall health.
Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Pacific Stream Dry Dog Food for Puppy, 30-Pound BagMade with real roasted meats and supplemented with fruits and vegetables, these grain-free formulas provide a superior taste sensation, highly digestible energy and natural antioxidants to support a healthy immune system and overall health.
Merrick Grain Free 25-Pound Real Buffalo and Sweet Potato Dog Food, 1 BagDogs thrive on quality protein and healthy fats. That is why Merrick Grain Free Real Buffalo & Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food provides balanced nutrition with real whole foods sourced from local farmers. This natural, grain-free formula dog food is ideal for all life stages and all breeds of dogs with a focus on naturally nutrient rich ingredients to support overall health.
Merrick Grain Free 25-Pound Real Duck and Green Pea Dog Food, 1 BagDogs thrive on quality protein and healthy fats. That is why Merrick Grain Free Real Duck & Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food provides balanced nutrition with real whole foods sourced from local farmers. This natural, grain free formula dog food is ideal for all life stages and all breeds of dogs with a focus on naturally nutrient rich ingredients to support overall health.
Merrick Classic 30-Pound Adult Real Chicken, Brown Rice and Green Pea Dog Food, 1 BagDogs thrive on quality protein and healthy fats, which is why Merrick Classic Real Chicken with Brown Rice & Green Pea Dry Dog Food is made with high quality protein, whole grains, vegetables and fruits to provide a natural dog food formula rich in nutrients to support the overall health of your dog.
Merrick Classic 30-Pound Adult Real Lamb, Brown Rice and Apples Dog Food, 1 BagDogs thrive on quality protein and healthy fats, which is why the Merrick Classic Real Lamb with Brown Rice & Apple Dry Dog Food is made with high-quality protein, whole grains, vegetables and fruits to provide a natural dog food formula rich in nutrients to support the overall health of your dog. Merrick starts with real and wholesome USDA-inspected deboned lamb as the first ingredient with amino acids necessary for building muscle and a healthy metabolism.
Merrick Classic Puppy Dry Food, Real Chicken/Brown Rice/Green Pea, 15-PoundMerrick recipes don’t contain any ingredients from China and our made in our own five-star kitchen and manufacturing facilities that uphold the strict guidelines well defined by the FDA. They locally source farm fresh ingredients to ensure the highest quality.
Merrick Grammy's Pot Pie Dog Food 13.2 oz (Pack of 12)Merrick recipes don’t contain any ingredients from China and our made in our own five-star kitchen and manufacturing facilities that uphold the strict guidelines well defined by the FDA. They locally source farm fresh ingredients to ensure the highest quality.
Merrick Turducken Dog Food 13.2 oz (12 Count Case)Merrick recipes don’t contain any ingredients from China and our made in our own five-star kitchen and manufacturing facilities that uphold the strict guidelines well defined by the FDA. They locally source farm fresh ingredients to ensure the highest quality.
Merrick Whole Earth Farms Adult Chunky Loaf Dog Food, 13.2 Ounce Can (12 Pack)Whole Earth Farms canned food formulas were created as a truly holistic food at a value price, without compromising the quality of your beloved pet's food. We take the best, healthy ingredients from the earth and mix them into a delicious, daily meal. With multiple protein sources, vitamins and minerals, Whole Earth Farms™ provides your dog with the best the earth has to offer.
Merrick Puppy Plate Dog Food 13.2 oz (12 Count Case)Merrick recipes don’t contain any ingredients from China and our made in our own five-star kitchen and manufacturing facilities that uphold the strict guidelines well defined by the FDA. They locally source farm fresh ingredients to ensure the highest quality.
Merrick Whole Earth Farms Puppy Chunky Loaf Dog Food, 13.2 Ounce Can, 12 PackWhole Earth Farms canned food formulas were created as a truly holistic food at a value price, without compromising the quality of your beloved pet's food. We take the best, healthy ingredients from the earth and mix them into a delicious, daily meal. With multiple protein sources, vitamins and minerals, Whole Earth Farms™ provides your dog with the best the earth has to offer.

Treats

PureBites Beef Liver Dog Treats, 16.6 oz.PureBites Beef Liver is made with only 1 ingredient manufactured, processed and packaged in the USA. PureBites Beef Liver treats are high in protein and less than 10 calories per treat. We suggest you break them up in small pieces when working with your dog.
Stewart Freeze Dried Treats 11.5oz Chicken LiverThese treats are also made in U.S.A. We suggest you break them up in small pieces when working with your dog.
Oliver & Iris All Natural Freeze Dried Liver Dog Treats, Lamb Liver, 5 ozWhen training a dog, variety of flavors are a must. Oliver & Iris All Natural Freeze Dried Liver Dog Treats, Lamb Liver Made From Only All Natural Ingredients, and Made in the USA. No Preservatives and No Artificial Colors. Oliver & Iris All Natural Freeze Dried Liver Dog Treats are made with 100% Freeze Dried Lamb Livers.
Fresh Is Best Freeze-Dried Raw Turkey Giblet Treats for Dogs and CatsAll dogs in my training class went nuts for this treat. They all wanted this instead of their own treat. Try it out. Your dog will thank you.
Fresh Is Best Freeze-Dried Raw Whole Duck Heart Treats for Dogs and CatsHere is another treat that will get all dogs attention. I cut them up in tiny pieces prior to training session, so they last for a long time.

Chews

Grooming Supplies

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