Good book on dog behavior?
Can anyone recommend a good book on understanding and correcting dog behavior? I walk the neighbor's 90 pound hound, probably a Polish Hound mix. He is three or four years old, very strong. His household has two adults and two kids under nine. He has a decent back yard, and large house.
He seems secure in his territory. He will not leave the back yard, even when the fence falls down. He loves to go on walks with me, but is very insecure. His family seldom walks him. Barks at strangers and strange dogs. Lunges at them, but licks people if they stick around. Last year a little Westie trotted out and the hound hid in back of me.
The hound is too timid to go into the pet store. I suggested a starter dog training course, but the owners said no. I doubt that the trainer would accept him into the regular classes, but rather suggest individual training. I do wonder if the dog might be happier out on a farm somewhere, but doubt the family would give him up.
So back to the book idea.