These are in no particular order - as I don`t know how I`d order them.
I'd love to hear your feedback on any of these things too (or any of your real favourites)!
Control Unleashed (by Leslie Mcdevitt) Another book that has a place close by. Again some epiphanies while reading. For me, not so much for the agility dogs but great ideas for all dogs and a wonderful walk through some excellent tools to use for reactive or fearful dogs. (In rescue land I see a fair few of both types). One thing I like is it made me do mat work fairly aggressively with both Brody (in a crate) and Sally. I love the way Brody (the once uncrateable dog) now RACES to his crate when he is pleased with a run.
Shaping Success (by Susan Garrett) the timing of my reading this book was quite fateful. Sally was in our life and while her health issues were not entirely resolved it was pretty obvious that the healthier she got the more full our hands were going to be. This firecracker of a deathly ill puppy had an intensity that was, quite honestly, a little frightening. She was impossible to crate unless she wanted to be crated. She would stare at a shelf a favourite toy was on until she collapsed. She got stuck on a touch plate one day. I laughed and empathized with the tale of Buzz all the way through the book. It also gave me specific techniques to try with Sally (some of which worked beautifully). Most importantly it gave me hope. My copy of the book completely fell apart last year. I have every intention of replacing it!
Crate Games Dvd - need to watch it again but it was super super helpful making a crate a fun place for our foster aussie Asparagus - now known by the much more feminine Cassie - it helped me get my timing better for shaping as well.