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The Canine Commandments 2nd Edition


Kendal Shepherd

Illustrated by Anna Currey



The Canine Commandments 2nd Edition guides children, and the adults they live with, to interact more safely with dogs and to minimise the risk of dog bites.

The ‘commandments’ are simple to understand and relevant to all children, whether they already live with a dog or not.

This revised second edition of Kendal Shepherd’s well known book on dog behaviour includes her famous ladder of aggression and additional new features – quizzes, learning objectives and a glossary – to further engage children, and to support discussion and teaching in classroom settings.

Acclaimed artist Anna Currey has beautifully illustrated this new edition.

And if you want to involve your children in dog ownership, by guiding them through the process of taking the dog to the vet, check out Shadow’s Trip to the Vet by Claire Corridan.


Kendal Shepherd is a veterinary surgeon who has studied canine behaviour for many years. Her passion is the prevention of dog bites incidents in all ages, but particularly in children.

Table of Contents

Introduction for children

Introduction for parents, guardians and teachers

Safety first

1          Being cross does not make you the boss

2          Any dog may bite if he feels in danger

3          Never hit or kick a dog

4          Do not touch a dog you don’t know

5          Do not tease or deliberately excite a dog

6          Dogs do not know the difference between right and wrong

7          Behaviours that dogs enjoy will be repeated

8          Dogs must be taught what you want them to do and they must choose to do it

9          Do not take anything away from a dog

10        When dogs are being ‘bad’, they need the most help, not the most punishment

11        Get your dog used to your life

12        Teach your dog to say ‘please’

The Ladder of Aggression

How to Help Dogs Avoid Going Up Ladders

The Human Ladder of Aggression

Learning objectives



Further reading and resources

Additional information

ISBN 9781789181920
Page extent 40
Product type HB
Publication date 31-Jan-23
Dimensions 198 × 129 mm
Product options

eBook (ePub), eBook (pdf), Print version

2 reviews for The Canine Commandments 2nd Edition

  1. 5.00 out of 5
    2 Reviews


    Loved the original and this looks even better. So looking forward to getting it

  2. 5.00 out of 5
    2 Reviews

    Flora Cawthorne aged 10

    THE CANINE COMMANDMENTS by Kendal shepherd, is a really useful book because it teaches people to be safe around dogs. I would recommend this book to anybody of any age. It would be a good read for anyone who would like to be a vet, learn more about dogs and their behaviour, or get a dog and be safe around them.
    I like that the questions really get you thinking about how the dog might act or feel. For example, page 16 where it teaches you that hurting or pulling a dog into doing some thing is, in their eyes, starting an argument.
    It is a beautifully presented book with a lovely hard back cover, an enjoyable read and the illustrations are brilliant.

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