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Suggested Resources

We’ve compiled a list of recommended resources, below, based on feedback from Certified Professionals.

Certified Professional Animal Care Provider

Animal Care
  • Aloff B. Canine Body Language. A Photographic Guide, (2007)
  • American Red Cross Dog First Aid, Safety Series Volume 2 
  • Barry J The Ethical Dog Trainer 2008 
  • The Dog Gurus: Canine Body Language
  • The Dog Gurus: Four E’s Of Excellence in Off Leash Dog Play
  • The Dog Gurus: Knowing Dogs 101 & 201
  • Cdc.gov.parasites.giardia and pets; www.vcahospitals.com.animal-health 
  • Conner, Bobbi-DVM; DACVECC Pro Pet Hero Pet First Aid Student Manual 
  • DeMartini-Price, M, Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs. Dogwise
  • Dunbar Dr. Ian (CAAB), Bite Index
  • Emergencies and Life Saving Techniques (The Pet Professional Guild, 2012)
  • http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/zoonoticdiseases-in-dogs/898
  • http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/17_6/features/preventing-excessive-waterintake_20986-1.html
  • https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Disease-Risks-for-Dogs.aspx
  • IBPSA, Canine Advanced Certification
  • IBPSA, Canine Basic Certification
  • IBPSA, Caring for the Geriatric and Special Needs pets-video
  • IBPSA, Feline Basic Certification 
  • Jordan B. A Comprehensive Look at Pet First Aid: Basic Assessment, Common
  • Martin KM.& Martin D. Puppy Start Right. Foundation Training for the Companion Dog
  • McKay, Davis, and Fanning. Messages: The Communication Skills Book
  • Mehus-Roe K. The Dog Bible, 2006
  • Miller P. Start Leash Training without a Leash Whole Dog Journal, Jan 2016
  • National Dog Groomers Assoc. of America, Standards of Care
  • PetTech PetSaver Course Manual
  • Puppy Start Right. Karen Pryor Academy
  • Rugass, Turid, On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals
  • Sevigny, M, Dogsafe Canine First Aid
  • Sevigny, M, Dogsafe’s Operation Find FidoTM
  • VCA Pet First Aid Handbook
Operations
  • Bennett R. All About Dog Daycare …. A Blueprint For Success
  • Bennett R. & Briggs S Off Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun 
  • The Dog Gurus: Dog Evaluations Course
  • The Dog Gurus: Dog Incident Checklist Assessment Instructions
  • The Dog Gurus: What Makes a Great Off Leash Play Group, The Dog Gurus
  • The Dog Gurus: Playstyle Management Charts
  • The Dog Gurus: How To Handle Loose Dogs and Dog Fights (RB Consulting Inc 2014)
  • Boutelle, V. – Hot To Run a Dog Business (2nd ed)
  • Boutelle, V. – The Business of Dog Walking: How to Make A Living Doing What You Love Boutelle, V. & Jorgensen, R. – Minding Your Dog Business
  • IBPSA, Emergency Preparedness Program
  • IBPSA, Hazcom Training Manual
  • IBPSA, Kennel Start Emergency Manual
  • IBPSA, Safety Manual 
  • PACCC Code of Ethics
Staff Management 
  • Every, Laeticia L ebook, Teamwork: Become the Greatest Team Member
  • IBPSA, HR Manual
  • IBPSA, Kennel Start Employee Manual
  • IBPSA, Kennel Start Front Desk Manual
  • IBPSA, New Employee Handbook
  • Kruse, K. Employee Engagement for Everyone
  • Siberman M. People Smart: Developing Your Interpersonal Intelligence

Certified Professional Animal Care Manager

Animal Care
  • American Red Cross, Dog First Aid, Safety Series 2
  • The Dog Gurus: Four E’s of Excellence in Off-Leash Play
  • Bennet, R & Briggs, S: Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun                                     
  • Conner, Bobbi -DVM; DACVECC. Pro Pet Hero Pet First Aid Student Manual                                                 
  • Dream Dog ProductionsEvolve Resources for McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 8th ed. 
  • Fogle, Bruce, DVM -Caring for Your Dog -The complete canine home reference, p.
  • McConnell, P, The other end of the leash: Why we do what we do around dogs.
  • Pet Boarding & Daycare Magazine (2015, January), – Handling Medications in a Pet Care Facility
  • Richmond, M, Across the Threshold, The Whole Dog Journal, Volume 16, April 2013

 

Business Management
  • Bennett, R – All About Dog Daycare….a Blueprint for Success
  • Bennett, R – All About Dog Daycare….a Blueprint for Success 2nd Edition 
  • Gerber, M. – The E Myth Revisited 
  • Gordan, J & Smith, M, You Win in the Locker Room First 
  • Laaman, L , Seven Traits of Highly Successful Pet Care Facility Owners. Pet Boarding & Daycare Magazine (2015, January)
  • Locker A. IBPSA Pet Care Business Basics -Pet Care Facility Design 
  • Moran, P. – Pet Sitting for Profit    
  • Steingold, F. – Nolo : The Employer’s Legal Handbook
  • The Complete Guide to Human Resources and the Law
  • Wicman, Gina Traction; Get a Grip on Your Business
Operations
  • The Dog Gurus: Playstyle Management Charts
  • The Dog Gurus: Dog Evaluation Course
  • The Dog Gurus: Dog Incident Checklist Assessment Instructions
  • Dunbar, Dr. Ian (CAAB), Bite Index Flaim D. 
  • Weather the Storm, The Whole Dog Journal, Volume 18, January 2015               
  • IBPSA Kennel Start, Operations Manual
  • IBPSA Safety Manual 
  • PACCC Code of Ethics
  • Quinlan, C. – Sanitation Practices. Pet Boarding & Daycare
  • Magazine (2014, January)
  • Wilson, Sonya Hairy Situations

 

 

 

Financial Management
  • The Dog Gurus: My Successful Pet Biz course
  • The Dog Gurus: Counting Noses; Financial Health Workbook
  • The Dog Gurus: Know Your Numbers -Workbook, Crystal Canine 
  • Horngren, Datar, and Rajan: Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis
Staff Management
  • Beyond On-the-Job Training: Why Formal Staff Training Programs are a Great Investment Boutelle, V. – How to Run a Dog Business (2nd edition)    
  • Briggs, S, Energizing Employee Teams, Pet Boarding and Daycare Magazine
  • The Dog Gurus: Final Employee Handbook Guide
  • IBPSA Canine Advanced Certification Course
  • IBPSA Feline Basic Certification Course
  • IBPSA HR Manual IBPSA New Employee HR Handbook
  • Laeticia, L., Teamwork: Become the Greatest Team Member Ever
  • Marciano, P., Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work
  • Maxwell J. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
  • Peterson C & Seligman MEP (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A Handbook and Classification
  • Pryor K., Don’t shoot the dog!: The new art of teaching and training
  • Rath & Conchie. Strengths Based Leadership
Customer Relations and Marketing
  • The Dog Gurus: 10 Ways to Maximize Peak Season Revenues                                                                           
  • The Dog Gurus: Counting Noses; Financial Health Workbook
  • IBPSA Market Hardware Sept 2015 webinar
  • IBPSA Webinar on negative reviews 2016

Certified Professional Animal Care Operator

Animal Care
  • American Red Cross, Dog First Aid, Safety Series 2
  • Bethany Jordan, CDT, CVT, CPDT-KA: A Comprehensive Look at Pet First Aid: Basic Assessment, Common Emergencies and Life Saving Tools 
  • AVMA – Your Pet’s Medications 

 

 

 

 

Business Management
  • Boutelle, V. & Jorgensen, R. Minding Your Dog Business                 
  • Boutelle, V. How To Run A Dog Business
  • Boutelle, V.The Business of Dog Walking: How to Make A Living Doing What You Love                    
  • Bowman A. KPI Template Instruction 
  • The Dog Gurus: My Successful Pet Biz course 
  • The Dog Gurus: Counting Noses 
  • The Dog Gurus: Inside Scoop Guidebook 
  • Herman, R. The Process of Excellence
  • The Dog Gurus: It’s Annual Planning Season blog, article and Annual Planning Checklist               
  • Genadlinik A. How to Write a Business Plan
Operations
  • Bennett R. & Briggs S. Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun                                
  • Bennett, R. All About Dog Daycare: A Blueprint for Success, 2nd Edition                                                 
  • Breitner, J. – Dog Play and Dog Interactions
  • OSHA – Hazard Communication
  • IBPSA -Canine Advanced Education -Employee Safety
  • IBPSA Hazcom Safety Manual               
  • IBPSA Safety Manual
  • Kennel Start Operations Manual
  • Yin, Sophia, Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs and Cats. CattleDog Publishing
Financial Management/ Customer Relations and Marketing:  
  • The Dog Gurus: Annual Planning Checklist
  • The Dog Gurus: 10 Ways to Maximize Peak Season Revenues                                                                             
  • The Dog Gurus: Final Budgets Made Easy-Premium Workbook
  • The Dog Gurus: Financial Foundation Guide       
  • The Dog Gurus: Financial Health Workbook 
  • The Dog Gurus: Know Your Numbers-Workbook
  • IBPSA -Pricing for Profit workshop
  • Moran, P., Pet Sitting for Profit
Staff Management
  • 5 Dysfunctions of a Team   
  • Blanchard, K. Legendary Service   
  • Crowley, MC. Lead from the Heart          
  • The Dog Gurus: Employee Handbook Development Guide
  • Gordon J. The Power of Positive Leadership
  • Gordon, J. and Smith, M., You Win in the Locker Room First
  • Herman, R. Keeping Good People               
  • Laeticia, L. Leadership Mastery, How to Become a Great Team Leader
  • Nelson, B.  The Management Bible
  • Nelson, B. & Economy, P. – Managing for Dummies The Guide to Managing HR in a Small Business (www.staffsquared.com) Wilson, S. Hairy Situations

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