A question I get asked a lot is what are the best dog training books?
So… in this post I try to answer what are my top 10 best dog training books.
The answer I always give is that I recommend that you invest in some training. Not just to learn how to teach your dog to behave, but also to teach you how to better communicate with your pet. So consider private consultations or dog training classes. Another great solution is an online dog training course if you don’t want to pay a lot of money for private training.
If you are one of those autodidacts that can learn anything by a book, these are the best dog training books out there (random order):
The Power of Positive Training by Pat Miller
Pat Miller gives you the positive training tools you need to ensure that you and your dog share a lifetime of fun, companionship, and respect.
The book is divided into three main sections:
- Positive training
- Basic obedience
- Common behavioral problems, such as house training, separation anxiety, aggression, socialization.
This really is one of the best books out there for learning about positive training and how to implement it with your dog.
Maran Illustrated Dog Training
This book Features a unique two-page spread and over 500 full-color photographs that helps you visual learners out there. The numerous photographs are very well done and the text is very simple to understand. The techniques are very up-to-date and emphasize positive training.
Dog-Friendly Dog Training by Andrea Arden
Andrea Arden is a pet expert best known as the trainer for The Pet Department show.
The methods in the book are clear and concise and it teaches Reward training and Lure/Reward training techniques, so following the training guidelines in this book will also help strengthen the connection between you and your dog.
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson is one of the best books on canine behavior and provides very useful, how-to information. The book is also humorous and a pleasure to read.
Donaldson does a great job of explaining how dogs think, and why humans often misunderstand them.
How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks by Ian Dunbar, PhD
Written by Veterinarian and animal behaviorist, Dr. Ian Dunbar and called by many dog trainers as “the best dog training book ever written”.
The book is in easy and fun to read, and the techniques suggested are fun for you and your dog alike. Some of the techniques here work within minutes.
Puppy Training Guide by James J Jackson
This book is specifically designed for puppy training. It provides the fundamentals of obedience training, crate training, potty training and is incredibly helpful. The book does a great job at teaching how to train your puppy without much frustration for both you and your new puppy.
Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog
Another book from the guy who sparked a dramatic shift in dog training toward the positive approach we have today.
The book contains easy to read and apply information, teaching you how to raise a well-adjusted puppy.
Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals
Karen Pryor is a behavioral biologist with an international reputation in two fields, marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology. She turns her knowledge to positive dog training with the “clicker training”- a widely praised humane approach to shaping animal behavior, which is based on operant conditioning.
12 Terrible Dog Training Mistakes Owners Make That Ruin Their Dog’s Behavior…And How To Avoid Them
The title says it all. This book is easy to read, concise, and provides a fantastic resource to help dog owners prevent training mistakes. You will learn to solve the problem behavior and prevent it in the future.
Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5-Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement
The presidential dog trainer- author Dawn Sylvia Stasiewicz used to train the White House dog, Bo Obama, and each of Senator Ted Kennedy’s dogs.
This is a five-week dog training regime that takes about twenty minutes of practice per day for puppies and adult dogs.
There you have it- my top 10 best dog training books.
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