It can be tricky to know where to correctly start when training a new dog. May it be one of the biggest problems? The internet regards all dog training advice as equally useful, whether it comes from a professional trainer with certifications and has had years of experience, or veterinary behaviorist, or simply a dog whisperer who has been learning things on his own. How can you distinguish them?
Though it may not be a piece of cake as clicking a website, books can grant you a comprehensive and total guide to dog training that you can trust. Also, in these times, you can access books wherever you are, from your local library or book shop, to e-books and audio books that are stored inside your phone and computer. As a dog enthusiast and as a person who has been doing research about dog behavior for years, these are some of my absolutely favorite dog training guides, and for the record, all of these guides are carefully selected because I have been reading these for several times.
This compilation of best dog training books can assist you in starting a puppy off in the right way, in building communication with your dog and teach him or her new skills, and of course, in tackling behavior challenges like fear, resource guarding or separation anxiety.
1. Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love
Zak George is a famous and reputable dog trainer who has been building the fame for his name for years through his YouTube channel and his spots on the renowned channel Animal Planet. His book Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love is my pick for the best and most thorough training manual. It provides a fresh and completely new take on upbringing the perfect dog. This book is 240 pages long, and it covers all of the basics, from potty training to leash-pulling to aggression. It also gives you some must-know tips about showing your dog the ownership, like when to take your furry buddy to the vet and how to pick the right set of food, preparing the right kind of diet for his or her needs. George provides a humane and friendly approach to dog training, packed with advice on how to deeply and precisely decode and talk to your pup.
This book of Zak George is definitely heavier on the “how-tos” than it is in terms of technical and all that kind of training. It also provides you with some must-know tips, which is the main factor leading to my vote for it as the best overall training book. It lightly touches on almost every single topic, and it’s a great choice both for a newbie in dog training and for a veteran who needs a refresh. Reviews especially love the tips on positive reinforencement and tips on “speaking dog” via body language.
Dogs have a lot to teach us about unconditional love, play, learning to enjoy the small things in life, and not holding grudges. We also have a lot of things to teach our pet, but how can we learn to effectively communicate and train our pup without losing patience? Each dog learns a little differently, but in this book Zak George provides a not only humane way to train, but a way that succeeds. He gives detailed, easy step-by-step training techniques that not only train the dog, but the human as well. The layout is well done and easy to follow and easy to navigate when you’re wanting to work on specific skills.
2. The Art of Raising a Puppy
Adopting a new puppy is an exciting time that is filled with kisses, snuggles, hugs and all that. But it cannot be denied that there is the downside of it as well: a huge amount of time dealing with sleep loss. This book by the Monks of New Skete can be considered a must-have for any new pup owner. Monks of New Skete is a community of monks who are enthusiastic about dogs.
They build their knowledge about dog training on the eternal love for the pups, so they truly know their stuff. All of the 352 pages are filled with expertise about training, caring and looking after a new puppy as the monks draw on over 30 years of their experience raising German Shepherd puppies, which are one of the most difficult breeds to be trained properly. It will help your puppy adjust to his or her new home and offers tips for every single stage of a dog’s life. All in all, The Art of Raising a Puppy is not only well written, but this is also chock full of overwhelmingly useful advice that you can take into reference when in need, all the time.
3. How to Housebreak your Dog in 7 Days
Whether you are having trouble with housebreaking your new dog or you need to potty train a new rescue or service dog, “How to Housebreak your Dog in 7 Days” is the greatest save for the day. It is written by pet expert Shirlee Kalstone and it is an invaluable book due to the fact that it will help you train even the most “untrainable” pups. It also provides you with suitable tactics for all types of house training, from housebreaking to litter training to paper training.
You will find the suggested potty schedules very adhering. Plus, you can refer to a lot of advice for handling accidents and tips on right way to positively reinforce your beloved buddy. Reading the book is really fun, since it does not bring you the feeling that you are being taught all that boring lessons like way back in high school, but it seems like you are sitting to have a chat with a professional expert like Shirlee Kalstone.
Though housebreaking can be a time-consuming and occasionally trying practice, Kalstone will help you train your pup without bringing him or her any discomfort, no matter how old he or she is. If you’re considering a puppy or if you recently took one on, this book will educate you on not just what your puppy goes through in her first months but what it takes to become an affectionate and sensible dog owner.
The parallels drawn between wolf pack behavior and dog behavior especially as it directly relates to turning into part of a new family are invaluable. A dog will grow and develop as far within the pack as it is allowed to rise so you yourself are the key factor to establish the pecking order or soon you will encounter a dog who misbehaves as a way of getting ahead in the family pack, or taking over control. This is done through a process of discipline and structure with methods of handling these situations. They are all beautifully laid out in the book. Things including socialization, pack order, trust, discipline and companionship are all crucial to the scenario in which you have a successful relationship with your dog and this book will show you how to exactly and sensibly achieve them.
4. 101 Dog Tricks
Now that you have potty training down, keep your dog’s mental health engaged and sharp by teaching him all the fun tricks. “101 Dog Tricks” by Kyra Sundance is the ultimate guide to teaching your dog all the fun tricks in the book. It’s full of color-coded guides to its 101 tricks, each one comes with a difficulty rating level and necessary “prerequisites” your pup should know in advance. The tricks are available in all extents of difficulty. Everything is right here, from the standard sit, fetch and stay to the more advanced and sophisticated actions, like grabbing a beer from the fridge or selecting specific items in the wardrobe. Beyond being useful and handy, teaching your dog tricks can help keep active pups engaged and challenged, making them less likely to place havoc around the house, and keep them away from all the misdirected behaviors. So, if you are looking for a one-stop trick shop, buy is book immediately since it will not waste any penny of yours.
5. Training Your Own Service Dog
Adopting a service dog can be extremely time-consuming and you might have to invest a lot of money in it. “Training Your Own Service Dog” by Lelah Sullivan is a guide to solve all of the problems listed above. It teaches your dog skills to help him or her be a companion animal. Sullivan is a retired service dog trainer who covers the most crucial aspects of training a dog agency for most needs, Sullivan’s book can assist those who need a little extrea help around the house and are not able to spend an extra amount of money to acquire an official service dog.
The writer also established a Facebook group that she visits and administrates frequently for advice and suggestions. Overall. This guide to self-training a service dog will help you save a great amount of money and help the dogs behave better and follow a variety of commands after finishing Sullivan’s guidance.
6. The Beginner’s Guide to Dog Agility
If you are really into training your dog for agility competitions, “The Beginner’s Guide to Dog Agility” by Laurie Leach is a head start for you. The book consists of 256 pages, and it covers all the subjects from creating your very own agility obstacles to the ins-and-outs of clicker training.
Agility competitions can be fun and amusing both for you and your dog. It also provides an active, bonding experience that you will both love. As the title states, this book is great for those who has literally no previous experience in agility training and seeks to explore it with their motivated puppy. Though leach’s book has a focus on the professional agility dog training community, it’s a great book for anyone interested in helping their dog be in shape and make the most out of their physical potentials.
7. No Bad Dog: The Woodhouse Way
You may have heard about Barbara Woodhouse from her appearances on the program called 60 Minute, The Tonight Show, Donahue, Merv Griffin, Good Morning America, and her own television series Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way. All that should be enough to prove her professional and reputation. Although she passed away in 1988, Woodhouse truly believed that there are no ill-behaved dogs, only inexperienced and impatient owners, and her sacred mission was to help those owners learn how to deeply understand their pups. Her training methods are still popular till this day.
She gives plenty of basic techniques in her book with a positive attitude, and sometimes these techniques have dogs responding in sessions of hours or even minutes. Her book has an overall rating of 4.4 star on Amazon. The book carries her idea about the world without insensible owners and all the love for dogs around the world. Overall, the book can bring you a completely different view at a training method, so that you can choose your own technique when training your dog, at your own will.
8. Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5-Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement
Needless to say, there should not be much to complain about a best seller on Amazon with the rating of around 4.5 star. The famous writer Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz used her training methods on Barack Obama’s dog. Being trusted to train the dog of a president should be enough to tell you about how good and professional she is. Her book details all the positive reinforcement techniques rather than plain reprimands or tough punishments, which may cause dogs to resist or fight against the trainer.
The book has a program that last for around 5 weeks and it is based on 10 to 20-minute training sessions every day for both the puppies and fully grown dogs. it goes over the basic training stage, hand feeding, crate and potty training, and correcting or avoiding misbehaviors. The book also introduces and explains to the readers the ways they can make their dog comfortable with vet visits and even strangers.
This book is especially made for those who are not having a clear mind on dog training yet still want to get their dog on track and of course, in line. A specific schedule is listed in the book as well as the total of estimated amount of time that the program would last. The book is written with a view to helping people change their opinion over dog training, which is a particularly challenging job yet the results are incredibly satisfying.
9. Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones
The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists wrote this book on a firm and proven scientific basis, but they have already turned all that science stuff into something that we all can grasp without encountering any troubles. Unwanted behaviors are the main reason why dogs are returned to shelters or sent away.
This book, being approved to be veterinary, includes the latest, most positive training methods to help owners understand their pups deeply and adjust their behaviors, rather than just helplessly send them away or give up on them. If you want to be consulted by veterinarians and experts on dog behavior and training, this 4.4-star-Amazon-rated book is your treat.
10. Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked out: Training the Crazy Dog from Over the Top to Under Control
Well, the title seems to be very appealing. If you are having quite a stubborn dog and he tends to not listen to you, then this book is the right treat. In the book, the writer states very clearly that there is no bad or disobedient dog but there are truly clumsy and inconsiderate owners. In the book, there are many different concepts but none is hard to grasp, so you would not find any trouble reading them.
This book is perfect for owners of those dogs. It has techniques for getting results in simple training sessions of one minute or less, using natural brain chemistry, knowing when medical help is needed, polishing unreliable behaviors in overexcited dogs, and knowing how to handle fear and aggression. It’s written in a humorous, conversational tone that you’ll enjoy while you’re learning. The book has a 4.3 star rating on Amazon.