So you got a puppy, or are thinking about getting a puppy, but have no idea where to start when it comes to training? No worries, we've got you covered. Here are 9 books we recommend to help you and your puppy live happily ever after.
Top Sellers on Amazon
About: Animal Planet star Zak George condenses all of his knowledge and experience working with thousands of dogs into this comprehensive book. In this guide, Azk discusses many common dog owner questions such as how to handle behavioural issues, tricks and activities to do with your dog, and housetraining tips.
Amazon Review: "Amazing read by Zak George. He's very descriptive and educational in his book. I've been following his methods as best as I can since I got my puppy at 4 months, and she's been nothing but a gem! She's a sweet girl to start, but teaching her tricks have been so easy when I follow Zak's advice. I love how he believes in positive reinforcement and promotes love over negativity or yelling because dogs truly just need love to be good dogs."
About: This book outlines everything you need to know before brining home your puppy. It offers a step-by-step guide, including: how to monitor diet, play, exercise, how to provide early socialization and positive training, and how to potty train.
Amazon Review: "Perfect book to read before you bring your puppy home - many insights about the trip home with you new puppy. Excellent training methods for various tricks and troubleshooting puppy problems. Definitely the best way to raise a well behaved happy dog."
About: From simple commands to professional level tricks, this book is the ultimate guide to dog training that every dog parent should check out. A few things you will learn include how to control excessive barking, housebreak, and stop your dog from jumping on others.
Amazon Review: "I love this book and it is teaching me great tactics for our dog’s education and training. I am highly recommending this book to beginners and for those who have been engaged in their dog’s ongoing training."
About: This all-inclusive training guide was co-written by author Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz who was a previous trainer of Barack and Michelle Obama’s dog, Bo, as well as Senator Ten Kennedy’s dogs. This book contains training tips for dogs of all ages and experience levels and only requires 10-20 minutes of practice a day to see results.
Amazon Review: "I have followed this book with success and I will use it in the future for other dogs. I found Tommy, my pup, and I bonded strongly by following the program and our bond continues to grow. I've found the time we put into this book has paid off tremendously, highly recommend."
Top Trainer Recommended Books
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson Recommended by Shoshi Parks
Shoshi Parks, Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Seperation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT), claims The Culture Clash is one of her favourite dog training books. The book, which is written by dog training educator Jean Donaldson, is described by Parks as "one of the best introductions to positive-reinforcement out there" and is "jam-packed with insights into how dogs think". The book also includes exercises for how to teach basic cues at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Before & After Getting Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar Recommended By John Fowles
Certified Dog Trainer and Canine Good Neighbour John Fowles immediately reccomended us the book Before & After Getting Your Puppy when asked about his favourite dog training book. This book is written by animal behaviorist and vetraniarian Ian Dunbar who combined two of his popular dog training manuels into this one comprehensive guide. In this book, Dr. Dunbar presents easy-to-follow training instructions around your puppy's developmental milestones. Written with clear steps, helpful photos, and Dr. Dunbar's hilarious sense of humour, this book is sure to be a family favourite.
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Recommended to us by dog trainer Susan Alexander, this book from DeMartini-Price was written as a follow up to her best selling book Treating Seperating Anxiety in Dogs and contains seperation anxiety strategies she developed from collecting data through collaborations with certified dog trainers. This book is especially relevant right now to all dog families that have been impacted by COVID-19 as dog seperating anxiety will be more intense than ever with families heading back to work and/or school as the lockdown restrictions ease. Accoring to Alexander, "this book is a great resource for both owners and trainers in that it focuses solely on [seperating anxiety concerns] and provides clear definitions and realistic treatment plans".
In this guide, author and professional dog trainer Jan Fennell shares her insight into how dogs communicate and in turn, how to better listen to them. This guide draws on Fennell's ample experience working with countless problem dogs and in an easy-to-follow format discribes how she was able to bridge the communication gap between them and train them regardless of what behavioural issue they initially had. This book contains a 30 day training guide to help dog owners incorporate her techniques into all areas of dog ownership, including walking on a leash, dealing with behavioural problems, and introducing your puppy to their new home.
In this book, author Vivian Theby offers expert level training techniques that are designed to teach dogs skills to help stimulate their minds, relieve boredom and have fun. This interactive book outlines basic training skills before delving into more expert level tasks such as target training, signal control, and behaviour chains.