10 Best Dog Training Books to Read

Dogs are said to be the most loyal and best friend of all time, who provide you great companionship. Yes, they are animal but don’t underestimate their friendly behavior knowing that they are just ANIMAL. The fact is that you can trust them much better than your neighbors. Though, make sure your dog is well trained who is happy, well obedient, responsible, and listen to your words every time you say something to him/her. I am a complete dog lover who is the owner of two German Shepherds. They belong to me and I belong to them. How cool is that!

What a cute puppy! Photo Credit: Andrés Moreira at Flickr.

It was kind of a difficult job to raise them up when they were little active puppies. As they grew up I was concerned about how to train them well, so that everyone welcomes them. Sometimes I was searching online for dog training resources; meanwhile I had to read a book written by a good trainer. Anyway it was a great book! I was surprised knowing the guides and useful resources on dog training from the book. Compared to that excellent training book I read, the resources I found online was really poor. The real scenario is that you have to pay some money to get the thing you really seek for. Well, I have come across several best dog training books and today I will review some of them only.

1) Your German Shepherd Puppy Month by Month

It is a highly recommended book for a German shepherd dog owner. Photo Credit: Amazon.com.

Here is the book “Your German Shepherd Puppy Month by Month” I was talking about a moment ago. I want to share my honest review on this book as I love it very much and I see it as a real treasure on my bookshelf. As I have already read this, I think this is the best comprehensive German shepherd dog training book I have come across. Those who are thinking of becoming an owner of this dog breed should collect this one first and read right away. Then get the dog right after you finish reading it. This is my kind advice to you!

The book comprises all sorts of dog training methods and techniques such basic verbal commands, hand signals, walking the dog on a leash, retrieving, housebreaking, and many more. German shepherd is known for its quick learning ability! Do you really want to have a well trained dog? If you want then read this book as soon as possible before your puppy starts eating your furniture.

2) How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves

Dr. Sophia knows what you don’t know yet, so start reading the book.

How to Behave so Your Dog Behaves” – the title of this book is really interesting, don’t you think so? I am neither a professional dog trainer nor a veterinary behaviorist but owner of two dogs as I have mentioned above. I have met with a professional dog trainer in my country, where he have suggested me to read this fabulous informative book on effective dog training. In fact, he read this and suggested me to try to get some ideas off it. The author, Dr. Sophia Yin has crafted the book with a lot of useful information based on dog training with great illustrations. This practical guide let’s you understand the basic dog training ideas such as their social behavior and body language. What impresses me the most about this book is that along with learning the basic behavioral techniques you could learn the theory behind how they work.

3) Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love

Here you learn to raise your pet with love!

Zak is a real star when it comes to talking about dog training. I have watched his various shows on the Animal Planet channel and of course watched dog training videos on YouTube. The more you read this book the more you would learn and ultimately you become a good dog trainer, at least to your beloved dog! If you really want to have a wonderful relationship with your dog and teach good manners then you have got to read this comprehensive guide. The book includes how to choose the right pup for you, basic house training, common behavioral issues, health care essentials, the activities to enjoy with your dog. However, it will teach a better way to train your dog for sure.

4) The Art of Raising a Puppy (Revised Edition)

After reading this book, you will be the winner, not the loser.

If you wish a better happy life for your puppy now who will become a dog in the near future then read this book. A well trained dog with a good behavior is welcome everywhere. He/she will be praised by your neighbors, and children would like to play with him/her in the park. “The Art of Raising a Puppy” is said to be one of the most famous puppy raising books in the recent years. The book is well written with a lot of useful information on basic puppy training techniques. And honestly, it is easy to read every pages and comes with many colorful photographs. In addition, you would really enjoy reading the part of crating, adopting dogs from shelters, raising dogs in an urban environment, canine health and canine behavioral theory. Anyone having trouble raising a puppy at home must read this book.

5) 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog

Bond with your dog.

Are you sick of teaching your dog to shake hands with you? Is the technique that you are using effective? If you see failure after failure then I think you are kind of tired now! Well, no one is going to hand you success unless you get it yourself. What to do now then? The best thing you could do is to read the book – 101 Dog Tricks. I know every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day. You have got to try over and over again and hopefully you will get a good result and output. There are many dog owners who expect something extraordinary from their dogs such as shake hands, dog dancing, roll over, dog sports, fetch and etc. In fact, these are all for having fun but nothing. The book shares the simple tricks with step-by-step instructions to teach these things. In addition, you can teach your dog to get a beer from the fridge or newspaper from the door. It is an inspiring book for every dog owner.

6) Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life

If you have a question like this one “How to socialize and train my dog in positive manner?” then I have a solution for you. Would you mid reading this valuable dog training book? It is a classic one, written by Cesar Millan. Millions of viewers enjoy watching Cesar Millan’s show on TV and online. The main highlight of the book “Be the Pack Leader” is to take your relationship with your dog to a higher level. Your unfriendly, crazy dog will be socialized if you apply the practical tips & tricks written in this book. Sometimes you blame the dog you have because he/she is not obedient. My advice is – “please don’t blame your beloved dog, instead try to figure out the main reasons and learn to understand his behavior.” Your dog’s common behavior problems will be gone once you learn the techniques and implement them at the right time.

7) How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners (Revised & Updated Edition)

A truly classic dog training book.

Not many days ago from now I have purchased a new updated edition of this classic dog training book published by The Monks of New Skete. There is nothing much to say because every page of this book is filled with practical useful dog training information. It is perfect book to read for the first time dog owner and trainer. To tell you the truth, it was really hard for me to stop reading. The book reveals the techniques how to train your dog more effectively, how to select a dog, how to ensure dog’s physical fitness, how to walk your dogs, how to be your dog’s best friend, how to correct canine behavioral problems, how to behave with them, grooming, proper feeding and many other important topic. If you don’t read this then certainly you would miss knowing something very important.

8) Family Friendly Dog Training: A Six Week Program for You and Your Dog

The book offers you a-6 week program for you and your dog.

Family Friendly Dog Training” is specially designed to train your dog yourself with this humane and scientifically based training program. It offers you a six week program for you and your dog to achieve the goals you want to attain. Whether you got an adult dog or puppy this book works for both. The book is loaded with the basic dog’s obedience training techniques such as sit, down, stay, heel, come and etc. including common training troubleshoots and behavior challenges. Every professional dog trainer must recommend this excellent book to their students. It is definitely a good resource to have when it comes to caring for your dog, highly recommended!

9) Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training the Crazy Dog from Over the Top to Under Control

Learn the ideas on how train a crazy dog!

How to train a crazy dog? Don’t have any idea? Your problem ends here as you are suggested to read this highly recommend crazy dog training book. There are some dog breeds that are naturally family-friendly though we often encounter some crazy dog out there. They could be very dangerous for you and your obedient dog. However, if you are an owner of such dog, please take it seriously before something bad happen. I mean, take some effecting actions as soon as possible and transform your crazy anxious dog into clam-minded one. Read the book, learn the methods, say goodbye to struggle and surprise the neighbors. It is worth reading.

10) The Puppy Primer

Learn the methods of being a good dog trainer.

Raising a puppy is no longer a difficult task! I am saying this with confidence because this book appears to be a great dog trainer. To be honest with you, you don’t have to hire a professional dog trainer to raise your puppy in a good manner. I have seen this book in the hands of many novice dog trainers. They certainly think this is the right weapon they need to train a puppy. Two topics of the book drew my attention much, they are: How to stop unwanted behavior and helping puppies conquer their fears. Anyway these topics are important just like the basic obedience positive training methods. Don’t say you are hopeless if you don’t find any success, try hard over and over again and the result would be outstanding.

Have you read any of these books? Do you have a book which you think is best for dog training? Please share you story by leaving a comment below.

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