In order to be a good dog owner you need to train your dog to be social, well behaved, that will be an envy to your friends, workmates, neighbours and family. Unwanted behaviour is the number one reason dogs are relinquished to shelter and rescue homes. More than 90% of dog owners consider their dog to be members of their family but often, despite our best intentions, we are letting our dogs down by not giving them the guidance and direction they need. The key to training dogs effective is to understand why our dogs do what they do. Dog training books are some of the best investment you can make when it comes to caring for your dog. Get the best advice on our 10 best dog training books.
Decoding your dog by Debra F Horwitz
Decoding Your Dog is a new book from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, edited by D. Horwitz and J. Ciribassi. The best part of the book is its continual reminder to dog owners that you do not need to get “dominance” over your dog to train it, and that most aggression is motivated by fear, not a desire to become a pack leader. This point is made by multiple authors in a variety of chapters, and is a welcome addition to the chorus of progressive trainers and CAABs who are fighting the good fight against the misuse of the concept of dominance.
There is a lot more to cheer about. Authors Herron and Melese do a good job of explaining that behavior is the result of an interplay between nature (genes) and nurture (environment and learning). The first chapter by J. Neilson on canine communication is very useful; any and all attempts to educate the general public about “reading” visual communication are welcome indeed. Ironically, my only criticism of the otherwise excellent chapter on children and dogs by V. Tynes is that it suggests that adults should always “supervise” children and dogs, but does not emphasize how important it is that the adults are able to read signs of discomfort in the dogs themselves. Just being in the same room is not enough. There is a chapter on mental exercise by M. Klinck, that I love and several relatively thorough chapters on specific behavioral problems like separation anxiety, noise phobias and aggression. The chapters begin with a well-written and illustrative story about a particular dog, and that the format, with lots of side bars and some photos, makes its length less of a challenge than it might be for the general reader.
However, the book has some problems. For example, here’s the definition of learning in the training chapter: “Learning is defined as acquiring knowledge by instruction. “Does that mean your dog cannot learn to get into the garbage unless you teach it to? The fact is that any animal can learn and does not need either an instructor or brain to do this.
I also have a few quibbles with some of the training advice. Owners are told to lure their dogs into a sitting position and then say “sit” when the dog’s rump touches the floor. If using lure training, I suggest that no verbal cue be given until the dog is sitting reliably to the lure, and then have the owner say “sit” before beginning the luring motion.
That said, one can always find multiple examples of things they like and points they disagree with in a book this size (319 pages without the glossary and index). Overall, I’m thrilled that the veterinary behaviorists are adding their voices to the movement toward effective, benevolent and science-based training techniques. That’s why I was happy to write a blurb for the book, which is at the top of the list
Want to applaud the veterinary behaviorists for working so hard on Decoding Your Dog. I just hope they can get all of their veterinary colleagues to read it.
This is my best book, it looks at the way the dogs learn, and explaining common dog behaviour and how to prevent or change unwanted ones. This book helps understand the fundamental nature of canines. It will go a long way toward increasing your understanding of your furry best friend. It’s got a 5 star rating in Amazon and will be a great book for a dog owner.
101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy.
Trick training is a great way to bond with your dog and help him integrate into your family or circle of friends. Teaching your dog new tricks is important as it keeps him physically and mentally stimulated. This book gives you step by step activities that you engage your dog with, challenge and bond with it. Basics like sit and stay, commands like, tidy up your toys and put in their toy box, pick a drink from the fridge are all tackled in the book. The book has images and makes it easy to follow as you train your dog. If your dog is intelligent and eager to learn this is the book to get. It is internationally bestseller and rated highly in Amazon and comes in 18 languages.
Puppy training for kids by Colleen Pellar
Kids and dogs are naturally attracted to each other and this book introduces the kids to responsibilities and joys of puppy care, training and companionship. The young ones will find advice on exercises, selecting chew toys, clicker training, housetraining, and teaching your puppy to be friendly to your friends and other animals. This book will ensure your puppy is incorporated well in the family setup and welcomed warmly by your children as it boost confidence. The book makes dog ownership responsibilities attractive as it has colourful instructive photos to follow. The book writer Colleen ensured it had great content to teach children the responsibilities and joys of puppy care, training and companionship.
Cesar’s way by Cesar Milan
You need to understand your dog, what it really needs, what will contribute to a happy relationship between you and your dog, how to choose the right dog for you and your family. We all need training as dog owners to ensure our dogs have manners and are good to go socially. Cesar’s book gives everyday guide to understand and correct common dog problems naturally. Cesar is a dog expert and will help you see the world through the eyes of your dog so you can finally eliminate problem behaviours. This is the book you will need to forge a new, more rewarding connection with your four legged companion.
Dog training for Dummies by Jack Volhard
Dog training is a friendly guide that shows you how to select the right training method for your dog, based on his unique personality to reach your desired goals. Do not be worried if it is your first time to have a dog as this book can help you teach your dog how to sit, relieve itself, as it has expert tips and techniques for you and your dog to ensure a mutually respectful relationship. It has step by step instructions on basic dog commands, tips on crate training, socialization, keeping your dog fit and healthy and safe way to address separation anxiety in your dog. You do not want your dog to embarrass you with unwanted behaviour get this book and start the training.
The Dog Listener by Jan Fenell
Dogs can communicate in various ways. The Dog Listener makes you learn how to communicate with your dog for wiling cooperation. In her book Jan Fenell explains how to bridge the gap and train the perfect pup. She shares her revolutionary insight into the canine world and its’ instinctive language that has enabled her to bring even the most delinquent of the dogs to heel. It has an easy to follow 30 day training guide that can tame even the most aggressive dog. It talks on how to choose the right dog for you, dealing with behavioral problems, grooming, understanding how to care for a dog, overcoming separation anxiety for your dog and introducing your dog to its new home.
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
The book with its unique and scientifically sound recognition of the cultural differences between dogs and humans shape modern dog training and ownership. It makes you understand your dog and how to train it and get the best behaviors you want. The culture difference between you and your dog is explained and how to put yourself into your dog’s shoes and understand its world so as to be on the same page.
Before and After getting your puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar
Dr. Ian Dunbar changed the mindset of dog owners from the harsh dog training: use of leash correction, drill adult dog classes based on competitive obedience toward a positive approach of using toys, treats and games as rewards for teaching basic manners, preventing behavioral problems and modifying temperament. He brings out the positive approach to puppy training in his book. It covers topics from socialization, house training and common dog behavior problems. Dr. Ian Dunbar, a renowned veterinarian and animal behaviorist brings this out perfectly. This is a must have for a dog owner as it makes you understand the dog world well.
The Power of Positive Dog training by Pat Miller
Everyone needs positive energy around them for a good upbringing even your dog. Pat Miller a renowned dog trainer gives you the positive training tools you need to have a healthy relationship with your dog. It covers topics like importance of observing and understanding your dog languages. Instructions on how to phase out the use of clicker and treats to introduce more advanced training concepts and a diary to track your dog progress. She sets forth her training principles and equipment needed for 6 weeks program of training. By the end of it you should have a strong understanding of all the basic obedience commands and some fun dog tricks.
Don’t Shoot the dog by Karen Pryor
Whatever the task, whether keeping a five year old quiet in public, housebreaking a puppy, memorizing a play, it will go fast and better and be more fun, if you know how to use reinforcement. Karen Pryor clearly explains the underlying principles of behavioral training and through numerous fascinating examples reveals how this art can be applied to virtually any common situation. She explains it well you do not have to use threats, force, punishment or “shoot the dog” to get the desired results. In 8 methods the book outlines how to put an end to undesirable behaviours, topics range from house training the dog, improving your golf game, keeping the cat off the table and much more. This book offers invaluable information on behaviour modification. It is ideal for the whole family and your dog to have around.
If people or dog owners are going to spend their money on a dog training book, I would like them to get advice that is useful, easy to follow, up to date and accurate that does not fall short and is worth their time and money. The ten books are the best from famous trainers and authors and will certainly help you figure out how to teach and bond with your dog. These books listed above have helped thousands of people to train dogs over the years. My best is decoding your dogs. It has a special place in my heart as it showed me and made me understand my dog KIKI. I hope these books will help you too to have a comfortable and easy stay with your dog.