Dog Training Books: 5 of the Best

dog training booksThere might be a wide range of information and advice on dog training on the Internet but it’s not always going to be all that convenient to go online every time you need to look something up.
Sometimes, you just can’t beat the ability to flick through a book that’s right at your fingertips at crucial moments while you’re in the process of training your dog.

There are plenty of dog training books on the market, which can make the choice seem daunting. We’ve rounded up some of the best options to assist your training efforts.

1. The Perfect Puppy by Gwen Bailey

This isn’t a particularly new title but new puppy owners are still finding its contents very useful. It covers every aspect of encouraging your dog to be well-behaved and friendly. All of the vital basics are included, such as toilet training, socialisation, biting/chewing and good manners.

The author certainly knows her stuff as far as dog training goes. She was previously Head of Animal Behaviour at the Blue Cross (a leading UK animal welfare charity) and has run training courses for staff at animal charities throughout the world.

2. Dog Training for Dummies by Jack & Wendy Volhard

Not sure where best to start? This book will guide you through the dog training process from start to finish. You’ll learn how to put together the best training programme for your dog based on his or her personality, and it’s full of expert tips to help you to understand why dogs behave in certain ways so that you can get the most out of training.

3. Brain Games for Dogs: Fun Ways to Build a Strong Bond With Your Dog and Provide It With Mental Stimulation by  Claire Arrowsmith

If your dog becomes bored and frustrated, he or she can be more prone to behavioural problems. By encouraging your pet to get involved in brain games that stimulate his or her mind, you can boost self-esteem and build a stronger bond. This book is packed full of tips and tricks to try out with your dog to improve his or her quality of life.

Again, this is another author whose advice you can trust. She has a Masters degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare and runs her own behavioural consultancy. She’s also an expert contributor to Your Dog magazine.

4. Total Recall by Pippa Mattinson

This book focuses on response training for puppies and dogs. If your dog has a habit of ignoring you when you call, this is the book for you. Firstly, you’ll be guided through information on how dogs learn so that you can approach the training programme (which is detailed in the following section of the book) in the right way. The third and final part of the book is dedicated to problem solving to help you to understand why previous issues have cropped up and how you can avoid making the same mistakes in the future.

5. Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behaviour Problems by Victoria Stilwell

The advice in this book is based on the idea that you’ll get a lot more out of training your dog if you make positive reinforcement the focus. The aim is to encourage your dog to think and act differently so that he or she actually wants to be well behaved. The author has featured on It’s Me or the Dog in America and is famed for her no-nonsense approach to dog training.

Are there any other training books that you would recommend to new dog owners? Let us know in the comments section below!

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