Top 5 Dog Training Books

A well trained dog makes for a happy dog. Actually, a well trained dog makes for a happy owner. Don’t ever believe that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. It is very possible! And most dogs can be re-trained. You just need the right approach with the right frame of mind. To help you and your dog reach your best potential, here are our top 5 picks for dog training books.

#1: The Art of Raising a Puppy (Revised Edition)

This is definitely our top pick. It’s not a bestselling book, but it is highly rated by those who have the joy of finding it and reading it. It’s written by the Monks of New Skete. These monks have a deep connection with their dogs that you can tell from the way the book is written. You’ll learn valuable information about what your dog needs and how your dog is communicating with you. Once you understand this communication, you’ll be well on your way to training and teaching your dog all kinds of cool tricks. Definitely worth it! It’s rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon with over 900 reviews.

#2: Cesar’s Way

Written by Cesar Millan, this book gives you insight into a dog’s mind like no other. And surprisingly, it also gives insight into your own. The methods mentioned in this book work, really well at that. You’ll find as you practice the methods in this book that if your mind isn’t ready, then your dog will mirror you and won’t respond as you’d like him or her to. The results from this book are amazing. You can go from a dog that pulls like crazy on walks to a well behaved dog walking calmly by your side in just minutes. This book has over 1,400 reviews with a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.

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

This book is also written by the Monks of New Skete. After you’ve read the puppy book, you are not ready to read their training manual for older dogs. You’ll learn gentle methods for teaching dogs that your dogs will respond well to. The book walks you through the steps one at a time. This book has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating with over 400 reviews on Amazon.

#4: 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog

This is a wonderful book. This one is a bestseller on Amazon. And for good reason. Not only does this book make training look oh so fun; it makes it fun with easy step-by-step instructions along with lots of color photos so you can see exactly what you need to do. We have not listed this book at the top of our list because we don’t consider this book to be a solid training book. It gives you ideas for how to train your dog useful and fun tricks, but it doesn’t teach you how to properly communicate with and discipline your dog in ways that he or she understands. This book has over 1,000 reviews and a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.

#5: Puppy Training for Kids: Teaching Children the Responsibilities and Joys of Puppy Care, Training, and Companionship

If you also have kids, then this book will be a good addition. It is rated 4.5 out of 5 starts with over 50 reviews.

Remember, always pair whatever training techniques you use with a solid understanding of how your dog understands the world around him and you. If your dog doesn’t understand what is going on, then no matter how much discipline or correction you give, your dog won’t learn.

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