Best Dog Training Books Every New Owner Should Read

Looking for a step-by-step guide to train your puppy? Check out any of these helpful dog training books to get you started!

When I first adopted my puppy, I knew that I wanted to start training him. I always hear that it's better if you start training your dogs at their earliest age, because they'll grow up to become masters in everything they were trained in. So, I gave it a shot. I looked up a few pet training methods and strategies to begin with. Even though I was following what the Internet was telling me, my puppy couldn't entirely understand what I was trying to tell him. At this point, I didn't know what else to do. I knew my puppy was at the perfect age where he begins to understand things. Even his breed is the type of breed that can easily pick up on tricks. However, it wasn't my puppy and his learning ability that was the problem, it was what the Internet was showing me.

Dog training techniques online can't entirely explain how to train your pet in certain commands and probably includes many outdated dog training myths. The amount of methods on the Internet even intimidates us. As much as I looked online, I was never satisfied, until I came across amazing books that can help me train my dog. I looked into books that thoroughly explained how to train my dog through step-by-step processes. After reading some of these books, I didn't once look up training methods on the Internet. If you're struggling to train your dog, you should definitely check out some of the useful and well-described dog training books on the market right now.

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Dr. Patricia B. McConnell

The Other End of the Leash is known to be one of the best dog training books you should read. The book shows a diverse perspective on our relationship with dogs and even focuses on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. Author Dr. Patricia McConnell views humans as another interesting species and explains why we behave a certain way around our dogs. She also shows us how dogs might interpret our behavior and how to interact with our dogs in ways that will bring out the best in our pets.

In fact, humans and dogs share an amazing relationship that’s truly unique in the animal world. Since we speak in a different native tongue, a lot of the translation gets lost. That’s where this book comes into play. This book explains in full detail how we can change our voices in a way where dogs can start to understand us. This is super helpful when it comes to training our pets because we want our dogs to understand us. If you’re having trouble training your dog to understand a little bit of what you’re trying to show her, this book can guide you properly. 

The Art of Raising a Puppy by The Monks of New Skete

Raising a puppy is pretty hard. Since he’s at such a young age, practically a baby, it’s difficult to train him to understand certain tricks and commands. Trust me, you’re not the only one who’s having difficulty to train your puppy how to sit on command. There are a lot of people like you in the same boat, and those who’ve successfully trained their puppy read this book as a guidance!

The Art of Raising a Puppy is the answer to all of your urgent questions. The author of this book knows exactly how tough it is to train a puppy, and has come up with helpful ways to help you out, too! This bestselling book features photographs with chapters on crating, play, adopting dogs from shelters and rescue organizations, and how to train them through the best possible ways. If you're desperate to train your puppy at an early age, don't think twice about reading this book.

101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog by Kyra Sundance, Chalcy, and Nick Saglimbeni (Photographer)

Don’t you just wish that your adorable dog understood so many tricks to make her the best dog you’ve ever had? Well, now your dog can with 101 Dog Tricks! This book is seen as one of the ideal dog training books, because it’s loaded with so many tricks your dog can easily learn. One hundred and one sounds like an intimidating amount, but many of the tricks in this book can be taught to your pet in an instant. In fact, you’ll be surprised how well your dog picked up on certain tricks, because of how detailed the instructions are.

As an international bestseller in 18 languages, this beautifully designed book includes step-by-step instructions on how to properly train your dog. The easy-to-follow color photos can show you visual instructions on how to teach your dog tricks, too. In the book, each trick is actually rated with a difficulty rating and prerequisites to get you started quickly! 

How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond by Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier

Preeminent dog behavior expert Cesar Millan is here to grant us the best strategies and techniques to raise the perfect dog! We all want our dog to be the best dog in the world; a pet that will understand commands, behave obediently, and be an amazing dog overall. It sounds like a tough task when you think about it, but after looking into his book, How to Raise the Perfect Dog, you’ll know everything like the back of your hand.

Based on Cesar’s own experiences raising young, individual puppies, he shares with us his top strategies so we can follow his footsteps. If you have this book by your side to help you out, you’ll have no problem being a coach and training your dog. This book is absolutely packed with information that you’ll need when it comes to training your dog to learn certain tricks.

Zak George's Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love by Zak George and Dina Roth Port

Zak George is a new type of dog trainer who created one of the greatest dog training books you must read. As a popular YouTube star and Animal Planet personality, Zak is coming through with fresh, new ideas on how to train your most stubborn dog. In fact, he shows you how to train your dog’s most unique traits and even energy levels, which lead to much faster results and a happier pup!

Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution is currently a huge hit in the market. Zak included information from his hundreds of videos and experience based on training dogs. The book includes topics like housetraining, handling biting, cool tricks, and so much more. When you open this book, you wouldn’t know where to start, but we recommend the first page.

Good Dog, Happy Baby: Preparing Your Dog for the Arrival of Your Child by Michael Wombacher

If you’ve recently had a baby and recently adopted a puppy… there are things that can possibly go wrong. Since the puppy is young, energetic, and playful, she’ll want to play with your newborn! However, this can also lead to your puppy being rough with your child, and you certainly don’t want anything to happen to your newborn or your puppy. Many new parents go through this and are searching for solutions to control your pup from harming your child on accident. This leads to training your puppy to be obedient and careful when being in the presence of your child!

Getting the best dog breeds for children and families isn't enough to ensure a seamless relationship between the two. A book that perfectly explains how you can train your puppy to be more gentle with your child is Good Dog, Happy Baby. This book is definitely one of the most helpful dog training books you should read if you’re looking for the best ways to integrate your child and pup together. Yes, dogs do get excited when they see a tiny human, and sometimes, they can be too excited. This book has laid out a 12-step process that can give families the skills they need train their dog to be obedient. The skills feature tips on evaluating your dog, resolving common behavior problems, and even fully prepare your dog for a new baby on the way. All soon-to-be parents with a dog should certainly check out this amazing book.

Your Golden Retriever Puppy Month by Month by Terry Albert and Debra Eldredge

Even though this book is titled, Your Golden Retriever Puppy Month by Month, it doesn’t mean it’s just meant for dog owners with a who want large dog training tips. This outstanding book is written for all dog owners who want to properly train their pup without any complications! The book provides all new pet owners with everything they need to know and do at every stage of development in order to make sure that your energetic pup grows up to be a happy, healthy, and obedient companion.

A trainer, veterinarian, and a breeder have teamed up and answered all of your questions within just a single book; questions that are pretty tough to find the answers to online. This book consists of topics like puppies crying at night, how to crate train your pup, leash training, and so much more. Once you’ve gone through this book, your dog should be well-adjusted!

Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Debra F. Horwitz (Editor), John Ciribassi (Contribution by), and Steve Dale (Contribution by)

There are many dogs who possess unwanted behaviors and for us who own those type of dogs, it’s a real struggle to train them and get rid of those terrible behaviors. Us dog owners have come face to face with a ton of trainers that gave us the most confusing advice ever. Since we’re so damn eager to train our dogs to be obedient and well-rounded, we certainly don’t have the time to listen to trainers who don’t know what they’re talking about. However, we definitely have the time to read one of the best dog training books on our own.

Decoding Your Dog will completely change your viewpoint about positively training your dog and have them behaving much better! The book combines cutting-edge science with accessible and adaptable accurate examples to get you started and acknowledge how to thoroughly train your dog. The book can also resolve complaints, answer all of your curiosities, and even challenge the way we think about our pups!

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

If you own a very, very energetic dog, you know exactly how draining it can be for us humans. Especially for pups who are extremely playful and possess just so much energy, we basically have to run around and chase them to avoid having them damage anything in the house. We get it, they’re dogs, but it’s just amazing how some of them have an immense amount of energy! The mornings are the absolute worst, because they’ve gained all of their energy back after a well-rested night.

All we want is to simply train them to be a bit calmer. When we have guests over, we don’t want them to be overwhelmed by the presence of our energetic dog. That’s why On Talking Terms with Dogs is the ideal book that shows us how to train our dogs to be calmer. We learn how to teach our dogs certain signals to avoid conflict, invite play, and communicate through a wide range of information to other dogs as well as people! 

How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days by Shirlee Kalstone, Pamela Powers (Illustrator), and Pamela Leigh Powers (Illustrator)

Finally, How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days is among the useful dog training books you should definitely look into. If you’re having trouble properly training your dog to understand commands and tricks, this book can help you out. This compact guide can show all dog owners step-by-step advice on how to housebreak their pups—within a single week! Wait, housebreak their dogs in just one week? Yes! Whether your pet is a mid-age dog or a young puppy, this book can show you how to housebreak, litter train, and even paper train your dog in the simplest ways ever.

The book shows ways that work for both innate behavioral instincts and your individual lifestyle. You now don’t have to worry about your dog acting out, feeling anxious or depressed, and even ruining your favorite carpet anymore. The fully detailed descriptions in this book can properly teach your dog to behave indoors.

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