Best dog and puppy training books

Training your dog should be a huge part of yours and your dog's life, particularly  in the first few months. We must teach our dogs how to be a well-behaved puppy so they grow into a happy and healthy dog.

Best dog and puppy training books

Training provides your dog with important skills like housetraining, leash training, obedience training, crate training, socializing, tricks and problem solving. 

Puppy training provides:​

  • Mental stimulation which helps to keep your dog happy
  • Physically activity to keep your dog healthy
  • Great bonding time between you and your dog

Dogs without training will act out by  jumping, barking, pulling, lunging on a leash, scavenging, and peeing wherever they like.   

A dog who behaves like this won’t be fun to be around.

Dog training methods

Many dog trainers support reward-based training methods. Here, the dog is rewarded for ‘good’ behaviour and 'unwanted’ behaviors are ignored. 

Physical punishment must not be used in training programs. Punishing a dog for 'unwanted' behavior can make the problem worse.

In addition to puppy classes, socialization and dog obedience school, it is important to continue regular training with your dog.

Here are four of the best dog and puppy training books that I have found and can help you and your dog train together, have fun, learn new tricks, and prevent unwanted behavior. 

1. 101 Dog Tricks

Teaching your dog tricks helps you bond with your dog and integrate him into your family. Tricks keep him mentally and physically challenged and help to establish paths of communication between you. Many tricks build skills used in dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work.

Best dog and puppy training books

The stars of this book are Chalcy the Weimaraner and her owner and trainer, Kyra Sundance. They regularly perform tricks and entertain audiences at fairs, circuses, schools and events. Chalcy is Often called the 'Worlds Smartest Dog' and you know why when you see her in action.  

This is a beautifully designed book featuring step-by-step instructions on how to teach your dog new tricks. The book is easy to follow with:

  • Step by Step instructions
  • There are easy to follow color photos of each step.
  • Each trick is rated with a difficulty rating and prerequisites to get you started quickly.
  • Tips and trouble-shooting boxes for common problems ,  while
  • Ideas to "build-on" tricks and suggestions for more complicated tricks 

The book includes a wide range of tricks from simple to complex:

  • Sit
  • Shake Hands
  • Fetch
  • Roll Over  to extraordinary ones like
  • Tidy Up Your Toys into the Toy box ,  and
  • Get a Soda from the Fridge.

This book comes with raving reviews with the biggest benefits being the step by step instructions with beautiful photos of Chalcy and Kyra.

This book is valuable for not only puppies for adult and senior dogs. They say an old dog can't learn​ new tricks, I say with this books they definitely can!!

Annnnndddd here's Chalcy........

2. Cesar's Way

Cesar Millan is the star of National Geographic Channel’s hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.  He talks about what dogs truly need to live a happy and fulfilled life.

Best dog and puppy training books

Cesar is not a traditional trainer as he has a unique ability to comprehend dog psychology and is said to know what makes dogs tick. In Cesar’s Way, he shares this wisdom and lays the groundwork for you to have stronger, more satisfying relationships with your dog.

Cesar’s formula for a happy dog seems impossibly simple:

  • exercise
  • discipline
  • affection 

The book takes readers through the basics of dog psychology and behavior and shares details of his most fascinating cases. 

This book will give you a deeper appreciation of how your dog sees the world, and it will help make your relationship with your beloved pet a richer and more rewarding one.

Learn what goes on inside your dog’s mind and develop a positive, fulfilling relationship with your best friend

In Cesar’s Way, Cesar Millan helps you see the world through the eyes of your dog so you can finally eliminate problem behaviors. You’ll learn:

  • What your dog really needs may not be what you’re giving him
  • Why a dog’s natural pack instincts are the key to your happy relationship
  • How to relate to your dog on a canine level
  • There are no “problem breeds,” just problem owners
  • Why every dog needs a job
  • How to choose a dog who’s right for you and your family
  • The difference between discipline and punishment

Here is a great short video with Cesar on the Queen Latifah Show to give you an idea of what Cesar is all about.

Some dogs need a little help.

Some dogs are afraid, or excited, or reactive. Dogs that “don’t listen” and “go crazy” don’t live the lives we –- or they –- want.

Best dog and puppy training books

Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out can change that. Simple steps and an accessible, conversational tone from award-winning, internationally-known trainer Laura VanArendonk Baugh make calming the agitated dog not only possible, but pleasant.

Inside you’ll learn how to

  • Achieve change in short, simple training sessions of a minute or less
  • Maximize the effects of natural brain chemistry
  • Know when to call in medical help
  • “Clean up” unreliable behaviors in both overexcited sport dogs and pets at home
  • Recognize how fear, aggression, and excitement are variants of the same root problem

The conversational tone of this book is both informative and fun. It feels like the reader has a trainer standing at their shoulder! Bring your dog from emotional to thoughtful, and enjoy a calmer, more enriched life with your best friend.

This book appealed to me because i too have a somewhat crazy dog. I use the excuse that he is a terrier and terriers are crazy. Deep down, and don't tell anyone, I know it's because I am too soft with him and I am not very well trained!!

Which ironically leads me to this book....​

The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs. It focusses on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs.

The author, animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior. She then talks about how to interact with our dogs to bring out the best in our four-legged friends.

Best dog and puppy training books

Humans and dogs share a remarkable relationship that is unique in the animal world even though we are two entirely different species. Perhaps it is because we each speak a different language, a lot gets lost in the translation.

The Other End of the Leash demonstrates how even the slightest changes in your voice stance can help your dog understand what you want.

If we look at our own behavior from the perspective of your dog, we can understand why much of what appears to be doggy-disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication. Inside you will learn:

  •  How to use your voice so that your dog is more likely to do what you ask.
  •  Why “getting dominance” over your dog is a bad idea.
  •  Why “rough and tumble primate play” can lead to trouble–and how to play with your dog in ways that are fun and keep him out of trouble.
  •  How dogs and humans share personality types–and why most dogs want to live with benevolent leaders rather than “alphawannabees!”

Patricia McConnell combines true stories about people and dogs with a new, accessible scientific perspective on how they should behave around each other.

This is a book that strives to help you make the most of life with your dog, and to prevent problems that might arise in that most rewarding of relationships.

I hope you have found a book that suits you and your dog from the list of the 4 best dog and puppy training books above.

Now... to teach my dog to make me a coffee...

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