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10 Best Dog Training Books

By Kara Bednarik

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Every dog is different and requires a personalized approach to training. No matter if you have a quick learning puppy or are trying to teach an old dog a new trick, these books on dog training are sure to give you new perspective on how to best approach your goal.

All star ratings are taken from Amazon in January 2019.

  1. Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days (4.8 stars)

    In his first book, Brandon McMillan covers his 7 Common Commands that work on puppies and older dogs alike. These commands are sit, stay, down, come, off, heel, and no. He goes further by covering common behavior problems like chewing, barking, and many more. His goal is to have a better-trained dog within seven days.
  2. Ten Natural Steps to Training the Family Dog: Building a Positive Relationship (4.7 stars)

    In this training book by 30-year-veteran dog trainer Matthew Duffy, anyone can learn to nurture the bond that your family has with your dog through behavioral conditioning, teaching your pup self-confidence, training him or her to keep attention with distractions, and much more. It’s an easy-to-master book for any family with a dog.
  3. The Art of Raising a Puppy (4.6 stars)

    This book by the Monks of New Skete focuses on the bond that you form with your puppy. The monks believe that if you are able to understand and anticipate the needs of your dog then you are better equipped to train them. With the understanding of your new pet, you are able to help prevent problems before they begin because of your deeper connection to them.
  4. A Dog’s Guide to Humans (Fun Reads for Dog Lovers) (Volume 1) (4.6 stars)

    This humorous book by Karen Davis takes a different approach to getting into the mind of the dog – literally! The book is “written” by a West Highland White Terrier named Bob who has adopted a human and is working to train him. It gives interesting insight into why a dog might react a certain way to human behavior. It makes you really question whether we train them or if they train us.
  5. Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love (4.6 stars)

    Author Zak George is an Animal Planet personality and YouTube star who also believes that training a puppy is done best with love and understanding. He tackles topics such as picking the right puppy for you and your energy level, travel tips, deciding on the right food to use, and more. You can also find videos on his YouTube channel to show his tips and tricks in action.
  6. The Puppy Primer (4.5 stars)

    Positive reinforcement is the power behind this puppy training book by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. and Brenda Scidmore. This is a top-selling book for thousands of dog trainers across the country because of its many helpful tips and tricks that range from simple sit and stay commands to more intricate ways of teaching socialization.
  7. How to be Your Dog’s Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners (Revised & Updated Edition) (4.5 stars)

    Another best seller by the Monks of New Skete, though this one predates The Art of Raising a Puppy. This book discusses when to use praise and when to use discipline in training your dog, how to best raise your dog based on the area you reside, and much more. Every dog has their own personality and you will learn the importance of how their personality affects how they’re trained.
  8. 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog (4.5 stars)

    A New York Times bestseller, this easy-to-use guide by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy gives you step-by-step instructions for tricks ranging from easy to difficult. There are pictures to use to follow along teaching proper technique for how to carry yourself and when to give treats and praise. It also rates the tricks by level of difficulty and lets you know which tricks to have mastered before moving on.
  9. Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5-Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement (4.3 stars)

    Larry Kay and Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz have perfected the art of dog training using love and kindness (and just the right amount of positive reinforcement). Sylvia-Stasiewicz writes tips that she used when training Bo Obama, Barack Obama’s Portuguese Waterdog. In 5 weeks, with training between 10 to 20 minutes per day, your dog will have all the tools to be the best.
  10. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training (Third Edition) (4.3 stars)

    Author Pamela Dennison guides pet owners through the fundamentals of positive reinforcement training that works for new pet owners, owners who have used other training methods, and anybody dealing with a “problem” pet. By learning the basics of the method, the reader can set the scene for a perfect training environment to help pets retain their new behaviors.
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