Whether you’re hitting the beach and looking for a good read or you want to seriously enhance your knowledge of positive dog training, these top five dog training books are a great place to start. Some are time-honored classics, others are new and quirky, but all of them will leave you with valuable information on how to train your dogs with compassion.
The first on our list of favorite dog training books definitely falls into the “classics” category. It’s been on the market for almost a decade, but its revolutionary new perspective on the psychology of our relationships with our dogs is still fresh and insightful all these years later. This is the perfect book to begin your reading list because it really takes its time to describe the ways to best interact with our canine companions while at the same time alerting us to dangerous mistakes in our approach to training.
Alexandra Horowitz has a stunning proposition: our dogs know us better than we know them. This book is all about the dog’s perspective and the way he or she views the world, which means it’s also about us as owners and the way dogs perceive us. Horowitz outlines dogs’ mental circuitry and then conjures up a day in the life of our dogs – what they see, feel, and smell. This one will have you thinking about your dog’s behavior in a brand new way.
If you are interested in learning how take even better care of your dog, this is the place to start and explore. Doug Knueven really takes the mystery out of holisitic care for dogs, and rather than calling for radical changes in your current practices, he illuminates how holistic treatments can complement conventional veterinary practices. Homeopathy, massage therapy, and herbal medicine are all discussed here.
This lovely, fun book is not only dog friendly, but reader friendly, too! It covers all the basics of reward-based training in an easy-to-read format, complemented by adorable illustrations. This book is more than just good formatting, however: the information is completely worthwhile. This volume has gained a reputation for being one of the best dog training books because of its extensive coverage on instilling impulse control, training a dog who is safe to handle, and teaching the Roll Over exercise safely and humanely.
This book from the developer of clicker training – the all-positive, safe way to shape animal behavior, delves into the science behind training and how to apply it to animals – including humans. She offers step-by-step instructions to clicker train any animal, and shares stories from the thousands of animal minds she has interacted with in her life’s work.
We hope you enjoy this beginner’s list of positive dog training books. If you want more, please speak up in the comments. Our goal is to continue to recommend great books about dog training for you as your knowledge about dogs expands. So many books, so little time. Happy reading!