Specially Selected Amazon Dog Training Books

Dog training is an essential part of owning a dog, and just as much for your dog as for you! This is especially true when they are young – just like children, dogs will be happier knowing what their boundaries are, what your expectations are and how to please you. Remember, they love you and they will get great enjoyment from doing what they think will make you happy.

With these books, there is pretty much something for everyone, including puppy training, general dog training and tricks. So why not take a look and see what suits you and your dog best (or doggies if you have more than one)?

As well as a short review of each book below, which gives you a bit more depth of comparison, I have the actual list of my top 5 here. So if you are short of time, and want to get straight to the point, just click on a book from the list, so you can jump straight in.

My Top 5 Amazon Training Books

  1. Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Common Dog Problems
  2. 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog
  3. The Art of Raising a Puppy
  4. How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond
  5. The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

#1.     Cesar’s Way

“The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Common Dog Problems”

Cesar's WayAvailable in these formats:

  • Hardcover
  • Paperback
  • Audible
  • Audio CD
  • Single-Issue Magazine

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Written by world-famous “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, more than a million copies of this amazing book have already been sold. Hailed as America’s most in-demand dog behavior expert, his philosophy for a content dog is a simple one: exercise, discipline and affection – in that order. One of the nice aspects of this book is he helps you see the world through your dog’s eyes. With plenty of real-life stories from actual clients, it’s keeps the readers interest high throughout.

Just a taster of what some of the chapters have to offer…

  • understanding the pack mentality
  • taking responsibility for our own behavior that affects dogs
  • what to do to manage any aggression your dog shows

#2.     101 Dog Tricks

“Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog”

101 Dog TricksAvailable in these formats:

  • Kindle
  • Paperback

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Written by Kyra Sundance, who is not only an internationally-renowned author, but also a celebrity dog trainer.

But where she is perhaps even more well known, is through her experience as a stunt dog show performer. So who better to write a book on teaching your dog tricks? Kyra also lectures on positive dog training methods, and her main philosophy is centered around balancing a dog’s natural enthusiasm with self-control.

What is my favorite thing about this book? The great color pictures! Just like making a new recipe for the first time, I like to know how it’s meant to look. There are also step-by-step instructions to help with the learning.

So what sort of tricks are we talking about? Many are included in this book, but to give you an idea…

  • sit (starting with the basics!)
  • shake hands
  • roll-over
  • tidy up your own dog toys into a toy box
  • get a drink from the fridge (this talks about getting a soda, but I’m sure there are some who teach their dogs to get beer too – he he!)

#3.    The Art of Raising a Puppy

The Art of Raising a PuppyAvailable in these formats:

  • Kindle
  • Hardcover
  • Paperback
  • Audible
  • Audio CD

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Written by The Monks of Skete, who are well-known for breeding and training German Shepherds. Based at a monastery in New York, they have a direct involvement with dogs that stretches over 20 years.

Bearing in mind their particular experience with German Shepherds, I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking to train larger dog breeds.

Their philosophy doesn’t really differ from the authors of the first two books on my list – that is, understanding your dog is key to being able to train him or her. They are also the writers of another dog training book – How to be your Dog’s Best Friend, but this one here focuses on the first three months of a puppy’s life.

The monks have a very compassionate and gentle style to their dog training, which is lovely, and likely to appeal to a lot of dog owners.

#4.     How to Raise the Perfect Dog

“Through Puppyhood and Beyound”

How to Raise the perfect DogAvailable in these formats:

  • Kindle
  • Hardcover
  • Paperback
  • Audio CD

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Written by internationally acclaimed “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, who is also the founder of the Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles.

Drawing on the same experience that puts his other book at the top of my list, this one focuses on puppies and younger dogs.

This book guides you through the following…

  • developmental stages of a puppy and what you should expect at each one
  • the all important house-breaking
  • why good nutrition is so important for a young dog
  • setting the ground rules early on, for good obedience
  • some of the common mistakes dog owners make with puppies and younger dogs
  • specific exercises to bring out the best in different breeds of dog

#5.     The Other End of the Leash

“Why we do what we do around dogs”

The other End of the LeashAvailable in these formats:

  • Hardcover
  • Paperback
  • Audible

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Written by Dr Patricia McConnell, who is an animal behaviorist with more than 20 years experience.

She takes on a rather interesting slant with this book, and looks at humans as just another species of animal. perhaps more of how a dog interprets human behavior and why, the focus is on this interaction and how it can be used to bring out the best in our canine friends.

Some tidbits to whet your appetite are…

  • Using your voice in a way that your dog is more likely to do what you are asking of him or her
  • Why asserting your dominance over your dog may not be the best idea
  • How play- fighting or playing roughly can give your dog the wrong signals
  • Personality-typing and how dogs and humans share these

If none of the above books tickle your fancy, then I also highly rate these additional dog training books from Amazon, which are all excellent resources as well:

I hope you’ve found this useful – I’ve aimed to keep it fairly short and to the point, but to help you save time looking for the best books on Amazon yourselves. if you have any comments or questions, please just drop me a line in the section below.

4 thoughts on “Specially Selected Amazon Dog Training Books

  1. We have two toy poodles that we adore…but they are quite yappy! They have both bonded with me (as opposed to my husband). He would like nothing more than for them to treat him like they treat me. (they don’t bark at me and bark at him). I suggested that maybe he try to teach them tricks and such, so I was really happy to find your post today. I love Ceasar Milan’s TV show!

    1. Hi to you and your poodles Jackie,

      Nice to have your feedback here and I’m glad you think the training books may help with some extra inter-family bonding. I agree that Cesar’s TV show is interesting – so many people all over the world now watch it! Let me know how you get on, Mara.

  2. Thanks for these recommendations. Dog training is so important. I have a little doggy who I absolutely adore but must admit, sometimes he does rule the roost a bit! So I am looking for a a few good training books to help me get that under control. I am a big fan of Caesar Milan, I enjoy watching his show but have never read his books. Will be checking out these books, thanks!

    1. Hi Andrea,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and being honest about your little doggy. I think most dog owners, including me, will feel the same. We all probably let them get away with some things because they are so cute and we love them so much! Cesar Millan definitely has a good reputation and is very well known. I hope you find something suitable from my list of training books.

      All the best to you and your doggy, Mara.

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