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
- Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Common Dog Problems
- 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog
- The Art of Raising a Puppy
- How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond
- 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”
- Audio CD
- Single-Issue Magazine
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”
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
- 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
- Audio CD
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.
#4. How to Raise the Perfect Dog
“Through Puppyhood and Beyound”
- Audio CD
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”
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:
- On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals
- How to Housebreak your Dog in 7 Days
- The Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start your Puppy off Right
- The Dog Listener: Learning the Language of your Best Friend
- The Cautious Canine: How to Help Dogs Conquer their Fears
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.