Best Dog Training Books

Did you just bring home a big-eyed precious puppy?  Is your new furry friend from the Humane Society? Are you helping out a friend with their dog?  In any of these cases, training a dog takes a lot of work. However, there are many different techniques and tips for helping your pup become a happy and healthy member of your family.  It’s time to delve into the best books for dog training to learn these tips and tricks!

Five Best Books for Dog Training

Many dog trainers have written helpful books that can provide you with tools for training your dog.  In this article, you will find the top five picks for overall best dog training books.  

Best Books for Dog Training

Book #1: Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love

You may have seen Zak George on Animal Planet’s SuperFetch or BBC’s Who Let the Dogs Out.  This author also has his own YouTube video where he releases helpful dog training videos and content.  

In his book, Zak George's Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love, you will get an informative look at Zak’s training techniques.  You will be able to find tips and tricks for your dog’s temperament, age, and energy level.  

Zak begins this book by helping guide you through how to choose the best pup to fit in with your family.  He then discusses basic house training and commands to teach your new dog. Behavior issues such as barking and leash pulling are addressed next.  He also includes basic health care tips and fun activities to help you bond with your pet.  

If you are looking for an overall good read on how to train your dog, Zak George’s book is a great choice.  Each topic addressed in his book also corresponds with one of his YouTube videos. This tool will help you see what his training ideas look like in action.  

Book #2: The Art of Raising a Puppy

The Monks of New Skete wrote The Art of Raising a Puppy to help new puppy parents train up their little furry friends so they can be happy and healthy adult dogs.  If you have a new puppy or are considering bringing one into your home, this is a great read. 

The authors begin this book by guiding you through how to choose the best puppy for your home.  This book includes information that is designed to help you create a strong bond with your pup from the early days.  

Detailed in this book, you will find ways to assert authority over your dog while still loving, nurturing, and bonding.  By outlining puppy development with real photographs, the authors will show you why training pups at the early stages is so crucial for you to have a happy relationship throughout the dog’s life. 

After detailing how to first engage with your pup, this book will also provide tips for handling trouble puppy behavior.  If you are looking to create a strong bond and manageable life with your new young pup, this book will empower you to start on the right foot.  

Book #3: Lucky Dog Lessons

Lucky Dog is an Emmy-winning television show that features dog trainer Brandon McMillan.  If you haven’t seen the show, McMillan takes shelter dogs who are often labeled as “unadoptable” and trains them in just 7 days, then finding them a loving home.  He strongly believes that all dogs can be trained regardless of their temperament or past experiences.  

In this Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days book, you will find his passion for training pups through step-by-step instructions and personal stories of dogs.  McMillian will lay out for you the seven basic commands of sit, stay, come, heel, off, no, and down. For each technique he suggests, you will find photographs to help you master the steps.  

You will also find some solutions to typical behavior issues you may be having with your pup.  With his tips and tricks, you will be able to strengthen a healthy, trusting bond with your dog while teaching them positive behavior.  

Book #4: 101 Dog Tricks 

If you are looking for a way to strengthen your bond with your pup, consider picking up this 101 Dog Tricks book by Kyra Sundance.  Teaching your dog new tricks not only strengthens your relationship but also gives them mental stimulation, leading to a happy and healthy book.  

In this book, Sundance gives step-by-step directions to teaching your dog tricks.  The range of tricks is vast, starting with simple commands such as sit and stay. However, you will also find more advanced tricks, such as training your pup to get a soda from the refrigerator.  

Organized by themes such as “chores” and “dancing,” you will quickly be able to search for a trick to work on with your furry friend.  You will find a difficulty level next to each trick, as well as any prerequisite skills to master first. Not only will this book help teach your dog tricks, but it will be a fun way to bond with your pup.

Book #5: Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Common Dog Problems 

You have likely heard of the Dog Whisperer or Cesar Milan.  He has appeared on popular television shows as a guest. Also, he stars in his own reality TV show called the Dog Whisperer.  Known for his expertise in dog behavior and psychology, this book outlines some of his basic training ideas.  

In this book, Cesar's Way, you will find explanations for the causes of typical problematic doggie behaviors. And, of course, he likewise presents suggestions for correcting these problems.  His shared “formula” includes a balance of exercise, discipline, and affection. One of the big ideas you will see in his training techniques is that there is no such thing as a “problem breed,” just problem owners.

With that in mind, Cesar will give you tips for helping train your dog in a way that provides what they need.  You will find ways to distinguish between punishment and discipline and how to relate to your dog on their level.  As you read this book, you will also hear stories about some of his real clients. These stories will surely inspire you to foster a strong connection with your pup.  

Additional Training Resources  

Along with these reading materials, you can find a wide variety of training resources online.  Cesar Milan and Zak George have countless video tutorials on specific dog training techniques. Watching the videos can provide a better picture of each tip.  

Local pet stores and trainers offer puppy socialization and dog training classes.  Upon reading some of these books, you may need additional support in your training process.  Working alongside a trainer, as well as fellow pet owners, may help provide the support you need.  

In Summary

Training your dog can be a fun part of the bonding process. With an endless amount of information to guide you, this short list of books is a good place to start. 

Looking for something more specific for puppies? Check out our post here on The Best Puppy Training Books!