By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA
There are a TON of dog training books out there covering every topic and philosophy you can think of. These are my top ten!
YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:
- Develop and monitor realistic expectations with our Goals and Expectations Worksheet
- Determine whether your dog’s needs are being met
- Use management to prevent bad behaviors
- Most effectively communicate with and train your dog so he listens to you
- Get a well-behaved dog who makes good choices
- Properly socialize your dog
- Resolve ANY behavior problem by using our Problem Solving Model along with detailed instructions for 24 of the most common dog behavior problems
2. Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog
By Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT
Book Description: Learn how to turn stress to confidence and distraction to focus using methods that are 110% positive. Leslie McDevitt’s versatile Control Unleashed program is designed to help “dogs with issues” learn how to relax, focus, and work off-leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations. Whether you’re training a challenging dog on your own, an instructor trying to figure out how to help dogs in your classes, or an instructor who wants to design a special program just for stressed out dogs, this book is for you. Who needs Control Unleashed? Dogs that are uncomfortable or unable to work off lead around other dogs Dog that are easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating Dogs that are reactive or easily aroused Dogs that are anxious or stressed and shut down Dog that are unable to control their impulses when excited This training program can change your dog’s life!
3. Making Dogs Happy: A Guide to How They Think, What They Do (and Don’t) Want, and Getting to “Good Dog!” Behavior
By Dr. Melissa Starling and Professor Paul McGreevy
Book Description: “Why does my dog do that?” It’s a question every dog owner has asked—whether their best friend is growling at an unseen foe, or rolling in an objectionable scent. Now, world-leading canine experts and fellow dog-lovers Melissa Starling and Paul McGreevy are here with all the answers:
- How dogs use body language to communicate (with both people and other dogs)
- What motivates dogs (and what doesn’t)
- Rules for canine contentment (for example, most dogs don’t enjoy hugging)
- Subtle signs of discomfort, stress, and fear (like lip licking)
- And even how to choose the furry companion that’s right for you.
In Making Dogs Happy, you’ll learn to see the world as your dog does— full of goals to pursue, resources to guard, and stressors to avoid. Using that knowledge, you’ll be able to communicate with (and train) your dog so that they’re the happiest hound on the block. Decode your dog’s emotions and behaviors—and be the best dog parent you can be.
5. The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training
By Paul Owens and Norma Eckroate
- Updated material on the power of non-force training
- Information on the newest, most effective gear for all levels of training
- A new tricks section that will provide fun for both you and your dog
With guidance from The Dog Whisperer, 2nd Edition, you’ll learn compassionate training methods for even the most sensitive dogs. This revolutionary, humane, and logical approach to raising and teaching promises to make training your dog the most positive experience possible.
6. Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog
By Emma Parsons, KPA CTP, APDT, CDBC
* desensitize your dog to approaching strange dogs
* grab your dog’s collar without getting bitten
* teach dogs to perform canine calming signals on cue
* use your own body language when under stress as a cue for your dog to remain calm
7. Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training
By Karen Pryor, one of the founders of clicker training
8. Better Together: The Collected Wisdom of Modern Dog Trainers
Edited by Ken Ramirez
9. Plenty in Life is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace
By Kathy Sdao, Applied Animal Behaviorist
10. Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0: New Practical Techniques for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs
By Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA
Learn how to:
- Rehabilitate aggression, frustration, and fear.
- Use survival skills to prevent reactivity on walks and at home.
- Use a long line to safely maximize your dog’s freedom of movement.
- Apply Grisha’s BAT philosophy to all dogs and puppies…and get your life back!