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Best Dog Training Books

Looking for good dog training books? Below you’ll find a curated list of the best dog training books on how to effectively train your dog.

The list of best dog training books below, includes books on dog psychology, nutrition, canine behavior and positive reinforcement. Enjoy!

The 10 Best Dog Training Books of All Time

1. Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor


Synopsis: Originally published entitled: Don’t shoot the dog!: how to improve yourself and others through behavioral training, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984.

2. The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell

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Synopsis: The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs.

3. The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

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Synopsis: The Culture Clash is utterly unique, fascinating to the extreme, and literally overflowing with information so new that it virtually redefines the state of the art in dog behavior and training.

4. The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller

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Synopsis: The Power of Positive Dog Training is the best book yet on explaining how and why purely positive training works. Inside, you’ll find easy to read discussion of the philosophy of positive training followed by training tips and exercises.

5. On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

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Synopsis: Turid Rugaas is a noted expert on canine body language, notably “calming signals” which are signals dogs give to other dogs and humans to denote stress and to attempt defuse situations that otherwise might result in fights or aggression.

6. Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals by Karen Pryor

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Synopsis: Practical, engrossing, and full of fascinating stories about Pryor’s interactions with animals of all sorts, Reaching the Animal Mind presents the sum total of her life’s work. She explains the science behind clicker training, how and why it works, and offers step-by-step instructions on how you can clicker-train any animal in your life.

7. Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog by Leslie McDevitt


Synopsis: 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.”

8. Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog by Ian Dunbar

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Synopsis: Dr. Dunbar’s guide is based around six developmental deadlines: completing your education and preparation, assessing a puppy’s prior socialization and education, teaching errorless housetraining and chewtoy-training, completing a socialization program of meeting strange dogs and people, etc.

9. How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Sophia Yin

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Synopsis: How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves takes a scientifically sound yet practical approach to explaining dog behavior and training theory, and then shows you how to apply these concepts so you can train your dog to be well behaved.

10. The Cautious Canine: How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears by Patricia B. McConnell

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Synopsis: Many fear-based problems can be overcome by learning how to apply desensitization and counter-conditioning. Whether fear of strangers, vacuums or objects, by identifying triggers and creating a step-by-step plan you will improve the quality of your dog’s life and yours.

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