Puppy Training Books
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If you are one of those people who finds it most practical to tackle a challenge armed with as much information as possible, you may want to purchase a book on puppy training. While there is a huge selection of books available, it is best to choose a puppy training book that best fits your needs, your budget and your timeframe.

The following puppy training books are categorized by the type of experience gleaned:

For Beginners:
How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With by David H. Neil
First published in 1981, this book is a well known beginners guide to puppy training. It provides tips on all of the basics, with easy to follow language and diagrams. The book has since been updated and revised, therefore the latest edition includes commentary on the latest training techniques.

For the Prose:
Divine Canine: The Monks’ Way to a Happy, Obedient Dog by The Monks of New Skete
Based on the Animal Planet series, this book is directed at creating obedient, devoted and happy dogs through the methods made popular by the Monks of New Skete. The books includes stores of 16 different dogs with a variety of behavioral problems and details the techniques used to help the dogs. While the popularity of the television show has increased the popularity of this book, it is not a traditional training manual. Additionally, most of the behavioral problems addressed in the book focus more on the bad habits of unruly dogs rather than the typical behavior of a new, untrained puppy.

For a Better Understanding:
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
While written as a guide for training your dog, this book focuses less on the step by step measures and more on the how and why. The book is aimed at explaining the behavior of dogs so that humans may strive to better understand how to train their pet. If you’re looking for specifics, however, this book may be lacking. While it focuses on the positive reinforcement of dog training, it lacks detailed, step-by-step methods.

For Humor:
Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor
As a behavioral scientist, the author of this book provides explanation of various training methods with a humorous approach. This book focuses primarily on building a relationship with your dog based on behavioral understand and communication. While offering some helpful insight on responding to a dog’s misbehavior, this book is less a training manual and more a commentary on behavior modification with humorous anecdotes.

It is important to note that puppy training is not a sedentary activity. It is very hands-on and requires patience and dedication. While diagrams and photos, such as those provided in puppy training books, can be very helpful, each is lacking a method for connecting the physical activity to the training method. A video component, which shows the actual training methods being established, the puppy misbehavior and the puppy obedience, is a much more effective training tool. It’s far easier to mimic the actions of videos, such as those presented on this site, than to try to discern the best training methods interpreted from diagrams or static photographs. Puppy training books can be a helpful tool, if paired with the types of videos we provide.

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