Dog Training Books: Pet Expert’s Choice

Each year a lot of new dog training books appear in the market. Some of them are really good but some are for aversive training which doesn't help any dog.

Darlene Arden is an internationally recognized authority on dogs and their care, and a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Maxwell Award, the Muse Medallion, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals/American Humane Education Society’s Media Award for veterinary writing and animal welfare.

Being a dog training expert herself Darlene suggests several best dog training books that she “can recommend for dogs of all sizes and breeds”. With these books, she says, «the training is positive and easy. Even a child can do it”.

Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs by Karen Pryor

If you are curious about clicker training and want to give it a try, Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs is the place to begin. Karen Pryor's readable, entertaining chapters introduce you to the why's and how's of clicker training from choosing a treat and timing the click to training a trick. New to clicker training? Then this is a "must read". Learn from this book how training can be FUN, both for you and your dog.

Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs is available on Amazon.

The Trick Is in the Training: Dozens of Fun Tricks to Teach Your Dog by Stephanie J. Taunton and Cheryl S. Smith

Canine “tricks” are showy extensions of a dog’s natural behavior. Open this dog training book and discover how training dogs to perform tricks enhances the bond between pet and owner and adds to playtime fun. The book shows you how to your train your pet to perform both simple and complicated tricks. After reviewing four basic commands— sit, down, stand, and stay—you and your dog will progress to maneuvers that include — jump through a hoop, weave through legs, balance a biscuit, — and many others. You’ll also get tips on putting your dog’s training to use—just for fun, in competitive shows, and even for roles in films.

You can get The Trick Is in the Training from Amazon.

Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor

Now Karen Pryor clearly explains the underlying principles of behavioral training and through numerous fascinating examples reveals how this art can be applied to virtually any common situation.  And best of all, she tells how to do it without yelling threats, force, punishment, guilt trips--or shooting the dog. 8 methods for putting an end to all kinds of undesirable behavior. The 10 laws of "shaping" behavior--for results without strain or pain through "affection training."

Don't Shoot the Dog! is available on Amazon.

Quick Clicks: 40 Fast and Fun Behaviors to Train with a Clicker by Mandy Book and Cheryl S. Smith

Quick Clicks explains the technique of clicker training without the often-confusing jargon, and provides step-by-step instructions for training a variety of fun and useful behaviors. Useful training includes Wait at the door, Walk nicely on and off leash, and Confidence-building exercises, while a chapter on Tricks provides some fun and games. Early chapters help the novice practice the technique in quick and easy bits and pieces, while the final chapter explains the formal language of operant conditioning, for further reading on the subject and provides a list of Resources.

You can get Quick Clicks from Amazon.

Clicker Training for Obedience by Morgan Spector

Shaping top performance positively! In this breakthrough book, Morgan Spector shows you how and why to use clicker training, the technology of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, to train you dog. Whether you're starting off with a new puppy or headed for the Obedience ring, these step-by-step instructions will work for you. You'll learn how you can use positive reinforcers, instead of force and punishment, to build reliable performance at every level of training. If you just want a hassle-free, truly enjoyable companion dog, this book will show you how, even if you've never trained before. And if you have visions of going all the way to top scores and Obedience championships - with a happy, eager, positively trained canine partner - go for it!

Clicker Training for Obedience is available on Amazon.

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  1. Lawrence says

    Dog training is very important for your dog as it will not only solve your dog’s behaviour problems, but sometime save the life of your dog too. The “lure and reward” method to teach your dog to sit works well. You’ll lure your dog into a sitting position, then immediately reward her. It’s a popular method because it’s effective, easy for you to do, and easy for your dog to learn.

  2. Dog Training says

    Great information. I have found that there is a lot of mis-information on websites. I have looked at many sites and not come across many like yours that tells everyone what they need to know.

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