Dog training goes far beyond teaching him to sit and stay. That’s why I put together this list of the very best dog training books for your unique dog and situation.

When you adopted your dog, did you think training him was going to be as simple as taking a dog training class at your local pet shop? Only to find out owning and training a dog goes far beyond what a basic obedience training class can teach you in 6 weeks?

Or maybe you are here to learn as much as possible about dog training before getting a dog… if that’s the case, a huge round of applause for you!

Or maybe you have been surprised by some troublesome behaviors with your rescue dog and you are searching for help. 

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Dog training books

You are in the right place. I’ve researched and read so many different dog training books, and I know which ones are all fluff and which ones get recommended over and over for good reason. 

There is no one size fits all when it comes to dog training. I recommend different dog training books depending on your particular situation. 

And then there are a handful of books I recommend every dog owner reads…. even if your dog is a perfect angel. 

Basic dog training books for everyone

Every dog is unique, but knowing the foundation of dog training will help you understand different behaviors you may encounter in the future. These are my top four basic dog training picks:

Must-read books on dogs behavior 

Canine body language books

It is imperative to learn your dog’s body language and these books will help you learn all the small details you’ve been missing.

Canine enrichment books

Dog aggression & resource guarding books

TIME SAVING TIP: All of these dog training books are listed on my Amazon wish list page so you can view at a quick glance for which ones you want to buy >>

Separation anxiety & fearful dog books

Best puppy training books

Puppies are adorable, cute and cuddly. But boy, they are a lot of work. Training begins from the moment you bring that puppy home. Learn as much as you can before, during and after taking a local training class. 

Fun dog training books for kids

Getting your children involved with training the family dog is a great way to teach life lessons, compassion, and responsibility. These dog training books are geared toward making it fun for kids and dogs alike.

MONEY SAVING TIP: Your local library may have many of these dog training books!

Online dog training programs

Welcome to the world of everything digital. I have taken a few online dog training courses over the last few years. Some better than others, but each one has taught me something new. So if you prefer to learn online than inside a book, these are for you…

There you have it… all of my favorite dog training books in one place. Please comment below with your favorite go-to dog training book that you recommend.

About the Author

Debi McKee

Debi McKee is the expert behind Rescue Dogs 101 where she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She is a mom of 3 human kids and 4 dogs and volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society. Click here for more about Debi and her passion for helping you and your dog.

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