Back To School Reading For Dog Training Enthusiasts

September is near, which means it’s back to school season. I figured this would be a great time to offer up a fantastic list of dog training books. Below are some that I consider true classics and that have  definitely earned a place on my bookshelf.

The Other End of the LeashThe Other End of the Leash

by Dr. Patricia McConnell

“The Other End of the Leash” is a must read for any new dog owner and every dog trainer. Dr. Patricia McConnell helps us understand our dogs by teaching us about the human animal and how we are different from our four-legged friends. My copy is dog-eared (no pun intended) from multiple reads.

Power of Positive Dog TrainingThe Power of Positive Dog Training

by Pat Miller

I owe a lot of what I know about training dogs to Pat Miller who is a wonderful teacher in positive reinforcement. Learn how to teach your dog without intimidation and ultimately better your relationship with one another. Also included is a six week long manners training curriculum for you and your dog.

Culture ClashThe Culture Clash

by Jean Donaldson

Jean Donaldson runs the highly regarded San Francisco SPCA Dog Trainers Academy and is an authority on all things dog! “The Culture Clash” is a must read for anyone who thinks their puppies are little humans in disguise. Donaldson will teach you how to effectively communicate with your pup as what they are, dogs.

Off-Leash Dog PlayOff -Leash Dog Play

by Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs

Letting your dog socialize off-leash is a fantastic way to build social skills. However, it is ultimately your job to keep interactions safe and appropriate. Bennett and Briggs do a great job at illustrating body language and you’ll learn if what your dog is doing in an off-leash setting raises a red flag. This is also great for anyone wishing to start a doggie daycare business.

Don't Shoot The DogDon’t Shoot The Dog

by Karen Pryor

Learn how to use positive reinforcement to get both your dog and your friends and family to happily do what you want them to do. Learn about the art of clicker training and read Karen Pryor’s wonderful stories of not just training dogs, but marine mammals and people as well.


3 thoughts on “Back To School Reading For Dog Training Enthusiasts

  1. Thanks for this post! You’ve inspired me. I’m going to have a Patricia McConnell semester this fall. Books are on the way! 🙂

  2. I’m not officially studying either, yet. I want to study animal behavior and make a career change in that direction. I might as well practice on my own dogs, right? 🙂 I have three wild animals running amok at my house: two golden/lab mixes who are 22 mo old littermates and one lab/? mix who’s 17 mos old. I also have a 7 yr old cocker spaniel, 11 yr old mini dachshund, 10 yr old DLH kitty, and 8 yr old DSH calico kitty. I desperately need some order in the chaos!! Especially with the 17 mo old and the kitties. She wants to play with them but because of a particularly bad encounter with a foster dog, they’re terrified of her.

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