3 Dog Training and Behavior Books Spike Recommends

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Woof! It’s your favorite pup Spike again, bringing you three book recommendations for training your pooch. While I’m not a reader myself, for all you humans out there, these books’ll give you some great ideas on dog training and can help you understanding just a bit more what it’s like from our four-legged perspective. For canine and human to live in harmony, a little research on where we’re coming from, what brings out the best in us, and what your own instincts are can do wonders.

Here’re my three dog training book recommendations:

101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog

This book provides a wide variety of tricks (over 100!), ranging from the most basic sits and stays to more advanced tasks that require agility and brains. It contains fantastic images and breaks down training techniques to make them accessible and easy to follow. I love a challenge, and this book provides lots of options!

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

Training doesn’t just involve changing a dog’s behavior for the better–it also means acknowledging what you humans do and how we canines understand those actions. This book’ll help you get a better sense of where we’re coming from, and why we might react in a certain way to your eye contact, tone of voice, or the slightest changes in posture. We’re smart creatures; this book will help you learn more about our side of things!

The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior

This book offers both information on training and insights on why we canines do what we do. It is an immense book, filled with information on dog genetics, physiology, and psychology, as well as how to counter-condition your dog and teach proper behaviors in an effective way. With so much packed in these pages, I give this one two paws up!

While books can be fantastic resources, nothing beats the knowledge of an experienced dog trainer providing guidance in-person: for more training advice contact us. Happy training!