The best books about fun and effective dog training

The Books I Picked & Why

Don't Shoot the Dog: The Art of Teaching and Training

By Karen Pryor

Book cover of Don't Shoot the Dog: The Art of Teaching and Training

Why this book?

This book summarizes how both dogs, humans, and other species learn in a very understandable and interesting way. It’s a great book to start with no matter what type of training you want to do with your dog. I’d even say it’s a book for everyone to read, even if they don’t have dogs since several of the examples in the book focuses on human behavior – how to get rid of unwanted behavior, from sloppy roommates to barking dogs, training Olympic teams and how to buy gifts and give compliments.


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Agility Right from the Start

By Eva Bertilsson, Emelie Johnson Vegh

Book cover of Agility Right from the Start

Why this book?

If you want to train and compete in agility, this is the book for you. Using positive, reward-based methods the authors teach you how to teach your dog everything it needs to know when it comes to agility. And of course, you’ll also learn lots of training techniques that you can use to teach your dog other things as well.


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Animal Assisted Interventions: Professionals Embrace the Power of the Dog

By Sara Karlberg, Helena Eriksson

Book cover of Animal Assisted Interventions: Professionals Embrace the Power of the Dog

Why this book?

This book moved me to tears after just reading a couple of pages. The authors describe lots of cases where dogs (and their handlers) have helped people in their lives – calming students, giving elderly people hope, and making them want to do things again. If you want to work together with your dog and help other people in f ex schools, old age care centers, etc. this is a great book. It takes you through the basics of what the dog needs to know, how to teach it, and lots of things to think about when you choose a dog trainer to help you educate your dog.


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The New Click to Calm: Solutions for All Dogs in a Challenging World

By Emma Parsons

Book cover of The New Click to Calm: Solutions for All Dogs in a Challenging World

Why this book?

This book has saved and helped so many dogs. Having a reactive or aggressive dog is very difficult, in this book you’ll get lots of training advice on how to help your dog. Your dog doesn’t have to have severe issues for you to find this book helpful – it’s so much easier to start training before the problem has escalated. You’ll get advice on calmly escorting your dog away before trouble arises, stopping resource guarding (ex-food guarding), and dealing with dogs barking at the door.


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Mission Control: Training the High Drive Dog

By Jane Ardern

Book cover of Mission Control: Training the High Drive Dog

Why this book?

Training high drive, energetic dogs is a lot of fun, but also challenging. In this book, you get advice on how to channel that energy into the training and behavior you want, no matter what type of training you’re interested in: gun dog work, agility, basic obedience, etc. You’ll learn how to teach your dog to be steady, stop barking and spinning when he gets frustrated and focus on you. All of the course uses reward-based, positive methods.


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