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Becoming a new dog owner is wonderful experience but it can be a lot better if you are well prepared for the challenges that come with the experience. Having a good library of knowledge to turn to when you need it is also helpful!
Investing in some books is one of the best things to prepare for the adventure. The books that are best for you are going to vary based on your lifestyle and the age of your dog. Here are some books that will help give you and your family a solid footing on your path to dog ownership!
How To Housebreak Your Dog In 7 Days
by Shirlee Kalstone
House training your dog can be challenging but with the right method it doesn’t have to be. This is a short book but it offers a variety of practical advice to get you through what can be the most nerve wracking time for a new dog owner.
This book is sure to help reduce the amount of accidents and messes you have to deal with and help you have a better relationship with your dog.
Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide To Raising The Perfect Pet With Love
by Zak George, Dina Roth Port
Some of you may be familiar with Zak George from Animal Planet and his popular Youtube channel on dog training. Now you can get a book packed with great advice.
One of the many things to love about Zak George’s approach to dog training is that he sees each dog as different and uses these traits to tailor the training. In this book he shows you how to use your dog’s energy level and personality to both of your advantages.
Zak starts out with how to pick out the right pup for you and then goes on to housetraining, dealing with aggressive behaviors, nutrition, choosing a vet, and tricks.
Family Dog: A Simple and Time-Proven Method
by Richard A. Wolters
Raising a dog to be a member of the family is fun but challenging at times. A family dog needs to learn a certain amount of patience, caring, and restraint. This book gives a 16 week plan for training a dog to be a great part of the family.
Wolters starts out by addressing the major factor of what type of dog is best suitable for your family and lifestyle. The fundamentals of training are covered as well as the best type of diet for your dog. The section on how to talk to your dog is very useful. So many people miss this critical part of training. Tone of voice and the way something is said is something that dogs really respond to. Grooming tips and how to teach kids about dogs and how to behave around them are helpful.
Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How To Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones
by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Debra F Horwitz DVM, John Ciribassi DVM, Steve Dale
Understanding dog behavior can be hard at times, especially if you are a new dog owner. Once a dog learns a behavior it takes some thought to figure out how to change it. This book helps owners understand why their dog wants to do things and has the answers needed to combat problems while maintaining a good relationship with your dog.
If you adopt a dog you may find yourself dealing with habits that are not great but have been ingrained for a long time. Breaking long term habits is addressed in this book. This is the book you need if you are having a hard time wading through all the different dog psychology advice out there.
Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Dog Problems
by Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier
Cesar Millan’s is one of the nation’s top dog experts. In this book his goal is to help you raise a well balanced dog that you have a good relationship with. His approach involves realizing that dogs need some basic things beyond nutrition and medicine to be good dogs: exercise, discipline, and affection.
This volume shows you how to better understand why your dog wants to do the things he or she does and how you can change their behavior and form a stronger lasting bond with your dog. This is a good book every dog owner should have in their library.
The Dog Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice On Lifetime Maintenance
Which breeds work best with kids? How can I train my dog to fetch? And why is its nose always wet? Veterinarian Dr. David Brunner and acclaimed author Sam Stall have combined efforts to create a book that addresses everything you want to know about your dog at every life stage. This book packs a lot of information in a mere 224 pages but it is well laid out and easy to understand. With hundreds of the most common dog questions answered, this book is a bargain.
Dr. Brunner also tackles the hard subjects such as how to transport an injured dog or how to most easily trim their nails.
by Kyra Sundance, Jadie
Spending time with your dog when they are a young puppy is very important when it comes to forming a strong bond and training them. This adorable book has 51 approachable and fun puppy tricks so you can take full advantage of the fun but fleeting time of puppyhood.
The method used in this book for training is called shaping and it breaks down tricks into minute steps that a puppy has an easier time catching on to. For a new dog owner, this can be a very easy approach that accomplishes the most with your puppy time.
by Jan Fennell
Jan takes pride on her approach that she says has made it possible for her to change the behavior of even the most delinquent dogs. Good communication with your dog is critical to successful training and a good relationship.
This book covers a lot of ground and offers a 30 day training plan. The fact that Jan starts out the book talking about discovering what type of dog is right for you is a good thing. If you are not a high energy person and there are not a lot of active people in your home then you may want a lower energy breed whereas if you like to hit the hiking trails, energy is important.
by Victoria Stilwell
Victoria is famous for her work on the Animal Planet show “It’s Me Or The Dog” so it is not surprising she has penned a book about getting along better with your dog. This book covers topics such as how to interpret different types of tail wags, barks, body language, and more. By reading this book there is no doubt that you will come away with a whole new way of looking at your dog. When you communicate better with your dog then it is a lot easier to train them without a lot of drama.
DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show: Everything You Need to Know, Step by Step by Step
by Jorge Bendersky, Cesar Milan
When it comes to dog grooming there is more to know then you might expect. Dogs sometimes have special grooming needs that can have a major impact on their health and well being if ignored. Jorge explains in detail how to get through that first puppy bath.
This book stresses just how much regular grooming can help you assess the health of your dog. Bathing, brushing, cleaning their ears, and clipping nails lets you check for any problems they may be hiding. With long haired dogs it is just so easy for skin issues to hide.
Jorge describes in detail how to handle finding things like ticks or what to do if your dog finds something ripe to roll in.
by Brandon McMillan
While 7 days may seem a little ambitious, Brandon’s approach will definitely have you well on the way to a well trained dog faster than you might think. His book covers all types of behaviours and issues such as house training, barking, manners during mealtimes, and more.
Brandon bases his training on trust. When a dog trusts you they are more open to learning and it is easier to overcome bad behaviors.
There are plenty of inspirational stories in this book that will help get you through those tough times training your dog.
The Joy Of Welcoming A Dog Into Your Life
Having a dog is one of life’s great pleasures. A canine companion helps make a household complete.
As a new dog owner you can expect to have good days and bad days but at the end of it all you will have a companion and member of your family to cherish and share a rich and fulfilling life with.