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Having a properly socialized and well-trained dog will make both you and your dog much happier and your household much calmer. Below are some excellent books on surviving the puppy stage, and dog training using positive reinforcement. These books are great for new puppy owners as well as owners of adult dogs. We highly recommend you get one of them. They are invaluable in raising a well-socialized dog.


Before You Get Your Puppy
by Ian Dunbar
Covers your puppy's first three developmental deadlines:
1) your doggy education,
2) the search and selection for a suitable puppy and how to assess it's developmental status, and
3) teaching household manners during your puppy's first week at home.

After You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar
This book discusses your puppy's next three developmental deadlines. Learn how to socialize your puppy and teach it household manners. Get your puppy to have a soft mouth with no nipping or biting, and introduce your dog to the world at-large.

Clicker Training for Obedience: Shaping Top Performance-Positively by Morgan Spector

Learn how and why to use clicker training, the technology of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, to train you dog.

Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs by Karen Pryor

Get introduced to the power of positive training. This readabale, entertaining book introduces you to the why's and how's of clicker training, from choosing a treat and timing the click to training a trick.

Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems by Cesar Millan

Cesar's way is really a training program for dog owners. He says dogs rely on three key elements in their lives: exercise, discipline, and affection. "Problem dogs" can be attributed to "problem owners," owners who don't understand and misinterpret their dog's behavior.

Positive Perspectives: Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog
by Pat B. Miller

Learn how to manage your dog's behavior without yelling! Learn how dogs think and learn, puppy training including housetraining, basic training, preventing problems, and more.

Dog Training For Dummies by Jack Volhard

This book from the famed "Dummies" series shows you how to select the right training method for your puppy or adult dog, based on his unique personality, to reach your desired goals. Topics include Understanding your dog’s mind, Recognizing why positive reinforcement training is key, Mastering basic training, Surviving the puppy period, Dealing with doggie don’ts, Seeking expert outside help, and more.

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners (Revised & Updated Edition) by The Monks of New Skete

This is a step-by-step training manual and a philosophical discussion of the spiritual benefits of owning a dog. The book covers naming the puppy, training with eye contact and jingling keys, establishing the best sleeping arrangements, even dealing with pet loneliness.

Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish
by Mark R. Levin

An honest and heart-wrenching story about a family's bond with their beloved dog, Sprite, and the journey they went through when Sprite fell ill and they had to say good bye. This book will touch your heart, dog lover or not.

If you want instant access to start training your dog right this minute, there are some terrific dog training e-books and audio courses that you can download. Below is a list of the best dog e-books we have found to teach you how to stop bad dog behavior quickly:

Downloadable Dog Training and Obedience E-Books and Audio

SitStayFetch: Dog Obedience Training - STOP Your Dog's Behavior Problems! by Daniel Stevens

is for training all dogs, from puppies on up to mature dogs. Stevens uses proven dog training methods that get you the quickest results. There are also lots of photos showing dogs in action (illustrating commands), which is a big plus.

There are also some excellent dog training videos and DVDs you can order.


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