August 9th marks International Book Lovers Day! Have you been on the hunt for the best dog training books? We've got you covered! Putting in the work to learn how to improve your relationship with your dog is truly priceless.
Here's a top 4 list of books recommended by CPDT-KA certified dog trainer Sébastien from Bravo Fido.
🍋 The Culture Clash, by Jean Donaldson. Many dogs are often mislabeled as misfits or lemons when all along they simply need to be taught how to modify their very normal and dog-like behavior. This book underlines that, at the end of the day, it's all about learning how to live in harmony and giving dogs the chance to adjust to human rules and standards.
✋ Don't shoot the dog, by Karen Pryor. If you're looking for a clear and entertaining explanation of behavioral training methods, this book is for you! A bestselling classic with revolutionary insights into animal—and human—behavior, Don’t Shoot the Dog takes an amusing approach to improving behavior using positive reinforcement.
🐶 Social, Civil and Savvy, by Laura VanArendonk Baug. A book all about socialization! Since puppies aren't necessarily born with the ability to immediately distinguish who is a friend and who may be a threat OR when to know when to play and when to relax, these skills must be taught over time. A well-socialized puppy is not only a happier puppy, but also a better-mannered and more reliable pet.
💛 Accueillir un chiot et en faire un chien bien dans sa peau, par Sébastien Larabée. This practical guide is for (French-speaking) folks who are about to embark on bringing a young puppy home for the very first time! This book covers modern training methods based on positive reinforcement techniques. You'll have all the tools you need to make your puppy feel welcome and ensure a healthy and happy life.