We all want well behaved dogs, but can’t afford to pay for a trainer. Our best alternative is to find a dog training book or program that will give us the tools and knowledge to get our dogs to be well-behaved members of our families. In this buyers guide you will find the best dog training books and programs. They vary in prices and methodology, so it is important that you check them out and see if they agree with who you are. There are many ways to train a dog, some better than others, but these are some of the best ways out there.
Training the Best Dog Ever, by Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz is a positive, no-fail method of training. Instead of choke collars and dominating, it focuses on treats and trust. Sylvia-Stasiewicz trained both Obama’s dog and Ted Kennedy’s pooches. The book gives you step-by-step instructions and the training takes about 10-20 minutes a day and lasts 5 weeks.
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Zak George is a wonderful, positive dog trainer. He posts regularly on his Youtube channel with plenty of training tips, but his book compiles all of that and gives you a concise source for all your training. His book covers choosing the right puppy, house training, obedience training, handling problems like biting and leash pulling, and lastly cool tricks.
Ceasar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, is probably one of the most famous dog trainers in the world. His approach to training differs from the last two, in that he is about creating dominance and submission. This is not saying you abuse your dog. He looks at dogs as animals, and he wants to be the pack leader. In his books, he teaches you about how your dogs feed off energy, their body language, and how to correct behavior.
An alternative to books is purchasing a program online. Programs usually include a book, videos, and email support from the author. These can be more effective for some dog owners if you are a visual person.
Secrets to Dog Training is a great positive training program. For those of you who need a little more extra help training a dog training program like this could really help. Although more expensive, you are given many tools to help you: two ebooks, an audiobook, videos, and an email address to contact the author, Dan Stevens with questions.
Read my full review of Secrets to Dog Training here.
Brain Training for Dogs by Adrienne Farricelli, takes a fun approach to dog training. If you have a dog that you think isn’t the brightest, the dog training book teaches you 21 fun games to do with your dog to help boost their intelligence. What I like about this is that mentally stimulating a dog tires them out, and makes them easier to train. The program also offers a bonus to help with unwanted behaviors, such as biting, chewing, and barking. Adreinne Farricelli, is also available for questions if you should need her.
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