A blog about positive dog training

Top 5 books on dog training.

1.The Power of Positive Dog Training”.

This is my absolute favourite for the beginners. In The Power of Positive Dog Training” the author and dog trainer Pat Miller offers a six-weeks step-by-step positive reinforcement dog training program focused on building a healthy relationship with your dog. You’ll learn about your dog’s body language, how to start clicker training, or how to use a diary to track progress.

2. “Reaching the Animal Mind.
Karen Pryor is the founder of clicker training. In “Reaching the Animal Mind she takes us on a journey into the canine brain and explains why clicker training works and the science behind it.

3. “On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals

Expert on canine body language, Norwegian dog trainer and behaviourist Turin Rugaas will help you to recognise, and understand dog body language. Reading “On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals you will learn signals dogs use to avoid conflict, invite play, and communicate a wide range of information to other dogs and people.

“Control unleashed
Leslie McDevitt’s versatile “Control unleashed program is designed to help “dogs with issues” learn how to relax, focus, and work off-leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations. If you have a challenging dog this is a must read!

5. “Total recall

“Total recall is yet another must have, especially if you want to teach your dog one of the most important behaviours in your dog’s life – recall. Pippa Mattinson gives you a solution to your recall problems in easy to follow, simple steps.


What are your favourite dog training books, and why? Leave us a comment!




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  1. Hi, very nice collection of books, I’m not a dog owner (yet!) but when I do get a dog, I’ll probably go and check one of these books out! Thanks .. and keep it positive

    • Lukasz Jabcon

      Thanks Elias! If you do get a dog, do reach to one of this books, or all of them 😉 There’s loads of great info in every single one of them! And you can never go wrong with positive training methods 😉 Take care and thanks for reading!

  2. Kathryn

    I’ve read/own all but one of the above, and my all time favorite, while not technically a ‘dog training’ book, is Karen Pryor’s ‘Don’t Shoot the Dog’ — it finally enabled me to get my husband to take out the trash the first time I asked! And as a ‘Dog’ OWNERship book -Dr. Myrna Milani’s ‘The Weekend Dog’ — Both, impo are ‘must reads’ for potential dog owners – Before – not after the fact

    • Lukasz Jabcon

      Hi Kathryn!
      Thank you for your comment! I’m writing about my personal opinions here, but I do appreciate people giving their ideas too 🙂 I’m thinking of putting up a post with books recommended by my readers soon, so if you have any more ideas on great dog training/ownership books do get in touch, or simply leave another comment 😉 Have a great day, and thanks for reading 🙂

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