3 Top Books for new or already Dog Owners

101 Dog Tricks Kindle EditionI totally encourage every dog owner to keep reading books about dogs and their education, and of course also  soon-to-be dog owner.  It’s always good to know what your dog’s instincts, needs and wishes are.

You can take advantage of the knowledge animal behaviorists are providing – through videos or books.  They have studied the way animals behave and know what causes certain types of behavior and what factors can prompt behavior change.

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I cannot emphasize enough to learn about a dog’s behavior, needs and wishes in order to create the perfect relationship between you and your dog.  There is nothing more frustrating and sad than an under-educated, bored and mentally neglected dog.

I strongly encourage you to read more than just one book.  Every author has his methods, his secrets and knowledge that might fit your relationship with your dog.  For new dog owners it is anyway important to get as much information as possible about your new friend.

My personal favorite is the book How to be your dog’s best friend. The authors, the monks of New Skete, have achieved international renown as breeders of German shepherds and as outstanding trainers of dogs of all breeds. It’s not just because I love German shepherds. I think, it’s great that you get knowledge of different techniques of how to train your dog. Thus you have a bigger chance to find the best training technique for you and your dog. And your dog doesn’t need to be a German shepherd …

I was choosing Paperback editions for my list of the 3 Top books for new or already dog owners.  But of course you can find through the given links ebook editions as well as hardcover editions.

Product Reviews

How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend

Training Manual for Dog Owners Kindle

Book Facts

  • Author: The Monks of New Skete
  • Publication date of the book: May 15, 2001
  • File size: 3833 KB
  • Print length: 364 pages

Customer reviews

Excellent reference book for the first time dog owner and trainer.  The Monks stress the importance of earning your dog’s trust and respect and the importance of being a strong pack leader for your dog.

Excellent book for helping to get my puppy (a rescue) to behave and to develop a strong relationship with him.  He is becoming a model dog now!

I wish I lived closer to go to their training.  This book covers all the different types of training, the benefits of each.  Knowing different techniques allows you to fit the training to the dog.


101 Dog Tricks

101 Dog Tricks Kindle Edition

Book Facts

  • Author: Kyra Sundance
  • Publication date: April 1, 2007
  • File size: 49405 KB
  • Print length: 208 pages

Customer reviews

The book is fantastic!  There are lots of pictures and easy, step by step instructions for every trick!  I love the way the tricks are categorized as being easy, intermediate, advanced and expert.

The descriptions match up with the photos and the points are gotten across in a way that communicates the ideas to you and teaches you to teach them to your dog. The book also explains standard hand signals as well as commands.  All in all, this is one book that lives up to its own hype!

We have taught our puppy several simple commands, also I really do like how they reinforce the use of hand signals.  I don’t really even have to speak, because my puppy knows all the hand signals.


The Other End of the Leash

Dog Education Kindle Edition

Book Facts

  • Author: Patricia McConnell Phd
  • Publication date: February 19, 2009
  • File size: 6036 KB
  • Print length: 272 pages

Customer reviews

If you only bought one book on canine behavior, this would be it.  Dr. McConnell provides a clear and lucid explanation of why dogs behave and respond as they do — all the while being careful to make note of the ambiguities and idiosyncratic nature of both canine and human behavior.

This is a book that needs to belong in the library of every dog lover who truly wants to understand the behavior of his/her dog.  This is not a training manual.  Every chapter is full of valuable information you should not be without.

I like how the author writes in a way that’s easy to understand and shares real, relate-able stories.  Even if you think you know dogs this is a great read to help improve how you communicate with them.


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5 Responses to 3 Top Books for new or already Dog Owners

  1. I should look into some of these books as I am getting a new puppy soon 🙂

  2. Cecilia says:

    I’m sure you will find great information! Thanks, Tandy.

  3. Tiny says:

    Great reviews!!

  4. Thanks for the reviews, Cecilia! All of the covers are great!

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