The Best Dog Training Books


Getting information about the best practices in training your puppies may be a difficult task. After all, there are not only countless books on the topic, but thanks to new media, there is also an infinite number of magazines, TV shows, movies, websites, and social media accounts.

However, there is always merit in going back to the written word. To have a published book, you must have gone through editorial standards that feel like going through the eye of a needle. Almost anyone can post anything they feel like publishing on the internet, so it is a task to discern if the advice is genuine (not to worry, though – ScoobyBox loves your pets and we want to make sure of the best for them).

Peer-reviewed and published books have information and illustrations that will prove helpful in your journey to becoming a puppy master.

Reading is one of the fastest and easiest ways to learn. Visit your local library, browse your bookstore, or log on to your favorite e-book marketplace – it’s easy to find top-rated titles that have helped pet owners all over the world. If you want to have fun learning more about how to be a great dog trainer and dog owner, read our guide for the best dog training books today!

Best Dog Training Books


  1. Train Your dog Like a Pro by Jean Donaldson

The tools you need to think and train like a professional. Jean Donaldson is one of the top dog trainers in the United States, and her training academy has gained a reputation as the Harvard for dog trainers and behavioural counsellors. Now, you can harness her highly effective dog–training techniques and benefit from her expert guidance without leaving your home


  1. Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog by Ian Dunbar

Punishing our dogs for bad behaviour may seem like a reflex, especially when our pet has upset us. Dr. Ian Dunbar stresses the importance of positive training for a more effective approach to dealing with your dog’s misbehaviour. Emphasising encouragement and consistency, Dubar’s training is an exercise in patience, but the result is a dog-friendly and loving routine for you and your dog.


  1. Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems Including Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression, Housetraining, Leash Pulling, and More! by Victoria Stilwell

Victoria really pulled out all the stops on her title – and we are sure it grabbed your attention. The specificity of her introduction is helpful for owners who have certain problems with their puppies.



  1. The perfect puppy in 7 days by Sophia Yin

With 400 photos and a step-by-step plan, this puppy book visually guides you through socialisation, potty training, and life skills while making the process fun too!


  1. The Perfect Companion: Understanding, Training and Bonding with Your Dog! By Karen Davison

Another book advocating positive training methods, this simple but wise book will help you understand just how to be a positive dog trainer. Easy to read and light on the pocket, this book doesn’t cut corners on effective puppy training.



  1. 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with your Dog by Kyra Sundance

Sit, stay, roll over, fetch… If you are running out of ideas to have fun with your pet, this book can give you a boost during playtime. This bestselling book is full of illustrations, guidance, and difficulties that really help you track your progress. You will be guaranteed years of playtime fun with your pet!


  1. Idiot’s Guides: Dog Tricks by Debra Eldredge DVM and Kate Eldredge

Idiot’s Guides are fun books to read, even if you are already a veteran! The straightforward and step-by-step guides will be appreciated by total beginners and masters alike. They even have tips that are specific to certain breeds and training techniques.



  1. Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What it Teaches Us All About Animals by Karen Pryor

Karen Pryor is credited as one of the pioneer animal clicker trainers and bringing it to mainstream culture. Using just a clicker and some approaches that reward or admonish behaviour, this positive training has also provided us a look into the behaviour and needs of our beloved pets.


  1. The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.

It’s interesting to consider why we act the way we act around dogs, whether they are our own pets, someone else’s, or complete strangers. Having a look from this perspective reveals a lot about the relationship between human and dog that transcends servant and master, but true friendship. This is a great read if you feel that bond with your puppy!


  1. Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationship with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier

Hearing about the author’s childhood and subsequent life surrounded by dogs gives another insightful look into the psyche of our puppies. This book will help you when you are training your dog, but it does not position itself as a step-by-step rigorous manual, but as an exercise in deepening your relationship with your pets.


11. How to be your dog’s Superhero by Dominic Hodgson

Author’s description – “This is a complete, no BS guide to how I went from hapless dog walker to successful trainer.
I promise this book will give you the roadmap and confidence you need to train your own dog and have him following you around the park like the Pied Piper, in just six weeks.”


Amplifying your knowledge on how to train your dog is a sign of devotion and love. Just because you opened this article, we’re sure you want the best for your dog. We believe this is the first step – a large movement forward for anyone who dreams to be a puppy trainer.

From step-by-step procedures, tips and tricks, and heartwarming stories, these great reads will help you step up to the challenge of training your dog. The best dog training books have a lot of heart in them, and will make you appreciate the bond between a puppy and his human!

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