The Best Clicker and Dog Training Books

Recommended Clicker Training Books

Click for Joy
A great clicker training book for the novice and experienced clicker trainer. Written in a simple to understand language, the author explains the concepts of clicker training and gives tips for the training. The book includes great theoretical information as well as practical and detailed explanations regarding training and behavior problems. A great resource for all clicker trainers.

Clicking With Your Dog
A perfect book for clicker training beginners. An easy to understand step by step procedures accompanied by several illustrations for each behavior taught. This book is perfect as a gift to a new dog owner and will complete every dog owner’s professional library. Advanced trainers can also benefit greatly from this book.

Clicker Training for Obedience
Wow – this book is the Clicker Training bible for all your utility competitors. This book is the most detailed book about clicker training for obedience competitions. It provides great step by step information regarding very specific exercises that are required for getting the title you desire. This book is for all levels of trainers and even experienced trainers will find it extremely useful. A must-have for clicker trainers who want to compete in the obedience ring.

Click to Calm
Did you ever think you could use clicker training to solve aggression problems in your dog? Well, you can, and you should. Clicker training can help your dog overcome fears and phobias and help him/her relax in stressful situations by giving him/her something to do. Click to Calm will explain the methods for doing so. This is a perfect book or gift for an owner of a dog who has some aggression problems.


Recommended Dog Training Books

The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People
This book is a collection of research papers regarding all aspects of dog development and behavior. A sound knowledge of English is necessary and it is not a light read by any means. Nevertheless, if you look for the scientific background behind dog behavior – buy this book. It will open your eyes to so much pertinent information that will help you raise your dog better.

Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training, Vol. 3: Procedures and Protocols
This book takes you in great depth through all the processes that deal with basic obedience and relationship building, behavior problems, fears and phobias, and much much more. Every topic is discussed in detail with examples, practical tables, and step by step training plans. If you’re debating on whether or not you should buy this book – STOP! Click the link above and buy it today – it is that good!

Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training
Karen Pryor’s classic book. From the great teacher of clicker training comes a great book about the rules of training. Filled with practical information, this book is great for entering the fascinating world of positive reinforcement dog training!

Culture Clash
The classic all around dog behavior book. This is a must in any dog enthusiastic. If you want to start learning about dog behavior this is the place to start. Dr. Jean Donaldson explains in very understandable manner why dogs behave the way they do, and how we can help them adjust to the human society.

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs
Another classic book for your do behavior library. Together with “The Culture Clash” you will have a sound basic knowledge of why dogs act the way they do and why humans act the way they do around dogs. You will see yourself and your dog differently after reading this book. Do yourself a favor and buy this book today.

Excel-erated Learning: Explaining in plain English how dogs learn and how best to teach them
Need a crash course in animal learning theory – well, this is your book. All the terms, the principles, and the methods behind animal learning. If you are learning to be an animal trainer, you need to read this book.

Hands-On Dog Care
Although this is not a training book, we strongly recommend having it at home. It provides very useful information about how to treat your dog for several illnesses and injuries and explains in detail the process of taking care of your dog (trimming nails, cleaning ears, etc.). Every dog owner should have this book right next to his/her doggy first aid kit (which the book explains how to build).


Recommended Puppy Training Books

Positive Perspectives: Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog
This is a great book for the puppy owner. If you just bought or adopted a puppy, this book will give you all the information you need to set you and your puppy up for success. Easy to read and follow, it is perfect to start reading and implementing it immediately. Although this is not strictly a clicker training book, the methods of clicker training are mentioned throughout the text.

Parenting Your Dog
Trish King’s first book is nothing less than great! Trish has so much experience with raising dogs and solving behavior problems that we are glad that her book is finally out. Read loads of valuable information from your decision to getting a dog through raising him/her as a puppy, and all the way to preventing and solving behavior problems. This is a great book for any dog parent.

Raising A Behaviorally Healthy Puppy: A pet parenting guide
This 100-page book is an excellent resource for the new puppy owner. Written in a simple and clear manner. The authors explain many important aspects of puppy raising. Topics such as socialization, dominance, chewing, mouthing, greeting, handling, basic manners, and more are covered in this book.

Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog
If you have a puppy or if you are thinking about getting a puppy, you need this book! This wonderful book delivers in detail and in a very easy to understand manner all the information you need to raise a puppy. If you can afford only one dog book, get this one. It will explain the 2 very important concepts of socialization and bite inhibition. It will also teach you how to house train your puppy and how to prevent chewing. I highly recommend it!

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