General Training Books

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by Jane Savoie

1992 U.S. Olympic dressage squad member Jane Savoie presents a revolutionary approach to riding by which you can train your mind and shape your attitudes to achieve higher levels of skill than ever imagined.

by Bardi McLennan

Nicole Fassbender recommended this book and gives the following comments: This is a very basic question and answer book about behavior. I found it to be easy to use and made me feel as thought I was not the only one with some of my dogs' problems - a good feeling if you are a novice dog owner. As with any training guide, I don't follow every step to the "T" but it gives some good ideas on where to start.

by Ian Dunbar

Dr. Ian Dunbar, renowned dog trainer and behaviorist, explains how dogs think, how dogs learn, and why they act the way they do. Dog owners who understand these issues can better train their dogs and develop a closer relationship with their pets.

Recommended by Steve Armstrong

by Job Michael Evans, Kevin Smith

The paperback edition of Howell Book House classic by one of the true innovators of dog training. This innovative training approach addresses dog owners' goals, offering training strategies that simulate problem behaviors and showing how to correct them. 

Highly recommended by several golden owners.

by Brian Kilcommons, Sarah Wilson

Master dog trainer and author of Good Owners, Great Dogs Brian Kilcommons shows readers how to encourage children and dogs to be perfect companions, in a comprehensive manual that demonstrates how to train an older dog to acept an infant, choose the right breed, and more.

by Brian Kilcommons

One of the world's foremost experts on dog training and animal behavior offers a comprehensive, practical, and innovative guide to dog ownership, care, and training. Kilcommons teaches dog owners how to master the effective training skills that will result in obedient, well-behaved pets who can accompany their owners anywhere.

by Carol Lea Benjamin

With more than 150,000 copies sold, Mother Knows Best is one of the top training books of all time. Based on the natural way a mother dog trains her puppies, Benjamin's training method is humane, effective and all natural. Now we've put a bright new cover on a timeless classic. 

An approach to training designed to make an obedient, reliable animal of the family dog. Based on the natural way a mother dog trains her puppies, this charming, useful reference incorporates much of known canine behavior patterns.

by Carol Lea Benjamin

A professional trainer's guide to preventing and correcting aggression, destructiveness, housebreaking problems, excessive barking, dogfights, tugging, jumping, shyness, stealing, begging, car chasing, fear biting, object guarding, and much, much more.

An approach to training designed to make an obedient, reliable animal of the family dog. Based on the natural way a mother dog trains her puppies, this charming, useful reference incorporates much of known canine behavior patterns.

by Carol Lea Benjamin

In Praise of Surviving Your Dog's Adolescence

""Carol Benjamin has brought her usual wit and insight to bear on what is one of the most troubling phases for dog owners.... Whether you're having difficulties with a youngster or have a puppy who will soon be an adolescent, you can't help but benefit from reading this book."" Robert G. Maxwell President, The American Kennel Club

by Carol Lea Benjamin

""Dog Training in Minutes"" is Carol Lea Benjamin's dog-training book for the 1990s, geared specifically for people short on time but long on intention

by Carol Lea Benjamin

Describes the care, training, and rehabilitation of previously owned or formerly homeless dogs, focusing on their special problems and needs.

A perfect book for anyone who adopts a dog from a shelter or rescue group!

by Clarice Rutherford, David H. Neil

How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With explains how puppies develop in mind and body from birth through one year of age. You ll learn what the breeder should do before you get your puppy, how to select the right puppy, puppy temperament testing, and what to do when you get your new puppy home. Rutherford takes you step-by-step through raising a well-adjusted, well-mannered puppy, including positive dog training lessons on basic obedience, behavior modification for puppies, and how to correct and prevent common problem behaviors. She explains the calming signals dogs use, canine body language, and how to use your understanding of those when training your puppy.

This book has been recommended by many members of the golden email list.

by Arthur J. Haggerty, Carol Lea Benjamin

A delightful guide to training your dog to perform many amusing and useful behaviors. Tricks range from the sublimely fun and entertaining (silly tricks and kid tricks) to downright useful and lifesaving (fire and smoke detection and barking at intruders).

by Diane L. Bauman

An authority and widely-known lecturer details her novel "teaching" approach--enabling Obedience enthusiasts and their dogs to further succeed in the sport. This new edition presents the most current knowledge on canine learning patterns, and provides updated American Kennel Club obedience trial regulations.

by Karen Pryor

Now Karen Pryor clearly explains the underlying principles of behavioral training and through numerous fascinating examples reveals how this art can be applied to virtually any common situation. And best of all, she tells how to do it without yelling threats, force, punishment, guilt trips--or shooting the dog. 8 methods for putting an end to all kinds of undesirable behavior. The 10 laws of "shaping" behavior--for results without strain or pain through "affection training." How to combat your own addictions to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, overheating or whatever, how to deal with such difficult problems as a moody spouse, an impossible teen, or an aged parent. Plus. . .House training the dog, improving your tennis game, keeping the cat off the table, and much more!

by Arthur J. Haggerty, Carol Lea Benjamin

A delightful guide to training your dog to perform many amusing and useful behaviors. Tricks range from the sublimely fun and entertaining (silly tricks and kid tricks) to downright useful and lifesaving (fire and smoke detection and barking at intruders).

by Stephanie J. Taunton

Canine "tricks" are showy extensions of a dog's natural behavior. Training dogs to perform tricks enhances the bond between pet and owner and adds to playtime fun. This updated book shows dog owners in words and pictures how to train their pet to perform both simple and complicated tricks. After reviewing four basic commands--sit, down, stand, and stay--the book instructs on progressing to behaviors such as jump through a hoop, weave through legs, balance a biscuit, and many others. The authors present step-by-step instructions for dozens of fun tricks, and offer tips and suggestions to help readers work through problems. Successful training can lead to enhanced pet therapy visits, success in talent competitions, and perhaps even a part in a local stage production. The dog-and-handler team that progresses through all of this book's behaviors will develop talents that could lead to public performance. But even dog owners who aren't interesting in progressing to that level can learn much from the ideas and instruction presented in this book. This new edition presents all-new photos plus a full chapter of new tricks--more opportunities than ever for dogs and handlers to have fun together.

NOTE: This is a newer book from the one that was listed before:   The Trick Is in the Training

by John Ross, Barbara McKinney

The only dog-training book that really gets through to the canine brain beneath all that fur.

Incorporating the revolutionary teaching of John Ross's prominent dog-training school, this is the first and only dog-training book that truly takes owners inside the canine mind. Central to Ross's technique is the notion that a dog responds to its owner as the pack leader, and that this leader must take the dominant role in the relationship between human and dog. By encouraging owners to act in a canine manner, Ross emphasizes sure-fire techniques to help dogs through the behaviors they need to learn. Among the hundreds of useful training tips included in Dog Talk are:

* Always use your dog's name prior to the command: "Bentley, heel!"
* When training a puppy, try moving a desired object like a dog biscuit over and behind your dog's head to induce him to "sit."
* Do not use your dog's name-- which he associates with being called toward you-- when commanding him to "stay."
* Don't yell "Come!" in a threatening manner while chasing after a disobedient puppy or you may well have just trained him to run away on command.
* Giving a "No" command while your dog is thinking about a bad behavior is even more effective than giving it during the behavior.


by Kathy Diamond Davis

You and your dog can become a therapy dog team! Are you looking for a new and meaningful way to work with your dog? Do you want to improve the lives of those who because of illness or disability would benefit from visits with a volunteer canine? Then think about becoming a Therapy Dog Team and you will create the kind of magic that enriches lives. Therapy Dogs, Training Your Dog to Reach Others, 2nd Edition gives you all the information you need to select, socialize and train your dog for this work. What better creature than a dog to offer comfort, companionship and even entertainment to people in a wide variety of settings?

by Krista Cantrell

Taking a unique no-force training approach, "Catch Your Dog Doing Something Right" shows how happy dogs learn faster and have fewer problems when training sessions feel like playtime. Fifteen exercises demonstrate how dogs learn and reveal how to change a dog's behavior, while stories, facts, and step-by-step instructions make this book easy to understand. Photos

by Joachim Volhard, Wendy Volhard, Melissa Bartlett

Based on the fastest growing AKC program of its kind! This book is tailored to each dog's individual needs as determined by the canine personality tests explained within the book. Learn how to train a dog so that it can easily pass any of the Canine Good Citizen test's exercises!

by M. Christine Zink

Safe as well as spectacular jumping is a key component of many dog sports. Combine the agility know-how of Julie Daniels and the conditioning expertise of veterinarian Christine Zink and you get a "must-have" book for your training library. Well-written and understandable information you will use to teach the jump as well as correct the problem jumper. Covers mechanics, structure, conditioning, solutions to jumping problems.

by Jacqueline Parkin

A great starter book for someone that is new to this type of training.

by Jane Simmons-Moake

Covering training for all levels, the book teaches you how to get started, work on your own, attend classes, earn titles, and organize a competition or practice event. Includes official regulations and obstacle construction plans.

by Simmons-Moake

• Illustrates how to isolate and train many of the higher-level skills necessary to successfully compete at the most advanced levels of competition.

• Describes how to strengthen and maintain existing skills for attaining fast and reliable performances in the agility ring.

• Provides in-depth answers to commonly asked questions in a helpful Problem Solving appendix.

• Is the perfect companion to Competitive Agility Training with Jane Simmons-Moake, Tape 3: Advanced Skills Training – Named Best Video of the Year by the Dog Writers' Association of America.

by Jacqueline Parkin

A great starter book for someone that is new to this type of training.

by Julie Daniels

Step-by-step approach to the new obedience sport that's sweeping the country. Agility Training offers a challenge to you and your dog that keeps both of you interested, entertained, and coming back for more. The author, a noted trainer, has competed in National competition with her Rottweiler and teaches Agility classes to eager learners. In this book a cookbook approach has been used that simplifies and illustrates at the right moves. Using the step by step approach and observing the wonderful pictures and diagrams, you too can have a dog that can perform with the best of them.

by Bardi McLennan

A unique feature of this book is the way it examines the dog-and-child relationship, with abundant guidance provided in an area seldom discussed. Multiple-choice solutions and problem prevention allow for breed differences and diverse personalities, thereby creating the best possible situation for both dog and family.

by Jean Donaldson

Generations of dogs have been labeled training-lemons for requiring actual motivation when all along they were perfectly normal. Numerous other completely and utterly normal dogs have been branded as canine misfits simply because they grew up to act like dogs. Barking, chewing, sniffing, licking, jumping up and occasionally, (just like people), having arguments, is as normal and natural for dogs as wagging tails and burying bones. However, all dogs need to be taught how to modify their normal and natural behaviors to adjust to human culture. Sadly, all to often, when the dog's way of life conflicts with human rules and standards, many dogs are discarded and summarily put to death. 
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