Top 10 Books on Dog Training and Dog Care

Top 10 Books on Dog Training and Dog Care

Whether you’re just considering getting a dog, getting started with a new pup, or looking for help with a current pet, it can never hurt to turn to a good book for some advice on how to care for your dog.

5 Essential Dog Books on Dog Care… 

Here are some of our picks for the top 5 books on dog care to help you learn about your dog’s physiology and mind:

“How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain” by Gregory Berns

This professor of cynology and canine neuroscience works with his adopted dog on scanning the brains of dogs in order to understand exactly why they do the things they do. Very precise and yet still readable, this is a must-have book for anyone interested in the science of dog care.

“Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know” by Alexandra Horowitz

Filled not only with scientific knowledge easily distilled down for the average reader, but also with short anecdotes from her own personal experience, Horowitz illuminates how dogs “see, smell, and know,” and shows the reader what it’s like to be inside a dog’s mind. With this understanding of how dogs absorb sensory information, we can learn how to care for even the most minute of our dog’s needs.

“Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs” by Suzanne Clothier

What makes this book different than many others in its genre is Clothier’s close relationship to dogs, and the extreme empathy with which she approaches the subject. She tries more than most to see the world as a dog sees it, and to approach questions of dog care from a canine perspective. This is a comprehensive guide to dog care and dog understanding written by a true animal lover.

“Dogs” by Lewis Blackwell

Blackwell delivers an entertaining and sophisticated look at dogs through a series of stories as well as essential information on Canis Familiaris themselves. Besides Blackwell’s interesting writing, the book is chock full of some of the best pictures of dogs around, taken by photographer Tim Flasch.

“My Dog! A Kids’ Guide to Keeping a Happy and Healthy Pet” by Michael J Rosen

This is a kid-oriented book that covers all your bases on dog care. From handling dogs, to grooming, feeding, and body language, My Dog! will help your child understand how to behave in a safe and fun way around dogs. It also includes a guide to 75 popular dog breeds, and plenty of illustrations, a customizable cover, and a dry-erase chart for keeping track of your dog’s schedule and care. (And if you’ve got kids and dogs, check out 4Knine’s 3 major tips on achieving harmony between them both!) 

5 More Must-Read Dog Books (on Dog Training)… 

Of course, good dog care is inextricably linked to good dog training! Below are 5 stellar books to help you with that sometimes exhausting, always rewarding task of training your canine friend.

“How to be Your Dog’s Best Friend” by the Monks of New Skete

The Monks of New Skete draw on their collective experience as long-time dog trainers, as well as breeders of German shepherds, in order to provide clear and concrete advice about raising dogs. Their philosophy is that “understanding is the key to compassion and communication.” This is one of the most popular and classic books on dog training around. 

“Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5-Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement” by Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz

Not only is positive reinforcement a popular and fun way to train a dog, but the author of this book comes with serious credentials! She was the trainer for President Obama’s dog, Bo, as well as for each of the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s dogs. If you want a dog that can be trusted around heads of state and in various diplomatic situations, this may be the book to get you there!

“Before and After Getting Your Puppy” by Dr. Ian Dunbar

A book geared towards new dog owners, this book comes from a renowned veterinarian. It covers topics such as housetraining and socialization in a new puppy, and aims to help dog-owning families ensure their puppy will have a lifetime of good behavior.

“Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems” by Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan is a well-known face in dog training, as the star of National Geographic Channel’s show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. His book aims to be an overarching guide to dog training for dogs of all ages. The author has claimed of his approach that, “I rehabilitate dogs. I train people.”

“101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog” by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy

This is a book that covers the basics through to advanced material, for both puppies and older dogs. It also comes with plenty of extras to answer questions before you even have them, coming with videos and audio downloads, as well as the email address of the authors.

Any of these ten books can serve as a helpful resource to answering most of the doggie questions that you may have. Let us at Vet Organics know if you have a dog-related question that you’re having trouble finding the answer to!

Craig Davis

Craig Davis, CEO and Chief Happiness Officer at
Craig is the founder of Vet Organics, where he and his team share additional pet-related articles on the company’s blog. Vet Organics is an eCommerce provider of EcoEars and an array of premium natural products dedicated to the health and wellness of pets.

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