Book Recommendations

One of my favorite ways to learn about dog behavior and dog training is through books. There are a so many options out there so here are some of my favorite books for dog training, problem behaviors, dog behavior, sports, and more.

Jupiter, a golden retriever, is snuggling in a blanket with a book

I Only Have Time to Read One Book

Meet your Dog by Kim Brophey This is an amazing book that looks at training behavioral problems from a new view. She uses her LEGS model to talk about all the different parts of the dogs life that can effect their behavior.

Getting Started: Some Classics

Don’t shoot the Dog by Karen Pyror – This book is a classic. It doesn’t delve deep into dog training but talks about the theory of training from one of the greatest animal trainers that ever existed.

Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson. This is an older book but still great. It will teach you many of the basic skills your dog will need.

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell. Another great classic. This will teach you about dog behavior and how to train them.

For Every Dog Owner

Wag: The Science of Making your Dog Happy by Zazie Todd. This is a great modern book about dogs that is easy to understand. This is a great book for every dog owner.

Doggie Language by Lili Chin. Reading dog body language is important for working with dogs and Lili makes it easy to understand.

Canine Enrichment for the Real World by Allie Bender and Emily Strong. This books provides some great ideas for how to add enrichment to your dog’s life. Enrichment can satisfy an active dog so they are able to relax later.

Plenty in Life is Free by Kathy Sdao. This book talks about the leadership role you should have with your dog.

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas. This is a book that talks about body language and specifically calming signals which are signs your dog is uncomfortable. Most people miss calming signal or misinterpret them but they are really important to know if you are working with your dog.

The Art of Introducing Dogs by Louise Ginman. If you are getting a second dog this is a must have book to know how to introduce them to increase your chances of them getting along.

Behavioral Problems

Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0 by Grisha Stewart. This book has a great protocol for working with dogs who are reactive. This book teaches you how to keep your dog under threshold and how to make walks enjoyable.

Separation Anxiety in Dogs by Malena DeMartini-Price. This is a great book to read if you are struggling with separation anxiety.

Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt. This book has many great protocols to help a reactive dog. This will help teach patterns to help your dog understand how to navigate the world.


Awesome Obedience by Hannah Branigan. This is one of my ultimate favorite books. She breaks down all the behaviors you need to train your dog for obedience and makes it easy to learn.

The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever by Larry King and Chris Perondi. If you want something fun to do with your dog, teach some tricks.

Agility Right from the Start by Eva Bertilsson and Emelie Johnson Vegh. If you are interested in agility this is a great book for you.

Retrieving for all Occasions by Elsa Blomster and Lena Gunnarsson. This is a great book if you are interested in gun dog work.

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