There are few things more exciting than hearing the patter of new paws in your home. However, when you've adopted a new dog or puppy, there is a lot to prepare. Between buying a new lead, collar, food bowl, dog bed, some toys and then puppy-proofing the house (and moving all your shoes off the floor and your vases to where no excited young pup is going to run into them!) you'll have a lot to remember. Training can seem like a bridge to cross when you come to it but bad habits can develop the moment you introduce your new pet to your home. Having a dog or puppy training book under your arm can make the whole process a lot smoother. Here we have our picks of five of our most brilliant puppy training and dog training books to help you out.
Sarah Fisher and Marie Miller
Dog experts Sarah Fisher and Marie Miller have put together this fascinating training guide focused on having a positive approach to your dog's natural behavioural instincts. With step-by-step instructions and photographs for each training exercise, turning your new dog into a happy and well-behaved pet will be easy. Plus, there are fun training games so you can bond with your dog as well as teach them how to be the family pet of your dreams.
Gwen Bailey's brilliant bestseller has been updated with all the latest research into dog's behaviour. This puppy-training book teaches you how to introduce good manners and behaviour to your dog through housetraining, game-playing and socialising with plenty of step-by-step instructions covering everything you need to know. There are also tips to help you prevent your puppy from developing bad habits such as chewing and biting. With Gewn Bailey's guidance your cheeky puppy will transform into man's best friend in no time.
TV's Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, has seen his fair share of difficult dogs and now he brings all the knowledge he's gained into his brilliant dog-training book. Cesar's Rules incorporates his theories on dog training and promotes gaining a sense of balance between you and your dog. Plus, the book also features insights from experts in the field so if Cesar's theories don't quite work for you and your dog you have other options to try out. Perfect for both puppies and old dogs with bad habits.
This fun book is ideal for busy owners who need quick and engaging ways to train your new dog. With loads of exciting exercises to try with your dog, including jumps, memory games and basic obedience, there are lots of ideas to keep you both busy. Plus, the book comes with ideas of household items you can use as props in your training to make the process more varied for both you and your dog.
Whether you've just adopted a puppy or an older dog, there is one part of training that can be tricky for all owners, and that is the recall command. Pippa Mattinson knows how important (yet also how difficult training) the recall command can be and in her book she shows you all the reasons why dogs struggle with recall and why they sometimes simply refuse to come back. Packed with helpful tips and exercises to improve your dog's recall, you'll be finding this hugely important command less and less of a challenge with each of Pippa's terrific instructions.
If you still need more ideas for ways to work with your naughty pups then take a look at our full range of puppy and dog-training books.