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The Best Books to Help You Become a Better Dog Owner

Whether you’re training, deepening your bond, or wondering why your dog does what he does, these books will help you better understand your furriest family.

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Health and Wellness: Keeping your dogs healthy should be a top priority and these books offer all you’ll need to be your dog’s best advocate.

Complete Healthy Dog Handbook: This is a must-have guide for every dog owner. The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook is a thorough guide to having a healthy dog. Featuring over 100 illustrations and diagrams discussing everything from vaccines to behavior, the vet is always in when this book is on your shelf.

Speaking for Spot: Your dog needs you to be his healthy living advocate. This guide will help you choose the best care and treatments for your pet with a look at alternative care, pet food, vaccinations and more. Author Nancy Kay is a veterinarian devoted to balanced care for pets and in this book, she provides insight only a veterinarian and dog lover can provide.

Dog Obsessed: This delightful book will remind you why you’re so dog-obsessed! Featuring 45 easy-to-make recipes that include treats, meals, and even celebration food, this book also explores vet-approved tips to address chronic food allergies, pet obesity (complete with a two-week fitness plan and plenty of low-calorie meals), and a humorous look at why we are remain fascinated and enchanted with our furriest family members.

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Dog Behavior:

Decoding Your Dog: To build a better relationship with your dog, it’s important to understand why they do the things they do, how they communicate, and how they learn. Decoding Your Dog does so much more than tell you how to train your dog, though it does that, too! A must-read for anyone hoping to better understand their furry friends, this book will not only inspire you to be a better dog owner, it’ll explain how to do it.

The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet: In this fascinating look at the canine mind, renowned trainer Victoria Stilwell explores how dogs communicate – and how you, the dog owner, can communicate with them. Through topics like tail-wagging, left-pawed vs. right-pawed dogs, different types of barking, and canine emotions, you’ll learn to truly be your dog’s best friend.

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs: Unlike other books that focus on a dog’s behavior, The Other End of the Leash delves deeper into our behavior around dogs – and how that behavior impacts our pets.

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Training:

My Dog is Driving Me Crazy: A Guide to Be Smarter Than Your Dog: If your dog is driving you crazy, it’s likely due to one of the 18 common behavior problems explained in this book. Learn how to manage problem behaviors using positive techniques, get valuable insight on why dogs do what they do, and take a look at how medical conditions and environment play a large role in training dogs.

Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs: Karen Pryor is world-renowned for her clicker training work with dogs. In this book, she shows you how to use a clicker to train your dog to do everything from walking nicely on a leash, performing basic commands, to becoming a well-mannered dog you love to be around. Plus, clicker training is one of the most effective ways to teach your dog to perform fun tricks!

Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: In addition to teaching basic good manners, scientific-based trainer Zak George explains how to train your dog using force-free methods based on love and communication with your four-legged family. Training with love improves the human-dog bond and promises a joyful life together.

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  1. Becky Griffin

    Sep 12, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Hiya Brandy, I must say you have a lovely name first lol. Thanks for a great blog post to.

    So I recently became the mother of an 8 week old puppy retriever. He is great however there are a few things that need to be ironed out before it gets out of hand. A few of the things you mentioned here, really describes his behaviour.

    I would take up a professional for the help but they always seem overpriced and really expensive. I recently read a blog post about an online training course that seemed really genuine:https://www.retrieversareus.com/brain-training-for-dogs-review. But Im not sure it is and I wanted an experts advice on wether I should explore this avenue first before throwing cash into professional assistance.

    Would really appreciate any help you can provide as its now something that I need to take action on. Thank in advance!

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