It’s no secret that training a challenging dog can be frustrating. The good news is that it isn’t impossible. There are many resources available to assist you with the task. Consider the following books, to help you get started. With a little luck and a whole lot of patience, your dog will be trained before you know it!
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4 Must-Read Books about Training Challenging Dogs
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Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones
Pick up this book, if you truly want to know what makes your dog tick. Although it’s brought to you by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, it’s still very easy to understand. Decoding Your Dog combines scientific studies with real-life examples and veterinarian approved training methods. It’s the next best thing to having a dog who talks.
Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
Caesar Millan is probably best known as the “Dog Whisperer.” After all, he has a show to prove it. He wrote this book to help you see the world as your dog sees it. Among other things, you’ll learn how to relate to your dog on his level, what your dog needs that you may not be giving him, the difference between punishment and discipline, why every dog needs a job and more.
Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training Crazy Dogs from Over the Top to Under Control
Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out contains the sage advice of a professional dog trainer. Written in a conversational tone and featuring many helpful diagrams, the book makes it super simple to calm even the most agitated canine.
Topics include (but aren’t limited to) reversing unreliable behavior at home, achieving change in extremely short training sessions… believe it or not, 1 minute or less, the reason aggression, fear and excitement all stem from the same issue and when to call for medical assistance.
Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems Including Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression, Housetraining, Leash Pulling, and More!
Author Victoria Stilwell is also the host of the Animal Planet’s hit TV show It’s Me or the Dog. This book is much more than the typical dog training manual. It also covers topics revolving around better understanding In communicating with your favorite canine.
Stilwell suggests many alternative methods to outdated punishment methods, solutions that prove to be both long-lasting and extremely effective. Once you understand how your dog feels, thinks and learns, that’s honestly half the battle!
Sadly, adverse behavior is the number one reason why dog owners relinquish their pets to animal shelters. Don’t let the same thing happen to you and your “furbaby.” Of course, it won’t come about overnight. But, with patience and due diligence training a challenging dog doesn’t have to be all that challenging.