My Favorite Training Books

There are so many books about dog training available in the world. It can be hard to know which ones provide the best, most up-to-date, and science-based information. Here are a few of my favorites:



CANINE ENRICHMENT FOR THE REAL WORLD by Allie Bender, CDBC and Emily Strong, CDBC


I include suggestions for enrichment in my training plans because its value to our dogs cannot be overstated. Bender and Strong explain the critical importance of enrichment and provide an extensive list of enrichment strategies. They ground their work in recent studies about how enrichment can help our dogs be happier and healthier.



MEET YOUR DOG by Kim Brophey


To understand how our dogs behave, we can look both at their individual history and at their breed’s genetic purpose. Brophey discusses this intersection and provides an amazing breakdown of the major breed groups of modern dogs, including discussions of specific training challenges the breed’s humans may face and how to help the dogs overcome them.




CANINE BEHAVIOR: A PHOTO ILLUSTRATED HANDBOOK by Barbara Handelman:


Dogs speak to us with subtle and not so subtle body language. Handelman’s book gives a marvelous overview of canine body language and behavior with plenty of wonderful photos.




EXCEL-ERATED LEARNING by Pamela J. Reid


The source for most of my flashcards when I was studying to take the CPDT-KA exam, Reid’s book explains the details of learning theory, which is the basis of training no matter the species. If you are looking for a comprehensive and clear explanation of learning theory, here’s where you can start.


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