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There are so many great books on dog training and dog behavior! It was difficult to choose just six to represent what so many of us think of as “The Classics.” But each of these books have changed our field in so many ways, and deserve to be on everyone’s bookshelf, and to be read again and again by anyone who loves their dog(s) and wants to be the best owner and trainer possible.

The Classics

The Classics Book Package

Get the entire Classics Collection for 30% OFF! These are the books every serious dog lover needs to own, and a great gift for someone starting a career as a dog trainer.


Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training

If anything deserves to be called a classic, this is it. The first practical account of how to use operant conditioning to improve the behavior of any animal, including the hardest one to train of all -- yourself.


Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook

If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, the 1,000 photos in this book are worth their weight in gold. Illustrating the nuance and complexity of canine visual signals, this book is a must if you want to understand dog behavior.


Excel-Erated Learning: Explaining how dogs learn and how best to teach them

A breath of fresh air and clarity in the oft-confusing field of learning theory, (quick: what's the difference between R- and R+?), this book's application of learning theory to dog training is priceless. Don't leave home without it.


The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

Focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of our dogs, this “insightful,” and “compelling” book can revolutionize your relationship with your dog. There’s a reason it’s been translated into 13 languages!


On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals

This small, colorful book contains a treasure trove of information about how dogs communicate through visual signals, and how you can learn to read them. If I was queen, no one could get a dog without reading this book first.


The Culture Clash: A revolutionary new way of understanding the relationship between humans and domestic dogs

Dispelling the fantasy that dogs are here to “please us,” this book was one of the first to emphasize that you can’t understand dog training or canine behavior without undersanding operant conditioning.