We all agree that choosing the best puppy training book is always very subjective since some people prefer a more technical book and other prefer a more practical one. On the other hand, some people prefer the new positive training method and other prefer a more disciplined way.

So we can't pick just one and say it's the best dog training book. Instead, we'll list the ones that we've read and recommend. 

Best Puppy Training Books

#1 - How To Raise The Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood And Beyond

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Author: Cesar Milan, Melissa Jo Peltier
Format: Paperback
Date: September 14, 2010

The bestselling author and star of National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer explains you how you can raise a well-balanced puppy and how you can prevent the most common behavior issues based on his own experience.


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Cesar Milan needs no introduction and in this book, the worldwide star tells almost everything you need to know about raising your own "perfect" puppy. Reading this book is like having Cesar by your side, as a personal coach for both you and your dog from the first day.

This book is very clear and direct, Cesar explains you the problems, what triggers them and presents the solution for each one, making this book one of the best dog psychology books.

Cesar explains all stages of your puppy's development, giving you a clear idea of what you can expect from the present and the future. He also gives you tips for a proper nutrition and health care, covering topics like vaccinating your puppy.

Everyone who watches the TV show Dog Whisperer knows that Cesar has a calm and assertive leadership and he passes that same message in the book, by establishing rules and boundaries for your puppy and teaching how to get a calm and assertive energy to teach your puppy.

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#2 - Choosing the Perfect Puppy

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Author: Pippa Mattinson
Format: Paperback
Date: February 27, 2018

With over thirty years experience of training dogs, the puppy enthusiast, author of The Happy Puppy Handbook and director of the Gundog Trust Club comes with this definitive guide to choosing the perfect puppy.


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This book is very clear and easy to read, with colorful photos and useful headings, telling you everything you need to know before bringing you new puppy into your life. One of the best puppy books available.

The book helps you understand if now is the right time in your life to get a puppy, and helps you find the perfect puppy between hundreds of breeds. This task can be hard, but his book helps you by looking at the most popular breeds, giving you the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Also, Pippa Mattinson gives her honest opinion about them.

Need to find a responsible breeder? Unlike other books, this one tells you exactly where and how to find a good breeder. It also discusses about taking on a rescue dog instead.

The book also gives you important tips for the future of your puppy, like health problems and puppy socialization.

#3 - Zak George's Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love

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Author: Zak George, Dina Roth Port
Format: Paperback
Date: June 7, 2016

Zak George is a new type of dog trainer with a fresh and positive approach that leads to quicker results. The Youtube star presents us with a must-read dog training book for all dog lovers, showing the power of positive dog training.


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Despite all the videos and information that Zak George provides in his Youtube channel, even if you follow him, this book is a great complement.

Always with a positive approach, Zak is focused on training not only the dog but the human as well, giving you step by step training techniques and tips to strengthen the bond between you and your puppy.

The book is easy to read, with a lot of bullet points and Q&As with the most common questions that people have, based on his own experience. It helps you to choose the right puppy and how to introduce a puppy to the family.

It also covers a lot of topics like basic obedience, anxiety, behavioral problems, grooming, health, socialization, traveling and house-training, making it one of the best puppy training books.

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Sophia Bennett