My favorite expression is, “You don’t know what you don’t know till you know it.”
That was true when I sought dog training information in 2003 before I became a certified professional dog trainer. Luckily, I found my way to modern, scientific, humane dog training information, which led me to a passionate career helping dog owners and their canine companions.
Fast forward to today, and there’s no lack of information at the tip of your fingers. The challenge is finding information you can trust where the training techniques enhance the bond between you and your dog.
Within the last year several books have been published that are solid in the information shared and fun to read.
Here are two of my favorites, and the author’s have engaging writing voices. You can order from your local bookseller and they are also available through Amazon:
Puppy Socialization: What It Is and How to Do It, by Marge Rogers and Eileen Anderson.
A must-have for anyone with a new puppy or planning to add a new puppy to their home. Thankfully, the general public seems to understand socialization is needed for a new pup, yet doesn’t understand the full extent of what socializing a puppy really means. Most think it’s merely getting the puppy out in public, yet there are many important components for doing it right to ensure the puppy’s comfort. With photos (print book) and videos (e-book) Rogers and Anderson educate owners to understand how to set their puppies up for a lifetime of emotional comfort while educating the puppy parent every step of the way,
Level Up Your Dog Training: How to Teach Your Dog Anything, by Natalie Bridger Watson.
No matter your experience in training your own dog, Watson’s first book about dog training is sure to give you valuable information you may not yet know. There’s both art and science involved in explaining dog training and this book has both. Her easy-to-understand training recipe for success will help you gleefully succeed in training must-have behaviors dogs need to learn to co-exist peacefully in your home.
Another book that’s near and dear to my heart is the one I’ve been writing: The Original Rocket Recall™: Teach Your Dog to Come. It’s scheduled to be released in a few weeks. You can learn more about it and add your name to be notified of the book’s release at www.rocketrecall.com
Lisa Lyle Waggoner is the author of The Original Rocket Recall™: Teach Your Dog to Come. She’s a CPDT-KA, a CSAT (Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer), a Pat Miller Certified Trainer Level 2, Faculty for the Victoria Stilwell Academy of Dog Training and Behavior, a dog*tec Certified Professional Dog Walker and the founder of Cold Nose College in Murphy, North Carolina. The company’s trainers enjoy providing virtual behavior consulting and training solutions to clients around the globe and offers coaching, mentoring and behavior case support for pet professionals. www.coldnosecollege.com