Favorite Dog Books for your Puppy

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Dog books are like potato chips, you can’t have just one.

Reading dog training books is a great way to feel more prepared when you bring your puppy home. As first time puppy owners, we wanted to be fully prepared.  We wanted to understand the different stages that our pup would go through and how we could improve his chances of becoming a well adjusted adult.  To account for the different puppy raising ideologies, we read a couple of books. Not all books will align with your dog training methods, but we still found them useful to understand all the different viewpoints.

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Puppy Raising Books

Your Labrador Retriever Puppy, Month by Month: This book breaks development up by month so you can quickly refer to specific parts of development as your puppy grows.

The Happy Puppy Handbook: This book has the cutest puppy pictures plus all that you need to know about raising your little pal.

The Art of Raising a Puppy: If you are looking to deeply understand the physchology behind how your dog behaves, this is the book for you.  It follows the training of one particular puppy raised by Monks of New Skete in New York.  The Monks raise German Shepherds and extensive dog training. Their book mixes entertainment with well written anecdotes and is a great read even if you are not currently raising a puppy.

How to be your Dog’s Best Friend: This book, also by the Monks of New Skete takes dog training to the next level by explaining how to develop an even stronger bond with your dog.  This book is great for all dog ages.

Dog Trick Books

101 Dog Tricks : We love being able to open this book to teach new things.  The commands range from sit all the way to dancing, and fetching the newspaper.  We will never run out of tricks to teach.

Puppy Dog Photo Books

There’s nothing like a coffee table of dog photos for those times you want to enjoy cute faces without whipping out your phone.

The Dogist: is a beautiful book to keep around. There is also a new puppy version of the book.

Manny the Frenchie’s Art of Happiness: Manny is the internet’s most popular Frenchie.  We met him at an event and he is just delightful!  He spreads love and happiness wherever he goes.

Underwater Dogs: Derp faces for days.  Have a great laugh with this one.

Dogs and their People: There is nothing better than the bond between you and your furry friend.  Check out this book written by Bark & Co showcasing the amazing bonds between dogs and their people.

Dogs on Instagram: This book was written by @DogsofInstagram and showcases the fun pups they have featured on their page.

The more you read, the more you will know.  The more you know, the more places you’ll go! [Dr. Seuss]
-Your Pal Cal

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