Wednesday, August 10, 2022

by Joanne Mengel

I was browsing through the August calendar looking for ideas for a blog and saw that August 10 is National Spoil Your Dog Day. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love dogs, and how spoiled my yellow labrador is. I will jokingly add that she has my husband and I very well trained. All kidding aside, it should really be the other way around. Dog ownership, as well as any pet ownership, is a serious undertaking. If you are thinking of adding a pup to your family and are not quite sure what to do to get started, the library has lots of books, and even some DVDs, on how to train your new four legged friend, and to give them their best life ever.. Here are a few good ones hand picked just for you!

  Dog training for dummies 

Don’t let the title of this one fool you. Dog Training for Dummies shows dog owners how to select the right training method for their puppy, adult, or senior dog. Whether you want to teach Buddy to sit or master retrieving, this hands-on guide provides training to ensure a mutually respectful relationship with your four-legged family members.

 Dog training 101 : step-by-step instructions for raising a happy, well-behaved dog 

Using a visually driven, playful presentation, Dog Training 101 offers step-by-step instructions every dog owner needs and wants to know as you care for and raise your canine best friend.

   101 dog training tips 

Every aspect of training your companion dog is covered, including: Laying a good training foundation ; Housetraining ; Greeting people ; Everyday obedience ; Coming when called ; Leash walking ; Barking ; Being alone ; Handling vet trips ; Chewing ; Attitude and perspective ; and, What to do if things go wrong.

  Imagine life with a well-behaved dog : a 3-step positive dog-training program 

Tackles basic training and problem behaviors, covering puppies, adult dogs, and special needs dogs such as adopting a dog, preparing for a new dog, getting ready for obedience, behavior modification, and fun things to do with your dog. Fun is a very important part of training!

  Canine good citizen : ten essential skills every well-mannered dog should know 

The official AKC guide, this one is full of information on the basics every dog needs to know. Learn to make your pup accept a friendly stranger, sit politely for petting, appearance and grooming, walking on a loose leash, Sit and Down on command and staying in place, and, the all important command of Coming When Called. 

  How to raise the perfect dog : through puppyhood and beyond 

Based on Cesar’s own detailed experiences raising individual puppies from some of the most popular breeds, How to Raise the Perfect Dog is like having Cesar right beside you, as your own personal expert, coaching you and your dog from the first day of your life together. Packed with new information aimed specifically at the particular needs of puppies and adolescents, and written in Cesar's friendly, accessible style, you will get answers for all the most commonly asked questions to guide you towards a loving, satisfying life-long relationship with your best friend.

   The complete guide to dog training A comprehensive, illustrated guide to dog training that covers how dogs learn, communication, socialization, basic obedience, exercises, dog owner etiquette, play, toys, training aids, and other related topics.This one has dog information from A to Z.

   Integrated dog training : the commonsense visual guide to training any dog 

Drawing on two decades of professional experience, a popular dog trainer presents an array of field-tested techniques for training dogs of all breeds, ages, and personality types. The methods described emphasize positive reinforcement while still allowing for humane corrective tactics when needed. 


Leaarn by watching!

If you would rather watch and learn the hows of training your pup, we also have DVDs that cover the basics of training. Take a look at these. We have more but I picked just a few. 

Click on the cover to link to our catalog for more information.


Dog ownership is a big responsibility and the library has other great resources in stock to help you and your new furry friend get off on the path to a happy and healthy life. 

Let the library help you celebrate - It’s National Spoil Your Dog Day!